The Biblio Files

The Biblio Files

By Beth A. Steffens
As the official podcast for "Big Little Literature," The Biblio Files brings real lit feels to real lit lovers.
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The Shadow of the Wind
Barcelona, love, mystery, history, family, book culture, and loyalty. Don't those all sound fascinating? That must have been what Carlos Ruiz Zafón was thinking when he combined all of those themes in his book "The Shadow of the Wind," which was published at the turn of the century. This five-flame novel was recommended to me by friend Sabrina, and she came back to "The Biblio Files" to discuss its killer suspense and narrative and the intense wanderlust this book gave us. We also may or may not go on a tangent about European churches, which we could spend all day touring.
28:53
May 27, 2020
The Beautiful World of Libraries
Just like the books they house, libraries change lives. It's just a fact. Yes, they completely open our eyes to new worlds and new perspectives through the written word, but they also provide countless resources for everyone who visits them. In the latest episode of "The Biblio Files," I sit down with my dear friend Sabrina and her friend Meghann (who I can't wait to meet) to profess our love for libraries and discuss how they've changed our lives. Meghann also tells us about the cool work she's doing in Kansas City with the Mesner Puppet Theatre and The Rabbit Hole. Check them out!
23:38
May 14, 2020
Little Fires Everywhere: Series Finale
Sadly, we've reached the end of "Little Fires Everywhere," but that also means you have another episode of "The Biblio Files" to dive into. In the third installment of this series, Dana, Hilary, and I dissect the ending that everyone is talking about, the challenge to "well-intentioned white women," being a product of our environments and time period, and that snarl from Reese. Check it out now.
28:20
May 2, 2020
Little Fires Everywhere: Episodes 4-7
To quote one of my guests, "These aren't little fires anymore." In this episode of The Biblio Files, Dana, Hilary, and I once again dive into all things savage, fraught, tangled, and intense from episodes 4-7 of the hot TV series, "Little Fires Everywhere." Tune in as we discuss how the show has diverged from the book and what we anticipate for episode 8, the series finale.
31:45
April 22, 2020
The Overstory
"The Overstory" by Richard Powers is a sweeping novel filled with long, beautiful passages about trees and the environment and superb writing techniques, such as repetition, imagery, and metaphor. It also says something profound about our connections to each other and to the land and how doing less can actually have a greater impact. Sounds quite relevant during the current pandemic, doesn't it? Yeah, there's a lot to say. Listen to this episode of The Biblio Files as I unpack "The Overstory" with my friend Collier who even marks this book as one of his all-time favorites.
26:08
April 8, 2020
Little Fires Everywhere: Episodes 1-3
It's gettin' lit! In this episode of The Biblio Files, I sit down with two good friends, Dana and Hilary, to discuss the hot new TV show "Little Fires Everywhere." As big fans of the book, we opine on how the show and its themes vary from the literary version and our expectations for the upcoming episodes.
28:26
March 26, 2020
Friday Night Lights
I'm a sucker for a good sports story; so is my dad even though he rarely reads. In this episode, we dive into a true classic: "Friday Night Lights." We discuss the validity of calling the book a social commentary and how it compares to the movie along with the unhealthy obsession parents can have with their kids' athletic endeavors.
17:51
March 24, 2020
The Glass Castle
My mom, Mary, doesn't read that often, so I was incredibly honored when she picked up "The Glass Castle" just for The Biblio Files. I had the best time discussing this five-flame memoir with the woman who raised me. Listen as we discuss everything from sibling support to addiction and from unconventional households to the experiences that shape our opinions.
38:02
March 11, 2020
Behold the Dreamers
For the inaugural episode of The Biblio Files, I sit down with my podcast partner, my book twin, and one of my best friends, Dana, to discuss "Behold the Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue. This novel covers a lot of topics, including the American dream, immigration, xenophobia, money, and relationships, and we talk about it all.
19:56
February 18, 2020