Today, we’re talking about one of our favourite writers and creators, John Green!



John Green is always working on some kind of creative project –  keep up to date on


Check out John’s literature series on Crash Course!



Today’s harmonica segment: do you have any stories about your name? Tweet us @hardcoverradio


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Ahoy, matey! After a bit of a break, Hardcover’s back from our sea-faring adventures! This week’s episode: a well-known pirate adventure novel, goes by the name of Treasure Island, arr!


Eddie Izzard as Long John Silver in a 2012 adaptation of Treasure Island (actually produced by Sky 1, not the BBC as was said in the episode. Sorry, friends!). Definitely worth a view!



Oak Island on the east coast of Canada is the site of Captain Kidd’s legendary treasure. There is a map, but what it leads to exactly is still being discovered.



Got a favourite sea shanty or tale? Tweet it to us @hardcoverradio!


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Elizabeth J.M. Walker is in the studio with us, talking about her new book This Night Sucks!



Also featuring the presence of Alexander Zelenyj (in case you noticed the quiet voice in the background 🙂 )


Elizabeth’s book is available at some local Windsor bookshops, including Juniper Books (1990 Ottawa Street) and PB Books (3947 Tecumseh Road East). Or through Amazon or her publisher, Mirror World.


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Tim Reddish is a retired Physics professor with a background in Theology. He brings both of these unique perspectives into his writing! Our discussion ranges through quantum mechanics, modern parables, and the relationship between science and faith.



You can find Tim’s books on or on his website!




Featured in this episode: Tim reads “The Sermon.”


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Here’s part two of our series on video games!

We know games use words to advance stories, plotlines, and to help immerse characters into the world that surrounds them. We look into a classic that told your story. A classic that we all died of dyssentery from. Of course, that game is Oregon Trail.


People still love that game because of its nostalgic factor. We examine nostalgia and how that affects our game experience. Is Oregon Trail really that good? Which Tomb Raider is better? Do we side with Ratchet & Clank for the PS2 or the re-make for the PS4?

We also cover heavily story based games, and focus on Oxenfree. Peter’s currently playing through Oxenfree on his Youtube channel. Link below!


So what do you think? Weigh in here or on Twitter @hardcoverradio



This episode is a 2-parter! Because we had so much content we needed two parts to cover it all. We talk about video games! More specifically, we discuss what a narrative game is and why we play them. We also discover things like Pokemon Go and how EVEN that can be a narrative. But it’s the best kind! It’s the narrative YOU’RE creating!

We also discuss Detroit: Become Human which is a pretty cool lookin’ PS4 game due out in 2017.

Peter rants about the ending to Mass Effect III, and we cap it all off with a Jazz Trio from Ontario! Enjoy part 1!


In part 2 we’ll discuss more styles of narration and HOW a story drives a game forward. Stay tuned!


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It’s that time again.

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Hello! Today’s episode is all about historical fiction and who better to talk to us about historical fiction than a historian! I’ve used the word ‘history’ far too much so I digress.

Here’s Alison Trottier!


Alison talks to us about ‘The Perilous Gard’ by Elizabeth Marie Pope, which takes place in England during the reign of Elizabeth I, and ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up The Bodies’ by Hilary Mantel which explore Tudor England.

Alison also wanted to give a nod to the Little House on the Prairie series, which is “sort of weird in that it’s biographical but the author writes about herself in the third person”. AND that they’re a lot different and better than the show!

Thanks, Alison, for being on the show and keeping Peter in line for the interview! And thanks everyone for listening!

What’s YOUR favourite historical fiction?

It’s time for another theatre episode with our expert, Janine Marley, M.A. Always lovely to have her on the show!13669389_10153599624376389_6829826904444166540_o


Be sure to check out Stratford, Paper-Knife Theatre, and Edge Productions. There is theatre happening all over the place this summer!


Thanks for listening!

Episode 70! In this episode we talk about social networks, what constitutes a social network, and the differences between them.

Sharing on social media has become a societal norm, but what about writing? How does this change the overarch of what writing can do? Should writing adapt to social media? What’s its role in social media?

We discussed Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, among others. But I really want to break down Twitter for a bit.

Twitter is unique in that it’s word focused and word driven, but at the same time not those things. I’ll explain.

Basically you’ve got Twitter, which in its essence is a forum to discuss new ideas or old ideas through words, limiting yourself to 140 characters. But is that limit a strength or a weakness?

I feel like one of the strengths of Twitter is to challenge us to evoke those emotions in one single tweet. WITHIN those 140 characters. And it’s hard. It’s not easy to do this “word economy” thing.

Tweets can be extremely powerful. As powerful as words allow. Whether it’s something like “Delete your account” or a report on a live even going on at that exact moment somewhere in the world, Twitter and its 140 word restriction is a really important one.


We talk about Facebook and Youtube in our episode, but I feel we didn’t Twitter the amount of time it deserves. So there it is. Time. That is deserves. For the others, be sure to listen to the episode and let us know what you think on Twitter!

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Today we sat down with Chris Andrechek!


Chris does designs – Book designs! (cool!) at Biblioasis.

Check out Biblioasis Here.


Did you check them out? Cool? You’re back now? Hi!

This episode we talked about why book design is important – and why you need to think about it. We all judge a book by its cover even subconsciously. Chris tells us why this is important and what you can do to ensure you’re getting the best design for your buck. (Hint: It involves a traditional publisher)


We also explored that. The above thing. The self publishing thing. We looked at why it’s important and what the advantages and disadvantages of self publishing are. The occasion where the self publishing warrants the best results is when your design can hold its own as well.

Chris works in Windsor and it was great to hang out with him for the interview!


#harmonicasegment: Tweet us your favourite book cover design @hardcoverradio!


Thanks for listening!