BPC Bulletin: Canada's High Court Rejects Appeal in Horror Novel Dispute

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


The Supreme Court of Canada declined on April 22 to hear an appeal in the case of Yvan Godbout, a fiction author in Quebec.

In 2020, Quebec’s Superior Court acquitted Godbout of writing child pornography in his horror novel, Hansel et Gretel.


Morgan Lowrie of the Canadian Press reports:


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