Nigel Beale is an interviewer, writer, bibliophile and literary tourist. He is the Host/Producer of The Biblio File podcast. As such, he has, over the past decade discussed books with more than 450 guests, including Novelists: Margret Atwood, David Mitchell, Ha Jin, Anne Enright, Amitav Ghosh, Tim Winton, Junot Diaz, Andre Brink, Larry McMurtry, and Ivan Klima; Publishers: Richard Charkin, Jonathan Galassi, Stephen Page, Jamie Byng, Gordon Graham, Tom Doherty, Heloise d’Ormesson and Rocky Stinehour; Booksellers: James Daunt, Nancy Bass Wyden, Sarah McNally, Ken Lopez, Kenneth Gloss, William Reese and Glenn Horowitz; Poets: Derek Walcott, Paul Muldoon, Galway Kinnell, John Hollander, and Rae Armantrout; and Critics: Daniel Mendelsohn, Adam Gopnik, Robert Fulford, Alex Ross and Nick Mount.
After a successful career in the media relations business he decided in 2005 to explore and indulge his passion for books and travel full-time.
Since then he’s been a passionate advocate for literary tourism, spending much of his time travelling around the world visiting bookstores and literary destinations, attending literary festivals and events, and interviewing famed authors and ‘best practitioners’ in the book and related trades.
Over the past decade he has photographed some 5000 bookshops, authors and booksellers; and written thousands of literary blog posts. His book reviews and literary and travel features have appeared in many publications, including the Washington Post, The Guardian, The Toronto Globe and Mail, and LOGOS. He has also compiled a number of impressive book collections, including one illustrating the evolution of Canadian book design, and another featuring English language publishers’ histories. In addition to discussing books with many of the greats, he has led book discussion groups with ordinary, passionate book lovers for more than 25 years.