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Biblio Banter

23 EpisodesProduced by Biblio BanterWebsite

Games + book history: what could go wrong? A quartet of book history enthusiasts talk about the subject they love.Read more about our podcast discussions on our blog:

23 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Season 2 Episode 14: Books are scary!

November 2nd, 2020


Special episode of Biblio Banter is set to show you books as you have never seen them before. Scary books and books about fear: Ellen, Erin, Laura and Natalia are discussing what to read and learn for Halloween and …

Season 2 Episode 1: Bad Reading

September 30th, 2020


In this episode, we flag bad reading practices and try to figure out the who, what, why of "bad" reading. Please reach out on Twitter and/or Instagram to let us know your own bad reading habits!

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2.1 PROMO Bad Reading

September 26th, 2020


On the next episode of Biblio Banter we discuss "bad" reading practices. Or are they? Here's a pre-listen.

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Episode 13: BookTube Readathons - Interview with Faye from FayesParallelStories (special edition)

July 28th, 2020


In the new episode of Biblio Banter podcast Natalia is interviewing a BookTuber Faye from FayesParallelStories! Are you ready to read for 24 hours straight? How about 48? Or a month of reading Victorian novels with …

Episode 12.3 What is the Future of the Book? Star Trek Edition, Part 3

July 9th, 2020


Star Trek: Voyager's episode "Author, author" (episode 20, season 7) is in the focus of our discussion of copyright, artificial intelligence, …

PROMO: What Is the Future of the Book? Star Trek Edition, Part 3

July 5th, 2020


Coming Soon!!! In this episode, Natalia, Erin, Ellen, and Laura practice social distancing via Skype to finish up our three-part discussion on how …

Episode 12.2 What is the Future of the Book? Star Trek Edition, Part 2

April 27th, 2020


We take a closer look at one storyline using Leslie Howsam's four-point  definition of the book in Part 2 of our Star Trek-themed episodes. In  "The Royale" (Season 2, Episode 12 of Next Generation), the Enterprise …

Episode 12.2 PROMO What is the Future of the Book, Star Trek Edition, Part 2

April 21st, 2020


In this episode, we use Leslie Howsam's definition of the book to discuss how books (or a particular book) is used in episode 12, season 2 of Star …

Episode 12.1 What is the Future of the Book? Star Trek Edition

February 4th, 2020


This episode launches a series of discussions that allow us to embrace our love of Star Trek.  We boldly go where other book historians have gone …

Episode 12.1 Promo: What is a Book? : Star Trek Edition!

January 24th, 2020


Have a taste of what is coming up on the next episode of Biblio Banter, which will launch a series of discussions that allow us to embrace our love …

Episode 11: Font or Digital Humanities - special edition

January 12th, 2020


In the new special episode of Biblio Banter Natalia interviews Annika, Tim and Anton about their studies in Digital Humanities. Together they try to define Digital Humanities and its place in the larger picture of the …

Episode 10: Bookish Places

November 26th, 2019


In 1822, when Thomas Frognall Dibdin’s account of George John Earl Spencer’s mansion (castle?) was published, he wrote:

…sofas, chairs, tables, of every commodious form, are of course liberally scattered throughout the …

Biblio Banter Episode 10 Promo

November 12th, 2019


On the next episode of Biblio Banter we discuss...Bookish Places! Have a listen for a preview.

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Episode 9: On Student Journals; or, A Tale of Humanities and Funding

October 26th, 2019


In the new episode of Biblio Banter, Ellen interviews Laura and Natalia about the student journal, Satura, they started in the beginning of 2018. A lot of bragging and (bitter)sweet memories ensue. 

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Biblio Banter Episode 9 Promo

October 25th, 2019


Episode 9 of Biblio Banter is almost there! What to expect?
This Promo will give you a hint.
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Episode 8: Book Blurbs

September 17th, 2019


A blurb is, to quote Gelett Burgess, who invented the term in 1907, "a  flamboyant advertisement" found on the front and back covers of books. Do we need blurbs? Do we like blurbs? And can blurbs help you make up a …

Episode 7: SHARP Conference Recap

August 23rd, 2019


Libraries, cats, manga, wampum belts, and more! In this episode, we discuss the 2019 conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP), where Laura and Ellen presented papers on …

Episode 6: Harry Potter at 20

July 31st, 2019


Alohomora! In this episode, we unlock the conversation on anniversary editions, publishers, and paratext. Oh, and we play a game.


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Episode 5: (Re)Covering Rebecca Pop-Up Exhibit - Interview

July 26th, 2019


From inside joke to temporary exhibition, in this episode Laura and Natalia interview graduate student Laura Schmitz-Justen about her project "(Re)Covering Rebecca: A Critical Look at the Cover Design History of Daphne …

Episode 4: Tittle*ating Typography

June 30th, 2019


Does anyone care about or even notice typography? We do! In this episode, we discuss our favorite fonts, controversial typefaces, and how type choices affect us as consumers and readers.

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Episode 3: And the Winner Is...

May 26th, 2019


Our first guest! Just around the corner, on June 5th, the 2019 winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction will be announced. We gladly welcome Dr. Simon Rosenberg to the podcast for a discussion about this and other book …

Episode 2: Frogs, Fighting Bunnies, and Other Drollery

May 14th, 2019


We look into the seriously odd illustrations in medieval manuscripts for today's discussion and game.


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Episode 1: Biblio-Files, the Origin Story

May 3rd, 2019


In the very first episode of Biblio Banter, Erin, Natalia, Ellen, and Laura talk about the big questions: Just what is book history? (Or is it book studies?) What is a book? And why is book smuggling so exciting? We …

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