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In Memoriam: Graeme Gibson

PEN Canada’s April 2019 gala tribute to Graeme Gibson, co-founder of PEN Canada in 1984, president of PEN Canada 1987-89.

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Media Conference: The Liu Xiaobo Empty Chair Memorial Unveiling Ceremony

Amnesty International PEN Canada Toronto Association for Democracy in China Toronto – July 30, 2019 Media Conference Advisory The Liu Xiaobo Empty Chair Memorial Unveiling Ceremony Date: Thursday August 1, 2019 Time: 1 pm Place: Oakham Lounge, Ryerson Student Centre 2nd Floor, 63 Gould Street, Toronto Amnesty International, PEN Canada and Toronto Association for Democracy […]

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Oleg Sentsov Released From Prison

PEN International and PEN Ukraine welcome the release of prominent Ukrainian writer and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was freed on September 7, 2019 as part of a prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine. ‘Oleg Sentsov’s release comes as a great and long overdue relief after five gruelling years away from his loved ones in Crimea spent […]

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Book Balls, Fox-Trots, and Boeuf Bordelaise: The Early History of PEN International

PEN emerged during a moment of postwar optimism regarding the potential of human fellowship to overcome the contingencies of geopolitical power.

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