Roddy Doyle talks about the rights of writers at the PEN gala.
DEFEND WRITERS' RIGHTS
Every year, thousands of books are published in Canada. But elsewhere in the world writers aren't so lucky. They are silenced, sometimes imprisoned and even executed. PEN Canada is a major source of support for writers around the globe, and the annual gala benefit, slated for Wednesday (October 22) plays a major role in keeping the organization alive and vibrant. This year's features a cocktail reception and onstage interview with author Roddy Doyle by writer/actor Don McKellar. 6 pm. $125, interview only $35. Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West. 416-973-4000, readings.org.
SPEND BILLIONS IN BETTER WAYS
Yup, the Afghanistan war became an election issue after all, thanks to the revelation that Canada's mission will set us back $18 bil by 2011. Now it's time to inform the new government that we want to end this loser project and bring our troops home, Saturday (October 18), 1 pm. Free. Queen's Park. 416-795-5863.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
The vote's over - time for the tea leaves. A panel of progressives asks, Have we just witnessed a neo-liberal crisis or a neo-conservative advance? Hear Ryerson's Judy Rebick, Bryan Evans of Socialist Project and activist Tam Goossen, Tuesday (October 21), 7 pm. Free. OISE, 252 Bloor West. socialistproject.ca.