AELAQ Panel: Books on the Air

Books on the Air: The CBC’s literary programming, with Erin Balser and Jennifer Warren. Moderated by Christopher DiRaddo.

The CBC is one of Canada’s most trusted sources for cultural reporting, and having a book covered on CBC radio or can give a huge boost to writers and publishers. In this seminar, two seasoned CBC producers and editors will speak to their visions for the CBC’s book-related programming– what gets books noticed? What makes a great story for radio? What do producers look for when choosing books to feature, on the air or online? Join us for a lively panel discussion and Q&A.

Erin Balser is an award-winning radio and digital producer for CBC Books, which includes, the CBC Literary Prizes, Canada Reads, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, The Next Chapter and Writers & Company. She’s also a national book columnist for CBC Radio.

Jennifer Warren is an editor and producer with CBC Books, based in Montreal. She writes about books and writers, appearing weekly on CBC Montreal’s Homerun and regularly on CBC Radio syndication as a CBC Books columnist. In Montreal, she is CBC’s go-to books person, fielding questions and feeding guests and story ideas to all local shows. She also produces radio for CBC on an occasional basis, both local and national.

Christopher DiRaddo is the author of The Geography of Pluto. He has also published four short stories in anthologies by Arsenal Pulp Press, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning First Person Queer. He is the founder and host of The Violet Hour reading series.

Event details:

December 2, 2016

4:30 Refreshments

5-6:30 Presentation

Atwater Library Auditorium, 1200 Ave Atwater, 2nd floor

This event is free and open to all. Please RSVP to

Sponsored by the Literary Press Group of Canada.

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