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Congress 2015: The Diary

Congress 2015: The Diary

By | November 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm

PEN Canada President Randy Boyagoda wrote this account of the 81st PEN International Congress for the Financial Times‘ “The Diary” column. The following was published in the Life & Arts section on October 30, 2015.

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Dimming the Beacon of Free Speech

Dimming the Beacon of Free Speech

By | October 19, 2015 at 2:50 pm

PEN Canada President Randy Boyagoda reflects on PEN International’s briefing note on free speech in Canada.

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Dieu Cay: One Year of Freedom

Dieu Cay: One Year of Freedom

By | October 2, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Dieu Cay, was released from prison on October 21, 2014. PEN Canada caught up with him to see how he is adjusting to exile in California.

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Steven Pinker: The Psycholinguist’s Sense of Style

Steven Pinker: The Psycholinguist’s Sense of Style

By | October 2, 2015 at 3:44 pm

An excerpt from the prologue of Steven Pinker’s most recent work, The Sense of Style, in which he explains what a psycholinguist can bring to the writing guide. Pinker will join PEN Canada, Oct 22.

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Bangladeshi Bloggers Appeal for Protection

Bangladeshi Bloggers Appeal for Protection

By | October 2, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Four secular bloggers have been murdered in the first six months of 2015. The following appeal for protection appeared on Mukto-Mona (“Free Thought”) on August 19, 2015.

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Canadian Literature and Authors: A Portrait

Canadian Literature and Authors: A Portrait

By | October 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm

This October, artist Mark Raynes Roberts’ ILLUMINATION comes to Toronto. PEN Canada asked Roberts about his artwork, his process and Canadian creativity.

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The Infamous Duet: Margaret Atwood and Robertson Davies

The Infamous Duet: Margaret Atwood and Robertson Davies

By | September 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm

On December 6th, 1990, PEN hosted its annual benefit. The show-stopper that night was the following duet, performed by Canadian icons Robertson Davies and Margaret Atwood, accompanied intrepidly by Tomson Highway on piano.

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1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think

1000 Lashes: Because I Say What I Think

By | September 1, 2015 at 3:00 am

Excerpt from the book 1000 Lashes, by Raif Badawi, published in 2015 by Greystone Books

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“iPhones don’t count”: PMO’s Arbitrary Limits on Journalists

“iPhones don’t count”: PMO’s Arbitrary Limits on Journalists

By | August 12, 2015 at 11:31 am

Justin Giovannetti writes about how he and eight other journalists who had previously been cleared to attend a photo opportunity with Prime Minister Stephen Harper had their credentials refused. PEN Canada believes reporters must be free from arbitrary limits on their ability to report information, especially as the tools of journalism evolve.

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The Real Amy Smith

The Real Amy Smith

By | August 7, 2015 at 11:22 am

We caught up with our RBC Communications Fellow learn a bit more about her interest in PEN, free expression, and literature.

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