LOGOS 36 LOGOS 13/1 © WHURR PUBLISHERS 2002 (Third in a series in which leading publishers, booksellers, librarians & authors are invited to sum up their beliefs and experience) “I shall never have a roomful of books again” Michael Zifcak Michael Zifcak joined Collins Booksellers in Melbourne in 1951, shortly after emigrating to Australia from his native Czechoslovakia. Under his command, it became Australia’s largest privately owned bookseller. It also has its own publishing division (“Hill of Content”), which he founded. When foreign owner- ship of Australian publishing became a political issue, he argued that the ownership of Australian publishing is not relevant to the most important thing: that Australian authors should be published. While developing his bookselling and publishing careers, Zifcak also found time to be a leader in book trade affairs. In 1973, he called the initial meeting to establish the National Book Council, of which he became Founding Chairman. He was also a foundation member of the Australian Library Promotion Council and for four years its Vice Chairman, and served as a member of the Literature Board of the Australian Government. In 1965, Zifcak joined the International Booksellers Federation (IBF) and attended its first General
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