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Openbook is a lavish, award-winning magazine of new writing, fresh ideas and contemporary photography.

This season’s edition is shimmering with compelling words and striking visuals by celebrated Australian writers, thinkers and creatives, featured alongside fascinating historical finds made by our librarians and curators. 

So, if you love books and libraries become an Openbook person today. 

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Thanks to our friends at Scribe, the first 10 new subscribers to Openbook will receive a signed copy of the stunning coffee table book, Retro Sydney by Nathan Mete, which features vintage photos from the State Library's collection. 


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    Please email letters or article proposals to the editor: or post to Openbook editor, State Library of NSW, 1 Shakespeare Place, Sydney 2000. No responsibility can be accepted for unsolicited manuscripts, artwork or photographs.


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    Cover of Openbook summer 2023 issue