PEN Canada and George Brown College announce 2008 Writer in Exile Lecturer-in-Residence



    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - PEN Canada and George Brown College announce
that this year's PEN Canada Writer in Exile Lecturer-in-residence at George
Brown College is Zdenka Acin. Acin is a writer, actor, interpreter and
translator, print and broadcast journalist, TV host and editor, from the
former Yugoslavia. Since June, 1999 she has been in Canada as a political
refugee.
    "George Brown College is delighted to be participating for the fifth time
in the PEN Canada programme for writers in exile," said Dr. Georgia Quartaro,
Dean, Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies. "The writers inspire
students who have grown up in Canada, often taking freedom of expression for
granted."
    An outspoken intellectual in Yugoslavia, Acin was the developer and host
of a popular television interview show in Belgrade and has a long-standing
interest in the arts; she has interviewed many prominent writers, including
three winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature: Czeslaw Milosz, Joseph
Brodsky and Naguib Mahfouz. She wrote critical articles about both Slobodan
Milosevic and Radovan Karadzic and has published two books: Neither Voice of
God nor Voice of State and I Renounce Revenge, collections of essay-interviews
with political figures and film and theatre directors. Accounts of her
experiences and reflections have appeared in several Canadian newspapers and
magazines.
    Acin has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Belgrade and has
studied journalism, digital film and TV production in Yugoslavia and Toronto.
Since coming to Canada she has been a member of PEN Canada and Writers in
Exile Network; and has worked as a journalist, a translator, and a film actor.
    Since 1995 PEN Canada's Writer in Exile programme has welcomed more than
fifty writers, academics and journalists who have come to Canada as exiles.
The lecturer-in-residence programme at George Brown College is one of more
than twenty programmes PEN Canada has developed in collaboration with
colleges, universities, news organizations and libraries across Canada.

    PEN Canada is the Canadian centre of International PEN, the writers'
organization with more than 140 centres in 110 countries worldwide. This year,
PEN Canada celebrates 25 years of fighting for freedom of expression.





For further information:

For further information: about PEN Canada: www.pencanada.ca; Isobel
Harry, Executive Director: (416) 703-8448, x 22; For more information about
George Brown College: www.georgebrown.ca; Georgia Quartaro, Dean, Centre for
Preparatory and Liberal Studies, (416) 415-5000 x2333


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