Category Archives: Events

Freedom to Read Week 2013

It 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 … Continue reading

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2012 International Festival of Authors

It’s that time of year again! From October 18 to 28, Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre will be wall-to-wall authors, books, and words. And, as usual, there are way more events than you can count on all your fingers and toes! The … Continue reading

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Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week is a yearly event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom. As Canadians our right to intellectual freedom is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but even in … Continue reading

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International Festival of Authors 2011

Tonight’s PEN Canada Benefit marks the start of the 32nd annual International Festival of Authors at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Renowned designer and innovator Bruce Mau will be interviewed by the CBC’s Mary Hynes, and images of his work … Continue reading

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Today Is International World Literacy Day

According to UNESCO, “793 million adults – most of them girls and women – are illiterate. A further 67 million children of primary school age are not in primary school and 72 million adolescents of lower secondary school age are … Continue reading

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The Writer's Room with Francine Prose

I read Francine Prose‘s  Reading like a Writer last winter on my pre-dawn morning commutes. And ever since, it has been on my list of books to share with you here on the Word Blog. That post will come soon—next week, in fact—but … Continue reading

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Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts

This past weekend on a visit to Chicago I stopped by Columbia College’s Center for Book & Paper Arts to see the current exhibit of Buddhist printing from the Derge Parkhang. The Derge Parkang (also known as the Derge Sutra … Continue reading

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Murdoch's Toronto: Fact into Fiction

Yesterday, while many logophiles had a lovely time schmoozing with authors and publishers at Word on the Street, I and my adventurous parents chose instead to head out on one of Heritage Toronto‘s historic walking tours. They were able to … Continue reading

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Afterword: A Celebration of 30 Years

The end of August saw the end of an era for Toronto book lovers when Pages Books and Magazines closed its doors for the last time. There was never a time that I went into Pages and left without at … Continue reading

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