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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

These posts just write themselves

It seems that the good folks at McNally Robinson, righteous defenders of free speech everywhere, are having a little party this week:


Attached is the McNally Robinson  Media Release for February 27, and below are some  highlights.

Welcome to Freedom To Read Week! 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.

McNally Robinson is hosting four  events celebrating and supporting our freedom to  read.

Chris Crutcher will be in the store on Wednesday, March 1 at 7:00pm to read from The Sledding Hill. Crutcher was named a Celebration of Free Speech & Its Defenders honoree in 2005 by the US National Coalition Against Censorship for his tireless work in defense of free-speech.

The 2006 Freedom of Expression Award will be presented on Friday, March 3 at 7:00pm. This award recognizes a distinguished Albertan for their contributions to the freedom of speech and the freedom to read. The event is organized by the Calgary Freedom to Read Week Committee and the Writers Guild of Alberta and hosted by past winner and QR77 News anchor Tony King.

We will also be launching our first ever 24 Hour Marathon (runs from 9:00pm Friday to 9:00pm Saturday). For 24 straight hours a variety of readers will contribute their voices to keeping a continuous string of words in the air to support Freedom To Read Week.

On Saturday, March 4 at 8:00pm we wrap up Freedom to Read Week by toasting the many readers who kept words alive and aloud during our 24 hour marathon. The marathon closes with a final hour of readings from some of the best-known challenged and banned books of all-time.


Jesse Linklater
Events and  Publicity Coordinator
McNally Robinson Booksellers Calgary
120 8th Avenue  SW

No word on whether Ezra Levant will be presented with the 2006 Freedom of Expression Award.

Make sure you stop by the event to show your support for free speech.

And shop Amazon.ca

(media release sent via reader email)

Posted by Rob Huck on February 28, 2006 | Permalink


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Didn't you get the memo?

Freedom of speech means pissing off christians and conservatives, not muslims. I guess you weren't informed.

Posted by: Warwick | 2006-02-28 7:53:55 AM

Now what would happen if some enterprising soul were to take Rob's advice and "stop by the event to show [his] support for free speech" by reading aloud from the Western Standard "Issue from Hell"?

Or just start handing out free copies to people so they could read (and see) for themselves?

No doubt the proprietors would be quite entitled to throw the rascal out (the store is private property, after all), but explaining their suppression of reading at a Freedom to Read event could prove, well, problematic.

Posted by: Doug | 2006-02-28 10:08:27 AM

Well I hope if anyone agrees with the western standard they went there emailed etc to complain,

If you disagree and don't tell them they will never get the message. And

These guys sell the da vinci code to purposely upset christians.

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Freedom to read what ever the imam says is ok??

The future looks worse that a bad sci fi book.

Rob Huck did amazon sell the issue in question?

Posted by: ghollingshead | 2006-02-28 2:00:00 PM


Thanks for the info. My email's been sent to these hypocrites and moral and physical cowards.

Posted by: JR | 2006-02-28 3:43:39 PM

Re: Amazon, I am not sure if they sold the WS Issue From Hell.

I am sure, however, that I'm not going to shop at a bookstore which refuses to sell an issue of a magazine on such cowardly and hypocritical grounds.

If you don't like Amazon, no problem: There are a myriad of privately-owned bookstores out there who could use your business.

Posted by: Rob Huck | 2006-02-28 3:47:07 PM

Freedoms? In Canada? Being celebrated? Ha. Not likely. This group is taking taxpayers money and putting on a show of pleasantries. Big smiles all around. Cash cheques. - Meaningless except for the part about the taxpayer being stiffed for the bill.

Posted by: simpleton | 2006-02-28 6:46:41 PM

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