BPC Bulletin: Freedom to Read Week 2021

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


In Canada, Freedom to Read Week ended on February 27. The national event caught the attention of journalists in several Canadian communities.


The Writers’ Union of Canada bestowed its annual Freedom to Read Award on David A. Robertson, a Swampy Cree author in Manitoba.

The CBC reports:
David A. Robertson wins the 2021 Freedom to Read Award | CBC Books

In the Winnipeg Free Press, Bob Armstrong reports:
Robertson nabs Freedom to Read award - Winnipeg Free Press


News agencies across Canada published stories about Freedom to Read Week and publications challenged in Canada.

The CBC reports:

In Quill & Quire, Cassandra Drudi reports. (This story is behind a paywall.)


In Collingwood Today, Jessica Owen writes:
Take a page from the bookworms and enjoy your freedom to read this week - CollingwoodToday.ca

In the Vernon Morning Star, Andrea Demeer writes:

And Then There Were None – Vernon Morning Star

In the Vernon Morning Star, John Arendt writes:

QUIZ: How much do you know about literacy and the freedom to read? – Vernon Morning Star

In Richmond News, Valerie Leung writes:

In Waterloo Region, Katie Jackman writes:

Waterloo region libraries celebrating Freedom to Read week and the challenged and banned books around the world (cambridgetimes.ca)

In The Airdrie Echo, the Airdrie Public Library contributes a story:

Library links - The freedom to read Canadian | Airdrie Echo

Penguin Random House Canada lists a few challenged books in Canada:


In B.C., the Vernon Morning Star editorializes:
EDITORIAL: The freedom to read – Vernon Morning Star


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