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September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Evening with Nationally-Renowned Librarian Amanda Jones and Ellen Book


Books & Books


September 13
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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“Amanda Jones started getting death threats, all for standing up for our right to read . . . but she’s not stopped fighting against book bans, or stopped advocating for access to diverse stories.”-Oprah Winfrey, in a speech at the 2023 National Book Awards

The Books & Books Literary Foundation presents…


in conversation with

Ellen Book


That Librarian: The Fight Against Book Banning in America 

 (Bloomsbury Publishing, $29.99)

Friday, September 13th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


The Books & Books Literary Foundation is proud to present an evening with Amanda Jones discussing her important and timely book, That Librarian: The Fight Against Book Banning in America (Bloomsbury Publishing, $29.99). She will be in conversation with Miami librarian Ellen Book. Part memoir, part manifesto, the inspiring story of a Louisiana librarian advocating for inclusivity on the front lines of our vicious culture wars.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

“As an author whose novels have been banned in hundreds of school districts after falsely being cited for explicit content, I have been waiting for a book like this one. We writers are well aware that the foot soldiers in this spreading civil war are librarians, who are threatened personally and profoundly by those who call for widespread book bans. Amanda Jones clearly outlines how we got here, who’s leading this false charge against qualified educators, media specialists, and authors—and most importantly, explores the steps we all must take to make the voice of truth and reason louder than their caterwauling.”
—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Part memoir, part manifesto, the inspiring story of a Louisiana librarian advocating for inclusivity on the front lines of our vicious culture wars.

One of the things small town librarian Amanda Jones values most about books is how they can affirm a young person’s sense of self. So in 2022, when she caught wind of a local public hearing that would discuss “book content,” she knew what was at stake. Schools and libraries nationwide have been bombarded by demands for books with LGTBQ+ references, discussions of racism, and more to be purged from the shelves. Amanda would be damned if her community were to ban stories representing minority groups. She spoke out that night at the meeting. Days later, she woke up to a nightmare that is still ongoing.

Amanda Jones has been called a groomer, a pedo, and a porn-pusher; she has faced death threats and attacks from strangers and friends alike. Her decision to support a collection of books with diverse perspectives made her a target for extremists using book banning campaigns-funded by dark money organizations and advanced by hard right politicians-in a crusade to make America more white, straight, and “Christian.” But Amanda Jones wouldn’t give up without a fight: she sued her harassers for defamation and urged others to join her in the resistance.

Mapping the book banning crisis occurring all across the nation, That Librarian draws the battle lines in the war against equity and inclusion, calling book lovers everywhere to rise in defense of our readers.



About the Author:

Amanda Joneshas been an educator for 23 years, at the same middle school she attended as a child. She has served as President of the Louisiana Association of School Librarians and won numerous awards for her work in school libraries, including School Library JournalLibrarian of the Year. A sought-after keynote speaker, Amanda is a frequent volunteer for state and national library associations, as well as a co-founder of the Livingston Parish Library Alliance and founding member of Louisiana Citizens Against Censorship. She lives in Livingston Parish, Louisiana.

About the Moderator:

Ellen Book is a Branch Manager with the Miami-Dade Public Library System at the Pinecrest Branch. Since 1987 when she began her career as a Business & Science Specialist, she promoted into Management at a wide range of locations. Along the way, her volunteer efforts included Dade County Library Association President and South Miami Rotary Club President. One of her favorite literacy projects was coordinating numerous countywide dictionary giveaways in which 27,000 dictionaries were hand-delivered at student assemblies. Her favorite things to do include saying yes to opportunities and connecting people with information that they need.