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MC Coil celebrates banned book week

October 1, 2010

On Monday, Sept. 27, Coil hosted its first event of the year, a banned book reading in honor the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week.

The event had some surprising exhibitions, including “Harry Potter,” read by one of Coil’s editors, Leanna Waldron.

Professors joined in as well. Rob Hale, the head of the English department, who read an excerpt from “Sons and Lovers” by D. H. Lawrence. 

Excerpts were also read from frequently banned books like “Twelfth Night,” “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Slaughterhouse Five,” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” to name a few. 

The idea for the reading came from Coil editor Wesley Teal, who thought Banned Books Week was the perfect opportunity to make students more aware of the existence of Coil.

“We really just wanted an event to get Coil’s name out early in the semester.” Waldron stated. 

“We did several events last year to raise awareness, and I was really disappointed we missed it last year,” Teal said. “I also really wanted to read ‘Howl.’”

“Howl,” a poem by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg was read by professor Mark Willhardt.

Overall, Teal was pleased with the turnout.  “We had some really good variety,” Teal said of the selections read.  Coil hopes to do more events in the future.

Coil, Monmouth’s creative arts magazine  is printed in the spring semester and contains both literary and artistic work from the students. 

This year, Coil will be accepting submissions through Feb. 12, at

Coil is also offering a cover design contest through Dec. 15.

Co-News Editor

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