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Events in September 2023

  • - “The Banned Books Tour”
    “The Banned Books Tour”

    “The Banned Books Tour”

    September 7, 2023

    Thursday, September 7, 2023

    7:00-8:00 PM

    Doors open at 6:30

    First Thursdays Arts Walk: “The Banned Books Tour”

    Riverside Public Library

    3900 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside 92501


    Civil Rights Institute of Southern California

    3933 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside 92501

    Book banning might seem like the stuff of earlier times and foreign places – the very term evokes a pile of flaming literature from wartime Germany or Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 – yet the resurgence of book banning in the 2020s is a real-time, real-life concern. School boards and other political entities have caused certain books to be prohibited or restricted on a variety of grounds, including the personal discomfort of a single individual. According to PBS News, “book ban attempts soared in 2022.”

    Please join Inlandia – in partnership with Riverside Public Library, the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California, and the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties – at Riverside Main Library at 7:00 PM on September 7 for a discussion on the resurgence of book banning in the 2020s. The evening will include readings of favorite banned books by community members interlaced with conversation, a call to action, and a tour of the Civil Rights Institute, located directly across the street from the library.

    The library will provide an array of banned and challenged books available for check out. Don’t have a library card? You can get one on the spot!

    The Civil Rights Institute will also host a Downtowne Book Store pop-up bookstore where you may purchase books for yourself and/or for donation to the new Project Legacy campus in Riverside, which serves area homeless people in vulnerable populations, including LGBTQ+, youths, older residents, veterans, and those with chronic health conditions or disabilities.

    Curious about what books have been banned, censored, or challenged? A partial list includes To Kill a Mockingbird1984The Diary of a Young GirlThe Handmaid’s TaleGrapes of Wrath, books from the Harry Potter series, and The Bluest Eye. There are many, many more.

    For a more comprehensive list, please visit

    We’d love to hear from you about your favorite banned or challenged books. Which ones changed your life? What stories have stuck with you and shifted your perspective or understanding of the world? Please send us the titles that you love, and, if possible, a short quotation from each. We will share community input in a slideshow during Arts Walk. You can send your favorite books and quotes to:

    Free and open to the public. Please join us.

  • - Author/Illustrator Evan Turk at RAM!
    Author/Illustrator Evan Turk at RAM!

    Author/Illustrator Evan Turk at RAM!

    September 24, 2023

    On Sunday, September 24, please join Inlandia Institute and Riverside Art Museum as we celebrate the launch of local author Evan Turk’s latest book for children, To See Clearly:  A Portrait of David Hockney. The author-illustrator of a dozen books for kids, Evan Turk will inspire you with his visual and storytelling talents. Enjoy an illustration demo and reading – and stay for the book signing and conversation. Books will be available for purchase.

    This free, family-friendly event starts at 2:00 PM at Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside. Refreshments will be served.


    (September 19, 2023, Abrams)

     From award-winning creator Evan Turk, a stirring biography of world-famous artist David Hockney that celebrates seeing beauty everywhere “It’s the very process of looking at something that makes it beautiful.” —David Hockney

     Growing up under the gray skies of England during World War II, David Hockney used art to brighten his world. He discovered that the more he looked and drew, the more he could see beyond the surface to find beauty, possibility, and new perspectives. In the most ordinary things, whether a splash of water, a changing landscape, or the face of a friend, David always found something to love, uniquely capturing the vibrancy and life of his subjects.

    Lyrically written and breathtakingly illustrated by award-winning creator Evan Turk, To See Clearly tells the inspiring story of a groundbreaking artist who has shown the world a new way to see.