Airlie Lawson, PhD, is a literary sociologist with a particular interest in solving unacknowledged problems in the practice of contemporary book publishing. She was Postdoctoral Fellow on ‘Untapped: the Australian Literary Heritage Project’ at The University of Melbourne, Lead Investigator on ‘The Miles Franklin Rights Project’ working in conjunction with the University of Queensland-supported AustLit, is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU’s College of Arts and Social Sciences, and lectures in publishing, writing and literature at Deakin University. She is author of Women’s Weekly Great Read Don’t Tell Eve (Vintage, 2009) a revenge satire on the contemporary publishing industry. ‘Conditions of Access’, her study of the international circulation of Australian novels, will be published by Anthem Press in 2024.
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For a novel about violence, Losing Face is surprisingly tender. George Haddad is a writer with a talent for voice and place, vividly capturing the intensity of Western Sydney. Haddad uses layered intergenerational storytelling to demonstrate the complexity with which lives intertwine and unravel around a violent crime. He avoids delivering neat and easy answers but instead […]
In conversation with BOTY shortlisted author Jo Riccioni
The Branded (Pantera Press) is an addictive YA novel from Jo Riccioni. With captivating protagonists and an immersive landscape, this story is entirely devourable. It includes all of the best parts of YA – a treacherous journey, a dystopian societal structure, tests of loyalty, and just the perfect amount of desire. —BOTY 2023 judging panel We […]November 2023
Frankfurt report from Pantera Press
Pantera Press has been attending the Frankfurt Book Fair since our earliest days, with our first visit back in 2010 with a limited list of books and an even more limited meeting schedule! Nowadays, it is considered an essential part of our Rights strategy, with a full schedule of meetings across four days and an […]