BPC Announces 2018 Freedom to Read Week Poster Illustrator

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 […]

PEN Canada Looking for Champions of Free Expression

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 […]

Ontario Bringing More Canadian Books to Classrooms

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 […]

ALA Releases List of Top 10 Challenged Books of 2016

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 […]

CFLA FCAB 2016 Resources and Policy Challenges Survey

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 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. […]

FOE Committee Drafts Letter to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier

The Issues Group within the BPC’s Freedom of Expression Committee drafted the following letter in reaction to the proposed increase of sales tax on books and the planned closure of libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador. The letter was sent to Premier Ball, as well as provincial cabinet ministers Cathy Bennett, Dale Kirby and Christopher Mitchelmore. […]