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Freedom to Read Week - February 24 to March 1

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Freedom to Read Week 2008

The Book and Periodical Council urges Canadians to read challenged books and magazines during Freedom to Read Week in celebration of our right to read what we choose and to protect that right from would-be censors. “Canadians often take our freedom to read for granted, but it’s a right that regularly comes under fire,” says Emily Sinkins, Chair of the Freedom of Expression Committee. “Whenever books are removed from school library shelves or journalists are silenced by the threat of legal action, we’re reminded how important it is to fight for the free exchange of ideas between writers and readers.”

Freedom to Read Week was established by The Book and Periodical Council in 1984. The week-long celebration features events across Canada, including reading marathons, anti-censorship displays, and public debates. The Council has also initiated a really neat "read and release a book” program. Visit the Freedom to Read website for a list of challenged books and magazines.

Freedom to Read Week runs from February 24 to March 1. For more information, visit or go to the Facebook event page.

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