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By Lyn Harrington

Syllables of Recorded Time is a full of life examine the advance over the past six a long time of a countrywide authors’ organization, with all its difficulties and foibles.

Personalities akin to Bliss Carman, Nellie McClung, Stephen Leacock, B.K. Sandwell, W.A. Deacon, Mazo de l. a. Roche, John Murray Gibbon, Helen Chreighton, Watson Kirkconnell, Charles G.D. Roberts and Duncan Campbell Scott determine prominently within the fun anecdotes of the early days, and Hugh MacLennan, Pierre Berton, Dorothy Livesay and Arthur Hailey within the later years.

Syllables of Recorded Time highlights the discussions and legalities concerning problems with copyright, contracts, women’s function, cultural domination by way of Britain and the america, executive investment and markets for writers. It tells why there has been a by-product of specialised pursuits together with the Canadian Writers’ beginning, the League of Poets, the Governor General’s Awards, the Canadian Copyright Institute, the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers and the Writers’ Union of Canada. Harrington vividly portrays all points of the association during this useful source book.

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So far as serial rights are concerned, the clauses are drawn up in evident ignorance of the conditions governing serial publication today, would produce disastrous confusion and would inflict grave hardships on a very large number of Canadian authors without conferring any benefit on Canadian literature . . When the latter problems were fully explained, the clause regarding serial rights was withdrawn, especially as it would be unacceptable to the Berne Convention, which Canada was eager to join.

Hunt. Five delegates attended from Calgary and while they gave their whole-hearted support to the original plan of one general branch for Alberta centred at Edmonton, they urged the necessity of a local branch with local officers for Southern Alberta, centred at Calgary, in view of the distance between the two cities. This, of course was a matter for the Executive Committee, but the President promised to address a meeting in Calgary on his return from Vancouver, which had fixed its opening date for Saturday, April 30th.

Admittedly, they did help to dilute the high standards established. Thus for a decade, CAA members crossed the country happily, until the Depression forced the railways to curb their generosity in 1932. Still, the railways received good publicity from the writers, who rhapsodized in print over areas of Canada they would never have seen otherwise. Since then members have reached into their own pockets to attend conventions in Halifax or Vancouver, 55 Syllables of Recorded Time though now most travel by air.

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