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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...

Sci-lenced: A PEN Canada Evening on Scientists’ Freedom of Expression


Wednesday evening, October 17, marked the end of the 2012 edition of PEN Canada’s “Non-Speak Week,” a series of events on the role of freedom of expression in Canada. Together with the Canadian Science Writers Association (CSWA), PEN had invited a panel composed of Professor Danny Harvey from Department of Geography, University of Toronto, Stephen Strauss, the current President...

Rohinton Mistry and PEN Canada at IFOA, Tweeted


Last night a rare appearance by Rohinton Mistry opened the 2012 International Festival of Authors at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. The evening was a benefit for PEN Canada—and featured the author giving an enchanting reading about his childhood, several of his incredible and unexpected bursts into song, as well as a chat on stage with the CBC’s Writers and Company host Eleanor...

“Funny Strange”: TRB Tweets Calvin Trillin, Seán Cullen, and Charles Foran on Mordecai Richler


Last night we had a marvellous time live-tweeting “Funny Strange: Satire after Mordecai Richler,” PEN Canada‘s event at the Royal Ontario Museum. PEN Canada President and Richler biographer Charles Foran moderated a chat between the renowned New Yorker author Calvin Trillin and comedian Seán Cullen. Tweets as follows: [View the story “The Toronto Review of Books Tweets...

Camilla Gibb’s letter to Dawit Isaac, imprisoned Eritrean Journalist


Camilla Gibb read this letter on September 23rd, 2011, at PEN Canada‘s commemorative event, “The Other Side of Silence – Speaking out for Eritrea’s Imprisoned Journalists.” Dear Dawit, I wonder if sometimes, you feel that imagination is all you have left. And if you do, Dawit, if you even have the strength to let yourself dream for a moment, imagine there is a world beyond where you...

PEN Canada and Eritrea’s Imprisoned Journalists: The Unbearable Power of Speaking


The tenth anniversary of the imprisonment of twenty Eritrean journalists on Friday, September 23rd 2011, might have passed unremarked and in silence had it not been for the efforts of PEN Canada and Ryerson University. PEN Programs and Communications Coordinator Brendan De Caires chose the most pertinent and yet unexpected words of Salman Rushdie to fuel the imagination and catalyse the...