Omar Khadr, Oh Canada

by janice williamson

The anthology is edited by Janice Williamson and is a trade paperback by McGill-Queen’s Press  (May, 2012.) The e-book will be published in the summer 2012.  Mark Abley was McGill-Queen’s Acquisitions Editor  and a fabulous editor throughout the project.

The collection is multidisciplinary and multi-genre with contributions from leading legal experts, poets, novelists, sociologists, political scientists, essayists, playwrights, documentarians, military experts, diplomats, human rights activists, communications scholars, and literary critics. Any royalties will be donated to PEN Canada, an association of writers and supporters who “assist writers around the world who have been imprisoned for the peaceful expression of their ideas.”

Book launches, talks, and readings for the Omar Khadr, Oh Canada anthology will be held  at  – (“Events” page for details)

  • Society for the Study of Religion meetings at Congress, Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener/Waterloo, 9:00am-10:30p, May 27 with contributors Sherene Razack, Jasmin Zine and editor Janice Williamson
  • Toronto – Tuesday May 29 -6-9pm BEN MCNALLY BOOKS (Bay Street) : Toronto-area contributors – Charles Foran, Kim Echlin, Judith Thompson, George Elliott Clarke, Marian Nemat, Sherene Razack, Jasmin Zine, Audrey Macklin, Rick Salutin.
  • Ottawa  – Wednesday May 30 7-9 UNDER ONE ROOF (2nd floor (wheelchair accessible) Bank St at Cooper St): Ottawa contributors Maher Arar, Romeo Dallaire, Deborah Gorham, Sheema Khan, Monia Mazigh, Gar Pardy
  • Edmonton launch: Canadian Political Science Association annual meeting at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Wednesday June 13 4:30p – 6:00p, Student Lounge, Old Arts Building, University of Alberta,  Edmonton contributors Dennis Edney, Andy Knight, John McCoy, Sheila Pratt, and editor Janice Williamson
  • “Canadian Literature: From Sea to Sea” a conference at the University of Vigo, Spain, June 26, 2012
  • Vancouver September 19, 2012, 7:00pm, Vancouver Public Library – downtown brance : Vancouver contributors Robert Diab, Gail Davidson, Alnoor Gova, Grace Woo and editor Janice Williamson
  • “Teach-In on Omar Khadr” a collaboration between Janice Williamson, English & Film Studies, and the Global Citizenship and Development group, Department of Educational Policy Studies, Education.  (date and location to be confirmed)
  • Talk on Omar Khadr, Oh Canada, Janice Williamson at the Peace Consortium, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Calgary, fall 2012, date and location to be confirmed.

A courtroom artist finishes a sketch of Canadian defendant Omar Khadr pictured during a military commission hearing at the U.S naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Jan. 19, 2009. Getty Images


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