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Working with Words: Trent Jamieson
Trent Jamieson is a Brisbane-based bookseller and writer of science fiction and fantasy. Perhaps best known as the author of the Death Works series, his most recent novel Day Boy won the 2015 Aurealis Awards for best Fantasy Novel and best Horror Novel. He spoke to us about the magic of the subconscious, Ursula Le…
Ephemeral Art in Suburbia
After watching her family grow heavily interested in geocaching, Karen Andrews wonders about the possibility of art as ephemera. Then, after scattering tiny works of poetry throughout her neighbourhood, Karen stumbles upon another artist creating her own impermanent masterpieces.
While trying to share an ostensibly straightforward story with a friend, Khalid Warsame realises that his world – as a young Somali-Australian male – differs from theirs in ways they cannot grasp.
Can Capitalism Reinvent Itself?
For decades, big businesses have profited hugely by turning a blind eye to unscrupulous behaviour. As consumers, are we finally wisening up? Connor Tomas O'Brien explores the rise of ethical enterprise – and a radical new theory of capitalism as a tool for good.
Mick’s Schtick: on the construction of Crocodile Dundee
On the 30th birthday of Australia’s highest-grossing movie of all time, Anthony Morris looks back on the myths and the marketing of Crocodile Dundee.
Finding Our Flamingo: Rijn Collins on taxidermy, audio fiction and winning the inaugural Sarah Awards
'Almost Flamboyant', written by Rijn Collins and produced by the ABC's Lea Redfern, recently took the top prize at the newly-created Sarah Lawrence College International Audio Fiction Awards (more simply known as 'The Sarahs'). We spoke to Rijn about the intricacies of audio fiction, the thought process behind her prolific output, and…
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Federal Minister Questions Viability of Bookshops
Federal Minister for Small Business Nick Sherry predicted this morning that online shopping will wipe out bookstores within the next five years. Senator Sherry made the comments at the launch of a campaign called Driving Business Online, an initiative intended to encourage small business owners to develop the online side of their business.
The Australian Booksellers Association’s CEO Joel Becker said he was “gobsmacked”…
Dymocks Opens the Floodgates
A leading Australian book retailer is getting into the publishing business with the launch of an online self-publishing service. Dymocks is the first major Australian book retailer to have entered the online publishing fray with the D Publishing Network. The service offers a fully-functional suite of services for turning a standard Word document into a book and/or ebook. The service can print colour images…
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