PEN Canada

This #GivingTuesday, PEN Canada is a celebrating an advocacy anniversary.

Twenty-five years ago at the 1992 PEN benefit, Salman Rushdie famously emerged from hiding after the pronouncement of a fatwa against his life by the Ayatollah Khomeini. There, Ontario premier Bob Rae, who will introduce the film, became the first head of government to welcome Rushdie in a public forum anywhere in the world.

In a new documentary film, Codename Sally, co-conspirators Louise Dennys, Ric Young, Adrienne Clarkson, John Ralston Saul, and Marian Botsford Fraser, together with Barbara McDougall, Bob Rae and Rushdie himself, recall the event and the intrigue.

On #GivingTuesday, we're fundraising with a screening at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto. More details, and tickets here. If you can't make it, please consider donating to ensure 25 more years of advocacy for writers like Rushdie, and our right to freedom of expression.

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