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Founder of Banned Books Week dies

Sunday, April 12, 2009 | 5:17 p.m. CDT; updated 8:53 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 12, 2009

EVANSTON, Ill. — Judith Krug, a director of the Chicago-based American Library Association and a founder of its Banned Books Week, has died.

Judith Platt, president of the ALA's Freedom to Read Foundation, says Krug  died late Saturday at Evanston Hospital in suburban Chicago following a battle with stomach cancer. She says Krug had been ill for more than a year.

Krug's age was not immediately available.

She had been head of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom since 1967.

Banned Books Weeks has been observed since 1982 during the last week of September. ALA officials say the event celebrates intellectual freedom.

 


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