Banned Books Event, Saratoga Public Library: Tonight (10/5/23)

I’ll be participating in tonight’s banned books-themed event at the Saratoga Public Library, running from 6:00 – 8:00. 

It’s a 45-minute drive from my house that I’ve made many times, since my daughter rowed for Saratoga Rowing Club. I’d pick her up from HS, drive her to practice, then go off to the library to work for a couple of hours. Then I’d pick her up and we’d drive home together. Often she’d be so tired, Maggie would pass out in the front seat. I usually did this about 3-4 times a week for a couple of years. 

The things parents do. 

Anyway, I was invited to participate and I hate to say no. It’s a good cause, something I care about. So, yeah, the drive up there, the event, the return home: probably four hours in total. I get seven minutes to say a few words and read an excerpt from To Kill a Mockingbird. But of course, it’s not about me. 

Come if you’re not too busy.



  1. Chris VanDetta says:

    Hi Jim – I am a former graduate of SUNY-Oneonta – James Mullen was my advisor! I’ve noticed that you’ve had some correspondence with Mr. Mullen, and so, I thought I’d send you a note. By sheer coincidence I’ve noticed that you’re hosting a presentation at SSPL (banned books). I’ll try to come by at 6pm.
    PS – I have a few of Mr. Mullen’s hand-made Christmas cards – I’ll never forget his handwriting. Best Regards, Chris

    • jimmy says:

      Glad we’re now connected, Chris. Let’s keep in touch.

      • Chris says:

        Hi Jim — Yes, we’ll definitely keep in touch. I had to take off from the library last night, but, as I drove away from the parking lot, I wished that I had stayed to hear your commentary, and the Mockingbird passages. The others speakers were very good- I particularly liked that Fahrenheit 451 was referred to. 451 brings the topic in sharp focus. And, both the book and the movie made a huge impression on me. We’ll talk again, Chris

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