Author Deborah Campbell Wins Freedom to Read Award

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. […]

Freedom to Read Week in Canada begins on Sunday, February 26

Contact for interview opportunities: Hazel Millar: [email protected] | 416-994-1891 Contact for information about Freedom to Read Week: [email protected] | 416-975-9366   MEDIA ADVISORY: Freedom to Read Week in Canada begins on Sunday, February 26 February 22, 2017 Dear Editors and Producers, From February 26 to March 4, 2017, Canadians will mark the 33rd annual Freedom […]

February 26 to March 4, 2017 Officialy Proclaimed Freedom to Read Week in Toronto

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.” […]

Announcing Freedom to Read Week 2017: February 26 to March 4

For more information: Media inquiries, Hazel Millar: [email protected] | 416-994-1891 All other inquiries: [email protected] | 416-975-9366   ANNOUNCING FREEDOM TO READ WEEK 2017: FEBRUARY 26–MARCH 4 Events across Canada celebrate freedom of expression, challenge censorship           “Freedom of expression is a fundamental right in any democracy because we are our stories. […]

American Library Association releases State of America’s Libraries Report 2015

>>See the full report. In 2014, the Office for Intellectual Freedom received 311 reports regarding attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. Eighty percent of the 2014 Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books reflect diverse authors and cultural content. The 2014 Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books include: […]

CLA releases results of eighth annual survey of challenges to library resources and policies

>>From the Canadian Library Association (Ottawa, September 15, 2014) – The Canadian Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee has released the results of its eighth annual survey of challenges to library resources and policies in Canada for 2013. Most Canadians don’t give censorship in libraries a second thought, however a small strata of society would like to dictate […]

Canadian Library Association Releases Report on Challenged Materials

The Canadian Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee has released the results of its seventh annual survey of challenges to library resources and policies in Canada for 2012. The survey is meant to reflect the books, magazines, DVD’s, etc. that were challenged in Canadian Libraries over the past year. To see a press release regarding the results, […]

Canada’s Writers Honour Children’s Book Publisher, Patsy Aldana

Via the Writers’ Union of Canada. Freedom to Read Award Given for Courageous Publishing. The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) recognizes the courageous work of children’s book publisher, Patsy Aldana, with its Freedom to Read Award for 2013. As head of Groundwood Books from 1978 to 2012, Ms Aldana produced beautiful, cutting-edge books for young readers. “Patsy […]

New type of book challenge reported in Canadian libraries

OTTAWA — The Canadian Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee has released the results of its annual survey of challenges to library resources and policies in Canada for 2011. For the first time in six years of the survey, an entire genre of resources – graphic novels – was challenged for removal from a library’s […]

Whitewashing Mark Twain

NewSouth Books’ plan to publish a sanitized edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is still provoking comment in Canada. One issue is whether such books should be used in public schools. George Elliott Clarke comments: “N-Word Wickedness,” Now, January 27-February 3, 2011 Elizabeth May comments: “Elizabeth May on […]