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2019 PEN Gala Dinner with Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson, and Rick Mercer

PEN Canada pays tribute to the life and work of Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson in a conversation with Rick Mercer. Join PEN Canada as we honour literary power couple Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, founding members and past presidents of our centre. We’ll engage them in conversation about their early days with PEN — they […]

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literary events

PEN Canada and The Shoe Project Present: Our Shoes, Our Streets

Shoes are quite profound: intensely personal, they go farther than that, to speak of geography, weather, work, religion, and gender.

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Michael Redhill writes to Oleg Sentsov

For PEN’s 2018 Day of the Imprisoned Writer, Michael Redhill writes a letter to the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.

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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.

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