“Freedom to Read Week” is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Events, however, tend to surround censorship from freedom of expression. But consider how many bestsellers that were previously rejected by traditional publishing houses either because it did not fit their genre, or they could not bet on their bottom line. Were creative writers not able to overcome the pain of the deep wound of rejection of their manuscripts they would not allow us the freedom to read Life of Pi, The Great Gatsby, The God Father, The Colour Purple, or The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

In advocating for equity and prosperity of all self-published authors, APSS-Canada activity for the week of February 21-27 is to challenge access that should guarantee opportunities for all writers such as for funding and inclusiveness in literary events. Not only writers who are favoured by Canadian publishing houses, but for all who want to write what they believe in, and whatever they think Canada and the world want to know.

APSS-Canada also announces The APSS-Canada Publishing Achievement Award 2016. It will be formally announced during a ceremony in the International Living and Learning Centre at Ryerson University, Toronto on April 1st.

APSS-Canada is holding its first Book Selling Extravaganza in Toronto on April 1 – 2. See the agenda and register at http://tinyurl.com/zx65zsa (Fees go up on March 4th)

Contact APSS-Canada President Monica Palmer at monicapalmer@bookapss-canada.org for more information on any of these events.