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Summer 1996: Margaret Atwood, Eugene Benson & Graeme Gibson Look Back

Summer 1996: Margaret Atwood, Eugene Benson & Graeme Gibson Look Back

By | May 6, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Authors Margaret Atwood, Eugene Benson and Graeme Gibson brought PEN Canada to Toronto in 1984.

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December 1994: Kenneth Harvey Writes from Newfoundland

December 1994: Kenneth Harvey Writes from Newfoundland

By | December 22, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Kenneth J. Harvey’s thoughtful piece on the realities of his work as a minder, originally published in PEN Canada’s December 1994 newsletter.

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The Infamous Duet: Margaret Atwood and Robertson Davies

The Infamous Duet: Margaret Atwood and Robertson Davies

By | September 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm

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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From the Archives: Canada in Crisis, July 1990

From the Archives: Canada in Crisis, July 1990

By | July 3, 2015 at 10:03 am

In July 1990, a land dispute broke out between a Mohawk community and the small town of Oka, Quebec. Tensions mounted when the Mohawk community protested, creating road blockades. Then president of PEN Canada, John Ralston Saul, addressed the crisis in PEN’s September 1990 newsletter.

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From the Archives: Censorship in Ethiopia

From the Archives: Censorship in Ethiopia

By | June 8, 2015 at 3:01 pm

A chair sat empty June 2, 2015 at PEN Canada’s annual general meeting and Ideas in Dialogue event to recognize the absence of Honourary Member, Eskinder Nega. Nega, an Ethiopian journalist and editor, is currently serving an 18-year prison sentence for challenging his government’s use of anti-terrorism legislation and associating with a banned political party. […]

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From the Archives: A Report on the Eli Langer Trial

From the Archives: A Report on the Eli Langer Trial

By | May 13, 2015 at 11:49 am

In October 1993, PEN Canada’s Writer in Prison chair, Marian Botsford Fraser, attended and reported on the trial of Eli Langer, an artist whose works were seized on the basis of a newly amended definition of child pornography that was extended to include any visual representation of a person under the age of 18 engaged in “explicit sexual activity”.

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From the Archives: A Writer’s Journey

From the Archives: A Writer’s Journey

By | March 19, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Martha Kumsa came to Canada in 1991. As a journalist from Ethiopia, she had been held in prison under atrocius conditions for nine years and eight months before being released in 1989 with the help of PEN Canada. The following is a reflection on fractured identity, from being Oromo, to Ethiopian, to a Black writer in Canada.

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From the Archives: Free Press has Obligations

From the Archives: Free Press has Obligations

By | January 15, 2015 at 5:11 pm

In September, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten published editorial cartoons that satirized the prophet Mohammed. PEN Canada recommended restraint in order to create a space for critical debate, while defending the right to publish the cartoons.

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From the Archives: Penning a New Chapter

From the Archives: Penning a New Chapter

By | September 1, 2014 at 8:00 am

As PEN launches a student centre at Ryerson University, we look back on the student chapter that started it all at the University of Toronto in 1990.

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From the Archives: Three Wishes Challenged

From the Archives: Three Wishes Challenged

By | July 18, 2014 at 9:33 am

On March 20, 2006, PEN and a coalition of organizations appealed the Toronto District School Board’s restriction of Three Wishes. Lawrence Hill offers one parent’s view and Evie Freedman provides a young reader’s view.

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