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April 28th, 2015 • Posted in Nigel Beale's Biblio File Interviews

Audio: Interview with Simon Dardick on Vehicule Press

I met with publisher Simon Dardick last year at his home office in Montreal to talk about the history and collecting of Véhicule Press. Please listen here:


April 8th, 2015 • Posted in Nigel Beale's Biblio File Interviews

Audio: R.I.P. Andre Brink

This past February Andre Brink received an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Louvain, in Belgium. He died after falling ill on the flight back home to South Africa. 

I interviewed Andre several years ago at his home in Cape Town. Listen here to our conversation.

October 21st, 2014 • Posted in Nigel Beale's Biblio File Interviews

Audio: Glenn Dixon: Musical Tourist

Glenn Dixon has published two books. Pilgrim in the Palace of Words: a journey through the 6000 language of Earth was published in 2009 to rave reviews.  His second, Tripping the World Fantastic: a journey through the music of our planet just came out in April of 2013.  He has also published travel articles and cultural pieces in major publications such as National Geographic Magazine, the New York Post, the Walrus Magazine, the Globe and Mail and even Psychology Today.  He’s traveled through seventy countries now and worked on documentary films in Egypt, Tibet, Russia, Peru, Ecuador, Turkey and many others.

Dixon is a full time author, musician and documentary film maker.  He has three degrees including a Masters degree in socio-linguistics.  He lives and works in Calgary, Canada.

Please listen to our conversation about Tripping the World Fantastic here:


July 15th, 2014 • Posted in Nigel Beale's Biblio File Interviews

Audio: Michael & Winifred Bixler on letterpress printing and Monotype

The Press & Letterfoundry of Michael & Winifred Bixler is “devoted to the craft of fine letterpress printing and traditional book typography. Our extensive collection of English Monotype matrices allows us to cast from 8- to 72-point, classic book typefaces including Bembo, Dante, Walbaum, Van Dijck, Joanna, Perpetua, Garamond, Centaur & Arrighi, Ehrhardt, Fournier, Bell, Baskerville, Poliphilus, Plantin, Gill Sans, & Univers. Work is designed, set, printed, & bound in our shop. We use Vandercook & Heidelberg cylinder presses. Fonts are cast on commission & sold by the pound.”

I met with Michael and Winifred recently at their shop in Skaneateles, NY to discuss letterpress printing, and all things Monotype. Please listen here:

December 29th, 2013 • Posted in Nigel Beale's Biblio File Interviews

David Esslemont’s Door Bell

Hoping to interview David Esslemont out here in Iowa today about the Gregynog Press, and possibly Thomas Bewick

October 23rd, 2013 • Posted in Nigel Beale's Biblio File Interviews

Audio Interview with Cameron Anstee on Irving Layton, Frank Newfeld, Claire Pratt, Sam Tata, Jack McClelland and Canadian Book Design

From 1959-1964,  McClelland and Stewart published a run of poetry books written by Irving Layton, designed by Frank Newfeld, edited by Claire Pratt, and often illustrated with photographs by Sam Tata. They turned out to be among Layton’s most famous and influential titles ( A Red Carpet for the Sun [1959], The Swinging Flesh [1961],

Balls for a One-Armed Juggler [1963],

and The Laughing Rooster [1964]).  

Cameron Anstee, proprietor of Apt 9 Press and a PhD student in the English Department at the University of Ottawa recently delivered a paper at the 2013 Canadian Literature Symposium. It examined the relationship between Layton,  Newfeld, and Jack McClelland  and positioned it as central to the formation both of a visible canon of Canadian Literature in the 1950s and 1960s, and of Layton’s particular public image. The paper  looked at  Layton’s complicated relationship  with the Canadian reading public and emerging Canadian literary establishments through a close reading  of the book objects. It also considered how Layton was ‘branded’ , the role that Frank Newfeld played in this, and  the poet’s conflicted responses to Newfeld’s designs.

I met recently with Anstee  to discuss this fascinating topic. Please listen here. 

October 13th, 2013 • Posted in Nigel Beale's Biblio File Interviews

Audio Interview with Antiquarian Book Dealer William Reese on selling and collecting books

This from the Yale University Library website: “William Reese ’77 is an antiquarian bookseller living in New Haven, CT. His firm, William Reese Company, founded in 1975 when he was a sophomore, is one of the leading rare book dealers in the world, specializing in Americana, travels and voyages, and literature.  He has been active with the Yale Library for many years, funding a number of fellowships in the Beinecke Library. Bill served on the committee to raise funds for the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library and contributed, with his family, the Jackson Family Rare Book Room there, named in honor of his grandfather, John Day Jackson, Class of 1890, who gave Yale its first music library.

Bill has also given Yale major collections of 20th-century writers such as Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon, as well as books and manuscripts ranging from 18th-century Louisiana to the diary of an interned Japanese-American in World War II.  He has also curated four major exhibitions in the Beinecke Library, including their Columbian Quincentenary exhibition in 1992, and the show honoring Paul Mellon’s bequest to the Beinecke Library in 2002, both commemorated with published catalogs. He has also funded Beinecke publications such as the recently published Alfred Stieglitz–Georgia O’Keefe correspondence, funded cataloguing initiatives in the Map Collection, and underwritten Yale staff members attending the Rare Book School.  Bill has also served on the committee to award the undergraduate book- collecting prize for thirty years.  Bill has worked with many book libraries throughout the country on issues of collection development, security, and fund-raising.  He serves on the Council of the American Antiquarian Society and the board of the Library of America.”

Please listen to our conversation about book selling, book collecting, and cutting old pies in new ways here:

October 10th, 2013 • Posted in Nigel Beale's Biblio File Interviews

Literary Tourist Podcast: Interview with Walter Bachinski, Shanty Bay Press

Shanty Bay Press was established in Shanty Bay, Ontario, in 1996 as a private press devoted to publishing livres d’artistes in which the texts and the illustrations accompanying them would have equal weight in the design of the books. The press is a partnership: the type-setting, presswork and binding are the work of Janis Butler, the illustrations are by


Walter Bachinski, and the editorial, design and publishing decisions are shared. The press’s equipment includes a Vandercook SP20,

Vandercook Universal 1, double crown Washington hand press (1836),

an etching press, and a growing collection of type.

I visited the Press recently to talk with its proprietors, starting with Walter Bachinski. Please listen to our conversation here:



Anatomy of a Kerouac Collector: Audio Interview with Rod Anstee

Anstee and friend

Jack Kerouac is an American icon thanks to his novel On the Road (1957). During the late 1950s, he and fellow members of the Beat generation captured something essential about the American psyche, defining a desire to break away from conformity in search of an alternative form of self-fulfillment. As William S. Burroughs once put it , On the Road  “sold a trillion Levis and a million espresso machines, and also sent countless kids on the road” (Charters, 1991, xxviii).

One of those kids was Ottawa native Rod Anstee who, at  age 16, hitch-hiked across the continent, part of a life-long relationship he formed with Kerouac that involved collecting his books and letters, connecting with Beat authors, and writing a bibliography.

I met with Rod at his home recently to get the story; to trace the arc of his collecting experience; to understand as best I could, the core anatomy of a book collector.

Please listen to our conversation here:

September 3rd, 2013 • Posted in Nigel Beale's Biblio File Interviews, On Book Collecting

Audio Interview with Alexander Monker on Collecting Canadian Poetry Books

Alexander Monker is an Ottawa-based collector of Canadian poetry. I met recently with him to talk about his passion for these and other books, and to get some advice on the art of book collecting. Please listen here: