Yesterday Authors Guild president Roxana Robinson and former president Scott Turow participated in a panel on Capitol Hill co-sponsored by the Authors Guild and the Creative Rights Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers dedicated to protecting the rights of creators.

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Robinson and Turow discussed the challenges and potential benefits of being an author in today’s digital environment in the panel conversation, which was moderated by the Guild’s executive director, Mary Rasenberger.

Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Doug Collins (R-GA) introduced the panel, emphasizing the important role of professional authors and books in our culture, and the need to preserve authors’ ability to be paid for their work in the digital age.