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Freedom to Read Week 2022

by Nicole de Blois on 2022-02-21T08:00:00-08:00 | Comments

Did you know that every year in Canada, books are being challenged (or even banned) at the border and in schools and libraries across the country? Freedom to read week is an annual event that brings awareness to censorship in Canada and advocates for freedom of expression and access to information. From freedomtoread.ca:

“Despite having strong traditions of free expression and free inquiry, Canada also has a long-standing tradition of censorship. Historically, books and magazines have often been quietly removed from libraries and classrooms. Freedom to Read Week was founded in 1984 to challenge the covert nature of censorship, creating a broader awareness of these ongoing challenges to Canadian writing, and to allow Canadians to actively defend their right to publish, read and write freely and to widen their understanding of the negative effects of censorship, not just on readers but on writers and publishers as well."

Over the years, Freedom to Read Week has become a regular feature of the annual programming of schools, libraries and literary groups across Canada. From student video contests to large public readings of challenged materials, participants have found creative and inspiring ways to show how important freedom of expression is to them.”

In the spirit of freedom to read week, we have put together a display of works that have been challenged in Canada. Check them out and get a banned book bookmark, and take a look at the book’s entry on the challenged works list to see why the work has been challenged.

Not living in Prince George? Take a look at some of the challenged works that are available as ebooks at the Geoffrey R. Weller Library:

 

Cover ArtAdventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) by Mark Twain; Toni Morrison (Introduction by); Victor A. Doyno (As told to); Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Series edited by)
ISBN: 0195101405
Publication Date: 1996-12-05
 
 
Cover ArtAntigone by Sophocles; Reginald Gibbons (Edited and Translated by); Charles Segal (Edited and Translated by)
ISBN: 0195143736
Publication Date: 2003-06-05
 
 
 
Cover ArtBad Medicine -- Revised and Updated by John Reilly
ISBN: 9781771601955
Publication Date: 2019-09-10
 
 
 
 
Cover ArtTendencies by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
ISBN: 9780822314219

Publication Date: 1993-10-28

 

 

Cover ArtThe Giver by Lois Lowry
ISBN: 9780547345901
Publication Date: 1993-04-26
 
 
 
 
 
Also on our display are Freedom to Read word puzzles. Take one and test your puzzle skills while learning about challenged works in Canada. And be sure to check out all the resources available on freedomtoread.ca, including bannings and burnings in history, understanding defamation law in Canada, and censorship at the Canadian border from 1985-2021.
 
We hope you enjoy freedom to read week! Happy reading!

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