Announcing 29th Annual Freedom to Read Week

Events across Canada Support Freedom of Expression, Challenge Censorship

Via the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee

The Book and Periodical Council and Freedom of Expression Committee  are pleased to announce the 29th annual Freedom to Read Week, with events taking place in libraries, schools and arts venues across Canada from February 24 to March 2, 2013.

Incorporating public readings and panel discussions, challenged book displays and a kit for educators, Freedom to Read Week provides an opportunity for Canadians to express themselves on the issues of censorship and the right to free speech and opinion.

“Freedom to choose what we read is a basic right, yet it continues to be challenged in our libraries and schools every year,” said Marg Anne Morrison, chair of the Freedom of Expression Committee. “With Freedom to Read Week, we invite Canadians to place such challenges under scrutiny, and to debate and discuss how they affect us all.”

A complete list of events and locations is available at freedomtoread.ca. Event organizers are encouraged to share their plans with Freedom to Read Week organizers through the same web address.

About Freedom to Read Week
Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee, a group committed to promoting intellectual freedom in Canada. Since 1978, the Freedom of Expression Committee has worked with educators, librarians and the community at large to provide information that addresses censorship and book and magazine challenges in Canada.

Freedom to Read Week is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information visit freedomtoread.ca.

About the Book and Periodical Council (BPC)

The BPC is the umbrella organization for associations involved in the writing, editing, publishing, distributing, marketing, producing, selling and lending of books and periodicals in Canada. For more information, visit thebpc.ca.

For more information:

Publicist, Becky Toyne: bt@beckytoyne.com | 416-871-0502
Freedom to Read Week: info@freedomtoread.ca | 416-975-9366