Australia prides itself on being a reading nation, but who’s reading what? What are our favourite genres? Do women read more than men? How do we choose our books? Where do we buy them? A recent survey of Australian readers conducted by Macquarie University and the Australia Council for the Arts investigates the preferences, behaviour and attitudes of Australians towards books and reading. The Australian’s literary editor Stephen Romei joins publisher Meredith Curnow, author Melissa Lucashenko, bookseller Fiona Stager and Professor David Throsby to discuss the findings.
Fiona Stager (Australian)
Fiona is the co-owner of Brisbane’s award-winning bookshops, Avid Reader and Where the Wild Things Are. She has been a judge for the Vogel Award, the Stella Award and the Queensland Literary Awards. Fiona has been presented with the Johnno Award for services to the Queensland writing community and in 2014 the Australian Booksellers Associated made her a life member.
Stephen Romei (Australian)
Stephen Romei is The Australian's literary editor. He blogs at A Pair of Ragged Claws. When pressed, he nominates Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment as his favourite book, though sometimes it's Moby Dick.