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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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Jul 28, 2009

Born in Los Angeles in 1946, Robert Bringhurst is an award winning Canadian poet, typographer and author. Perhaps best known for The Elements of Typographic Style – a reference book of typefaces, glyphs and the visual and geometric arrangement of type, he is also a respected translator of poetic works from Haida into English.  He lives on Quadra Island, near Campbell River, B.C.

We met in Ottawa to talk about his definitions of both the book, as articulated in The Surface of Meaning, and typography which should

  • Invite the reader into the text
  • Reveal the tenor and meaning of the text
  • Clarify the structure and the order of the text
  • Link the text with other existing elements
  • Induce a state of energetic repose, which is the ideal condition for reading