upcoming Freedom to Read Week events in Vancouver

Freedom to Read Week 2008

The IFC is cosponsoring three events over Freedom to Read Week in Vancouver. Order kits and posters, learn more about challenged books and magazines, and check out the blah, and find other events across Canada at the Canadian Book and Periodical Council’s website.

SLAIS colloquium
Janine Fuller, Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium, Vancouver
Battle for the Books: the Case of Little Sisterà ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã¢”ž ¢s vs. Canada Customs

Wednesday, February 27, 12:15-1:15
Sherrington Room, Woodward Biomedical Library (wheelchair accessible)

2198 Health Sciences Mall
University of British Columbia
Email luanne.freund@ubc.ca

Abstract: This talk will discuss the battle between the Little Sister’s bookstore and Canada Border Services Agency formerly Canada Customs) to show why this conflict is important to understanding and sustaining core values in librarianship. Janine will explore the issues of censorship, freedom of expression, and intellectual freedom that underlie the Little Sister’s battle. Little Sister’s bookstore primarily serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities and has battled with Canada Customs for 20 years over their illegal seizure of lawful materials.

Bio: Janine Fuller has worked as manager at Little Sister’s Bookstore for 17 years, during which time she has fought on the front lines of the store’s epic battle against Canada Customs. She co-authored Restricted Entry, Censorship On Trial, a history of Little Sister’s battle against censorship and discrimination in Canada. Restricted Entry was the 1995 Editors Choice-Lambda Literary Award winner. The 1998 Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada was given to Little Sister’s by the CLA in recognition of the leadership shown in promoting and defending the principles of intellectual freedom. In 2004 Janine was presented with an honorary doctorate degree in Laws from Simon Fraser University, for her “leading role in a historic legal battle against censorship in Canada.”

Robson Reading Series
Karen Connelly reading

Wednesday February 27th, 3:00pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (wheelchair accessible)

1961 East Mall, UBC Point Grey campus
University of British Columbia
email: michael.v.smith@ubc.ca or phone 604-822-3725

Robson Reading Series
Karen Connelly & Deborah Campbell

Thursday February 28th, 7:00pm
UBC Library/Bookstore Robson Square (wheelchair accessible)
800 Robson Street, plaza level
email: michael.v.smith@ubc.ca or phone 604-822-3725

Author bios:
Karen Connelly is the author of seven books of best-selling nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, the most recent being The Border Surrounds Us. Her best-selling book, Touch The Dragon, A Thai Journal, won the Governor Generalà ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã¢”ž ¢s Award for Non-Fiction in 1993, and was a New York Times Notable Travel Book of the Year in 2002. Her new novel The Lizard Cage illuminates the tragic story of modern Burma by focusing on the lives of two people: a Burmese political prisoner and the child-labourer he befriends. Her other books include Grace and Poison, One Room in a Castle, This Brighter Prison, The Disorder of Love, and The Small Words in My Body.

Deborah Campbell
has chronicled experiences for print and broadcast from Tehran, Dubai, Cairo, Paris, Havana , St. Petersburg , Tel Aviv and the Gaza Strip. Her book This Heated Place (Douglas & McIntyre, 2002), is a literary journey inside the Israel-Palestine conflict. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Utne, Asia Times, The Economist, New Scientist, Ms., and other publications and in anthologies and essay collections in Europe, Asia and North America. An associate editor at Adbusters and winner of two 2007 National Magazine Awards for her exploration of Iran, she teaches creative non-fiction at the University of British Columbia and guest lectures widely.

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