Shane Maloney: In Praise of Shoosh
Libraries are places where books talk to each other. But are their seductive whisperings in danger of being drowned out by the roar of phone-using, iPod wearing, internet surfing hordes? Does the managerialist demand for ever-expanding patronage threaten the very purpose of libraries? Do libraries still have a purpose? Is a bit of quiet too much to expect?
Holder of four library cards, Shane Maloney will reflect on the role of libraries in his experience as a reader and a writer, and speculate on their fate in the face of a culture with little regard for the values they embody.
Born in Hamilton in western Victoria in 1953, Shane Maloney is one of Australia’s most popular novelists. His award-winning and much-loved Murray Whelan series – Stiff, The Brush-Off, Nice Try, The Big Ask, Something Fishy and Sucked In – has been published around the world. In 1996, The B... Read more
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