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THE BIBLIO FILE is a podcast about "the book," and an inquiry into the wider world of book culture. Hosted by Nigel Beale it features wide ranging, long-form conversations with best practitioners inside the book trade and out - from writer to reader. Why listen? The hope is that it will help you to read, write, publish, edit, design, and collect better, and improve how you communicate serious, big, necessary, new, good ideas and stories...

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Jun 17, 2006

Martin Levin was for 17 years the popular (particularly at Book Expo Canada where we met) Books Editor at the (Toronto) Globe and Mail newspaper, and, according to Dennis Johnson, founder of MobyLives and co-founder/co-publisher of Melville House, one of the most esteemed in the business.  

We talk here about namesakes in Tolstoy, guilt, tragedy, sorrow at not being able to review anywhere near all worthy books, blockbusters syphoning money away from deserving titles, getting boys to read books, graphic novels, Canadian literature as post-colonial/nationalist; Cynthia Ozick; post-modern levelling; discerning value; the benefits of competition; the decline of book talk in print; and Thunder Bay, Ontario.