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It is important for young people to read literature that reflects their own life and also expands their experiences of the world. from shutterstock.com

5 Australian books that can help young people understand their place in the world

Reading texts by and about diverse Australians will change the ways all young people see themselves and their communities. Here are five such books.
A long history of gifting of printed books at Christmas remains strong despite increases in e-book sales. B Bernard/Shutterstock

The long history of books as Christmas gifts

Books have always made great Christmas gifts. But what makes them so special, aside from their being so easy to wrap?
More recently, the study of reading has turned to examine the social and emotional benefits of storybook reading. (Shutterstock)

Start a tradition of choosing picture books to share with children in your life

The benefits from shared storybook reading do not depend on whether books are bought, borrowed or new or used. Some suggested read-aloud books for children aged about kindergarten to Grade 2.
Eleanor Antin Judgement of Paris (after Rubens), 2007, from ‘Helen’s Odyssey’ © Eleanor Antin. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York. The British Musuem

From the Iliad to Circe: culture’s enduring fascination with the myths of Troy

From art that centres the African-American experience to feminist retellings, the British Museum's new exhibition explores culture's enduring fascination with the legend of Troy
Independent bookstores are places where culture is collected and disseminated. The gentrification of city centres makes their existence increasingly precarious. Kévin Langlais on Unsplash, CC BY-NC

When capitalism kills culture: Gentrified real estate puts squeeze on indie bookstores

The demands of gentrification in some neighbourhoods are proving deadly for some independent businesses, including local bookstores, often forcing them to close.
Open access publishing enables free and easy dissemination of work, but this does not meant that it engages with literary culture. Titles are isolated from bookshops, reviews, and cultural conversations. Photo by Fred Kearney on Unsplash

The open access shift at UWA Publishing is an experiment doomed to fail

The notion that a respected publishing house can be replaced by open access publishing is disproved by examining other recent examples, such as the now-closed University of Adelaide Press.

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