Today, we’re talking about the good, the bad, and the ugly of page to screen storytelling (and vice versa!)







It’s hard to fit everything from the book into the film…


…but I wish Tom Bombadil had gotten a cameo at least.


Check out John Green’s AMA on reddit, where he talks about everything from his new book to reddit gold.


Some adaptations deviate from the storyline completely, as the Game of Thrones series is doing (WARNING: Spoilers!)


Can you name all of these adaptations?



Hedwig’s Theme from the Harry Potter films, written by John Williams!


Are you excited for the new Star Wars trailer?


The original films inspired an entire subculture of Star Wars novels, graphic novels, and novelettes!


What do you think would be the worst book to film adaptation? You can tweet it to us @hardcoverradio!

Talking Books showed up in the 1920s and have been around ever since. This week we’ll be talking about the  listening/ reading experience we now know as audiobooking!


You can volunteer with Librivox and add to the 6000 + books they’ve recorded so far!


What do you think of Fredrick Davidson reading War and Peace?


Audiobooks make biking and reading at the same time that much easier…



A Librivox recording of The Phantom of the Opera, some of which is read by Kristen Hughes.


You can check out Audible’s best seller list, including Gone Girl and The Game of Thrones series, and discover new books!


Your harmonica challenge this week is to find an audiobook version of your favourite book and tweet us about your experience @hardcoverradio.


Happy listening/ reading!

Today we’re talking Shakespeare with Janine Marley, M.A.!



Janine owes a great debt of gratitude to her Shakespeare professor, Dr. Mark Johnston, for filling her head with wonderful facts about the Bard. So much so, actually, that she’s never 100% sure if what she’s saying is straight from lecture or her own thoughts or a hybrid of the two.




The Stratford Festival is world-renowned for its quality Shakespearean productions (they also put on musicals and more contemporary shows)! This season features Hamlet, The Adventures of Pericles, Love’s Labour Lost, and many more!


If you’d like to hear more of Janine’s theatre thoughts, you can read her blog, A View From the Box. Make sure to check out her review of Twelfth Night, put on by the UPlayers of the University of Windsor this past March!


A scene from Tom Stoppard’s Shakespeare spin-off, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead:


The song at the end of the episode, “Hamlet,” is by Paisley Jura “Canada’s double bass toting indie darling.” You listen to more on her website!


And since you’ve waited so long for the whole song – here’s “Limelight,” by Rush. Lyrics inspired by As You Like It: “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances…”


You can let us know what you think of the episode in the comments or @hardcoverradio. Thanks for listening!

We attended a couple of readings this week and are bringing you the highlights!


The first reading we attended was hosted by Dr. Louis Cabri. Featured writers were:

Omar Kanawati, reading from a story set at sea…

Laryssa Brooks, performing her unsettling prose.

Jay Rankin, reading his Basho-inspired poetry.

Amilcar Nogueira, sharing some delightful wordplay.

Also featured at the reading was the university’s Writer-in-Residence, Madeline Sonik, and our very own Brittni Carey.


April 1st, the undergraduate were featured at the annual Creative Writing Gala, also held at the Green Bean Cafe (if you haven’t been, it’s quite wonderful!). Hardcover co-hosted the event with Dr. Susan Holbrook, Dr. Nicole Markotic, Dr. Louis Cabri, and Dr. Suzanne Matheson. The cafe was absolutely packed full of people listening to almost 50 students speak their prose and poetry; each reader had only two minutes to read, so it went quickly! Students also sold chapbooks of their amazing work. It was wonderful to be a part of this event!


You can listen to the full Gala recording here. Unfortunately, the sound quality isn’t as good as we would like to be, but the readers are amazing, so that makes up for it 🙂



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The song featured at the end of this episode is by the super talented and super fun Richard Garvey. You can view his CBC page, or his Facebook page to hear more!

WARNING: This episode contains dystopian and post-apocalyptic spoilers. Nothing too earth- shattering, though, we promise.


Dystopia: “a not good place”

Post-Apocalyptic: after a cataclysmic event.


An example of a 1950s PSA:



by T.S. Eliot

We asked you about your experience with this modernist text on our Facebook page. Here’s some of the responses:

“Fun, actually.”

“Dense. I read it for class, and I knew I’d never be able to read it just for “funzies””

“first reading: confusing. second reading: a struggle (plus you think Eliot is just showing off) third reading: you are hit with the realization that you are an uninformed “academic” fourth reading (married with discussion): the best thing. coincidentally you will start informing your peers that we are in fact, “living in the waste land””

“Confusing. I can’t ever figure out why it is considered such a great poem. It has some good imagery, and Eliot is good with his words, but the overall effect is that of a collage. And I hate collages.”

“Like walking around in Edmonton.”

“Like wandering/being pulled through an apocalypse while inebriated”

“”how f**king brilliant!” I think I might’ve cried when I first read it? Maybe because I might’ve been responding (without knowing it at the time) to Pound’s indelible influence on the text? who knows? who knows?”

Like if the fairies lost and died in Fern Gully”


Here’s the entirety of The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot read by Jeremy Irons. Scar, reading this pseudo-post-apocalyptic poem. Seems fitting:



Also known as “Teenage Wasteland”:




Have you seen this poster around Windsor? Literature influencing the way we interpret the world. Nice.


The climactic discussion at the end of Brave New World was influenced by The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Here’s a page of Dostoyevsky’s notes from Chapter 5 of his manuscript:

ch 5 of The Bro K


Orwell and Huxley on the future:


Fahrenheit 451 banned in the States: IRONY!


An artist’s imagining of the post-apocalyptic landscape in Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood:

Oryx and Crake setting


Iron Maiden’s full album:



What three things would you want to have after the apocalypse? Tweet them to us @hardcoverradio


Thanks for listening!

This episode we’re looking at lyrics! Our title is inspired by Led Zeppelin’s album Coda.


Brave brave Sir Robin and his favourite minstrels:



People’s Parties” by Joni Mitchell

All the people at this party
They’ve got a lot of style
They’ve got stamps of many countries
They’ve got passport smiles
Some are friendly
Some are cutting
Some are watching it from the wings
Some are standing in the centre
Giving to get something

Photo beauty gets attention
Then her eye paint’s running down
She’s got a rose in her teeth
And a lampshade crown
One minute she’s so happy
Then she’s crying on someone’s knee
Saying laughing and crying
You know it’s the same release

I told you when I met you
I was crazy
Cry for us all beauty
Cry for Eddie in the corner
Thinking he’s nobody
And Jack behind his joker
And stone-cold Grace behind her fan
And me in my frightened silence
Thinking I don’t understand

I feel like I’m sleeping
Can you wake me
You seem to have a broader sensibility
I’m just living on nerves and feelings
With a weak and a lazy mind
And coming to peoples parties
Fumbling deaf dumb and blind

I wish I had more sense of humor
Keeping the sadness at bay
Throwing the lightness on these things
Laughing it all away
Laughing it alI away
Laughing it all away

© 1973; Crazy Crow Music


Iron Maiden, one of the most literary band out there: from The Rime of Ancient Mariner to Lord of the Flies, their lyrics explore the ethical and cultural resonances of these texts.


Leave the Bourbon on the Shelf” by The Killers

Shakin’ like the Devil when she lets me go
Got a new place and how it’s so much better.
Falling over myself, the televisions on,
I turn it off and smile.
Oh, Jennifer, you know I always tried.
Before you say goodbyeLeave the bourbon on the shelf.
And I’ll drink it by myself.
And I love you endlessly,
Darling don’t you see I’m not satisfied
Until I hold you tight.
Give me one more chance tonight
And I swear I’ll make it right.
But you ain’t got time for this
And that wreckin’ bell is ringin’
And I’m not satisfied
Until I hold youJennifer, tell me where I stand
And who’s that other boy holdin’ your hand?
Oh, Jennifer, you know I’ve always tried.
Before you say goodbyeLeave the bourbon on the shelf.
And I’ll drink it by myself.
And I never liked your hair or those people that you lie with
And I’m not satisfied
Until I hold you tight
And I love you endlessly,
Darling don’t you see I can’t be satisfied
Until I hold you tight.Leave the bourbon on the shelf.
And I’ll drink it by myself.
And I love you endlessly,
Darling don’t you see
I’m not satisfied.
lyrics © Universal Music Publishing
Margaret Atwood incorporated printed lyrics for hymns in Year of the Flood. The first book in her post-apocalyptic trilogy, Oryx and Crake, features these delightfully green glow in the dark rabbits.
Weird Al’s grammar-tastic parody, “Word Crimes”:
Me Against the World” by TuPac
It’s just me against the world
Oooohhh, oooohhh
Nuttin to lose…
It’s just me against the world baby
Oahhhh, oahhhahh
I got nuttin to lose
It’s just me against the world
Stuck in the game
Me against the world baby[Verse 1: 2Pac]
Can you picture my prophecy?
Stress in the city, the cops is hot for me
The projects is full of bullets, the bodies is droppin
There ain’t no stoppin me
Constantly movin while makin millions
Witnessin killings, leavin dead bodies in abandoned buildings
Can’t raise the children cause they’re illin
Addicted to killin and the appeal from the cap peelin
Without feelin, but will they last or be blasted?
Hard headed bastard
Maybe he’ll listen in his casket – the aftermath
More bodies being buried – I’m losing my homies in a hurry
They’re relocating to the cemetery
Got me worried, stressin, my vision’s blurried
The question is will I live? No one in the world loves me
I’m headed for danger, don’t trust strangers
Put one in the chamber whenever I’m feelin this anger
Don’t wanna make excuses, cause this is how it is
What’s the use unless we’re shootin no one notices the youth
It’s just me against the world baby[Girl:]
Me against the world
It’s just me against the world
Ooooh yeah, ooo-hooo
It’s just me against the world
Me against the world
Cause it’s just me against the world baby
Me against the world
Ooooh yeah
I got nuttin to lose
It’s just me against the world baby
I got nothing to lose[Verse 2: Dramacydal]
Could somebody help me? I’m out here all by myself
See ladies in stores, Baby Capone’s, livin wealthy
Pictures of my birth on this Earth is what I’m dreamin
Seein Daddy’s semen, full of crooked demons, already crazy
And screamin I guess them nightmares as a child
Had me scared, but left me prepared for a while
Is there another route? For a crooked Outlaw
Veteran, a villain, a young thug, who one day shall fallEveryday there’s mo’ death, and plus I’m dough-less
I’m seein mo’ reasons for me to proceed with thievin
Scheme on the scheming and leave they peeps grieving
Cause ain’t no bucks to stack up, my nuts is backed up
I’m bout to act up, go load the Mac up, now watch me klacka
Tried makin fat cuts, but yo it ain’t workin
And Evil’s lurking, I can see him smirking
When I gets to pervin, so what?
Go put some work in, and make my mail, makin sales
Risking 25 with a ‘L’, but oh well[Girl:]
Me against the world
With nuttin to lose
It’s just me against the world
Ooh yeah… oooh-ooooh
It’s just me against the world baby
Me against the world
I got nuttin to lose
It’s just me against the world
Ha ha
It’s just me against the world baby
Ha-ahh, HA-AHH!
With nuttin to lose
It’s just me against the world baby
Me against the world, hoahhh
Me against the world
I got nuttin to lose
It’s just me against the world baby
Ha-hahh (hehe) heyy![Verse 3: 2Pac]
With all this extra stressin
The question I wonder is after death, after my last breath
When will I finally get to rest? Through this suppression
They punish the people that’s askin questions
And those that possess, steal from the ones without possessions
The message I stress: to make it stop study your lessons
Don’t settle for less – even a genius asks-es questions
Be grateful for blessings
Don’t ever change, keep your essence
The power is in the people and politics we address
Always do your best, don’t let the pressure make you panic
And when you get stranded
And things don’t go the way you planned it
Dreamin of riches, in a position of makin a difference
Politicians and hypocrites, they don’t wanna listen
If I’m insane, it’s the fame made a brother change
It wasn’t nuttin like the game
It’s just me against the world[Girl:]
Me against the world
Nuttin to lose
It’s just me against the world baby
Me against the world
Got me stuck in the game
It’s just me against the world
I’d be ashamed to lose
It’s just me against the world baby
Me against the world[Outro: 2Pac]
Heh, hahahahahahah
That’s right
I know it seem hard sometimes but uhh
Remember one thing
Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that
So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out
Keep your head up, and handle it[Girl:]
Me against the world [x3]
“Heroin” by The Velvet Underground is another example of spoken lyrics accompanied by music.
 A song influenced by film:
The Union Forever” by The White Stripes (with accompanying Citizen Kane footage)
It can’t be love
for there is no true love
It can’t be love
for there is no true loveSure I’m C.F.K. [Charles Foster Kane-Citizen Kane]
but you gotta love me
the cost no man can say
but you gotta love meWell I’m sorry but I’m not
interested in gold mines, oil wells, shipping or real estate
what would I liked to have been?
everything you hatecause It can’t be love
for there is no true love
It can’t be love
for there is no true loveThere is a man
a certain man
and for the poor you may be sure
that he’ll do all he can
who is this one?
who’s favourite son?
just by his action has the traction
magnets on the run
who likes to smoke
enjoys a joke
and wouldn’t get a bit
upset if he were really broke
with wealth and fame
he’s still the same
I’ll bet you five you’re not alive
If you don’t know his nameYou said the union forever
You said the union forever
You cried the union forever
but that was untrue girlcause It can’t be love
for there is no true love
It can’t be love
for there is no true love
Diamond Dogs features tracks Bowie originally wrote for a 1984-based musical. Big Brother is watching you.

A few days late, but here’s our Women’s Day episode, featuring interviews of mystery writer Jayne Self and poet-professor Dr. Susan Holbrook!


Our episode title, “Time Worn Wings”, is an anagram of “Womens Writing”.


In poetry, there’s room for ambiguity, indeterminacy, and raw expression!


John Green on Sylvia Plath:


Some of the greats: Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Harper Lee, Maya Angelou, and Sylvia Plath.


“Adventure Time” characters in both of their manifestations: Fionna and Cake, and Finn and Jake!

fionna and finn


Read more about Marvel’s re-imagining of Thor as a woman:


J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins have done really well in their respective genres: young adult, fantasy, and dystopian fiction. Harry Potter and The Hunger Games series have both been adapted into film, and continue to enchant and engage readers of all ages.


Jayne Self:


The HMS Malignant inspired Jayne’s award winning novel, Murder in Hum Harbour, as well as the name for Malignant Cove!

Some writers who have influenced Jayne: NJ Linquest, Linda Hall, Denise O’Leary, Dorthy Donne, Diana Gabaldon

Write Canada is Canada’s largest annual Christian writers’ conference. Join 200 authors, journalists, columnists, bloggers, and poets and hone your craft at this three-day conference. June 11-13, 2015.” (from the Write Canada website)

You can find Jayne’s books through Harbor Light, Amazon, Pelican Book Group. or at her website, Thanks, Jayne!


Speaking of murder mysteries…Agatha Christie is the master of the whodunnit!



Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam trilogy is being adapted into a TV series (spoiler alert!):


Susan Holbrook:


Her book of poetry, Joy is So Exhausting


You can find her books through her publisher or at Biblioasis.

Look out for her new book, to be released in 2016. Thanks for being a part of the show, Susan!

Anagram of “Susan Holbrook”: “Shoals Book Run”

* Apologies: there was supposed to be an extended interview here, but due to technical difficulties, we can’t post it at this time…


A fascinating interview with Sylvia Plath:


Don’t forget to share your anagram with us on Twitter @hardcoverradio! Thanks for listening!

Can you imagine having to type up a 20-page paper and, in order to rearrange sections of text, having to actually take a pair of scissors and a bottle of glue and manually cut and paste your document together?

Before personal computers, typewriters were used to type up letters, finish last-minute assignments, and put together the great novels of the 20th century. So, in honor of all those students and profs, writers and editors, who spent long hours re-working their writings, we’ve titled this typewriter-centric episode Cut & Paste.


Malling-Hansen writing ball 2


The entirety of  “Stenographers” by P.K. Page, for your reading pleasure:

Ernest Hemingway once won a bet that he could write a moving story in six words. He won with this:

“For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.”

Send us a six-word story of your own – post on


Have a favourite film or TV scene involving a typewriter? Tweet it to us @hardcoverradio

Kids are introduced to typewriters. One tries to feed paper in through the side:


If you’re in the Oregon area, you may want to stop by their typewriter exhibit:

These Hemingwrite typewriters look pretty cool! Check out their website:



Contribute to a writing site inspired by The Infinite Monkey Theorem:


Jack Kerouac at his typewriter:












From the Museum of Obsolete Objects


Political use of typewriters:


Some of the many variations of typewriter:

Looking for a typewriter repair shop in the Detroit area?


Famous authors and their typewriters:


Typewriter art:

21st Century documentary on the typewriter:

Welcome to Hardcover! This episode, we’re discussing poetry and interviewing local poet, Benny Alexander.


To hear the second half of Benny’s interview:


In case you were wondering about our title:

rhyme scheme   n. the ordered patterning of end-rhymes in poetry or verse. (OED)

 As an example, here’s a breakdown of “Everything Is Free” by George Elliott Clarke.

(a) Wipe away tears,

(a) Set free your fears:

(b) Everything is free.

(b) Only the lonely

(b) Need much money:

(b) Everything is free.

(c) Don’t try to bind

(c) The love you find:

(b) Everyone is free.

(d) Your lover’s yours —

(d) Surrender force:

(b) Everyone is free.

(e) The sun melts down,

(e) Spreads gold around:

(b) Everything is free.

(f) The rain is spent

(f) Lending flowers scent:

(b) Everything is free.

(g) The love you live,

(g) The life you give:

(b) Everything is free.

*Lines ending with the same rhyme are labelled with the same letter. For example, “free” and “money” are both marked as (b).


Here’s some people and websites we talk about in the episode!


langston hughes

Langston Hughes (1902-1967):

Jazz poet, novelist, playwright, critic, essayist. A prominent figure of the Harlem Renaissance.

Check out one of his many poems:


Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen is one of the Canadian greats. Famous for his troubling of the sacred and the profane through sexual and religious imagery, Cohen’s lyrics are celebrated in tandem with his gravelly and raw musical accompaniment.


For current news, videos, and new projects by Leonard Cohen, here’s a link to his website:


Thanks, WikiHow!

and (brace yourself):


Marianne Moore (1887-1972) – Modernist poet



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“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words” – Robert Frost