Why do we defend free expression? PEN Canada’s latest annual report asks a simple question that lies at the heart of our work. In this excerpt, Haroon Siddiqui looks at the political contradictions of contemporary India, and some of the ways in which free expression in the world’s largest democracy “has never been so imperilled”.
On Oct. 20, 2010, Rohinton Mistry wrote a letter condemning the burning and removal of his novel from the course syllabus at the University of Mumbai.
A rare chance to meet a literary icon, and support the essential work of PEN Canada. The 2012 PEN Gala promises an innovative evening of performance, conversation, and music to mark the opening of the prestigious International Festival of Authors.