Author Gary Geddes Wins Freedom to Read Award

The Writers' Union of Canada
Press Release

Veteran author and human rights activist honoured by The Writers’ Union of Canada

Toronto – The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is proud to announce that Gary Geddes (author, poet, anthologist and translator) is the recipient of the 2018 Freedom to Read Award. The award is presented annually by TWUC in recognition of work that is passionately supportive of free expression. Past recipients include Deborah Campbell, Mohamed Fahmy, Janine Fuller, and Lawrence Hill.

Credited with over thirty-five books, Geddes has written about war crimes, prisoners of war, conquest and the violence institutionalized by government policy. He has also donated generously to scholarly work around social sciences and environmental studies. From the nomination for Mr. Geddes:

"Gary's lifetime works [are] an outstanding example of freedom of expression that impacts not just the students who receive the scholarships or read the books, but has the greatest impact on society as a whole. Gary has devoted his life to human rights issues."

February 25 to March 3 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada: a national annual celebration that encourages Canadians to think deeply about and value their right to read, write and publish freely. The week has become a regular feature of the annual programming of schools, libraries and literary groups across Canada. Freedom to Read Week is a project of the Book and Periodical Council, the umbrella organization for publishing in Canada. TWUC is a proud partner and supporter of Freedom to Read Week. For more information, please visit


The Writers’ Union of Canada is our country’s national organization representing more than 2,000 professional authors of books. The Union is dedicated to fostering writing in Canada, and promoting the rights, freedoms, and economic well-being of all writers.

For additional information:
John Degen, Executive Director
The Writers' Union of Canada
416.703.8982 Ext. 221

DATE: February 26, 2108