Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Freedom to Read Windsor: Tomorrow

Available at Biblioasis. Come check out our
new Freedom to Read Window display.
As you know it's Freedom to Read Week here in Windsor, and we at Biblioasis are delighted to be hosting Windsor's 2013 Freedom To Read Week celebration, which is happening this Thursday at Milk Coffee Bar. You're encouraged to come out, read a passage from your favourite banned or challenged book, listen, and join a discussion on the impact of censorship in Canada and abroad. (& for an excellent introduction to censorship and its relationship to writing, I highly recommend you check out the new interview that was just posted by the LPG with Liliana Heker.)

Even in what is a free country by world standards, and as the Canadian Book & Periodical Council observes, books and magazines are still banned at the border. Schools and libraries are regularly asked to remove books and magazines from their shelves. Free expression on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but they affect the right of Canadians to decide for themselves what they choose to read.

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event organized by the BPC (and in the US by the American Library Association), which encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom as guaranteed under the Charter. We hope you'll join us. Thursday Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Milk. Open mic is first-come, first served.

Liliana Heker, who has just spoken about her
experience with censorship under the Argentine State
to Taryn Boyd of the LPG.

For a list of banned & challenged classics you can visit the BPC's Freedom to Read page here, or the ALA's banned books page here.

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