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A PEN By the Book event: ‘Damned Funny: Faith, Fiction and the Hilarity of Hell’

Join us for an evening of humour with authors Randy Boyagoda and John Irving A free online event on January 20th 7:00-8:00 pm. REGISTER HERE John Irving and Randy Boyagoda are novelists …

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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, …

2018 PEN Gala Dinner with Martin Amis

Glorious and Free? Canada in 2017



Six months ago Richard Stursberg, as outgoing president of PEN Canada, urged the Trudeau government to boycott the 20-22 winter Olympics in China. Read his full letter below. The Right …

From the Archives

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.

December 1994: Kenneth Harvey Writes from Newfoundland