BookBanter began with the first episode on October 13th, 2008, consisting of fourteen book reviews written and read by Alex C. Telander. Alex was then able to organize and record an interview with bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, which was aired in the second episode. What began as an idea for a podcast of book reviews turned into a growing number of episodes featuring interesting and insightful interviews with a variety of different authors, from different genres, as well as some new, first time authors. Some of the authors interviewed on Bookbanter include: Brandon Sanderson, George R. R. Martin, Justin Cronin, Mira Grant, Amber Benson and Dan Simmons.
For a full listing of all interviews, go to the Bookbanter Interviews Page.
Bookbanter has grown greatly since its inception and now features over almost 40 audio interviews and 28 written interviews. There are also over 700 book reviews available on Bookbanter.
Alex has also recorded audio books for Librivox. You can find his fully listing here.
Alex C. Telander was born in 1979 in Málaga, on the south coast of Spain, where he lived for the first nineteen years of his life, attending an English high school. He started writing with a vested interest at the age of fifteen with short stories both for class and for personal enjoyment. In his last few years at his high school, he started his own newspaper, the St. Anthony’s Gazette, where he published some of his stories, as well as a wealth of other material that he mostly wrote for the paper. At the time, he also had an interest in marine biology. With a love for America and its ways, he attended San José State University, in San José, California, majoring in biology with a concentration in marine biology. Deciding this wasn’t as concentrated as he wanted, he transferred to Long Beach State, where they offered a marine biology major. It was at the end of the first semester that he decided marine biology and, realistically, the math and physics wasn’t for him, and he would be honest and follow his real passion, creative writing.
He took a number of writing classes with many talented professors, working closely under Lisa Glatt (author of A Girl Becomes a Comma Like That and The Apple’s Bruise: Stories) and Brian Alan Lane (author of Cat and Mouse: Mind Games With a Serial Killer, as well as being a well-connected and respected writer in Hollywood). He also worked for four years at the student-run newspaper, the Long Beach Union, starting as a staff writer, then News Editor, Literature Editor (which he created, getting contacts and requesting review copies from publishers), Associate Editor, and in his last year as Editor-in-Chief. Apart from various articles and book reviews, he had some short prose pieces and poetry published in the creative arts section.
Alex is a writer, book reviewer, and interviewer. He’s been seriously writing for over fifteen years, starting when he was a teenager. He has finished three novels: a young adult fantasy, Kyra the First Book of Enchantus , a mystery/thriller called Nothing is an Accident , and a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel he recently finished, the first in a four-book series. He is currently working on a big historical fiction epic set in fifth century Britain called Wyrd (which is Anglo-Saxon for “fate”). Alex is also a reading addict, finishing an average of 100 books in the last three years, and reviews just about everything he finishes, a number of which have been published with the San Francisco Book Review and the Sacramento Book Review, as well putting them up on his Goodreads account.
In his spare time – when he’s not writing or reading – he likes to hang out with friends and family, watch incessant amounts of genre TV, and play the MMO Lord of the Rings Online. To get in touch with Alex, just shoot him an email at email@example.com.