Book Talk

What goes on at magazines and inside publishing houses? How do editors construct lists and liaise with their authors? What’s involved in putting together a magazine like ABR? Where do an editor’s responsibilities and entitlements begin and end? To paraphrase Sigmund Freud, What do editors want? And beyond the world of magazines, what’s happening in bookshops and publishing houses?

In Book Talk, ABR takes you behind the scenes and introduces you to a number of figures who help to shape our literary culture – magazine editors, publishers, booksellers, agents, critics, etc.


This month something truly remarkable has happened for Australia. It won’t make front-page news or cause a Twitter storm, but it exists for every one of us. The national, state, and territory libraries joined forces to launch one giant national digital collection of Australian publications. It’s called National edeposit – or NED for short ...

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'Long Live the Bookshop'

Robbie Egan
Friday, 09 August 2019

In June 2019 I got a new perspective on an industry I’ve been part of for twenty-five years. I have attended many Australian Booksellers Association’s (ABA) conferences as a bookseller, but this year’s ninety-fifth annual conference in Melbourne was my first as CEO of the ABA. More than three hundred delegates came together to ...

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MUP, Looking Ahead

Nathan Hollier
Monday, 01 July 2019

Like many of us, I think of the book as the great vehicle for the sophisticated expression of our humanity. The world needs the book more than ever...

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Get Adam and Eve out of Paradise

Peter Rose
Thursday, 06 June 2019

Few people escape from publishing. Most people, once they get a foot in the door, stay put. Mary-Kay Wilmers has been working in the industry for more than fifty years. She began at Faber & Faber when the company was still dominated by ‘GLP’ (the ‘Greatest Living Poet’ himself, T.S. Eliot, much mentioned in ...

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