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National Bookshop Day




Saturday 13th of August 2016 - All Day

Phone - 03 9859 7322

Event address - At participating bookshops nationally

National Bookshop Day promotes local bookshops - #LoveYourBookshop

Celebrate National Bookshop Day at your local bookshop on Saturday 13th August 2016.

National Bookshop Day is an annual promotional event supported by the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) to celebrate bookshops, promote their value in the community, and to invite customers to return to or support their local bookshop. Inspired by the highly successful North American 'Free Comic Book Day' and Record Store Day, National Bookshop Day celebrates local bookshops through in-store activity, local publicity and grass roots fun.

Supported by the Australian Booksellers Association, bookshops will be reinforcing their message that local bookshops are an integral part of the Australian way of life. They are the first point of contact between the reader and books. They care about the customer, the reader, and the books they want to read.

"Throughout Australia, hundreds of bookshops will be holding events and having activities, or simply saying thank you to the readers, writers, libraries and schools that support them. Though we do it every day of the year, it is a specific occasion where we can celebrate the unique place that bookshops have in the community, and celebrate their role in the local community, and the myriad of ways in which they contribute to the local economy, and to Australian culture and society."– Joel Becker, CEO Australian Booksellers Association

The 2016 National Bookshop Day posters, bookmarks, social media pack and more is now available to download from the ABA website


Pages and Pages Mosman

National Bookshop Day Selfie

Phone - 02 9969 9736
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Cost - FREE
Event address - 878 Military Rd New South Wales Mosman Junction 2088 AUSTRALIA

Visit Pages & Pages on National Bookshop Day, take a selfie in store and tag us on facebook, twitter or instagram and go into the draw to win 1 of 5 $50 gift vouchers

Mclean's Booksellers

Phone - 49692525
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Cost - Free
Event address - 69 Beaumont Street HAMILTON NSW 2303

10.00am - Storytime & CraftGavin McCormack Are These Your Glasses?

11.00am - Storytime & Illustration Demonstration Katrina McKelvey & Kirrili Lonergan Dandelions

12.00pm - Book Launch Deborah Kelly Ruby Wishfingers #2 - Toad-ally Magic

4.30pm - Author Talk Dr Kooshy

The Potts Point Bookshop

Phone - 61 2 9331 6642
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Cost - Free
Event address - 14 Macleay Street Potts Point Sydney, NSW Australia.

National Bookshop Day is going to be great fun this year, with a line-up of in store appearances, balloons for the kids and an exhibition with local flavour.

This year, we will be joined by legendary caterer Simmone Logue and musician, artist and local legend Jeff Duff.

Simmone will be in store from 12pm, signing books and giving away biscuit samples from her beautiful and tasty cookbook In the Kitchen.

Jeff will be in store from 3pm and he will be signing his outrageous memoir This Will Explain Everything.

We will be featuring in store a gallery of images from bestselling local history book Kings Cross: A Pictorial History. This is your chance to see some incredible images that tell incredible stories about our neighbourhood up close and personal.

And don't forget - there will be balloons for the kids.

Better Read Than Dead

"Writer in Residence" Annabel Crabb!

Phone - 02 9557 8700
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Cost - free
Event address - 265 King St Newtown NSW 2042

Join us in store to celebrate National Book Shop Day on the 13th of August, with "Writer in Residence" Annabel Crabb!

Celebrate your local independent bookshop by getting involved on the day. We will be running a shelf talker writing competition in store, giving customers a chance to add their reviews to our shelves! Prizes will be given to the best kids and adults review.

You can also meet our Writer's in Residence (including Annabel Crabb), grab a cupcake and best of all, see the staff dressed up as their favourite literary characters.

Be sure to enter our shelfie competition on instagram(and look forward to your instagram feed being covered with beautiful photos of bookshelves). You can find us @betterreadbookshop.

Annabel will be visiting from noon till 12.45pm. Visit us then to chat to Annabel, try her baking from Special Delivery and get books signed! Allen & Unwin Books

Stay tuned as we announce our other Writers in Residence over the week.

Join us in store to celebrate National Book Shop Day on the 13th of August, with "Writer in Residence" Annabel Crabb!

Celebrate your local independent bookshop by getting involved on the day. We will be running a shelf talker writing competition in store, giving customers a chance to add ....READ MORE

Tim's Bookshop Kew 

Phone - 9853 5634

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Cost - Free

Event address - 129 High Street Kew, Victoria

Love your bookshop (even more than usual!) and join us at Tim's Bookshop for free National Bookshop Day activities and lots of bookish fun.

Our Kew store (129 High St) will have face painting from 10-2pm whilst our Canterbury store in Maling Rd will have a balloon artist and face painting from 11-1pm as well as fairy floss and craft activities.

Fairfield Books

Phone - (03) 9017 4748

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Cost - Free

Event address - 117A Station St Fairfield, Melbourne, VIC Australia

Put it in your diary: On Saturday 13 August you get to celebrate your thriving bookshop here in Fairfield. As part of National Bookshop Day, nine authors will be in-store at different times, ready to chat and sign some books for you. Lots of crime authors, so come ready to speak to some masterminds! There'll also be sweet treats and National Bookshop Day prizes.

Our special guests:

10.00-11.00 Michael Pryor

10.30-11.30 Zana Fraillon

11.00-12.00 Jen Storer

11.00-12.00 Corinne Fenton

11.30-12.30 Cath Ferla

11.30-12.30 Kylie Ladd

12.00-1.00 Emma Viskic

12.30 -1.30 Ann Turner

1.00-2.00 Fran Cusworth

1.00-2.00 Myfanwy Jones (shortlisted for this year's Miles Franklin Award)

See you here at the celebrations!

Eltham Bookshop

Phone - (03) 9439 8700

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Cost - free

Event address - 970 Main Road, Eltham

With great pleasure we invite you and your family to visit our bookshop window where local and national talented writers will sit hour upon the hour at the desk creating their next book.

You can ask them 3 terrifying questions and buy a signed copy of their book

10.00am: Patrick Guest: Ricker Racker Club

11.00am: Tess Evans: Mercy Street, Book of Lost Threads

12.00pm: Lynne Kelly: The Memory Code

2.00pm: Brendan Murphy: Sebastian and the Hibernauts

3.00pm: Janet Doyle: When Guido Fell

Join us on National Bookshop Day to celebrate what we do best: #bookmatch you with a book you'll love.

Farrell's Bookshop

Phone - (03) 5975 5034

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Cost - free

Event address - 143 Main St Mornington

National Bookshop Day aims to celebrate the joy of reading books, thank our loyal customers for their continued support, and encourage all Australians to shop locally.

The theme for 2016 is 'Love Your Bookshop!', so we've organised some activities and promotions this year that we hope will have you loving us even more!

Book Lovers Raffle – everyone one who buys something in store on the day will be given a raffle ticket to enter the draw for a prize pack of great books, including some signed copies! Valued at over $100 – could you be the lucky winner?!

Lucky Dip for the kids – bring the younger readers in your family along on the day and they can have a go at our lucky dip with lots of great mini treats up for grabs.

Get creative and sign our graffiti wall – add in your favourite book titles, have a go at illustrating your favourite book character or just tell us what you love most about Farrells!

Story-time with Patrick Guest, local author of That's What Wing Are For and The Ricker Racker Club! – Pat will be dropping in from around 1.30pm to read us one of his wonderful children's book – and might even give us a sneak peak of his new book, still in the making...

Subscribe to our Events and Newsletter Mailing List before Monday 8 August and receive a 10% discount coupon for any purchases made on National Bookshop Day. You can join the list here on our website or sign up in store.

Double Loyalty Points! – for one day only, if you're a member of our Friends of Farrells Loyalty Program, you'll earn double points for any eligible transaction (usual FOF rules apply). Ask in store if you'd like to hear more about the Friends of Farrells Program.

We look forward to sharing National Bookshop Day with many of you – come on in and say hi!!

Andrew's Bookshop Ivanhoe

Phone - (03) 9497 3995

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Cost - free

Event address - 183 Upper Heidelberg Road, Melbourne, Victoria

That's right folks, next weekend (Saturday 13th to be exact!) We'll having a bit of a smaller affair this year but still have plenty of giveaways! Come in and see us, we'd love to have a bit of a chat


Event information -

Cost - free

Event address - All Shops

This coming Saturday 13 August is National Bookshop Day!

This day is an an annual celebration of bookshops across the country, and we'd love you to drop by one of our five shops for a visit.

To celebrate, we're offering 15% off our special Readings branded merchandise – which includes a range of t-shirts and tote bags, as well as Readings KeepCups.

This offer is only available in-store, not online, and only on National Bookshop Day.

Plus, if you post a photo of yourself on Instagram holding a Readings tote bag or KeepCup, or wearing a Readings t-shirt, and tag @readingsbooks, you'll go in the draw to win a $100 Readings gift voucher.

Not Just Books

Phone - (03) 6431 9039

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Cost - free

Event address - 52 Wilson Street 7320 Burnie

Find some love in our book store this weekend where you have the chance to WIN 1 OF 2 $100 gift vouchers!

To enter:

1 - like our Facebook page.

2 - share our post


Shop in store on Saturday 13th for an extra entry!


Phone - (03) 6331 3011

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Cost - free

Event address - 118-122 Brisbane St 7250 Launceston

STORY READING: Join us at 10am for Beatrix Potter stories plus Bunny Bingo, 11am for stories from our latest picture books & 12noon for stories from JK Rowling's "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" FACE PAINTING: Sessions at 10am, 11am, Noon & 1pm

All Day

BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK: Be seduced by a story - before you see it's cover!

SELFIE WITH A STORY: Is there a book you just can't wait to read? Take a selfie with that book in-store on National Bopokshop Day and that book could be yours! (simply upload your selfie to our facebook page or to Instagram with @birchalls_1844 #Ilovebirchalls and you will go into the draw to win your book! The photo must be taken at Birchalls with your choice of book and a special card available in-store. Three lucky winners will be annouced on Facebook on Monday August 15.)

MAKE YOUR OWN BOOKMARK: Get crafty in the Art Department and never lose your place reading again!

TRIVIA COMPETITION Win a Birchalls gift voucher





Fullers Hobart

Phone - (03) 6234 3800

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Cost - Free

Event address - 131 Collins St HOBART TAS 7000

As the Great War raged in 1916, two teams of Australian soldiers played an Australian Rules football match in London. It was the first time the world had seen our national game. But this was more than an exhibition match. It symbolised sport's role in driving young athletes to enlist and fight.

For the players it was a chance to forget blood and battle and simply play, a final kick of the footy before the Western Front, from where some would never return.

Now, 100 years on, Nick Richardson rekindles an incredible moment in our history and pays tribute to the men who played The Game of Their Lives.

Nick Richardson will be in conversation with Jane Longhurst at Fullers Bookshop

Join Australia's most popular picture book duo in their magnificent, brand new 78-storey treehouse. They've added 13 new levels including a drive-thru car wash, a combining machine, a scribbletorium, an ALL-BALL sports stadium, Andyland, Terrytown, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre.

Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!

Tickets: $15 per person (one ticket is required per person so adults and children each need a ticket)

Ticket + Book: $25

Family Ticket (4 people including 1 Adult): $60 (receive a paperback copy of the new78-storey Treehouse!)

Tickets available online here, or from the TSO Box Office.

To be held at the Federation Concert Hall, 1 Davey St, Hobart

Margaret River Bookshop

Phone - (08) 9757 3331

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Cost - free

Event address - Shop 1 109 Bussell Highway, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285

What book did you read that had the greatest impact on your life? Share your story in the Margaret River BookShop to celebrate National BookShop Day. The most interesting story will receive a copy of much anticipated Harry Potter. The booknote competition will run for a week commencing Saturday 13th August.

Avid Reader

Phone - (07) 3846 3422

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Cost - free

Event address - 193 Boundary Street, West End, Brisbane, Australia 4101

Narrative busking? A literary kissing booth? Doggy dress-ups? The Great Bookish Bakeoff? It must be National Bookshop Day at Avid Reader!

Saturday August 13 2016 is National Bookshop Day. Held in hundreds of locations throughout Australia, we celebrate bookshops in all their glory in your community!

Here's what's going down at Avid:


Busk your favourite book! Join us on the footpath as we invite our customers to read from their favourite book and raise money for The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.


Anita Heiss - Author will be in-store giving advice from our official Book Matching advice booth! Like a Kissing Booth but much more enriching...


Canine Dress Up! Dress up your pooch as your favourite book character, have your photo taken and you could win a prize!

1pm :

Return of The Great Bookish Bakeoff! Bring in your best cake to have it judged by our expert (and hungry) panel. The best cake by an under-12 and an adult will win a prize! All cakes donated to Common Ground Queensland.


Join us as we read out the shortlisted entries from the Avid Flash Fiction Prize, Australia's richest per-word writing competition. Then we will announce the winner!

While you're here, look out for the Avid Reader Classifieds in store and on our Facebook and Instagram – with eligible books vying for your affection – whether you're into dark and mysterious strangers, long-term relationships or quirky comedians, our classifieds have something for everyone.

You can also participate in National Bookshop Day online!

- Tag/check in on Facebook with @LoveYourBookshop

- Tag @NatBookshopDay on Twitter

- Tell your social media followers why you love your local bookseller, posted with #LoveYourBookshop

- Film a short video of yourself and upload to your social media pages, tagging @LoveYourBookshop

See you there!!!

Where the Wild Things Are

Phone - (07) 3255 3987

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Cost - free

Event address - 191 Boundary St, West End 4101 Brisbane

A visit from Grug? Storytelling? Doggy dress-ups? The Great Bookish Bakeoff? It must be National Bookshop Day at Where the Wild Things Are!


Meet Grug! Shakes his hand and have your photo take with our favourite book characters!


Bookmatching with Natalie Jane Prior.


Canine Dress Up! Dress up your pooch as your favourite book character and have your photo taken and you could win a prize.


Midday story telling!


Return of our famous cake baking competition. Lots of special prizes for junior bakers!

Spend over $30.00 and get a showbag!

Tell us why you love Where the Wild Things Are and win a prize!

Saturday August 13 2016 is National Bookshop Day. Held in hundreds of locations throughout Australia, we celebrate bookshops in all their glory in your community!

The Bookshop Darwin

Phone - (08) 8941 3489

Event information -

Cost - Free

Event address - 1/30 Smith Street Mall 0800 Darwin

Saturday the 13th of August is National Bookshop Day! This wonderful event is organised by the Australian Booksellers Association on the second Saturday in August each year to celebrate bookshops, and in particular the contributions they make to their community.

We are very excited for National Bookshop Day, and we are hoping we can get you excited too! We are running a special promotion on the day, with anyone who makes a purchase receiving a 20% discount voucher to use on their next visit! We have also set up something special at the front of our store; a little something we like to call our 'Bookshop Tree'. This structure has an eclectic collection of bits and bobs hanging from it, but the most important are circles containing comments and quotes about people's love of bookshops. We would love it if you could contribute to this, either by coming in and writing something or by commenting on this facebook post, so that we can transcribe it and hang it from our tree.

Matilda Bookshop

Phone - 08 8339 3931

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Bookings -

Cost - $Sold Out

Event address - Mount Barker Community Library - Dumas Street, Mount Barker ‎, SA 5251

Hear best-selling Australian author Liane Moriarty at the launch of her new book Truly Madly Guilty are selling very, very well and if you're interested in coming along we'd recommend booking soon.

We'd love you to join us on Wednesday August 10 at 7.00pm at the Mount Barker Library to hear Liane discuss Truly Madly Guilty in conversation with Rebekah Clarkson.

Tickets to the evening can be booked by clicking here.

All proceeds from the ticket sales go to the Zahra Foundation Australia