Freedom to Read Week: Raziel Reid and Steven Galloway

Freedom to Read Week is an annual Canadian event that encourages people to think about and reaffirm our commitment to intellectual freedom—a right guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


SFU Library’s Freedom to Read Week event will bring authors Raziel Reid and Steven Galloway together for a reading and discussion. Reid’s When Everything Feels Like the Movies is narrated by a bullied genderqueer junior high school student with an unhappy home life and won the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Fiction (Text).

However, the win and the book have been challenged by some who feel that it is inappropriate for the GG given the sexual content and “vulgar” language. Steven Galloway is a fellow writer and has been a vocal defender of Reid and the book, denouncing the critics who are actively engaged in having the award rescinded on moral grounds.

Join Raziel Reid and his public defender and fellow writer Steven Galloway for a reading and discussion—When Everything Feels Like the Movies: the book, the controversy.
Friday, February 27, 2015
12:30 – 2:00 pm

W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby, room 3008