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about the book room

Hi. I'm John Degen, a novelist, poet and freelance writer living and working in Toronto, Canada. I work as executive director of The Writers' Union of Canada, and volunteer as chair of the International Authors Forum in the United Kingdom. I've written extensively about writing and publishing, especially about legal and economc issues related to being a writer (specifically copyright law).

Years ago, I started a podcast in which I interviewed other writers about their personal and professional practice. The podcast went on hiatus for a few years, but it's back, better than ever. It's occasional, but mighty.

Thanks for visiting. Feel free to leave a comment if you please.*

All images on this site, unless otherwise credited, are courtesy me and my little camera.

All images on this site, unless otherwise credited, are courtesy me and my little camera.

*Please be sure to identify yourself in good faith when leaving comments. I've had more than my share of the vileness of Internet commenting - did I mention I write about copyright a lot? - and have no patience for it. As a result, I actively moderate comments on my site. Anonymous and pointlessly negative comments will simply not be published. Instead, I encourage those folks who need to be anonymous and/or pointlessly negative to put in the work of building their own Internet presence so they can publish their views on their own digital property. Fill your boots.