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Urgent Call to Action in Response to the Crisis in Afghanistan

We write to you now as individuals and organizations deeply engaged in Canada’s response to the Afghan crisis, including those involved in efforts to help evacuate vulnerable persons from Afghanistan in an effort to bring them to Canada. These are the individuals most at risk of violence and reprisals following the Taliban takeover in mid-August 2021.

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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


This #GivingTuesday help us save a persecuted writer’s life 

“Into the dark dungeons of Ethiopia came a dazzling light tearing through the thick shadows of death. Parting the ominous clouds, a strange bird flew in with cards in its …

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