SuperFan Showcase, Calgary: André Alexis & Yann Martel – this Wednesday October 5th

PEN Canada is thrilled to be partnering with Wordfest on the SuperFan Showcase series, in which notable Canadians engage in wide-ranging, generous conversation about writing and ideas with their favourite authors. When we approached Yann Martel, he loved the idea of an in-person show, but thought he would be the host, given how much he enjoys André Alexis’s work. Actually, it was André who asked for Yann – which demonstrates that this 75-minute event is going to be well-grounded in mutual admiration (although they will likely both recoil at the notion of super-fandom). Intelligent. Self-effacing. Unpredictable. Not to be missed.

What are the New Threats to Free Speech?

What are the subtle and not so subtle ways free expression is hampered in Canada? Patrick Finn and Chris Turner discussed shifting terminology and simplistic soundbites in our first ever event in Calgary.