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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Anton Bogomazov on Mark LaFramboise and the role of the Bookstore Book Buyer

In an email I received several months ago, the owners of the iconic Washington, D.C. based independent bookstore Politics & Prose wrote that Mark LaFramboise, their chief book buyer, had died. “Mark was the best book buyer any independent…

Tom Devlin on the rise of Drawn and Quarterly, and Graphic Novels

 Tom Devlin is a key figure in the world of graphic novels. His career mimics the evolution of the genre. As founder of Highwater Books, a publishing house he set up in the early 2000s, he treated alternative comics audiences in North America to…

Shannon DeVito on her role as ‘Director of Books’ at B & N

Shannon DeVito is ‘s ‘Director of Books.’ We met via Zoom to discuss the roles and duties associated with this intriguing-sounding position. I discovered that they include co-ordinating the relationship between national and local book-buying teams;…

Dan Paisner on being the voice of Ivanka, Serena, Whoopi, Denzel and Steve Aoki

Where does editing leave off and ghostwriting begin? How cool is it to pass yourself off as the writer if you haven’t done any of the writing? How much recognition do “collaborators” deserve? Should ghostwriters be completely anonymous? When should…

Valerie Picard on winning Best Children’s Publisher at Bologna

Earlier this year a tiny Quebec-based children’s publishing house, , won the prize for Best Children’s Publishers of the Year in North America at the It won, judges said, for being at the forefront of innovation in the creative nature of its…

Martha Fleming on Canada’s greatest graphic designer

Allan Fleming (1929 – 1977) was a Canadian graphic designer best known for having created the Canadian National Railway logo, for designing the 1967 book Canada: A Year of the Land and for “revolutionizing” the look of scholarly publishing in…

Nora Krug on vigilantly illustrating Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny

I first became aware of the graphic edition of Timothy Snyder’s book On Tyranny during a visit to the National Socialist Documentation Centre museum in Munich about a year ago (revel in the backstory ). I bought and read a copy of the…

Jiri Nenicka on Samizdat and Resisting Totalitarian Censorship

Libri Prohibiti is a nonprofit, independent, archival research library located in Prague, Czech Republic that collects samizdat and exile literature. Founded by Jiri Gruntorad after the fall of the communist regime its holdings include some 40,000…

Naomi Bacon on Marketing Books on Social Media

Naomi Bacon is a seasoned book marketer, and founder of She has worked with JK Rowling’s agency, The Blair Partnership, as well as Pottermore, Pan Macmillan, Penguin and Hachette. Her ambition has always been “to be at the forefront of digital…

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