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RiP Janis Brown

Janis Brown, bookseller at Abbey’s Bookshop in Sydney, Pulp Fiction in Brisbane and Reader’s Companion Bookshop in Armidale, has died, aged 55.

Brown’s colleagues at Reader’s Companion, Yvonne and Bill Duhigg, write:

‘It is with a profound sense of sadness and loss that we write of the death of our dear friend and colleague, Janis Brown.

‘Janis had a life-long passion for books and bookselling and began her working life with Abbey’s Bookshop at 477 George Street in Sydney. Eve Abbey recalls a slender, smiling teenager starting there and going on to manage Abbey’s Penguin Bookshop on the corner of King and York Streets, as well as manager at 131 York Street shop. Eve remembers Janis as always smiling, always seeming so young, but so very capable.

‘In 1995, Janis moved to Brisbane and established Pulp Fiction with a colleague from Abbey’s, specialising in the genres of crime, science-fiction and fantasy. The fact that Pulp Fiction is this year celebrating 20 years in business is due in no small measure to Janis’ vision, drive and commitment at its inception.

‘Several years later, Janis and her partner Patrick moved from Brisbane to Armidale in order to be near Janis’ elderly mother and we at Reader’s Companion Bookshop were indeed fortunate to have Janis work with us. We marvelled at the creativity, inspiration, knowledge and energy that she brought to our work environment.

‘The last couple of years of Janis’ too-short life were very challenging in that she had to deal with not only her own health issues, but also those of her mother who passed away less than two years before Janis. Her concern for and interest in her mother’s situation never wavered, in the same way that she was always genuinely interested in helping and empathising with other people.

‘Janis was an inspiring bookseller, loyal colleague, wonderful friend to so many and devoted partner of Patrick. We extend to him our deepest sympathy.

‘We also take comfort in our memories of Janis, such an effervescent, optimistic and wonderful human being; in our hearts forever young and smiling.’


Category: Obituaries