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From the Archives: On the Trial of Yasar Kemal

From the Archives: On the Trial of Yasar Kemal

By | June 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm

An account of the 1995 trial of the author Yasar Kemal – for publishing an article that condemned Turkey’s mistreatment of its Kurdish minority and indicated his support for the Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK).

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From the Archives: Breathing Fire on a Cold Night in Calgary

From the Archives: Breathing Fire on a Cold Night in Calgary

By | May 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm

In 1996, Karen Connelly decided to host a reading event in Calgary to fundraise for PEN Canada. The following is her description of the experience from the time she conceived the idea to the event’s post-mortem at a saloon.

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From the Archives: Prisoner Without a Name

From the Archives: Prisoner Without a Name

By | April 24, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Tonight, a guard, not following the rules, leaves the peephole ajar. I wait a while to see what will happen but it remains open. Standing on tiptoe, I peer out. There’s a narrow corridor, and across from my cell I can see at least two other doors. Indeed, I have a full view of two doors. What a sensation of freedom!

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From the Archives: Shooting the Messenger

From the Archives: Shooting the Messenger

By | March 24, 2013 at 9:11 am

In October 1991, Alberto Manguel joined a PEN Canada/PEN USA West delegation to investigate alleged human rights abuses committed against Mexican journalists.

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From the Archives: An Interview with Christiana Anyanwu

From the Archives: An Interview with Christiana Anyanwu

By | February 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm

In September 1998, months after her release, Anyanwu visited Toronto to speak at the annual meeting of the Canadian Committee to Protect Journalists.

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From the Archives: Notes on the Rushdie Fatwa

From the Archives: Notes on the Rushdie Fatwa

By | January 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm

The following are extracts from PEN Canada’s May 1993 newsletter. Six months earlier, Salman Rushdie’s appearance onstage with then-Ontario premier Bob Rae marked the first occasion on which a head of government had greeted the author in a public.

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From the Archives: Margaret Atwood on PEN and Politics

From the Archives: Margaret Atwood on PEN and Politics

By | January 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Margaret Atwood on the founding of PEN Canada The first PEN centre in Canada was founded in 1926 in Montreal. In 1983, the English-language centre, PEN Canada, moved to Toronto, while the French-speaking Centre quebecois du PEN continues its work in Montreal. On May 6, 1985 CBC’s Valerie Pringle spoke with Margaret Atwood on the founding […]

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PEN celebrates 20th anniversary of Salman Rushdie benefit

PEN celebrates 20th anniversary of Salman Rushdie benefit

By | December 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm

That’s to say, anybody’s a witch if you point at them and say they are. And that, of course, was the purpose and the nature of the witch hunt.

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