It’s not too late to celebrate National Bookshop Day.
To read about the state of bookstores now, see today’s ABC article: Australian bookstores still going strong…
Here are just a few of today’s events in Victoria, thanks to a listing of events throughout the country on the Books & Publishing website:
“Hill of Content in Melbourne will give a free book to all customers who spend $10 or more on the day. Among the authors and illustrators visiting the store during the day are Bob Graham, Debra and Marco Luccio and Glenda Millard.
Reader’s Feast in Melbourne will offer $10 off the RRP on a number of bestselling titles, including Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Piacdor), The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Text) andInferno by Dan Brown (Bantam). Customers will be able to sample some homemade treats at the store’s all-day tea party, as well as enter hourly draws to win $50 Reader’s Feast vouchers.
Fairfield Books has eight authors lined up to each spend an hour in the store throughout the day, including Jen Storer, June Factor, Kylie Ladd, Nick Place, Fran Cusworth, Zana Fraillon, Damon Young and Carole Wilkinson. There will be giveaways and customers can help decorate the store’s window.
Foster’s Little Bookshop has planned ‘An Afternoon of Romance’ with romance authors Kate Bell, Kathryn Ledson, Margareta Osborn and Jennifer Scoullar.
The Bookshop at Queenscliff will celebrate the day with activities including a limerick competition, children’s storytime and readings from authors including Justin D’Ath, Fiona Wood, David Millie, Heather Gallagher and Barry Hill.
Customers at Jeffreys Books in Malvern will receive one free book for every book they purchase, thanks to Lonely Planet, Hachette, Penguin and Text.”
Or you might want to simply visit the lovely Eltham Bookshop or one of the Readings stores.
If you’re staying in today but want to immerse yourself, through reading, in the experience of being surrounded by wall-to-wall books that are to take home for good, here are some my blogs on buying books: