Toronto, September 19, 2013 – Today PEN Canada voiced concern at the decision of Egyptian authorities to continue holding Canadian citizens John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, without charge, in a Cairo prison.
On Thursday, Spetember 5th 2013 PEN held its Annual General meeting at the Faculty Club at the University of Toronto. Members discussed the work we have done through the year and voted on by-law changes. We also elected four new board members and a new president.
Dominic Ali talks to Jennifer Lanthier, author of “The Stamp Collector”— a picture book Yann Martel described as “a darkly luminous tale about the power of stories and the bonds of empathy they can weave.”
Congratulations to Claire Battershill on making the PEN International longlist for the New Voices Award.
On June 9, 2013 Liu Hui, brother-in-law of imprisoned Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, was fined 20,000 yuan for fraud and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
PEN Canada is seriously concerned by recent media reports which indicate that the government of Canada has continued to monitor the phone calls and online activity of Canadian citizens.
On June 6, 2013, in response to media reports that that US National Security Agency was collecting data from the telephone calls of all Verizon Business customers, the PEN American Center released the following statement.
Philip Slayton, chair of PEN Canada’s National Affairs Committee, said, “It is time to stop lawsuits that have no intrinsic merit and are intended only to stifle free expression.”
When presented with a number of issues in Canada and abroad, 80% of respondents reported they were very or extremely concerned about the silencing of Canadian scientists and 77% were very or extremely concerned about right to information and access to information laws in Canada.
Thirty-nine years, 50 books, and 350 million copies into his literary career, Stephen King will discuss the writing life with his son, first-time novelist Owen King on the opening night of the 34th International Festival of Authors.