Freedom to Read Week in Toronto: A guide

Though some of you will no doubt choose to celebrate Freedom to Read week in Toronto by exercising your freedom to stay home and read (for which we would never fault you), the week of Feb. 24-Mar. 2, 2013, does promise a thrilling roster of events about censorship and books to draw you out of the house.

Type Books is hosting a “Challenged Books Display” called CENSORED until Mar. 4, 2013.

→On Feb. 25 at 2pm, the Toronto Reference Library will screen Forbidden Reading in the Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium. The documentary tells of “the real dangers of censorship” through the voice of renowned author and historian of reading, Alberto Manguel. The directors will be available for a Q&A afterwards.

→Later that evening at the Yorkville branch of the TPL, defamation and media lawyer Peter Jacobson will speak on Libel and Privacy: Why You Should Watch What You Say on the Internet.

→Longtime broadcaster, reporter, and journalism professor Paul Knox will advocate for open government at the Too Many Secrets event at the Lillian H. Smith Branch at 7pm on Feb. 26.

→An event for younger folks, the Youth Public Forum on Feb. 27 at the North York Central Library, will look at varieties of international censorship and book suppression.

→Toronto storytelling doyennes the Raconteurs are pairing with the The Book and Periodical Council to put on an evening of censored tales on Feb. 28 at the Garrison.

→PEN Canada is presenting a panel on the legacies of books that go unpublished in the digital age: Beyond Book Burning: Disappearing Books in the Digital Age at the Toronto Reference Library on Mar. 1, 7pm.

→In an event at Hart House at 5:30pm on Mar. 1, Katherine Govier, Joy Kogawa, and George Elliot Clarke will give readings and celebrate freedom of expression in Canada. Marian Botsford Fraser will moderate, and the evening will include an open mic session of readings from banned books. Huzzah!

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Jessica Duffin Wolfe

Jessica Duffin Wolfe is the Editor-in-Chief of The Toronto Review of Books.

By Jessica Duffin Wolfe