BPC Bulletin: Authors Protest Upcoming Speaking Event at Toronto Public Library- Part 3

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

People continue to write about the scheduled speaking engagement of Meghan Murphy, a controversial feminist, at the Palmerston branch of the Toronto Public Library.

A protest is scheduled outside the Palmerston branch on October 29, 2019.

For full reportage and comments please see Part 1Part 2, and Part 3

REPORTAGE

The BBC reports:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50214341

In The Star, Francine Kopun interviews Vickery Bowles, the chief librarian of the Toronto Public Library:

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2019/10/29/this-has-been-a-valuable-debate-toronto-librarian-says-some-good-has-come-from-meghan-murphy-controversy.html?utm

In the National Post, Joseph Brean reports:
https://nationalpost.com/news/meghan-murphy-the-woman-behind-trans-wars-breaking-out-at-the-public-library

At Yahoo! News, Courtney Greenberg reports:
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/toronto-public-library-meghan-murphy-145205568.html

Nicole Thompson of the Canadian Press reports:
https://www.cp24.com/news/planned-event-reignites-debate-about-libraries-role-as-forum-for-free-speech-1.4657804

In Quill & Quire, Steven W. Beattie writes:
https://quillandquire.com/omni/tpls-refusal-to-reverse-decision-on-room-booking-for-controversial-speaker-continues-to-provoke-backlash/?fbclid=IwAR3rC8_i26upKVsuOQxDS4RYlrODCb51UB-Ztx_PJvvTXuLHI4mV1gNFwYo

In The Star, Francine Kopun reports:
https://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2019/10/24/left-wing-councillors-on-different-sides-of-debate-over-controversial-event-with-meghan-murphy.html

COMMENTARY

PEN Canada comments:
https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/public-libraries-and-freedom-of-expression-878964898.html

In the National Post, Barbara Kay comments:
https://nationalpost.com/opinion/barbara-kay-a-feminist-falls-victim-to-progressives-double-standards

 

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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