John Degen is executive director of The Writers’ Union of Canada. He is a published author with three books. His debut novel, The Uninvited Guest, was shortlisted for the 2006 Amazon.ca First Novel Award and has been translated into Croatian. His two collections of poetry are Animal Life in Bucharest and Killing Things. John writes a popular blog on writing and publishing with a particular focus on copyright. He is also the host of the regular audio podcast The Book Room, hour-long interviews with Canadian and international writers that have attracted thousands of downloads.