Booksellers prepare for Love Your Bookshop Day
Preparations are underway for the Australian Booksellers Association’s (ABA) Love Your Bookshop Day (LYBD) on Saturday 11 August, with stores around the country hosting events and promotions.
More than 50 stores have registered details about their in-store events on the LYBD website.
Some highlights from participating stores include:
- A Dog of the Day competition at Avid Reader in Brisbane, where customers can win a prize by photographing their dog in-store with their favourite book. The store will also be hosting the culinary competition Avid Bakeoff and awarding a prize for the best bottle of pickles.
- A talk by Wurundjeri storyteller Larry Brandy, who will educate people about Indigenous culture from a stall at Book Face in Gungahlin, ACT. Visitors can also enter the raffle, write on the scribble wall, and dress up as their favourite book character to win prizes.
- Free coffee, free books and free champagne for those who pay a visit to Adelaide’s Matilda Bookshop on LYBD. The store will also donate 10% of all sales to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), and auction off artwork by illustrator Andrew Joyner with 100% of the proceeds to go to the the foundation.
- French-language storytime for children aged 0-7 at the Language International Bookshop in Kew East, Melbourne.
- A 103-Storey Treehouse-themed party and quiz for children in the afternoon at Berkelouw Books in Leichhardt, Sydney, followed by a Book Trivia Quiz for adults—with champagne—in the evening.
- A sausage sizzle at Fuller’s Bookshop in Hobart, with author and ex-Fuller’s employee Robbie Arnott operating the BBQ. Gold coin donations will go towards the Chatter Matters program for adult literacy, supporting ongoing work with reading programs for male prisoners.
- A found object whistle-making workshop with children’s author Cristy Burne at Beaufort Street Books in Perth, as well as an exclusive LYBD early release of the latest book in James Foley’s ‘Sally Tinker’ series, Gastronauts (Fremantle Press).
- A discussion by Institute for Aboriginal Development (IAD) Press authors Margaret Kemarre Turner, Margaret Heffernan and Veronica Perrule Dobson about three their books on Aboriginal identity, which will be held at the IAD Press Bookshop in Alice Springs.
- An opportunity to meet authors Patrick Guest, Tess Evans, Lynne Kelly, Brendan Murphy and Janet Doyle, who will create their next book at a desk in Eltham Bookshop in Melbourne. Visitors are encouraged to ‘ask three terrifying questions’ and buy a signed copy of their book.
The ABA is promoting LYBD on dedicated Facebook and Instagram pages, and on its Twitter account, with the #LoveYourBookshop hashtag. Customers are invited to share why they think bookshops are special using the tag #WhyILoveMyBookshop, which authors are also promoting.
The ABA has also put together a range of LYBD material for bookstores, including bookmarks and posters, available here.
LYBD, formerly National Bookshop Day, is held on the second Saturday of August each year.