National Bookshop Day!

Saturday 9th August is National Bookshop Day, and what better reason than to head to a bookshop or two and browse the shelves, have a chat with staff or any authors hanging around, and maybe pick up a new read or two!

Bookshops around the country will be hosting events, readings and a wide range of other fun activities, so have a look below to see some of the things happening around the country.

Mark Forsyth on the Perfect Bookshop

Geoffrey all ready to work at Pages & Pages!In Sydney:

10.00 AM — Ursula Dubosarsky will be performing at The Children’s Bookshop, Beecroft

10.30 AM — Geoffrey McSkimming will be at Pages & Pages in Mosman, and he wrote for us last year about why this is one of his favourite bookstores.

11.30 AM — Pop into Kinokuniya to see Margo Lanagan, Garth Nix and Justine Larbalestier talking all things YA with the YA Book Buzz.

Garth has also found some fantastic bookplates which he’ll be signing!

Mark Forsyth on the art of Bookselling

In Melbourne

From 10 AM — Catch Mini Goss at Dymocks Melbourne amongst their incredibly packed programme of activities!

From 11am — Find Kylie Ladd at Fairfield Bookshop for a chat, signed books, or just get her to sell you some books! She also wrote about the fun she had at National Bookstore Day last year.

At 11.30 AM — Draw along with Mr Chicken and Leigh Hobbs at Benn’s Books in Bentleigh! Leigh will be showing his young fans how to make his outrageous characters come alive.

In Adelaide

Dymocks Adelaide have a special offer on a range of our books – they’re just $5 each AND the money goes to the fantastic Indigenous Literacy Foundation, so go stock up your shelves and help a great cause!


There’s a list of events on the Australian Booksellers website, or just pop in to your local store where you might find activities and authors, and you’ll definitely find a great new book, or as Mark Forsyth calls it, the unknown unknown!

Mark Forsyth on a Good bookshop

A number of stores will be stocking his wonderful ode to bookshops, The Unknown Unknown, and many will be giving them away for free too – so look out for this little delight.

Mark Forsyth on the Perfect Book

Mark Forsyth on ebooks and bookshops

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