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Performing arts bookshop relaunches online

Stage Whispers magazine has purchased performing arts specialist bookshop Book Nook, saving the business from closure and launching it as a new online store.

Founded over 35 years ago, Book Nook was slated to close due to Covid-19 earlier this year, before Stage Whispers moved to rescue its collection from a fire sale. Australia’s oldest performing arts-focused bookshop, Book Nook stocks playscripts, drama theory and teachers’ resources, with its primary customers being drama teachers, as well as actors and students.

After 25 years in Brisbane the business relocated to Toowoomba, and in 2018 moved to Melbourne. Stage Whispers co-owners David Spicer, a theatrical agent and journalist, and Neil Litchfield, a former school drama teacher, purchased Book Nook following the retirement of former owners Mary and Jo Sutherland.

In a statement, Spicer expressed the importance of Book Nook for the performing arts community. ‘Book Nook has been a remarkable resource for drama teachers and students over the years and its disappearance would have left a big gap in the market. One of the goals of our magazine has been as a resource for people putting on a musical or play, so Book Nook is a natural fit for us.’

To celebrate the online launch of Book Nook, 15% of all sales made before 30 September will go to the Alliance of Australasian Performing Arts Benevolent Funds. Customers will also receive a bonus subscription to Stage Whispers.


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