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Food History

9/12/2019
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We are joined by Sadie Hirst, a food historian from Lincolnshire in the UK. Sadie is a collector of antiquarian and vintage cookbooks. She also speaks about food history at numerous events and runs historical cookery workshops. We discuss what cookbooks tell us about history, Georgian recipes, butter-making kitchenalia, and other mouthwatering topics.

Duration:00:23:19

Collecting Film Scripts

8/29/2019
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We’re at the movies and talking about the growing phenomenon of collecting film scripts. Bookseller and author Kevin Johnson reveals why film scripts are so desirable, how studios and production teams have created and used scripts over the decades, the most expensive script he has ever sold, and why scripts from Night of the Living Dead are so difficult to find.

Duration:00:29:55

Voynich Mystery Continues

8/21/2019
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We are joined by Lisa Fagin Davis, who is the Executive Director of the Medieval Academy of America, to discuss the on-going mystery of the Voynich Manuscript. Housed in the Yale library, this 15th century manuscript is written in a language that can't be decoded. Lisa explains why so many theories about its meaning and creation just don't add up.

Duration:00:27:56

Book Restoration

8/14/2019
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We are joined by bo0k restorer Sophia Bogle, who has just written a book called Book Restoration Unveiled. Sophia now teaches book restoration. Her book explains the craft through case studies, illustrations, and interviews with clients and people in the industry. Our interview tackles the tools, the terminology, the most common forms of damage, the pros and cons of restoration, and some of the remarkable repair jobs that have come her way in the past 25 years.

Duration:00:29:42

Dance of Death

8/8/2019
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The Dance of Death is a grim art genre, found in books and art, that began in the 15th century where Death appears in the living world in order to claim its next victim. Professor and author Elina Gertsman from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio explains the origins of these grisly illustrations where Death can never be avoided.

Duration:00:26:16

Vancouver's Mobile Bookshop

7/30/2019
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Iron Dog Books is a red van - a mobile bookshop that brings affordable books to many parts of Vancouver. We speak to Hilary Atleo who runs, and drives, this bookselling business with her husband Cliff. We discuss the van's connection to boat-building, city bylaws, and how people react to a bookshop on wheels.

Duration:00:26:20

Buying a Bookstore

7/23/2019
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Medellee Antonioli is part of the new generation of booksellers. The 34-year-old is now the proud owner of a used bookstore after buying the Used Book Emporium in Bozeman, Montana. She joins us to discuss the joys and challenges of buying a bookshop, and fulfilling one of her dreams. If you’ve ever wanted to own a bookstore, then this podcast interview is for you.

Duration:00:23:42

Bestiaries: The Books of Beasts

7/18/2019
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A bestiary is an encyclopedia of animals, both real and mythical. Popular in the Middles Ages, these books often featured beautiful illuminated illustrations of unicorns and other fantastic beasts. The Getty Museum in LA is currently staging an exhibition called 'Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World', and Larissa Grollemond, from the Getty, joins us to explain the significance of these remarkable books.

Duration:00:22:37

Matthew Budman on Book Collecting

6/20/2019
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Our is guest is Matthew Budman, the author of Book Collecting Now: The Value of Print in a Digital Age. His book is a complete guide to collecting in the modern world. We discuss the new generation of young book collectors and the rise of female collectors.

Duration:00:26:44

Jen Campbell Interview

6/11/2019
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Author Jen Campbell has numerous strings to her bow. She's written non-fiction, poetry, short stories and children's picture books, as well as being a book reviewer and a podcaster. Jen's love of books, fairy tales and storytelling shines through in her writing. We discuss dragons, bookshops, bookselling, and how villains have been traditionally portrayed in fiction.

Duration:00:26:04

Kennel Club Library

6/4/2019
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We interview Ciara Farrell who is the Library and Collections Manager at the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of dogs. If you have almost any question about a dog, then this specialist library, founded in 1873, has the resources to answer it.

Duration:00:26:27

Pinup Book Club

5/27/2019
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We interview Carly Maris, the founder of the Pinup Book Club, a community dedicated to reading the books from Marilyn Monroe’s personal library of 400+ titles, and also appreciating pinup culture.

Duration:00:21:53

Southern Italian Food

5/23/2019
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We interview Nicole Kilburn, who is an anthropologist at Camosun College in Victoria, BC. Nicole is the author of a book called The Future has an Ancient Heart: Southern Italian Food Traditions in a Modern World. So that means we are talking about Italy, food and history.

Duration:00:29:12

Vintage Typewriters

5/16/2019
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We interview Anthony Casillo who repairs, collects and sells vintage typewriters. He is the author of a book called Typewriters: Iconic Machines from the Golden Age of Mechanical Writing, which features 80 machines from his personal collection. We speak about Tom Hanks, Ian Fleming, carrying typewriters on the subway, repairs and the dusty typewriter that started Anthony's interest in these machines.

Duration:00:19:38

Sheds, lists and book towns

5/10/2019
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Our guest is British author and journalist Alex Johnson, who has written about garden sheds, book lists, and book towns. The interview ranges from George Bernard Shaw's writing shed to the books that Ikea use in catalog photography and Scotland's beautiful book town.

Duration:00:24:27

Guide to Buying Used Books

5/3/2019
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Should be simple? But there’s a whole world of jargon to understand. From foxing to marginalia, we attempt to explain the terminology of the used book business and offer some golden rules to remember when buying a secondhand copy.

Duration:00:11:00

Literary Band Names

4/12/2019
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The Doors, Thompson Twins, Supertramp, Tears for Fears.... there are numerous bands that took their names from books. We look at the stories behind some of these band names, and discover the impact of Billy Idol's mum and the villain in David Copperfield.

Duration:00:09:30

Sizing Up Miniature Objects

4/3/2019
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Simon Garfield is the author of In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate The World - a study of miniature things and the people who create them. We discuss model trains (and Rod Stewart), miniature villages, flea circuses, matchstick models of ships, tiny books and so much more.

Duration:00:37:39

Writers Who Walked

3/20/2019
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We pull on our hiking boots and discuss writers who made some seriously long walks and then wrote about them.There's Patrick Leigh Fermor, who walked 1,590 miles across Europe, and Laurie Lee who walked around Spain. There's also Thoreau, Wordsworth, Bill Bryson, Cheryl Strayed and several wandering poets. Enjoy the show.

Duration:00:12:48

Annie Barrows Interview

3/4/2019
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Annie Barrows is the co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, one of the most popular novels of the past 10 years. Hear how Annie became involved in a project started by her aunt Mary Ann Schaffer. We discuss occupied Guernsey, early book clubs, epistolary fiction, and the challenge of writing for both children and adults.

Duration:00:30:18