One of Melbourne's most important speculative fiction outlets closed its doors as a bookshop on October 26th, transforming into a mail-order and catalogue supplier as of November
Owner Justin Ackroyd, well known to convention-going fandom on both sides of
the continent from his presence in numerous Hucksters' Rooms and his lively
auctioneering, will continue Slow Glass Books
as before, but without his rented premises at 305 Swanston Street, which itself
changed hands in June for more than AUD$2m. Many readers have fond memories of
Slow Glass Bookshop's sheer range of speculative fiction, and the shop was
the site for several major book launches, signings and Aurealis Award ceremonies.
(Older customers will also remember when the ground floor section was leased by infamous
B&D/Fetish establishment Peril 305, which guaranteed that a visit to the bookshop's second floor roost was always an experience.)
To join the mail order or catalogue list, call +61 3 9639 1511 or
check the web page. Justin will next be found at Multiverse's Amanda Tapping day (see article) on November 16th . . . selling books.
(Wednesday, October 30 @ 17:27:54 WST)