TORONTO, ON (February 3rd, 2018): Vickery Bowles, Toronto Public Library’s City Librarian, is the recipient of the 2018 Ontario Library Association Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award, given in recognition of courage shown in defending the rights of library patrons to full access to information. The award was presented to Bowles during the annual OLA Super Conference, held […]

Desmond Cole wins 2017 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize for freedom of expression Desmond Cole has won the 2017 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize. The $1,000 prize is awarded annually to an individual or group whose work has advanced freedom of expression in Canada. “PEN Canada understands that exercising the right to free expression often comes at personal […]

The Book and Periodical Council is thrilled to announce our poster illustrator for FTRW 2018: JEFF LEMIRE! Jeff is an illustrator and graphic novelist whose work includes the Essex Countytrilogy, The Underwater Welder, Secret Path and, most recently, Roughneck. His story “Tales from the Farm,” which appears in the Essex County trilogy, was challenged in Ontario in 2011. We can’t wait to share his poster […]

From PEN Canada Nominations sought for the PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize Nominations for the 2017 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow prize are now open. The $1,000 annual prize is awarded to an individual or group who has advanced freedom of expression in Canada. About the Prize Named in memory of Kenneth A. Filkow, Q.C., a distinguished Winnipeg […]

From the Government of Ontario News Release Ontario Bringing More Canadian Books to Classrooms July 19, 2017 New Investment Aims to Enrich Children’s Learning Experience Ontario is bringing more Canadian literature — such as fiction, plays and poetry — into schools across Ontario, to enrich the learning experience of students in the classroom. Tourism, Culture […]

From the American Library Association   Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 Out of 323 challenges reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 are 1. This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki This young adult graphic novel, winner of both a Printz […]

From CFLA FCAB 2016 Annual Challenges Survey: Preliminary Report 2016 Resources and Policy Challenges Survey Jan 17, 2017 Did your library deal with a book, Internet, or other access challenge in 2016? Dear Library Colleagues, Did your library experience any challenges to materials, resources, services, or policies in 2016? Challenges include disputes about Internet access, meeting […]

Author Deborah Campbell Wins Freedom to Read Award – author of A Disappearance in Damascus honoured by The Writers’ Union of Canada – Toronto – February 27, 2017 – The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is proud to announce that Deborah Campbell, journalist and author, is the recipient of the 2017 Freedom to Read Award. […]

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, Mayor John Tory officially proclaimed February 26 to March 4, 2017 Freedom to Read Week in Toronto. “Freedom of expression is guaranteed to everyone by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and it is our responsibility as individuals and organizations to ensure that this freedom is preserved and maintained.” […]