Shop local this National Bookshop Day
Join a community celebration to applaud those gallant literary warriors, Brisbane’s bookshops, this Saturday August 8.
Bookshops are facing incredibly tough conditions in the face of technological change and the shifting demands of readers. Yet they continue to open their doors, day in and day out, to help teach children all-important reading skills, educate the community on all manner of topics and immerse readers in other worlds and realms when they need an escape. This Saturday August 8, bookworms will be gathering at stores across Brisbane to prove that books aren’t dead. Avid Reader in West End will be hosting a full day of activities, including a flash fiction competition, adult colouring-in on paper and bodies, giveaways and much more. Swing by at 8:30 am to snap up a very limited drop of handmade books featuring stories and essays from Avid Reader staff, including Michelle Law, Trent Jamieson, Christopher Currie, Krissy Kneen and more. All proceeds from sales will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Get your entries in for Australia’s richest per-word writer’s prize, the Minuscule Flash Fiction Prize, by 9:00 am and hang around for the reading of entries at 3:00 pm and the winner announcement at 4:00 pm. Enjoy adult colouring-in and cupcakes from 1:00 pm and join the after-party at The End with a special cocktail creation, The Thirsty Reader.
Riverbend Books and Teahouse in Bulimba will be throwing a National Bookshop Day Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to mark the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Throw on your funniest hat and enjoy book readings, cupcakes and chocolate milk for $5 from 9:30 am. Mary Ryan’s at Milton will be hosting a book lover dress-up competition, book hunt and colouring-in challenges, along with appearances from local authors and cookbook writers, at its National Bookshop Day celebrations from 9:30 am on Saturday. Dymocks on Albert Street will be dishing out lucky door prizes to readers who attend book signings and Q&A sessions from the likes of Lynette Noni, JM Donellan, Nicholas and Alison Lochel and Robert Hoge. If you feel like a roadtrip this weekend, head to the Byron Bay Writers Festival for many literary celebrations and events from Friday August 7 through to Sunday August 9. Find more National Bookshop Day events online and stay tuned via Facebook.