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This Saturday, August 11, your local bookshop will be celebrating National Bookshop Day. Bookshops across the country will be saying thank you to their loyal readers by showcasing local authors and engaging events.

“ … National Bookshop Day is a specific occasion where we can celebrate the unique place that bookshops have in the community, and celebrate their role in the local community, and the myriad of ways in which they contribute to the local economy, and to Australian culture and society.” –  Joel Becker, Australian Booksellers Association

After the success of last year’s National Bookshop Day, bookshops will once again offer their local communities a smorgasbord of literary events throughout the day.

“Booksellers do more than sell books and bookshops are more than places where you buy books. Bookshops are places you go to discover new ideas, to be stimulated and surprised. They are places for conversations and contemplation.  Bookshops sit at the heart of our communities.” Fiona Stager, Avid Reader Bookshop, Brisbane

Just a few of the events on offer include a Harry Potter Book Club, a special story-time for the children featuring children's authors and a Mad Hatter Tea Party with a special giveaway bag.

So on Saturday morning why not amble down to your local bookshop. You might meet an author or even find an unexpected gem on the bookshelf.

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