PEN Canada to Receive Partial Proceeds of Open House Festival



    TORONTO, May 8 /CNW/ - PEN Canada will receive partial proceeds of The
Globe and Mail's Open House Festival, which will bring together the very best
writers and thinkers from Canada and around the world for a unique program of
readings and discussions that will provoke, entertain and enlighten. Frontier
College is the other recipient of proceeds from the event.
    The festival runs today, Friday, May 8 to Sunday, May 10 at the
University of Toronto, beginning tonight, 6:30pm at the Rotman School of
Business (150 St. George Street), with The Economy of the Future: How to Make
Cities that Are Resilient, featuring Jeb Brugmann, Richard Florida, Roger
Martin and Mayor David Miller in conversation.
    "PEN Canada is delighted to partner with Random House and to be a
recipient of these proceeds," says Isobel Harry, Executive Director of PEN
Canada. "This is a direct way that the literary community in Canada supports
the extension of the basic human right to freedom of expression to writers,
journalists and editors abroad who have been persecuted, imprisoned, even
killed for exercising these rights."
    There are limited tickets still available for the opening event. The cost
is $100 per person plus GST. The fee includes the discussion, one copy of
Welcome to the Urban Revolution by Jeb Brugmann (worth $34.71); one copy of
The Opposable Mind by Roger Martin (worth $31.45); one copy of Who's Your
City? by Richard Florida (worth $34.60); cocktails and hors d'ouerves.
    The Open House festival runs all weekend and features writers such as
Wayson Choy, Naomi Klein, Ann-Marie McDonald, Nino Ricci, Ha Jin, Stuart
McLean and many more. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday events are available
via: www.uofttix.ca, (416) 978-8849 or through the U of T Bookstore, (416)
640-5836.





For further information:

For further information: Kendra Ward at PEN Canada, (416) 703-8448 x.
23, kward@pencanada.ca


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