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The Book Room

23 EpisodesProduced by John DegenWebsite

News, conversations, and random sound from the book business.

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Retain Your Rights, Even in the Academy.

July 13th, 2019


How academic authors can help themselves and the cause of author's rights by retaining their copyright, and demanding a royalty for the use of their …

Canada Decides to Lead Again on Artists' Rights —

May 16th, 2019


Checking back in on an earlier episode in which I took you to Ottawa for Parliamentary testimony from The Writers’ Union of Canada in the matter of Canada’s copyright law review.

Yesterday, May 15th 2019, the Standing …

Jay Odjick —

April 26th, 2019


A short interview with author, illustrator and television producer Jay Odjick.

I first became aware of Jay on Twitter, through his wonderful series …

Three Cheers for Europe's New Author-Friendly Law —

March 26th, 2019


Today I'm quickly checking back in on an earlier episode to let you know that the European Parliament has indeed voted in favour of progressive new legislation encouraging and protecting professional content, including …

Talking Books in Parliament —

March 20th, 2019


In the last episode, I took you into a ballroom for an award ceremony. Today, we have another fancy room for you.

I’m taking you with me into the Parliament of Canada for a short discussion about the state of writing …

Fanciness: the RBC Taylor Prize brightens a winter day —

March 15th, 2019


The RBC Taylor Prize for 2019 was awarded in early March at a swanky lunch in Toronto.

Come on into the ballroom with me, and listen to Noreen Taylor describe the very beginnings of the prize. You'll also hear a former …

Peter Penguin —

March 10th, 2019


Between periods of a Toronto Maple Leaf hockey game, I sit down with my old friend Peter to talk about his — somewhat obsessional — love of Penguin …

Not Actually a Library —

March 7th, 2019


The world's authors and publishers have come together to protest the unauthorized scanning and release of their books through a website claiming to be a library. For the record... it's not a library. Libraries respect …

Celebrating Reading Freedom at Glad Day Bookshop —

March 2nd, 2019


On a very snowy evening in Toronto this week, folks filled the event space at Glad Day Bookshop to hear all about the history of the Freedom to Read …

Canada Celebrates Freedom to Read Week

February 24th, 2019


February 24th to March 2nd is Freedom to Read week in Canada. I briefly examine the recent(ish) history of book challenges and book suppression in Canada, and point listeners to FTR Week events of note.

Many happy authors — Canada's PLR cheques arrive

February 20th, 2019


Today, I celebrate the arrival of a cheque from the federal government as compensation for the use of my three books in Canada's public library system. Over 17,000 authors across Canada are also celebrating. If your …

Europe's Bold New Law Helps Authors

February 19th, 2019


A quick hit in The Book Room to discuss Europe's new law designed to give authors greater control of their work online, and to level the playing …

Book Room changes

February 15th, 2019


In which I apologise for the dormant interviews, and announce a more casual, on the fly, audio experience in the Book Room.

Ten O'Clock

February 13th, 2019


Big Ben, the hour bell in the Elizabeth Tower in London, chimes out 10 o'clock just as I am leaving Westminster Palace with colleagues after a dinner …

Book Room #22: Merilyn Simonds

September 1st, 2017


Today in the Book Room, I talk with prolific author and paradigm straddler, Merilyn Simonds, who has written a meditation on the evolution of print …

Book Room #21: David Sax

December 10th, 2016


Today's guest is journalist and author David Sax. We talk about his new book The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter.

There is no denying we live in a world dominated by digital, but that matrix of …

Book Room #20 - Michelle Berry, Hunter Street Books

October 30th, 2016


Michelle Berry is the author of nine books, including a new novel entitled "The Prisoner and the Chaplain", coming next year from Buckrider Books - …

Book Room #19 - Nicole Dixon

October 12th, 2016


Today's guest is a woman of many talents. Nicole Dixon is a writer, of course - an award-winning author of short fiction and essays. She is a former …

Book Room 18: Silver Donald Cameron & Marjorie Simmins

September 26th, 2016


For the first time ever, I have two guests at once in the Book Room. Silver Donald Cameron and Marjorie Simmins, partners in life and now in …

Book Room 17: Jael Ealey Richardson

September 11th, 2016


The Book Room podcast returns! My first guest of the new season is Jael Ealey Richardson, author of not one but two books called The Stone Thrower. Richardson's 2012 memoir (The Stone Thrower, Dundurn Press, 2012) about …

Book Room #8: Farzana Doctor

August 26th, 2016


As I get ready to re-launch the Book Room podcast with all new interviews, I'm digging back through the archives and pulling out some old favorites. …

Book Room #13: Stuart Ross

August 4th, 2016


Stuart Ross joined me in the Book Room back in 2012. Since then, he's published a number of books, including this year's poetry collection, A Sparrow …

Book Room #14: Amy Jones

July 28th, 2016


I'm bringing the Book Room podcast back to life, and in preparation for that glorious event, I'm sharing old episodes from the Book Room, circa 2012. …

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