Nigel was born in Toronto, Canada, moved to Edmonton when very small, then to Sark, one of England´s Channel Islands (where his grandfather served as doctor), and on to various parts of Southern England, before returning to Canada with his parents on the SS Maasdam. In so doing he passed through the vacated, yet still very lively, Expo 67 site in Montreal, on his way out West to settle in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Here he attended Evan Hardy Collegiate Institute, and got a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan. He then went to Queen´s University in Kingston, Ontario where he completed a Masters degree in Public Administration.
After a brief stint with the Autoparts Manufacturers´ Association (APMA) in Toronto, he moved to Ottawa to become Director of Membership Development at the Ottawa-Carleton Board of Trade where, under Michael Church´s leadership, he more than doubled membership in less than three years.
In 1989 he established Nigel Beale & Associates Ltd., a media rep house designed to provide ad sales representation to national magazines in need of a presence in the National Capital Region. In short order he was representing some of the largest magazines in the country, including Via Rail´s on-board magazine, Today´s Health magazine, and the Canadian Tire Auto Club magazine, Autoroute. Word of mouth put him in touch with Rod Morris and Paul Aunger, partners in a feature news distribution service called News Canada, for whom he established an Ottawa office; within three years he more than quadrupled regional sales revenues. Nigel also worked with Rod on a number of successful contract publishing ventures.
During his time at News Canada he worked with virtually every Canadian federal government department and many leading national associations and blue chip corporations writing, editing, producing and packaging, into a variety of different formats (Print, CD, Audio/Video satellite feed), news items that were distributed to, and used by, thousands of newspapers, and radio and TV stations across Canada. Many articles he wrote enjoyed documented readership in the hundreds of millions (yes you read that correctly). During this period Nigel was also, for a time, part owner of inmedia, a leading research-based public relations agency.
A well-known commentator on media culture, his articles and book reviews appeared, during the 1990s, in Policy Options magazine, Marketing magazine, PRCanada and Strategy Magazine, where, from 1994-1999, his monthly column ‘On Media’ appeared.
In 2005 he shifted the focus of his life and work to explore a passion for books and travel.
Since then he has photographed some 5000 bookshops, written thousands of literary blog posts and scores of literary articles, in addition to conducting hundreds of interviews with plenty of great authors, booksellers, publishers, collectors, printers and sundry other book folk – for a podcast he hosts and produces called The Biblio File.
In 2009 he bought The Book Hunter Press (a small U.S.-based publishing firm that produced a series of guide books which listed all the used/antiquarian bookstores in North American), and incorporated its database into a website he launched in 2010. Filled with listings and maps providing information on literary destinations, activities and events from all around the world, it serves as a guide for book-lovers who like to travel.
In addition to hosting The Biblio File Podcast, Nigel works as a literary travel writer/photographer and provides marketing/consulting services to cultural institutions, economic development agencies and destination marketing organizations.
He lives in Ottawa, Canada.
NIGEL BEALE MEDIA PROFILE
Telephone: 1 (613) 842-9800 Email: notabenebeale (at) gmail.com
Twitter: @nigelbeale, @littourist
The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/profile/nigelbeale
Postal Address: 192 Calaveras Avene, Nepean ON, K2J %K5, Canada
Publications contributed to include:
The Guardian Online, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Bookseller magazine, The Washington Post, Guerilla magazine, Canadian Art magazine, WRITE magazine, LOGOS Brill Online Books and Journals, CNQ magazine, SALT magazine.
Nigel specializes in writing about travel and books.
18-35, 35-55, 55+; Travel Consumer, Male, Female
Main Media Types:
Literary Tourist (Nota Bene Books) Blog, The Biblio File podcast, Consumer and Trade magazines.