Conference Programme

Wed, Sept 7th

  • 11.30-12.00     Registration
  • 12.00-13.00     Lunch
  • 13.00-13.30     Introductions/ Meryl Halls (Booksellers Association, UK)
  • 13.30-15.00     Panel 1 Bookshop Histories
  • 15.00-15.20    Tea Break
  • 15.20-16.50    Panel 2 Books from the North
  • 17.00               Finish for the day

Thurs, Sept 8th

  • 9.00-9.30       Coffee/ Pastries
  • 9.30-11.00     Panel 3 (online) International Bookselling
  •                        Panel 4 (onsite) Cultures of Bookselling
  • 11.00-11.30  Coffee Break
  • 11.30-13.00  Panel 5 Ideas and Influences
  • 13.00-14.00  Lunch
  • 14.00-14.45  Guest talk: Derek Addyman in conversation with Eben Muse
  • 14:45-15.00  Conclusions Eben Muse and Samantha Rayner


Panel 1:  Bookshop histories

  1. Kristen Highland: The Monumental Bookstore
  2. Maria Vassilopoulos: The light and dark of the book trade — Christina Foyle and her bookselling years
  3. Andrew Nash: Bookshops and Publishers’ Travellers in the mid-1930s

Panel 2: Books from the North: Yorkshire Bookselling in the Early Modern Period.

  1. Rachel Stenner, ‘Book Trade Life Writing: The Case of Mr Thomas Gent, Printer, of York
  2. Adam James Smith, ‘The Newspaper, the Bookshop and the Radical Society: Joseph Gales’ Hartshead Press and the “Reading and Thinking People of Sheffield”’ 
  3. Kaley Kramer: ‘Printed by Alice Broade: the Career of York’s First Female Printer, 1661-1680’

Panel 3 (online): International Bookselling

  1. Noriko Asato: Japanese Immigrant Bookstores in Territorial Hawaiʻi, 1898-1941
  2. Matthew Chambers: “Brentano’s Would Pay Hemingway!”: Selling Anglo-American Modernism in Paris
  3. Paul Tankard: “A Musty [Literary] Extravaganza”: Dunedin’s Regent Theatre 24-hour Booksale

Panel 4: The Cultures of bookselling

  1. Andrew Kamei-Dyche: Japanese Bookselling in Times of Trouble: From the Great Kantō Earthquake to the Coronavirus
  2. Andrew Wertheimer: אמעריקע אין ביכער־געשעפט יידישע די The Yiddish Bookstore in America
  3. Eleanor Shevlin: The Matter of a Late 18th-Century London Bookshop, Its Proprietor, and the Trade (online)

Panel 5: Ideas & Influences

  1. Gail Chester: Dissemination of radical literature in Britain since 1960 – bookshops, distributors, bookfairs
  2. Tim White: Bookselling down Under: a report from the antipodes
  3. Ross Bradshaw: A short history of radical bookselling (online)

The Bookselling Research Network is a collaborative network of researchers, booksellers, publishers, and people and associations from around the world who share a common interest in the history, practice, and culture of bookselling.

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