Freedom to Read Week 2013

Freedom to Read 2013It can be easy to think that we don’t have to worry about censorship in Canada, that we can relax and let down our guard. It just isn’t true, though.

Censorship is an ongoing concern anywhere people create works that others don’t like. Which is pretty  much everywhere. Even Canada.

There are Freedom to Read events taking place across the country this week. Hopefully you can find one or two to attend. You can check out the calendar of events here.

If you live in Toronto, why not come out the the Toronto Reference Library this Friday at 7:00 p.m. for Beyond Book Burning: Disappearing Books in the Digital Age? This panel discussion will be hosted by PEN Canada and promises to be an illuminating look at the changing face of censorship.

If you can’t make it out to any of the events, you can still participate on your own. You could write to your MP expressing concern about the muzzling of government scientists. Or you could curl up with a classic Canadian book  like The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood or The Wars by Timothy Findley, both of which have faced challenges demanding their removal from school libraries and classrooms in recent years. If you want more inspiration, the Freedom to Read website has lots of suggestions for ways to get involved.

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