Meanland: The Evolution of the Bookshop
In partnership with Meanjin and Overland, we continue this series in 2011. With Amazon.com, ebooks and print-on-demand, are we seeing the end of the traditional bookstore? Are we facing a new generation of readers free from a nostalgic attachment to retail space, or are our expectations of literary consumers too simplistic?
Jo Case, Chris Flynn, Michael Webster, Corrie Perkin and Sally Heath discuss the complex relationships that occur between writers, publishers, online bookstores, local retailers and readers. They also consider the way in which blockbuster purchases affect nascent Australian writers.
Jo Case is the Program Manager at Melbourne Writers Festival. Before this, she was the Wheeler Centre’s senior writer/editor. Her first book, Boomer and Me: A memoir of motherhood, and Asperger’s is published by Hardie Grant in Australia and the UK.
Chris Flynn is the author of The Glass Kingdom and A Tiger in Eden, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize. His latest novel is Mammoth, released in March 2020. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the Age, the Australian, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Australian Book Review, the Saturday Paper, Smith Journal, the Big Issue, Monster Children, McSweeney’s and many other publications. He has conducted interviews for the Paris Review and is a regular presenter at literary festivals across Australia. Chris lives on Phillip Island, next to a penguin sanctuary.
Michael Webster is a senior lecturer in publishing at RMIT and principal consultant, Nielsen BookScan.
Corrie Perkin opened My Bookshop in Hawksburn in 2009. Prior to moving into the book business, Corrie was an award-winning journalist for 30 years whose writing and editing roles including Managing Editor of The Age, Melbourne editor of Good Weekend magazine, arts and books editor of The Sunday Age, and national arts writer at The Australian.
Sally Heath is editor of Meanjin and a former Fairfax journalist.