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Farewell, Asmara

Aaron Berhane was a beloved leader of our centre’s Writers in Exile community and a valued member of PEN Canada’s Board of Directors before his untimely death, due to Covid-19, in May 2021. He fled Eritrea in 2002, following a draconian crackdown on the independent press. The following extract from his posthumously published memoir The Burden of Exile: A Banned Journalist’s Flight from Dictatorship, recounts his early days hiding from government agents in Asmara. 

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Down the Road, and a World Away – Poetry Readings by Canada’s New Voices in Toronto and Montreal — October 27 and 29

Down the Road, and a World Away — Join PEN Canada and Another Story bookshop as we celebrate an evening of creative writing by some of Canada’s most original new voices.

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Support PEN this December

This December, we ask you to join our Canadian authors and Writer-in-Exile members in supporting PEN Canada in its mission to defend freedom of expression as a basic human right …

DOIW 2022: Anna Porter writes to Server Mustafayev

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TIFA 2022 — The Freedom to Write and to Read: Standing with Salman Rushdie

“Free Speech is the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.” — Salman Rushdie PEN Canada, Penguin Random House Canada, Toronto International Festival of Authors and Writers’ Trust of Canada …

Q&A with Chris Tenove on Toxic Disinformation