May 20, 2022

Canada: 31st Annual Freedom to Read Week Begins This Sunday (Feb. 22nd)

From the Book and Periodical Council:

From February 22 to 28, Canadians will mark the 31st annual Freedom to Read Week, a national celebration of freedom of choice, freedom to read, freedom to think, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The event is organized by the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.FTRW-2015-banner-ENGLISH-275x275


Recent news stories that will form part of this year’s Freedom to Read Week discussions:

  • In its latest annual report, the Canadian Library Association records 155 reasons given for 85 challenges to books, magazines, DVDs and library policies. Full report at
  • Petitioners describe Raziel Reid’s young-adult novel as “offensive” and draw international attention by demanding the revocation of the book’s Governor General’s Literary Award. Simultaneously, CBC’s Canada Reads promotes the novel as a “book to break barriers,” and libraries across the country record high numbers of holds from patrons eager to read it.
  • Following the Charlie Hebdo shootings in January 2015, Canadian media debate the distinction between free expression, offensive expression and hateful expression, and where to draw the line in deciding what to print.

Three awards for advocacy in the field of free expression that will be presented during Freedom to Read Week:

  • Brian Campbell receives the Canadian Library Association’s Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada Award. Full announcement at
  • Ron Brown is honoured with the Writers’ Union of Canada’s Freedom to Read Award. Full announcement at
  • The winner of the Calgary Public Library’s Freedom of Expression Award will be announced during Freedom to Read Week.

Learn More About Freedom to Read Week and Access a Schedule of Events

Freedom to Read Week has published the PDF embedded below. You can download it here along in several sizes including a 17×33 poster.

30 Challenged Publications in Canada by LJ's infoDOCKET

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