Censorship, Uncovered. Toronto Freedom to Read Week Events

Toronto Writers, Storytellers, Activists Celebrate Our Freedom to Read.

The Book and Periodical Council is delighted to announce the lineup of Toronto events for the 29th annual Freedom to Read Week (Feb. 24 to March 2, 2013). Events include CENSORED, a headline event presented in partnership with Toronto’s monthly storytelling collective the Raconteurs (raconteurs.ca); University of Toronto Writer-in-Residence Joy Kogawa discussing the state of free expression in Canada with Katherine Govier, poet laureate George Elliott Clarke and Marian Botsford Fraser; challenged book and magazine displays; awards; readings; open mics; and a PEN Canada examination of disappearing books in the digital age.

Events take place at locations across Toronto from February 24 to March 2, 2013. A complete list of events both in Toronto and at locations across Canada is available at freedomtoread.ca.

LISTINGS

Presented by the Book and Periodical Council & Raconteurs

Thursday, February 28, 7pm. The Garrison. 1197 Dundas St. W.

CENSORED

Playwright Catherine Frid; feminist advocate Steph Guthrie; librarian and storyteller Ken Setterington; novelist, journalist and activist Susan Swan; and book publishing veteran Bruce Walsh take the stage to share real life stories of censorship – off the cuff. The Canadian Library Association’s Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada Award and The Writers’ Union of Canada’s Freedom to Read Award will also be presented.
Tickets: $7 advance; $10 at the door.
Box Office: freedomtoreadweekcensored.eventbrite.ca

Other Freedom to Read Week events in Toronto

Monday, February 18 – Monday, March 4, Type Books, 883 Queen St. W.
CENSORED: Challenged Books Display
A display of must-reads that might have been can’t-reads, in support of Freedom to Read Week and CENSORED on February 28.
FREE

Monday, February 25, 2pm. Toronto Reference Library. Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium. 789 Yonge St.
FORBIDDEN READING
A screening of the third part of Mark Johnson’s award-winning series, Empire of the Word. Director Mark Johnson and Producer Amanda Handy participate in a Q&A after the screening.
Tickets: FREE
Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-classes or call 416-393-7131.

Monday, February 25, 7pm. Yorkville Library Program Room. 22 Yorkville Ave.
LIBEL AND PRIVACY: WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH WHAT YOU SAY ON THE INTERNET
A Freedom to Read Week presentation with Peter Jacobsen, defamation and media lawyer; board member, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.
Tickets: FREE
Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-classes or call 416-393-7131.

Tuesday, February 26, 7pm. Lillian H. Smith Library. 239 College St.
TOO MANY SECRETS
A discussion on why open government makes sense. With long-time reporter and broadcaster Paul Knox, Faculty of Journalism, Ryerson.
Tickets: FREE
Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-classes or call 416-393-7131.

Wednesday, February 27, 7pm. North York Central Library. 5120 Yonge St.
YOUTH PUBLIC FORUM
A public forum for young people ages 12+ examining various forms of censorship, as well as a discussion on how specific books have been banned in different countries and cultures.
Tickets: FREE
Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca/programs-and-classes or call 416-393-7131.

Friday, March 1, 5:30pm. Hart House Library. 7 Hart House Circle.
CELEBRATE OUR FREEDOM TO READ!
Novelist Katherine Govier, University of Toronto Writer-in-Residence Joy Kogawa, and Toronto’s Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke will read from and discuss their work in celebration of freedom of expression in Canada with writer and broadcaster Marian Botsford Fraser. Co-hosted by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Hart House Literary and Library Committee.
Tickets: FREE
Info: ccla.org/events/conversations/ or call 416-363-0321

Friday, March 1, 7pm. Toronto Reference Library. 789 Yonge St.
BEYOND BOOK BURNING: DISAPPEARING BOOKS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
PEN Canada presents a conversation on free speech in a borderless world. This panel discussion will examine the new challenges and gatekeepers created by digital technology. Panellists include authors Stephen Henighan and Hal Niedzviecki.
Tickets: $10
Box Office/Info: pencanada.ca/events/upcoming/

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.

Publicity contact: Becky Toyne, bt@beckytoyne.com