In February of 2011, the Writers’ Union of Canada awarded John Ralston Saul its Freedom to Read Award. The award honours Canadians who have made a significant contribution to defending the right to read and write freely without fear of reprisal.
Patsy Aldana is the publisher of Groundwood Books in Toronto, which produces children’s books for all ages, including fiction, picture books and non-fiction. In recent years, at least two of Groundwood’s titles have been attacked for their content.
Alan Borovoy battled for freedom of expression many times in the 41 years that he was at the helm of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), but he will always remember one of the earliest cases.