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Apr 08, 2019, 07:00 ET Nasrin Sotoudeh to receive PEN Canada's One Humanity Award

TORONTO, April 8, 2019 /CNW/ - Nasrin Sotoudeh, the Iranian human rights lawyer renowned for her defense of women's and children's rights, will receive the One Humanity award at PEN Canada's annual...


Mar 20, 2019, 15:24 ET RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award Announces its 2019 Jury

Call for Entries Now: Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction TORONTO, March 20, 2019 /CNW/ - PEN Canada is pleased to announce that submissions for the 2019 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award are now open....


Sep 14, 2018, 08:00 ET PEN Canada Condemns Ontario's Invocation of Section 33

TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2018 /CNW/ - Today PEN Canada condemned the government of Ontario's invocation of Section 33 of the Charter of Rights, the Notwithstanding Clause, to sideline a Superior Court...


Mar 07, 2018, 16:03 ET Event Advisory - Re-Imagined Homelands: Marlon James in Conversation with David Chariandy

TORONTO, March 7, 2018 /CNW/ - PEN Canada presents Re-Imagined Homelands: Marlon James in Conversation with David Chariandy on April 17 in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference...


Feb 12, 2018, 12:44 ET Event Advisory - Very Political and Unapologetically Black: Desmond Cole in conversation with Jael Richardson

TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2018 /CNW/ - PEN Canada presents Very Political and Unapologetically Black: Desmond Cole in Conversation with Jael Richardson on March 1 at the Lillian H. Smith library. Desmond...


Jan 16, 2018, 17:27 ET PEN Canada and PEN International concerned by calls to remove website

TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2018 /CNW/ - Today PEN Canada and PEN International expressed concern at calls for the removal of a website critical of the University of British Columbia's suspension and firing of ...


Dec 14, 2017, 09:58 ET Desmond Cole wins 2017 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize for freedom of expression

TORONTO, Dec. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - Desmond Cole has won the 2017 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize. The $1,000 prize is awarded annually to an individual or group whose work has advanced freedom of expression...


Nov 30, 2017, 10:30 ET Mikko Harvey wins 2017 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award

TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Mikko Harvey has won the RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award for unpublished writers aged 17-30. The award, generously funded by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, includes...


Nov 21, 2017, 12:18 ET Event Advisory - Codename Sally documentary screening at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2017 /CNW/ - On November 28, 2017, PEN Canada presents Codename Sally at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Codename Sally recounts PEN Canada's secret mission to spirit Salman Rushdie...


Oct 23, 2017, 11:39 ET Rashad Ramazanov is PEN's Empty Chair at the International Festival of Authors

TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2017 /CNW/ - The writer and blogger Rashad Ramazanov is PEN Canada's Empty Chair at the 38th International Festival of Authors (IFOA). Ramazanov is currently serving a nine-year...


Oct 17, 2017, 10:37 ET Imprisoned Palestinian Poet Ashraf Fayadh wins PEN Canada One Humanity Award

TORONTO, Oct. 17, 2017 /CNW/ - Imprisoned Palestinian poet and visual artist Ashraf Fayadh will receive the PEN Canada One Humanity Award, October 20 at the International Festival of Authors....


Sep 26, 2017, 11:01 ET Event Advisory - Glorious and Free? Canada in 2017

TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2017 /CNW/ - PEN Canada presents Glorious and Free? Canada in 2017 on October 20 at at the International Festival of Authors, in partnership with the Glorious and Free Foundation....


Sep 13, 2017, 15:52 ET PEN awards 2017 Honduran journalism prize

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Sept. 13, 2017 /CNW/ - PEN Honduras and PEN Canada announced the winners of the 2017 "Writing without Fear" (Escribir sin Miedo) prize today in Tegucigalpa, Honduras....


Jun 28, 2017, 08:27 ET PEN Canada Supports Repeal of Blasphemy Law

TORONTO, June 28, 2017 /CNW/ - PEN Canada today announced its support for the federal government's decision to repeal Section 296 (blasphemous libel) of the Canadian Criminal Code. Last used in 1935, ...


Jun 15, 2017, 11:26 ET Event Advisory - Indigenous Voices Rising

TORONTO, June 15, 2017 /CNW/ - On June 22, 2017, PEN Canada will host Indigenous Voices Rising as part of the Ideas in Dialogue Discussion Series, in partnership with the Toronto Public Library....


Jun 14, 2017, 07:31 ET PEN Canada looking for champions of free expression

Nominations sought for the PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize TORONTO, June 14, 2017 /CNW/ - Nominations for the PEN Canada/Ken Filkow prize are now open. The $1,000 annual prize is awarded to an individual ...


Jun 07, 2017, 08:02 ET Canadian media executive Richard Stursberg elected PEN Canada President at 2017 AGM

TORONTO, June 7, 2017 /CNW/ - Canadian media executive Richard Stursberg has been elected the new President of PEN Canada. Stursberg, who succeeds novelist and academic Randy Boyagoda, was voted in...


Apr 04, 2017, 08:00 ET Broad coalition endorses the No Free Press, No Freedom declaration of principles

MONTREAL, April 4, 2017 /CNW/ - One month ahead of World Press Freedom Day, a broad coalition has released a declaration of principle for the No Free Press, No Freedom campaign. Initiated by the...


Nov 15, 2016, 08:00 ET Imprisoned but not silenced

On Day of the Imprisoned Writer PEN stands in solidarity with writers imprisoned for their work TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2016 /CNW/ - Each year, on November 15, PEN International, PEN Centres and PEN...


Oct 11, 2016, 08:00 ET /R E P E A T -- PEN Canada hosts historian Adam Hochschild at the International Festival of Authors/

Writers discuss the Spanish Civil War and the role of writers in times of ideological turmoil TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2016 /CNW/ - Author and historian Adam Hochschild will take the stage with writer David ...


Sep 27, 2016, 10:32 ET PEN Canada deplores the killing of Nahed Hattar

TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2016 /CNW/ - PEN Canada deplores the killing of writer Nahed Hattar, who was gunned down outside a courtroom in Amman, Jordan on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Mr. Hattar, a Jordanian ...


Sep 13, 2016, 09:00 ET PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize awarded to Raihan Abir

After death threats in Bangladesh, Abir continues to fight for free expression from Canada TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2016 /CNW/ - Author and blogger Raihan Abir will receive the PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize...


Sep 12, 2016, 11:50 ET Writer and Advocate Laura Legge wins RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award

TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Toronto-based writer Laura Legge has won the RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award for works by unpublished writers aged 18-30. "PEN does vital work, both domestically and...


Sep 07, 2016, 11:39 ET PEN Canada hosts historian Adam Hochschild at the International Festival of Authors

Writers discuss the Spanish Civil War and the role of writers in times of ideological turmoil TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2016 /CNW/ - Author and historian Adam Hochschild will take the stage with writer David ...


Aug 29, 2016, 12:31 ET Speaking up for Ethiopia in Rio

The following is a statement from the PEN Ethiopia centre in exile. TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - Ethiopia's government is known for suppressing independent voices. It routinely jails journalists,...