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 […]

Rohinton Mistry Target of Censorship Attempt in India

In India, Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey is the target of a censorship attempt. Mistry is an acclaimed Canadian novelist, and Such a Long Journey was published in 1991. Graeme Smith, “Censorship battle rages in India over Mistry novel,” The Globe and Mail, October 15, 2010 Prachi Pinglay, “Booker author Rohinton Mistry in Mumbai university row,” BBC News, October […]