Marian Botsford Fraser is the Chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International. She is a Canadian writer and broadcaster, the author of three acclaimed nonfiction books: Walking the Line: Travels Along the Canadian/American Border; Solitaire: The Intimate Lives of Single Women, and Requiem for My Brother. She is also a journalist and critic, writing critical and feature pieces for newspapers and magazines, including GRANTA, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, The Literary Review of Canada and MORE. She has written and produced numerous documentaries for CBC Radio’s IDEAS, hosted CBC Radio programs, worked as a CBC Radio announcer and writer-broadcaster, hosted educational TV shows on public issues. In the early 1990s she was co-ordinator for the Arctic Council project in Ottawa and did work for the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada and the Inuit Circumpolar Conference. She also does freelance project management and has worked as a communications consultant and speechwriter for government and non-governmental organizations.
Ms Botsford Fraser is Books Editor for the Canadian magazine MORE, the 2010 winner of a Canadian National Magazine Gold Award, and 2010 winner of the CBC Literary Prize for Creative Nonfiction.
Ms Botsford Fraser has been an active member of PEN International since 1991, serving as President of PEN Canada (1994-95), member of the Ad-Hoc Committee of PEN International (1997-98) and the vice-chair of the first elected board of PEN International (1998-2001). She has undertaken three freedom of expression missions on behalf of PEN International—to Peru (1999), China (2011) and Bahrain (2011).
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