Hey all, popping in from my extended leave of absence (girlfriend, university and book writing have been keeping me very busy, along with no more regular internet access). I was wondering whether I am allowed, legally or whatever, to explicitly name the real works and names of real, living authors in my novels, assuming I were to publish them. My main character is a bookworm, and as such it would seem silly to write the story without him ever interacting with books. I want my main character to find a book during his investigations, and I want to be able to say which book it is, so that I can give it some special significance, given its content and what happens in my own story. So am I allowed, for example, to write "Stephen picked the tattered book, brushing the dust off to reveal the words Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." in my book? Or any other book, for that matter? On the surface, I can't see why not, but my spider sense is telling me that there might be some crazy reason I can't do this with any book the author of which is still alive (or even was alive within the last 30 years or whatever it is). So what's the facts? I read that list of 10 myths about copyright explained, and it seemed to point in the direction that citing a title and perhaps an author's name is okay, but I'd like to be sure. Further, am I allowed to discuss (or have characters discuss) the contents of the book in question? What are the limits here?