Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Bookshops and Community, by Matt Bialostocki
I have recently returned from the USA. I was there to attend a six-day
booksellers conference (Wi10) gathering 550 independent booksellers, 90 writers
and 50 publishers in Asheville, North
Carolina. One of the first events of this conference was an Asheville indie
Why? Because the organisers understood that an indie bookshop, no matter how
strong, clever, open, kind or well-read they are, can’t make a community by
themselves. I thought a lot about community while at this conference, and what
follows are a few observations about the place of bookshops in the community.