Books & magazines

While our bookshops and libraries may be closed temporarily due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, there are still ways to connect. Many bookshops take online orders, and some offer free delivery. Check out this handy map of bookshops making special deliveries. And stay virtually connected to authors through online events and interviews at The Wheeler Centre.

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.

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

See City of Literature and Writers Victoria for more.

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