Support PEN Canada on Giving Tuesday 2022

Together We Stand for Freedom of Expression

This past August, the brutal attack on Sir Salman Rushdie was a chilling reminder that freedom of expression can never be taken for granted. PEN Canada strives to honour, protect and defend this hard-won human right for writers, journalists, and ordinary citizens. For everyone.

To inquire freely, to freely express opinions and engage in fair debates is to value all of humanity’s voices, and  vigorously oppose the forces that seek to control, diminish, undermine or silence dissent and peaceful criticism.

This Giving Tuesday, on November 29th, please support PEN Canada’s work to protect writers and journalists whose lives and livelihoods are on the line, in defense of freedom of expression, here in Canada and abroad. Stand with us to defend freedom of expression, to defend everyone’s right to have a voice.

Each day, in the lead-up to Giving Tuesday, we will be sharing a letter a letter of support from Canadian writer members and Writer-in-Exile members who passionately support PEN Canada’s mission. 

Letters of Support

Tuesday, November 15th — Devyani Saltzman

Wednesday, November 16th – Luis Nájera

Thursday, November 17th – David Bezmozgis

Friday, November 18th – Maria Saba

Monday, November 21st – Sturla Gunnarsson

Tuesday, November 22nd – Arzu Yildiz

Wednesday, November 23rd – Omar El Akkad

Thursday, November 24th – Kim Echlin

Tuesday, November 29th – John Irving

Thank you for supporting PEN Canada in 2022.


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