As a devout reader I have always loved bookshops - the smell of being surrounded by books, the possibilities of different adventures, and the opportunities to chat about the latest books you have read. In my opinion there is no greater pleasure than settling down to read a great book. So the Australian Booksellers Association is holding the first ever National Bookshop Day on Saturday August 20th and it is an opportunity to celebrate bookshops and how important they are to all of us.
Unfortunately, books and bookshops have been in the media a lot lately in a bad way due to the collapse of RedGroup (Borders and Angus & Robinson), the increasing popularity of ebooks and the strong Aussie dollar leading to more people buying books from overseas. With all of this negative talk about bookshops its about time we remembered there were thousands of stores still selling books across the country.
August 20th will be the first annual National Bookshop Day. Bookshops all over Australia will be holding their own events to celebrate in their own unique way. So head down to your local bookshop and see what interesting activities they have on throughout the day. Different activities going on include: author visits and book signings, readings, face painting, dress up, character costume visits and much much more. No two bookshops are the same and each will be celebrating in very different ways.
For more information on National Bookshop Day see:
The National Bookshop Day Facebook page and Twitter page - where regular updates of the different events around the country will be posted.
And Indies website - for details about where the different independent bookshops are across Australia.
August 20th is also the start of National Book Week the longest running children's festival in Australia, run by the Children's Book Council of Australia. Book Week is an event that schools, libraries and bookshops get involved in each year. So National Bookshop Day on August 20th is the perfect time to celebrate a love of reading and culture and show your support for the bookshops of Australia.