Meet the Bookseller posts

Meet the bookseller with Pia Spreadborough

by Pia Spreadborough

We chat with Pia Spreadborough about her work as a bookseller, and why Annihilation is the best book she’s read lately.

Why do you work in books?

Social capital. Furthermore, this job yields a great deal of approval and respect from individuals whom I’d be unable to impress otherwise. The Readings lanyard around my neck gives me an immense feeling of power and responsibility.

Also for the i…

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Meet the bookseller with Tara Kaye Judah

by Tara Kaye Judah

We chat with Tara Kaye Judah about her fondness for feminist film theory and capitalist critique, and why she loves the cover of David Vann’s Goat Mountain.

Why do you work in books?

If I were to build a fort with walls of knowledge, the final result would be a bookstore. I want to live peacefully in a fort of knowledge. At Readings, the fort is also friendly.

What book would you happily spe

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Meet the bookseller with Alexandra Mathew

by Alexandra Mathew

We chat with Alexandra Mathew about her love for immersive books and classical music.

Why do you work in books and music?

My primary area of interest and knowledge is in classical music, but I also happen to love reading, so the two go together nicely. It’s a privilege to share my love of books and music with like-minded people.

What book or music would you happily spend a weekend indoors

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Meet the bookseller with Tate Jerrems

by Tate Jerrems

We chat with Tate Jerrems about his mysterious taste in books and Germaine Greer.

Why do you work in books?

So many times has the book tucked snug under my arm or banging around in my backpack been the catalyst for a decision to move, meander, imagine and explore. Through reading, we live out someone else’s creative explorations as if they were our own, eventually altering the way we tell our…

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Meet the bookseller with Kate Campbell

by Kate Campbell

We chat with bookseller Kate Campbell about her penchant for organising bookshelves and the parallels Frankenstein draws with cosmetic use in the twenty-first century.

Why do you work in books?

I love my job at Readings for so many reasons. It’s wonderful to be surrounded by beautiful books at work; oh, and it’s always exciting, albeit a little overwhelming, to see the new releases come thro…

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Meet the bookseller with Savannah Indigo

by Savannah Indigo

We chat with bookseller Savannah Indigo about her penchant for organising bookshelves and the parallels Frankenstein draws with cosmetic use in the twenty-first century.

Why do you work in books?

When I was younger, I had a fascination with organising bookshelves. I would obsess over mine at home and reorganise any shelves at bookshops that I thought weren’t up to scratch (much to staff frust…

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Meet the Bookseller with Miles Allinson

by Miles Allinson

We chat with bookseller Miles Allinson about the value of well-made objects and his desire to develop a rare skin disease (so he can find the time to read Proust, naturally).

Why do you work in books?

Basically, I’m unqualified to do much else. After studying for 25 years (or what feels like it), the only other thing I’m really qualified to do is throw leaves around and prank-call people. Als…

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Meet the Bookseller with Kushla Egan

by Kushla Egan

We chat with bookseller Kushla Egan about Laini Taylor’s haunting fairytales, dreams of being Eloise and refreshing feminist perspectives on Australia.

Why do you work in books?

I have always loved a) books and b) telling people what to do/read. As I grew older, working with what I love just made sense. There is rarely a time where I see myself doing anything else – I get to work with new tit…

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Meet the bookseller with Margaret Snowdon

by Margaret Snowdon

We chat with Margaret Snowdon, our Art & Design Buyer for Readings Carlton, about having extremely eclectic taste and the changing attitude to books as objects.

Why do you work in books?

I grew up reading voraciously, and when I left school I got a job in a bookstore. Somehow or other I’ve rarely not worked in one.

What’s something new you’ve observed in bookselling?

Bookselling has changed…

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Meet the bookseller with Samuel Zifchak

by Samuel Zifchak

We chat with Samuel Zifchak about the magic of books, and exactly what makes a striking cover.

Why do you work in books?

Books have always been an instrumental part of my life. My grandfather was heavily involved in bookselling and both my parents are voracious readers. We used bookshelves for wallpaper. I would rarely raise my head from a book as a child. Books inspire me, entertain me and…

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