So you want my arts job: Bookseller

Loving books is ideal but being genuinely helpful is equally important when it comes to working in a bookstore.

It’s a pretty cruisey job, right? Manning the desk with piles of artfully arranged books behind, beside and, well, everywhere around you and only occasionally being distracted from thumbing through the latest bestseller to chat to a customer.

The truth is not quite like that says Tim Jarvis, who’s both a bookseller and the manager of Fullers Bookshop in Hobart, Tasmania.

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Thuy On is the Reviews and Literary Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her debut, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was released by University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP). Her second collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Her third book, Essence, will be published in 2025. Twitter: @thuy_on Instagram: poemsbythuy