Freedom to Read Week Celebrates 30 Years of Challenging Censorship

FREEDOM TO READ WEEK CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF CHALLENGING CENSORSHIP

Events throughout Toronto put censorship and surveillance in the spotlight

Toronto, January 29, 2014 —- The Book and Periodical Council is delighted to announce the lineup of Toronto events for the 30th anniversary of Freedom to Read Week (February 23 to March 1, 2014). Events include Dear Censor, a short play presented in partnership with Toronto theatre group Birdtown & Swanville and featuring the words of Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, Ann Patchett and Rohinton Mistry; a PEN Canada discussion about national security and the limits of free expression, featuring Ron Deibert, Colin Freeze and Wesley Wark; a history of book burning and banning presented by acclaimed science writer Alanna Mitchell; and a librarian’s guide to book banning in 10 easy steps.

Events also take place at locations across Canada. A list of events outside Toronto is available at freedomtoread.ca.

LISTINGS

Presented by the Book & Periodical Council and Birdtown & Swanville

Tuesday, February 25, 7:30pm (Doors open at 7pm). The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen St. W.

DEAR CENSOR. A short play in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Freedom to Read Week.

Using letters and lectures by authors Margaret Atwood, Lawrence Hill, Margaret Laurence, Rohinton Mistry and Ann Patchett, publisher Patsy Aldana and theatre-company president Sue Golding, local theatre group Birdtown & Swanville performs a short play about defending the written word against would-be censors.

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 at this event.

Tickets: Pay what you can. $10 suggested.

Info: freedomtoread.ca/events

Other Freedom to Read Week events in Toronto

 

Thursday, February 13, 2 – 3pm, Downsview Library, 2793 Keele St.

HOW TO BAN A BOOK IN 10 EASY STEPS

Librarian Kara Miley offers a not-so-tongue-in-cheek guide (that she hopes you never need to follow) to the crazy world of book banning and censorship. Who does it and why?

Tickets: FREE, but registration is requested.

Registration: by phone: 416-395-5720 | by email: [email protected] | in person: at the branch.

Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca

 

Thursday, February 20, 6:45 – 8pm. High Park Library, 228 Roncesvalles Ave.

HOW TO BAN A BOOK IN 10 EASY STEPS

Librarian Kara Miley offers a not-so-tongue-in-cheek guide (that she hopes you never need to follow) to the crazy world of book banning and censorship. Who does it and why? This event takes place at several times and locations throughout Freedom to Read Week.

Tickets: FREE

Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca | 416-393-7671

 

Wednesday, February 26, 7 – 8pm. Jane/Dundas Library, 620 Jane St.

HOW TO BAN A BOOK IN 10 EASY STEPS

Librarian Kara Miley offers a not-so-tongue-in-cheek guide (that she hopes you never need to follow) to the crazy world of book banning and censorship. Who does it and why? This event takes place at several times and locations throughout Freedom to Read Week.

Tickets: FREE

Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca | 416-394-1014

 

Wednesday, February 26, 7 – 8pm. North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St.

BURNING BOOKS, CREATING DARKNESS

Science writer and acclaimed public speaker Alanna Mitchell discusses the history of book burning and banning, and pulling the wool over readers’ eyes. This event promises to be a lively discussion of the record of repression and violence against truth.

Tickets: FREE

Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca

 

Thursday, February 27, 2 – 3pm. Weston Library, 2 King St.

HOW TO BAN A BOOK IN 10 EASY STEPS

Librarian Kara Miley offers a not-so-tongue-in-cheek guide (that she hopes you never need to follow) to the crazy world of book banning and censorship. Who does it and why? This event takes place at several times and locations throughout Freedom to Read Week.

Tickets: FREE

Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca | 416-394-1016

 

Saturday, March 1, 2 – 3pm. Jane/Dundas Library, 620 Jane St.

SCIENCE: UNCENSORED!

As part of Freedom to Read Week at the library, Katie Gibbs, a representative from the group Evidence for Democracy, talks about how scientific information in Canada is being censored by the federal government.

Tickets: FREE

Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca | 416-394-1014

 

Thursday, February 27, 6:30 – 8pm. Deer Park Library, 40 St. Clair Ave. E.

EDWARD SNOWDEN: WHAT HE SHOULD MEAN TO YOU

Veteran investigative reporter Andrew Mitrovica rebuts the powerful forces that have sought to dismiss, disparage or diminish the meaning and consequences for Canadians of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s world-reverberating revelations about global surveillance networks.

Tickets: FREE

Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca

 

Friday, February 28, 7 – 9pm. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.

SURVEILLANCE AFTER SNOWDEN: NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE LIMITS OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

How should a democracy balance national security with freedom of expression? Are government programs that capture and analyse metadata or private information from foreign intelligence agencies worth the loss of our rights to privacy and free speech? Join panellists Ron Deibert, professor of political science at the University of Toronto and director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, Colin Freeze, a journalist who covers national security for The Globe and Mail and has reported extensively on Communications Security Establishment Canada, and Wesley Wark, a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs who has served on the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on National Security. Journalist Jesse Brown moderates.

Tickets: Pay what you can, $10 suggested donation.

Info: call: 416-703-8448 ext. 21 | pencanada.ca

 

Freedom to Read Week Book and Poster Displays

February 3 – 21. Toronto Public Library: Jones, Parliament and Eatonville Branches

A touring display of 5 posters from the 30-year history of Freedom to Read Week

February 3 – 7 @ Parliament Street Library, 269 Gerrard St. E.

February 10 – 14 @ Eatonville Library, 430 Burnhamthorpe Rd.

February 17 – 21 @ Jones Public Library, 118 Jones Ave.

Tickets: FREE

 

Sunday, February 23 – Saturday, March 1, Maria A. Shchuka Public Library, 1745 Eglinton Ave. W.

FREEDOM TO READ WEEK – BOOKS CHALLENGED IN CANADA DISPLAY

Throughout Freedom to Read Week, the library hosts a display of books that have been challenged in Canada.

Tickets: FREE

Info: torontopubliclibrary.ca

 

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, publishers, writers, booksellers, advocacy groups 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

The Book and Periodical Council is the umbrella organization for Canadian associations whose members are primarily involved with the writing, editing, translating, publishing, producing, distributing, lending, marketing, reading and selling of written words. For more information, visit thebpc.ca.

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