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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:

August 28th, 2013 • Posted in Nigel Beale's Biblio File Interviews, On The Book

Audio Interview with Abigail Rorer on The Lone Oak Press

Abigail Rorer is a wood engraver, and proprietor of The Lone Oak Press which publishes limited edition, fine press books using…letterpress & wood engraving. Please listen here to our conversation on the why and how of what she loves to do (please stay tuned for accompanying photos).

August 12th, 2013 • Posted in Nigel Beale's Biblio File Interviews

Audio Interview with Rebecca Romney on Bauman Rare Books, Aldus, Aldine, William Pickering and Fine Press Books

Rebecca Romney is the Rare Book Expert on Pawn Stars and Manager at the Las Vegas Gallery of Bauman Rare Books. We met recently in Las Vegas to talk about what she does, why Bauman’s is in Las Vegas, her blog Aldine, Aldus the printer, William Pickering’s Aldine poet’s series of books, and collecting fine press books. Please listen here:

August 4th, 2013 • Posted in Las Vegas, Nigel Beale's Biblio File Interviews

Audio Interview with Peter Michel about Books on Gambling

“The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Special Collections Library houses unique, rare, and specialized research material that documents the history, culture and physical environment of the city of Las Vegas, the Southern Nevada region, the gaming industry, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas.”

The collections include books, pamphlets, posters, serials and periodicals, scrapbooks, archives and manuscripts, maps, architectural drawings, photographs, video and audio tapes.

I visited the library recently to talk gambling with former director now Head of Exhibits Peter Michel. Here at the library you’ll find “the world’s greatest collection of material on gambling and related issues, including books, journals, company documents, and manuscript collections.”

For more info on Literary Las Vegas, click here.

Listen to our conversation here:

July 15th, 2013 • Posted in Nigel Beale's Biblio File Interviews

Audio Interview with Barbara Slate on Comics & Graphic Novels, Betty, Veronica and Archie

Barbara Slate is the author of more than 300 comic books and graphic novels. She created, wrote and drew Angel Love for DC Comics, and Yuppies from Hell and Sweet XVI for Marvel. Her first character , Ms Liz, has  appeared on millions of greeting cards, in magazines, and on the Today Show; in addition, she wrote the Disney comic classics Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas, plus more than 60 issues of Mattel’s Barbie (winner of the Parent’s Choice Award two years in a row), and more than 100 Betty and Veronica stories for Archie Comics.

She is the author of You Can  Do a Graphic Novel,  “a guide to creating graphic novels- presented in the form of a graphic novel- from a veteran in the field.” Her new semi-autobiographical graphic novel, Getting Married and Other Mistakes (2012) has been called ‘charming and empowering’. In it, a newly divorced narrator encounters many of the social challenges that modern women must face, while undertaking a complicated journey toward finding her inner voice.

I met with Slate at her home in the Hudson Valley recently to talk about all of this, and more. Please listen here.