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February 24, 2003
Andy Barrie, Ken Wiwa, Nino Ricci at library for Freedom to Read Week
Toronto: Authors, journalists and advocates for intellectual freedom
participate in two events at Toronto Reference Library this week, to mark
Freedom to Read Week 2003.

Freedom to Read Week, February 23-March 1, is a week "Toronto Public Library
supports with enthusiasm," says City Librarian Josephine Bryant.

On Wednesday, February 26, CBC's Andy Barrie moderates a panel discussion on
Talking About Terror: Rules of Civil Discourse, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Panel members will consider what becomes of freedom of expression when topics
linked to terrorism incite sharply divergent views; how to maintain civil
discourse amid hotly contested opinions.

Panel members are Brenda Cossman, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto; Andrew
Coyne, the National Post; Joel Ruimy, Executive Director, Canadian Journalists
for Free Expression; and Margaret Wente,The Globe and Mail.

On Friday, February 28, the PEN Canada fundraiser Coming To Canada: Freedom to
Write and Remember begins at 7 p.m. Michelle Berry, Nino Ricci, Dany
Laferrière, Shyam Selvadurai and Ken Wiwa - authors and also contributors to
the recent Doubleday book Passages: Welcome Home to Canada - present readings
on freedom, home and identity. Writers Reza Baraheni and Metin Ciyayi present
stories of exile. Journalists Haroon Siddiqui and June Callwood introduce and
host the evening.

Admission to the PEN event is $10 ($7 Students, Seniors). Tickets can be
purchased at the door. All proceeds support PEN Canada.

Toronto Reference Library is located at 789 Yonge St., just north of Bloor
Street. For information, the public can call Answerline 416-393-7131.

Freedom to Read Week is sponsored annually by the Book and Periodical Council.
Information about the week is available at

Media Contact
Blaine McKenzie,
Communications Officer



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