September 22-28: Banned Books Week

Some thoughts from the store owner, Beverly Dvorkin

Every year since 1982, the American Library Association has sponsored banned books week (http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned).   It is meant to highlight the challenges that still exist to one of our most basic and cherished rights as American citizens – to read the material of our choosing.

We as Americans often take our rights as citizens for granted.  But we cannot afford complacency.   Every day, there is someone who thinks they have the right to choose for an entire community what they are allowed to read, watch, listen to, or look at.  No one should make that choice for another citizen. 
Since 1998, after-words bookstore has participated in Banned Books Week.  Every year, for the entire month of September, we highlight books that have been challenged and/or banned around the country, and around the world.  It is by far our most popular annual display, both in terms of sales and in terms of the discussions it prompts.

This year, we are offering an in-store special.  If you spend $30 and that purchase includes a book from our Banned Books display, you will get a FREE “Stand Up For Your Right to Read” t-shirt. (While supplies last.)

Happy Banned Books Week, everybody.  Celebrate the first amendment.      

And your freedom to read.


September 10th New Margaret Atwood

The Testaments is a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale

In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.

When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death.

With The Testaments, the wait is over.

Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

Pre-order your copy by July 26th and get 20% off your copy.  If you are one of the first ten customers to pick up your pre-ordered copy of The Testaments you will get a FREE tote bag that has a Margaret Atwood quote on it and 20% of your copy of the book. 


August 8th 6-9 pm

Meet Howard Wasserman and hear all about his new book.

The Infield Fly Rule is the most misunderstood rule in baseball and perhaps in all of sports. That also makes it the most infamous. Drawing on interviews with experts, legal arguments and a study of every infield fly play in eight Major League seasons, this book tells the complete story of the rule. The author covers the rule’s history from the 19th century to the modern game, its underlying logic and supporting arguments, recent criticisms and calls for repeal, the controversies and confusion it creates, and its effect on how the game is played.

Howard M. Wasserman joined the faculty of FIU College of Law in 2003. Professor Wasserman teaches civil procedure, evidence, federal courts, civil rights, and First Amendment; he writes about civil rights litigation, sports rules, and the freedom of speech, including the speech rights of fans and athletes. He is the author of Infield Fly Rule Is in Effect: The History and Strategy of Baseball’s Most (In)Famous Rule ( McFarland Press 2018) and Understanding Civil Rights Litigation (Carolina Academic Press 2018). He has spoken at the NINE Baseball Conference, SABR Annual Meeting, and Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture.