Paper Defiance

Paper Defiance

Alex chats to the owners of indie bookshops about how they got into the trade, what's changed since they did so, and what they love about their shops.


May 24, 2023 39 secs
I’ve decided to put paper defiance on indefinite hiatus. I've had some life going on which is why I haven’t recorded and posted an interview since I talked to Stefen. I decided to give it a break and see how I was feeling about the podcast when all of that was dealt with. I’ve loved … Continue reading The end
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Stefen runs Stefen's Books in Perth, Western Australia. With a focus on genre books, it's a wonderful place - and Stefen is a passionate bookseller (you need to be passionate about dusting bookshelves to be one...). (On Facebook, Twitter, Insta.) Thanks for listening to this episode. If you enjoyed this episode, consider leaving a rating … Continue reading Stefen’s Books, Perth
April 1, 2023 30 mins
Voce Books in Birmingham, UK, is run by Clive and Maria. It's focused on books published on independent presses, is tiny, and punches well above its weight. It's also very new! (And they're on Insta, and Twitter.)
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March 18, 2023 25 mins
In this episode I interview Shaqueal Atkins of Our Watts Bookshop in Watts, Los Angeles. She's opening her bricks&mortar bookshop in just a couple of months! Thanks for listening to this thirteenth episode. If you enjoyed this episode, consider leaving a rating or a review, or just tell someone else about it! You can find … Continue reading Shaqueal runs Our Watts Bookshop
March 4, 2023 29 mins
In this interview, I'm doing something a bit different: talking to the CEO of Clunes Booktown. Thanks for listening to this twelfth episode. If you’re listening to this before March 25, you’ve still got time to get tickets and get to the festival! Personally I am super excited to see Sheila Fitzpatrick live. So, if … Continue reading Sue is the CEO of Clunes Booktown Read more
In this episode I talk to Jeannine A. Cook, who is responsible for Harriett's Bookshop and Ida's Bookshop. (I get a bit starstruck, so forgive some giddiness...). Thanks for listening to this eleventh episode. And if you think I’m not amused and bemused by talking to someone who has also featured on Oprah and in … Continue reading Jeannine runs Harriett’s and Ida’s Bookshops
February 4, 2023 28 mins
In which I chat to Fiona from The Avid Reader in Brisbane for this first episode of 2023! I haven’t done a transcript for this episode because I’m really not sure whether they’re being used. So if you have used the transcripts or know someone who likes them, please let me know - you can … Continue reading Fiona at The Avid Reader
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December 17, 2022 34 mins
In which I talk to Monica about the 56-year-old Hellenic Book Service. Fifty six years! See next post for a slightly edited transcript.
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December 3, 2022 42 mins
In which Annie Carl of The Neverending Bookshop and I geek out a bit over Nicola Griffith, The Neverending Story, and various other aspects of science fiction and fantasy... and we discuss her bookshop, too. See next post for a (slightly edited) transcript, and the post after that for some pictures!
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November 19, 2022 28 mins
In which I talk to Matt from The Bookshop at Queenscliff about buying a bookshop on Gumtree (well, not quite, but almost) and how they can be cultural centres for their towns. See the next post for a (slightly edited) transcript of the interview.
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