Celebrate National Poetry Month in April

Via the League of Canadian Poets

– April 2013 is National Poetry Month in Canada –

– Young Poets Week runs April 8 – 14 , 2013 –

Established in Canada in April 1998 by the League of Canadian Poets (LCP), National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture.

National Poetry Month 2013

The year 2013 marks the 15th anniversary of National Poetry Month in Canada.

For a sample of NPM events, go to the NPM section at www.poets.ca or check your local newspaper and magazine listings for details of events in your area.

Youth Initiatives

Young Poets’ Week runs April 8 – 14, 2013. Check our website at www.youngpoets.ca for special Young Poets’ Week initiatives. www.youngpoets.ca is an excellent source of inspiration, as well as a valuable teaching resource, featuring lesson plans, readings lists, a history of Canadian poetry, as well as our Ezine Re:verse, where we publish the work of young poets.

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The Book and Periodical Council and Raconteurs Present: CENSORED. Tomorrow Night!

Come join us tomorrow night for  BPC and Raconteurs Present: CENSORED. Tales True and Personal. Six storytellers with share accounts of censorship as part of Freedom to Read Week. the Canadian Library Association and the Writers’ Union of Canada will also be presenting awards. The event will take place Thursday, February 28 at the Garrison (1197 … Read more

Censorship, Uncovered. Toronto Freedom to Read Week Events

Toronto Writers, Storytellers, Activists Celebrate Our Freedom to Read.

The Book and Periodical Council is delighted to announce the lineup of Toronto events for the 29th annual Freedom to Read Week (Feb. 24 to March 2, 2013). Events include CENSORED, a headline event presented in partnership with Toronto’s monthly storytelling collective the Raconteurs (raconteurs.ca); University of Toronto Writer-in-Residence Joy Kogawa discussing the state of free expression in Canada with Katherine Govier, poet laureate George Elliott Clarke and Marian Botsford Fraser; challenged book and magazine displays; awards; readings; open mics; and a PEN Canada examination of disappearing books in the digital age.

Events take place at locations across Toronto from February 24 to March 2, 2013. A complete list of events both in Toronto and at locations across Canada is available at freedomtoread.ca.


Presented by the Book and Periodical Council & Raconteurs

Thursday, February 28, 7pm. The Garrison. 1197 Dundas St. W.


Playwright Catherine Frid; feminist advocate Steph Guthrie; librarian and storyteller Ken Setterington; novelist, journalist and activist Susan Swan; and book publishing veteran Bruce Walsh take the stage to share real life stories of censorship – off the cuff. The Canadian Library Association’s Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada Award and The Writers’ Union of Canada’s Freedom to Read Award will also be presented.
Tickets: $7 advance; $10 at the door.
Box Office: freedomtoreadweekcensored.eventbrite.ca

Other Freedom to Read Week events in Toronto

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Announcing 29th Annual Freedom to Read Week

Events across Canada Support Freedom of Expression, Challenge Censorship

Via the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee

The Book and Periodical Council and Freedom of Expression Committee  are pleased to announce the 29th annual Freedom to Read Week, with events taking place in libraries, schools and arts venues across Canada from February 24 to March 2, 2013.

Incorporating public readings and panel discussions, challenged book displays and a kit for educators, Freedom to Read Week provides an opportunity for Canadians to express themselves on the issues of censorship and the right to free speech and opinion.

“Freedom to choose what we read is a basic right, yet it continues to be challenged in our libraries and schools every year,” said Marg Anne Morrison, chair of the Freedom of Expression Committee. “With Freedom to Read Week, we invite Canadians to place such challenges under scrutiny, and to debate and discuss how they affect us all.”

A complete list of events and locations is available at freedomtoread.ca. Event organizers are encouraged to share their plans with Freedom to Read Week organizers through the same web address.

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