FREEDOMTOREAD 2013 CU RREN T C EN S O RS HI P I S S UES I N C ANADA
BOOK AND PE RI O DI CAL CO U NC IL
Ron Deibert Global Security Sleuth
Targeting LGBT Lit Canada’s History of Discrimination
Classroom Conversation Engaging Boys with Challenged Books
Dissident Artist’s Comeback
Ottawa’s Content Control Mark Bourrie on the Hill
Franke James’s Sidewalk Show
Prose in the Pen An Inmate’s Journey
Ideas for Educators
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U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights
There are worse crimes than burning books,” said the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky. “One of them is not reading them.” Freedom to Read 2013 includes stories about both crimes: Lawrence Hill reflects on the threat to burn his Book of Negroes and I.M. GreNãda writes about the challenge of getting books into prisons.
Freedom to Read 2013 explores the shifting forces that threaten our free expression and celebrates those who defend our rights. Ron Deibert discusses his tireless work championing freedom of expression online. Anne Jayne writes about the showdown between the University of Calgary and twin brothers who wrote disparaging remarks about their professor on Facebook. And Mark Bourrie reveals how journalists have diminishing access to Parliament Hill. Brenda Cossman charts the tradition of censoring lesbian and gay literature in Canada. Charles Montpetit shares the story of Canadian artist and writer Franke James who took her message to the streets (and billboards) of Ottawa after the federal government denied her arts funding for criticizing Canada’s environmental record. Freedom to Read 2013 also travels the world. Exiled Iranian author Ava Homa shares her story about the perils of being a journalist in Iran. And our “Global View” highlights some of the world’s worst Internet censors. There is much more, including a roundup of current issues in the news, Hilary McLaughlin’s incisive look at Nick Cohen’s You Can’t Read This Book, and our “Get Involved” section which encourages you to celebrate and defend your freedom to read. Josh Bloch, Editor
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THE BOOK AND PERIODICAL COUNCIL (BPC) WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR GENEROUS SPONSORSHIP OF FREEDOM TO READ WEEK 2013:
Canadian Library Association
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