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Made in Cool Japan
Who decides what’s cool? Governments are probably not best placed, though the Japanese Government been marketing the notion of ‘Cool Japan’ since the early 2000s. In this piece, first published in Griffith Review 49: New Asia Now, Sally McLaren explores the co-opting of Japanese popular culture and describes the myths, realities and…
Working with Words: Michaela McGuire
Michaela McGuire is the co-curator of the Women of Letters literary salon and the newly appointed director of the Emerging Writers Festival. She talks to us about jobs, journalism and Janet Malcolm.
Young Love: championing Australian Young Adult fiction
Young adults, more than any other group of readers, are choosing blockbuster American fiction over work from local writers. Considering that Australian YA fiction is otherwise in great shape, is the problem a lack of awareness? Ellie Marney – one of Australia's best-selling YA authors – explores grassroots initiatives, like #LoveOzYA, designed to…
Working with Pictures: Terry Denton
Terry Denton has illustrated many very funny books, including Gasp!, Freeze a Crowd and Duck for Cover. He's also Andy Griffiths's partner in crime, transforming Griffiths's madcap concepts into images that are as intricate as they are hilarious. As part of their latest collaboration – The 13-Storey Treehouse and its much-loved…
Working with Words: Robbie Arnott
Copywriter at a Hobart ad agency by day, prize-winning essayist by night – Robbie Arnott works with words around the clock. He talks to us about day jobs, David Foster Wallace and winning last year's Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers.
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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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