Love Your Bookshop Day is this Saturday October 3rd. We couldn’t be more grateful to all the hard-working booksellers for keeping us well-read during 2020, when we’ve needed it the most. Here, the Affirm Press team shares what our local bookshops mean to us.
Geographical reality aside, my local bookshop is Hill of Content. It’s a beautiful place to browse, you always find something you would never find anywhere else, and each and every staff member is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate. Whether through a book launch or a heated debate in the fiction section, a local bookshop is where people come together to share and celebrate a love of books – my favourite place to do that will always be Hill of Content.
Dymocks Knox City will always have a soft spot in my heart as it is where I began my journey working in the book industry. From browsing there as a teenager, to working there after high school and now being a customer again, I have spent more hours than I could count walking among those shelves. It will always be a second home and family to me, and the love that the staff pour into their work is amazing.
I recently moved away from Melbourne’s inner north and while they’re no longer in my 5km radius, I can’t help but count Brunswick Bound and Neighbourhood Books as my locals. Their passion for championing local books and authors is supercharged. I know where I’ll be going when restrictions lift for a good old-fashioned browse.
Shout-out to Riverbend Books and Avid Reader in Brisbane – two of the best independent bookstores in Australia! The staff at both bookshops are so knowledgeable and friendly. Plus they have impeccable taste; if they recommend a book to you, don’t ask questions, just buy it and read it.
Petrarch’s is a little book haven in Launceston with a beautiful range (love their new Australian fiction section) and staff who genuinely just love books. Working from home and interstate, I can feel very far away from the rest of the book world, and particularly the intense literariness of Melbourne. But a quick browse in Petrarch’s always sets me straight.
I was delighted to be ‘stuck’ in WA during our first lockdown as I got to re-visit my old favourite Crow Books, a fabulous independent bookstore which not only has a great selection but also a chesterfield sofa: what more could you ask for? Little did I know that this would be my last time inside a bookshop for months! I would also like to thank Collins Booksellers Cottesloe for delivering gifts to my friends and family speedily and freely now that I have crossed to the dark side (Melbourne).
We are spoiled for choice of bookstores in Melbourne, and I love going to every one of them. But it’s on holiday that I really get to indulge recreationally, and the place I’m most fond of returning to is the small but beautifully formed Beechworth Books in country Victoria.
The Bookshop Darwin was my local for a very long time. It is located in the very heart of Darwin City and has done so much to spread the love of reading in the Top End. I always make sure to pop in whenever I’m back home. They’ve also been a great supporter of young writers and emerging talent by sponsoring the Young Territory Author Awards. It was always worth writing a story to enter for a chance to win a gift voucher to The Bookshop! Like everyone’s local bookshop, the team is really lovely and so knowledgeable. If you’re ever in Darwin, please do pop in. I truly love my local!
My first job in the book industry was with Fullers Bookshop, a Hobart institution that I also spent many hours in growing up. And now it’s always the first place I go when I visit home! I love the bright and sunny space, the handwritten staff recommendations dotted throughout the shop, and the way they always champion Tasmanian authors and stories. Plus, the Afterword Café at the back of the shop means it’s also the perfect place to catch up with friends.
Sue & Venche at Book & Paper Williamstown are truly wonderful booksellers. They have the misfortune of being in the same suburb as me (the Sales Director) and therefore are checked up on regularly. They always put our books in their window and are so wonderfully supportive of our new fiction authors. Every time I go in with my girls they really help foster their love of books by digging out a poster or bookmark or some such gift-with-purchase treasure that the kids adore. Please get out where you can to support your local bookshop.
We’d love to hear what your local bookshop means to you. Let us know here for the chance to win a $100 voucher – entries close 5pm AEST Saturday October 3rd.