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THE BIBLIO FILE is one of the world's leading podcasts about "the book" and an inquiry into the wider world of book culture. Hosted by Nigel Beale it features wide ranging conversations with authors, poets, book publishers, booksellers, book editors, book collectors, book makers, book scholars, book critics, book designers, book publicists, literary agents and other certified bibliophiles.

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Aug 14, 2006

Michael Crummey is a Newfoundland-born poet, short story writer and novelist. He is known for his historical fiction. His multi-award winning novel River Thieves depicts the relationship between European settlers and the last of the Beothuk indians in the early 19th Century. The Wreckage tells the story of a young Newfoundland soldier and his beloved during and after World War ll. 

We talk about Michael's goal of taking the bare facts of historical events and making the people in those events feel real, maintaining a spine of fact, the impossibility of seeing inside what extinction felt like, conjecture, emotional authenticity, false assumptions, the honesty of fiction, and falsehood of factual 'truth,' respect for the reality of people's lives, fiction being best at capturing rich complex weave of lived experience, marketability; The Wreckage, evil, 9/11, boom times in Newfoundland during WWll, and finally, the mistaken expectation of  getting facts from historical novels.