THE BIBLIO FILE...is a popular podcast on books hosted by Nigel Beale. Here's what he has to say about the whole affair:
"I want to learn as much as I can about 'the book,' and to communicate what I learn to those who share my interest. One of the best ways to do this, I figure, is to question and engage with authors, yes, but also book publishers, booksellers, book editors, book collectors, book makers, book scholars, book critics, book designers, book publicists, literary agents. Bibliophiles. People who love books."
The results are here for you to listen to.
There are currently three hundred and thirty odd interviews on this site. Each runs between 20-60 minutes. Most closer to 60.
And another thing:
“Producing the show enables me to indulge my passion for books and to share what I learn with others. It allows me to interview and connect with fascinating people who variously write, produce, collect, sell, promote, study and/or love 'the book'. I can't think of a better, more enjoyable way to spend my time.”
THE BACK STORY
"For about ten years I ran a monthly book club. There were only four or five of us in it, the perfect number if you ask me; enough of us to get a good selection of ideas on the table, not too many to cause separate conversations to break out. Then one of the key (okay you guys were all key!) members left to teach in the English Department at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. It was a crippling loss. The club didn’t recover.
I immediately missed the stimulating literary conversation. After a while I hit on an idea. I’d host a radio program on books. Matthew Crozier agreed to let me host a show on CKCU FM 93.1, the Carleton University station in Ottawa, Canada. Only one hitch. The time slot. 6am Monday mornings.
I toughed it out for a year or so, then took the easy way out. The show would be a podcast, produced and aired whenever I felt like it.
From the moment I launched The Biblio File I knew I was doing the right thing. The void had been filled. I live for this stuff: reading the books; recruiting, researching, connecting and conversing with the guests; editing the recordings; creating episodes that I hope reward the listener.
Producing this show enables me to indulge my passion for books, and to share whatever I discover. It allows me to interview amazing people connected with the book; to engage them in stimulating conversation.
And you know what Montaigne had to say about conversation:
In my opinion, the most fruitful and natural play of the mind is in conversation. I find it sweeter than any other action in life; and if I were forced to choose, I think I would rather lose my sight than my hearing and voice.
If you love books, reading and good conversation, my hope is that you’ll enjoy listening to The Biblio File. The great thing about podcasts is that you don’t have to wake up at 6am on Monday mornings to listen to them, unless of course you want to.
The Biblio File interviews are designed to appeal to anyone interested in books. Guests, famous and infamous, typically talk about works they’ve written, created, sold, studied, promoted, collected or love.
My goal is to entertain and inform those who who have an interest in books.
I’m doing, and will continue to do, my very best to deliver quality content that I hope is worthy of your time and attention.
GUESTS HAVE INCLUDED:
Novelists: Tim Winton, Margret Atwood, Alice Notley, David Mitchell, Ha Jin, Yann Martel, Nadeem Aslam, Anne Enright, Amitav Ghosh, Junot Diaz, Jane Urquhart, Andre Brink, Larry McMurtry, Ivan Klima, Tim Parks, Andre Alexis, David Gilmour and many more
Publishers: Richard Charkin, John Galassi, Stephen Page, Jamie Byng, Gordon Graham, Tom Doherty, Kathryn Court, Chad Post, Heloise d'Ormesson, Stan Bevington, Rocky Stinehour, Tim Inkster, Andrew Steeves
Booksellers: Joshua Heller, Ray Hinst, Kenneth Gloss, Bob Fleck, William Reese, Glenn Horowitz, Bill Samuel, Adrian Harrington, Peter Ellis, Fran Durako, Patrick McGahern, David Mason, Steven Temple, John Wronowski, Don Lindgren, Robert Rulon-Miller, Henrietta Dax
Fine Press Proprietors include: John Randle, Crispin & Jan Elsted, Andrew Hoyem, Gaylord Schanilec, Walter Bachinsky, David Esslemont, Will Reuter, Claire Van Vliet
Poets: Derek Walcott, Paul Muldoon, Galway Kinnell, John Hollander, Rae Armantrout, Ron Silliman, Jerry Rothenberg, Julie Bruck, Phil Hall, Jap Blonk, Richard Greene, Matthew Zapruder