Like the best books, a city that considers itself to be even a little literary needs to have something for everyone. As a UNESCO City of Literature and a bonafide book nerd, Melbourne hits the spot with more bookshops per head than anywhere else in Australia.

Browse through the stalwart independent bookstores in the heart of Melbourne. Author appearances and book festivals and a commitment to local writers make them worth the ink. Avid readers with particular hobbies and areas of interest are in luck in Melbourne, with a host of specialist bookstores outweighed only by iconic and memorable places in which to read them.

If flicking through Melbourne's bookshops still isn't literary enough for you, get along to the regular readings and discussions at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas and immerse yourself in living history at the imposing State Library Victoria.

Can't be there in person? Be sure to check out events, launches and talks delivered online, and stay in touch with the literary world virtually.

Literary events

Look for these events across Victoria:

  • Melbourne Writers Festival
  • Emerging Writers Festival
  • Melbourne Rare Book Week
  • Clunes Booktown
  • Bendigo Writers Festival
  • Daylesford Words in Winter
  • Yarra Valley Literary Festival

See City of Literature and Writers Victoria for more.

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