Publishing Your Friends: Interwar Booksellers and Their Literary Networks

Matthew Chambers, Author of London and the Modernist Bookshop (CUP 2020), will be discussing his work on the role of literary communities and networks in the growth of the bookshop. […]

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24 May 2024

Conversation with Mark Pearson of

Mark Pearson is the CEO and co-founder of, the digital audiobook platform for more than 2,600 independent bookshops around the world. Before that he was the publisher at Pear Press. You can learn more about at and through our annual social purpose reports.

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15 March 2024

Bookselling in India: The ‘Proper’ and the ‘Parallel’

The presenters retain copyright for all images in the presentation except those listed below. Images may be re-used with permission of the copyright holders, either Pritha Mukherjee or Kanupriya Dhingra. […]

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26 January 2024

Conversation with Re-Imagining Bookstores

Join Praveen Madan, Peggy Holman, and Amanda Hall in discussing the Re-Imagining Bookstores movement, which advocates for bookstore support in the U.S. They envision new business models, community engagement, and sustainable practices to strengthen and reinvigorate bookstores, promoting literacy and civic engagement. Madan, Hall, and Holman bring extensive experience and innovative ideas to the cause.

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17 November 2023

The Art of Libromancy: On Selling Books and Reading Books in the Twenty-first Century

Join Josh Cook, a bookseller and co-owner of Porter Square Books, as he discusses his new book "The Art of Libromancy: On Selling Books and Reading Books in the Twenty-first Century." Cook, an author known for "An Exaggerated Murder," shares his literary journey and insights from his extensive experience in the book industry.

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27 October 2023

Booksellers and Bookstores in Mainland China: the Age of Common Prosperity

This talk explores the significance of books in Chinese society and their role in achieving common prosperity. It provides new insights into the relationship between government policies and the growth of physical bookstores in China. Simon Mahony discusses how official publications and government plans highlight the importance of literacy and culture.

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26 May 2023

The Spaces of Bookselling with Kristen Highland

The talk delves into sidewalk bookselling in New York City as a space for negotiating cultural, social, and legal belonging. Despite municipal regulations, booksellers create inclusive spaces on these contested sidewalks. Kristen Highland, an Assistant Professor, discusses her research on book history and will be interviewed post-talk, followed by a Q&A session.

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31 March 2023

Feminist & Queer Bookshops – Community and Censure

Join Dr Kathy Liddle and Dr Sarah Pyke as they present their work on feminist and queer bookstores as places of contested cultural interactions. Kathy Liddle My presentation today will focus on two strands […]

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24 February 2023

Reading, Wanting and Broken Economics: with Dr Simon Frost

An Interview with Dr Simon Frost Dr Simon Frost, Principal Academic in English at Bournemouth University and author of Reading, Wanting, and Broken Economics: A Twenty-First-Century Study of Readers and Bookshops in […]

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25 May 2022

Developing Collaterals: Book Retail Networks in the Creation of Social Prosperity

The second themed Bookselling Research Network event featured a round table discussing bookstores' financial and social dimensions. Three presentations explored the complexity of book retail (Dr. Simon Frost), bookstores as cultural and entrepreneurial nodes (Prof. Corinna Norrick-Rühl), and factors like community and curation explaining the resurgence of independent bookstores (Dr. Ryan Raffaelli).

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25 May 2022