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Massachusetts Book Award


FEBRUARY 23, 2022

A discussion of Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to commemorate the book's selection as a "top honors" winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, given  by the Massachusetts Center for the Book (71 minutes). VIEW

BBC Radio: Arts & Ideas

FEBRUARY 2, 2002

Nick joins an international panel of experts to discuss Paper (45 minutes) LISTEN

Boston Athenaeum


DECEMBER 7,  2021

A conversation with Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduuen on The Library: A Fragile History (61 minutes). VIEW

On Materiality


AUGUST 30, 2017

Exploring the rich cultural context of paper at the opening of Bound and Determined: The Remarkable Physical History of the Book, an exhibition at Bowdoin College  (72 minutes) VIEW

Library of Congress: Books & Beyond

JANUARY 31, 2006

A discussion of Every Book Its Reader: The Power of the Printed Word to Stir the World (56 minutes) VIEW

C-SPAN Appearances

OCTOBER 15, 1995

Booknotes, interview with Brian Lamb, A Gentle Madness (59 minutes) VIEW


OCTOBER 8, 2001

Nicholas Basbanes discusses the significance of various rare books on the occasion of the Abel Berland Library sale at Christie’s in New York City, (1 hour, 53 minutes) VIEW


NOVEMBER 23, 2002

At the Miami Book Fair, Literary Lives, panelist, (65 minutes) VIEW


JANUARY 4, 2006

After Words, interview with David Kipen, (58 minutes) VIEW


OCTOBER 21, 2008

Nicholas Basbanes Tour of His Home Library, (57 minutes) VIEW


DECEMBER 13, 2013

Nicholas Basbanes discusses On Paper at the National Archives in Washington, DC, (61 minutes) VIEW 


NPR Appearances

NOVEMBER 8, 2001

Diane Rehm Show (Patience & FortitudeLISTEN


FEBRUARY 9, 2004

Diane Rehm Show (A Splendor of LettersLISTEN


JANUARY 31, 2006

Diane Rehm Show (Every Book Its ReaderLISTEN


APRIL 30, 2008

Airtalk with Larry Mantle (Editions and ImpressionsLISTEN


AUGUST 24, 2011

Diane Rehm Show, Readers’ Review, guest panelist: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows LISTEN


JULY 2012

The Point with Mindy Todd, (on a new edition of A Gentle MadnessLISTEN


OCTOBER 17, 2013

Diane Rehm Show, (On PaperLISTEN


OCTOBER 25, 2013

Radio Boston with Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks, (On Paper) LISTEN

NOVEMBER 3, 2013

RadioWest with Doug Fabrizio (KUER Utah Public Radio) (On PaperLISTEN

NOVEMBER 14, 2013

Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC New York), (On PaperLISTEN


DECEMBER 17, 2013

Word of Mouth with Virginia Prescott (New Hampshire Public Radio), ("Paper is Dead! Long Live Paper!”) LISTEN 

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