The Biblio File hosted by Nigel Beale

Hosted ByNigel Beale

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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Maria Hamrefors: the Voice of Swedish Bookselling

Maria Hamrefors was appointed chairwoman of the Swedish Booksellers Association in 2019 after a long career in the book industry. Previous positions include CEO of Akademibokhandeln, CEO of Bokus, CEO of Norstedts Publishing Group, CEO of Thomson Corp…

Barbara Hoepli on how they love Bookstores in Italy

I met Barbara Hoepli in Prague last month at the . She’d just delivered a talk on the Italian bookselling business that referenced Italy’s Levi (Fixed Price) Law which limits the size of discounts that can be “levied” on books sold in the country….

Jeff Deutsch on a new kind of bookstore and the paradox of the browse

Jeff Deutsch is a devoted reader, browser and lifelong bookseller. He’s the director of Chicago’s iconic Seminary Co-op Bookstores, and has written a book entitled In Praise of Good Bookstores (Princeton, 2022) in which he calls for a re-imagining of…

Book Designer Jerry Kelly on what to do once you’ve written your Manuscript

I’ve long been interested in rhetoric, the techniques of persuasive argument, propaganda; the use of passionate language. It’s why I collect publishers’ sales and bookseller catalogues, I’m sure!    Ever since first laying hands on the…

Justin Pemberton on how to adapt an 800-page best-seller into a documentary film

About a month ago I watched a documentary entitled Capital in the 21st Century. It was pretty riveting, describing much of what, and how, I’ve been thinking  over the past few years about the American take-over of Canada, and the belief that…

Scott Ferris on Artist and Book Illustrator Rockwell Kent

Scott R Ferris, is a  researcher, writer and specialist in the art of Rockwell Kent (1882-1971). He has conducted many lectures on Kent and has served as curator for a lot of Kent exhibitions.   Here’s a thumbnail of Kent culled from what…

Stephen Marche on Writing and Failure and Getting your Balls Hacked Off

Is failure an inherent part of the writing “enterprise”? Yes, I’d say, this is undoubtedly true. If seen, however, solely as an “exercise” in itself, does this still hold true? I’m not quite so sure.   These are the axes along which I tread…

Sasha Tochilovsky on one of the greatest partnerships in magazine history

Sasha Tochilovsky is a graphic designer, typographer, curator, teacher and head of the at the Cooper Union in New York City. We talk here about one of the greatest creative teams in magazine history: author, editor, publisher and photo-journalist…

Andy Hughes on Bob Caro and Book Production at Knopf

Andy Hughes is Senior Vice President of Production and Design at Knopf Doubleday, and I really wanted to know what he had to say. During a recent conversation with Lizzie Gottlieb about her new documentary film Turn Every Page, listen , she mentioned…

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