Action Read Presents PEN Canada
Action Read is celebrating International Literacy Day by hosting PEN Canada on Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, at Studio 404 (404 York Road).
Come be inspired through storytelling and community building. The evening will begin with Guelph educator Michael Noonan briefly exploring the impact Action Read’s work has had in our community for almost 30 years. Learner Laurie Johnson will share his powerful story about how literacy transformed his life from one of substance abuse and prison, to one of education and giving back to the community. Poet and University of Guelph Philosophy Professor Dr. Karen Houle will explore issues affecting freedom of speech in Canada today. Dr. Houle will then introduce our guests of honour from PEN Canada. We are delighted to present PEN Canada’s Brendan de Caires, in conversation with a writer in exile. The powerful testimony of this writer – who has faced pervasive oppression and violence in his homeland – will leave no shadow of doubt as to the importance of literacy as a means for freedom of expression.