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Phantom Billstickers’ publishing phenomenon Café Reader, the free print title published four times a year and widely distributed around bars and coffee shops, is back.

Café Reader is a labour of love which has become an intriguing feature of the NZ cultural landscape over the past two years. The print run and circulation are impressive – 2000 copies go out direct by mail, but the real grunt is in the 10,000 copies distributed from Whangarei to Invercargill (including over 100 cafes in iconic beachside hotspots).

The mag also goes to 50+ zine shops, and 1000 individuals in the USA.

The latest (Summer) issue of the A5 mag is a record 75 pages long, and is supported by ads from the Dowse Art Museum, Simon & Schuster, Havana Coffee Works, Auckland Art Gallery/Toi O Tamaki, Unity Books, Bareknuckle Books,, Beatbox,, and the Dowse Art Museum.

Featured in the Summer edition are poet/writers Michele Leggott, Elizabeth Smither, Mark Pirie, Michael O’Leary, Jeremy Roberts, Victor Billot, Alexis Rhone Fancher, Mike Brosnan, & Peter Olds, legendary NZ rock’n’roll journo Murray Cammick, singer/songwriter Andrew McLennan, artists Robert Scott (The Clean), Neil Hannan (Red Mole), and Bruce Mahalski.

All the contributors (like Phantom Billstickers themselves) are true-blue Kiwis, based in NZ. If you can’t find a copy, email Fi at Or read it online at

And coming soon is a Café Reader website featuring previous issues and author interviews

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