FTRW 2008 – Freedom to Read Week Founding Member Passes Away

A bit of sad news today, right in the middle of Freedom to Read Week…

Dear colleagues in the Book and Periodical Council,

We sadly note that Nancy Fleming has died. Nancy was the executive director of the BPC from 1979 to 1999. She helped organize the Freedom of Expression Committee and Freedom to Read Week. Her obit in The Globe and Mail is below.

Franklin Carter


Tuesday February 26, 2008
FLEMING, Nancy Barbara (née Chisholm)
Chief Executive of the Book and Periodical Council for over twenty years and laureate of the Canadian Library Association Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada, died peacefully on 24 February 2008 at Toronto Western Hospital following declining health in recent years. She was 76. Nancy leaves bereaved her three children by the late Allan Fleming, Martha, Peter and Susannah, as well as their partners; grandson McCullough and many friends and colleagues. Cremation will be followed later by a memorial event in Spring (contact Donations to Freedom to Read ( would be appreciated.

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