BPC Bulletin: Authors Protest Upcoming Speaking Event at Toronto Public Library - Part 2

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee

 

The Toronto Public Library has permitted Meghan Murphy, a controversial feminist, to speak on October 29, 2019. However, a group of authors has launched a petition to protest the event.

People continue to write about the dispute. For full reportage and comments please see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

REPORTAGE

In The Georgia Straight, Craig Takeuchi reports:
https://www.straight.com/life/1316486/events-controversial-speaker-meghan-murphy-sfu-vancouver-and-toronto-public-library

At CBC Radio’s As It Happens, Carol Off interviews Vickery Bowles, the chief librarian of the Toronto Public Library:
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-thursday-edition-1.5324424/i-m-not-going-to-reconsider-toronto-s-top-librarian-refuses-to-bar-speaker-critical-of-transgender-rights-1.5324431

COMMENTARY

In The Globe and Mail, Marcus Gee comments:
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-three-cheers-for-vickery-bowles-torontos-head-librarian-who-faced-a/

In Toronto, City Councillor Gord Perks comments:
http://gordperks.ca/toronto-public-library-chief-librarians-decision/

In The London Free Press, Lorrie Goldstein comments:
https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/goldstein-city-librarian-vickery-bowles-defends-free-speech/wcm/1bd3578f-074c-4f69-8b5a-a26573011e24

 

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

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