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Bookclub in Canberra seeks members


We’re a group of 4 who meet in places around Canberra and the surrounding areas. We meet monthly on weekends to discuss books. We’re looking for new members to join us…
If you like coffee, tea, cake, books and meeting new people, please email us at
Hope to hear from you soon!

Best of Canberra: secondhand bookshops


So, Semester 1 of 2016 started back at University last week. In the midst of worrying, whilst at the same time generally procrastinating about the amount of reading I already have to do, it seemed like a great time to visit secondhand book shops this weekend.
My first stop was at Beyond Q, located in the [...]

Best of Canberra callout – secondhand bookshops


There is a continuous debate regarding hardcopy or digital when it comes to books.
I own a Kindle and it is the perfect companion when travelling, easy to download hundreds of books to one place while on the move and compact for fitting in with all your belongings. I love it. Conversely, there is also [...]

Omar Musa releases Parang

By 26 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Apparently books have trailers now.
Omar Musa, made famous by his mural at Knightsbridge, also on occasion writes poetry*. He has collected this poetry into a book, and announced it with a rather pretty trailer.
Hey everyone!
Thanks for checking the video out. If you are keen to grab a copy of “Parang” send $25 to my [...]

Paul Daley to explain his book “Canberra” at Paperchain

By 27 November 2012

[ 5 December 2012 at 6:00 pm; ]

This in from Paperchain:

Please join us to hear Paul Daley, author of Canberra, in conversation with journalist Chris Hammer.

An implicit sense of public service and ‘otherness’ has now come to permeate Canberra’s identity to a point that there is a great smugness, arrogance even, that the rest of Australia can hate us – [...]

Your chance to see Maxine refighting the past

By 13 November 2012

This in from Paperchain:
Paperchain Bookstore and Melbourne University Publishing invite you to hear:
Maxine McKew, author of Tales From The Political Trenches, in conversation with author and journalist Laura Tingle.
Tuesday November 27
6.15 for 6.30pm
RSVP Monday November 26
Telephone 6295 6723 or
Julia Gillard was impatient for the prime ministership, and either worked with or [...]

The Waterlow Killings, a conversation at Paperchain with Pamela Burton and Christine Wallace

By 12 November 2012

[ 19 November 2012 at 6:00 pm; ]

This in from Paperchain

Paperchain Bookstore and Melbourne University Publishing invite you to hear:

Pamela Burton author of The Waterlow Killings: A Portrait Of A Family Tragedy, in conversation with author and journalist Christine Wallace.

Monday November 19
5.45 for 6.00pm

RSVP Sunday November 18
Telephone 6295 6723 or

Anthony Waterlow left his decrepit room [...]

Greg Jericho to launch his book at Paperchain Manuka

By 20 August 2012

[ 30 August 2012 at 6:00 pm; ] This just in:

Please join us for the launch of ‘The Rise of the Fifth Estate: Social Media and
Blogging in Australian Politics’ by Greg Jericho.

The book will be launched by Senator Scott Ludlam.

Thursday August 30
5.45 for 6.00pm

RSVP Wednesday August 29
Telephone 6295 6723 or

‘The Rise of the Fifth Estate’ is the first book to examine the [...]

Anyone stumbled across an abandoned Lifeline book bag with books?

By 17 March 2012

I know it’s a faint hope, but it looks like I forgot a bag of books when I unpacked them from the car this afternoon after returning from several hours happy wandering around the tables of the Lifeline Book fair. I must have idiotically left them in view from the street  and they were duly [...]

Jamie Oliver Canberra’s most borrowed in 2011

By 9 January 2012

Territory And Municipal Services have announced the most popular books in the Library system last year:
The most requested books in 2011 were: Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver, The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal, All That I Am by Anna Funder, Sideshow: Dumbing Down Democracy by Lindsay Tanner, Caleb’s Crossing by [...]

Best place to sell second-hand books?

By 9 December 2011

I have almost a literal truck-load of books that I really don’t need or want any more.
Most are in good condition and if possible I’d rather sell them or exchange them for store credit rather than giving them away.
Any ideas on where the best place would be?

What book do you want to represent the ACT?

By 22 November 2011

ABC Arts are asking for votes in their National Year of Reading competition.
The Canberra books are:
– Hit List, by Jack Heath
– Smoke and Mirrors, by Kel Robertson
– Fog Garden, by Marion Halligan
– The Lake Woman, by Alan Gould
– The White Tower, by Dorothy Johnston
– Vincenzo’s Garden, John Clanchy
There are more details on the books and [...]

Canberra’s 2011 Children’s Choice Books

By 18 November 2011

The Director of Libraries ACT, Vanessa Little, is making a serious effort to rid the language of the word “cool” by co-opting it for her awards:
“I am excited to announce this year?s four COOL-est books as decided by the young people of the ACT. “COOL? stands for Canberra’s Own Outstanding List,” said Vanessa Little, Director, [...]

Marion Mahony reconsidered at Paperchain

By 17 October 2011

[ 27 October 2011 at 5:45 pm; ]

This in from Paperchain:

Please join us to hear David Van Zanten speak about his new book ‘Marion Mahony Reconsidered’.

Thursday October 27
5.45 for 6.00pm

RSVP Wednesday October 26
Telephone 6295 6723 or

Marion Mahony Griffin (1871–1961) was an American architect and artist, one of the first licensed female architects in the world, designer for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Chicago [...]

Donation of books in Canberra?

By 2 August 2011

Having had a recent clean out of our bookshelf we have a heap of kids books I’m looking to donate somewhere.
Ideally I’d like them to go somewhere where they’ll really make a difference, like a shelter or struggling Childcare centre.
Short of dropping them in the vinnies bin does anyone have any suggestions?

Library collection

By 14 July 2011

Am I the only one who finds the ACT Libraries collection a tiny tad lacking? Pretty much each and every book I want to read, I have to request to be held because they never seem to make it to the shelves. And now I know why. For 3 of the books I recently asked [...]

Books going cheap

By 19 June 2011

Im my pre-cabbie days, I was an online bookseller, and acquired a shedload of books, which I’d sell on the internet, usually overseas. This was great in the days when the Aussie dollar was weak and insecure, but with Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard building it up into a raging tiger, the profits fell out [...]

Books Going Cheap!

By 6 March 2011

Tuggeranong Angus and Robertson are clearing stock with 50% off everything in store. Sad to see them closing, along with other Canberra stores, but if you are a book aficionado you may be interested in. I expect the Canberra Centre A&R probably has similar deals if you are a northsider.
Be prepared to wait [...]

Meet Canberra Author Troy Simpson

By 7 November 2010

[ 7 November 2010 at 1:00 pm; ] On 11 December 2010, from 11.00am to 1.00pm, you will have the chance to meet and greet local Canberra author Troy Simpson.

Troy will be at Borders Books in the Canberra Centre to answer your questions and sign your copy of the popular new book Funny English Errors and Insights: Illustrated, which was launched last week [...]


By 7 October 2010

[ 16 October 2010 at 12:00 am; ]



Location: West Belconnen Leagues Club, Hardwick Crescent,  Holt, ACT


* Psychic Readers
* Free Talks & Workshops
* Natural Therapies
* Aura Photography
* New Age Products for sale ~ CD’s, Books, Crystals, Jewellery, Fairies, Angels, Feng Shui

More details can be found at:

Books for All

By 9 November 2009

Canberra, the Nation’s Capital is often regarded as a wealthy city  however there are many homeless and disadvantaged members living in the community. I have set up a not for profit organisation called ‘Books for All’ with the aim being for every homeless and disadvantaged person living in Canberra to have the opportunity to own or [...]

Andrew Barr comes out swinging against the publishing industry

By 19 July 2009

To make my own biases clear, I’ve long been of the view that the Australian publishing industry is made up of a bunch of smug, underperforming, unimaginative bastards who conspire to make my beloved books more expensive.
I don’t know if they’d be first against the wall, waiting for a bullet, come the revolution. But if [...]

Hazy Moon Bookshop Auction

By 6 July 2009

Dear Subscribers,
Lawsons Auctioneers are selling the contents of ‘Hazy Moon’ Bookshop of Ainslie this Friday. We are having problems contacting Mr Lyall Benjamin (the owner of the collection) and I was hoping someone out there might have his contact details. I can be contacted on or 0425 253 740. Any assistance would be apreciated.
Those [...]

Hazy Moon bookshop at Ainslie shops closing down …

By 21 June 2009

The 2nd hand bookshop at Ainslie (down the lane) is closing down early this week. Books are ALL half price. Lots of them are in poor or fair condition but I found a couple of gems today. I think the shop is open from 11 till sundown on Sunday …
A related thought: I must [...]

Andrew Barr goes in to bat for cheaper books

By 1 June 2009

[First filed: June 01, 2009 @ 10:52]
A few months ago I realised that my lifetime habit of buying a book every week could no longer be afforded. With little change from a $50 note for new releases books had moved up beyond discretionary spending for me and into the realm of planned purchases.
It’s not such [...]

Bookery Books

By 1 April 2009

If you are a secondhand book lover, you might have heard of the the Bookery Books at the Fyshwick Plaza.
Last Saturday, I popped by to buy some books and was told that the shop is having a end of lease 50% sale.
Curious, I asked where she’s moving to and was told that [...]

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