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Are your favorite books banned?

Chantel Acevedo, left, and M. Evelina Galang, director of creative writing at University of Miami will read Tuesday night at Books & Books as part of Banned Books Week.
Chantel Acevedo, left, and M. Evelina Galang, director of creative writing at University of Miami will read Tuesday night at Books & Books as part of Banned Books Week. cjuste@miamiherald.com

You’ve got the freedom to read — and now is the time to do it.

This week marks Banned Books Week, a celebration of reading and the First Amendment, and Books & Books invites you to get in on the action.

On Tuesday at the Coral Gables store, four local authors will read passages from frequently banned books. Chantel Acevedo (“The Distant Marvels”) will read from Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir “Fun Home”; Edwidge Danticat (“Claire of the Sea Light”) will read from novelist Toni Morrison’s “Beloved.” Patricia Engel (“The Veins of the Ocean” will read from Maya Angelou’s classic “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” and M. Evelina Galang (“Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery”) will read from Sherman Alexie’s National Book Award-winning “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.”

Next, it’s open mic time, during which members of the audience are invited to read short passages from the banned books of their choice.

“Highlighting banned books, I think, makes the general public aware of the fact the First Amendment is still under attack all over the country,” says Books & Books owner Mitchell Kaplan. “For those of us who cherish ability to read whatever and whenever we want — and whomever we want — we need to make sure we protect that ability. This is a time we highlight the beauty of the First Amendment.”

According to the American Library Association, these were the top 10 most banned books in 2015:

1. “Looking for Alaska,” John Green

2. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James

3. “I Am Jazz,” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

4. “Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out,” by Susan Kuklin

5. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” by Mark Haddon

6. “The Holy Bible”

7. “Fun Home,” by Alison Bechdel

8. “Habibi,” by Craig Thompson

9. “Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan,” by Jeanette Winter

10. “Two Boys Kissing,” by David Levithan

If You Go

What: Banned Books Week Special Event

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables

Info: www.booksandbooks.com or 305-442-4408

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