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PEN Canada to Build Emergency Fund

On December 1st, PEN Canada will join the Canada-wide Giving Tuesday fundraising initiative to raise $10,000 for an official PEN Canada writers-in-peril emergency fund.

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literary events

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2015

John Ralston Saul, Katherine Govier, Andrew Pyper, Yann Martel, Linwood Barclay and John Valliant put pen to paper for three imprisoned writers: Raif Badawi, Khadija Ismayilova and Eskinder Nega.

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Bangladesh: Authorities Must Protect Secular Writers and Their Publishers

The government of Bangladesh is failing in its obligation to protect secular writers and publishers after the murder of Faisal Arefin Dipan.

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from the archives

The Infamous Duet: Margaret Atwood and Robertson Davies

On December 6th, 1990, PEN hosted its annual benefit. The show-stopper that night was the following duet, performed by Canadian icons Robertson Davies and Margaret Atwood, accompanied intrepidly by Tomson Highway on piano.

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featured video

Video and Audio: Still Points in a Turning World

We are pleased to present the video highlights and full audio from Wade Davis and John Vaillant’s conversation on a writer’s role in a fast-changing world from our Spring Ideas in Dialogue event.

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