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Carlisle-based foundation plans marathon reading of "Slaughterhouse-Five"

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A marathon read-aloud highlights two days of activities to mark Banned Book Month.

Thirty readers will spend 10 minutes each reading Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” starting at noon, Sept. 12 and ending at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held at Bosler Memorial Library in Carlisle, and is sponsored by the Charles Bruce Foundation.

Max Goller, director of education for the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, and Mark Reed, author of the Vonnegut Encyclopedia will join members of the community as they take turns reading the novel.

Pat LaMarche, organizer of the event for the Charles Bruce Foundation, said readers are still needed for the event. Those interested in reading may contact her at

Vonnegut’s work fits well into Banned Book Month events as it was banned, and even burned. For a long time, his work could only be published in “Playboy” which, in that era, effectively made his works unavailable to women, LaMarche said.

“He is just one of the many authors who have been attacked by people who have never even read the book they’re banning,” she said.

Readers will also have the chance to win one of the three commemorative anniversary editions of “Slaughterhouse-Five” that will be used during the reading.

The idea for the reading grew out of a trip that LaMarche made to Barnastable, Massachusetts, the home of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, where she participated in a marathon reading of “Slaughterhouse-Five.”

“Nobody reads out loud to adults,” she said. “When we grow up, we don’t get that same incredible experience.”

Following the reading, at 6:30 p.m., Goller will lead a discussion about the novel in Todd Hall at the Cumberland County Historical Society. The society is also developing a special display for the event.

Leeds will visit Whistlestop Bookshop from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11. During the cocktail party at the shop, copies of the Vonnegut Encyclopedia will be on sale and available for autographs.

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