If, like us, you love losing yourself in a good book and currently own too many books to fit into your existing shelf space, there is a gorgeous little event coming up in Melbourne for Bibliophile’s just like you.
Find yourself purposely lost down the rabbit hole of rare, old books, breathing in the musty scent of a thousand stories, at the sixth annual Melbourne Rare Book Fair presented by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Book Sellers. This Melbourne event, which runs during the first week of July offers lectures, presentations, exhibitions, readings, tours and more, all free and all about books.
The 2017 lineup also includes a new addition of 3 programs specifically designed for kids including a school holiday book-making workshop, an illuminated manuscript calligraphy art lesson and a museum drawing studio session.
There are quite a lot of events during Melbourne Rare Book week, but our program highlights include:
Readings from Jane Austen
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austin, Sydney author Susannah Fullerton, and Melbourne book collector Chris Browne will read aloud from a collection of works written by (and about) the famous author.
Where: Library at the Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands
When: 4.30-5.30pm, Saturday 1 July
Collecting Children’s Books
Lead by Richard Overell, this presentation covers the finer parts of collecting what is labeled as the most charming field of collection – Children’s Books. Richard will focus mainly from the early 19th century to now, as well as board games, swap cards and comics.
Where: Melbourne Athenaeum Library, L1, 188 Collins Street, CBD
When: 6.00-7.00pm, Tuesday 4 July
An Amazing and Astounding World
This panel session about collecting science fiction is convened by members of the Nova Mob (the longest-running science fiction reading group in the country), where they will chat about their own collections, give advice and insights into values of rarer items and lead a general discussion with the audience on the topic.
Where: Kathleen Syme Library, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton
When: 6.30-7.0pm, Tuesday 4 July
Little Golden Books
Remember these bad boys? Everyone had a Little Golden Book in their day, and everyone’s parents bought them one to keep them quiet whilst they were waiting at the cash register at Coles on grocery night. This reading session is is focused on children and their carers, and talks about all things golden, including a little bit of trivia. Adults are encouraged to bring along their favourite (if they still have them) for the high nostalgia factor.
Where: North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street, North Melbourne
When: 6.00-7.30pm, Wednesday, 5 July
Tall Tales and True: journeys real and imagined
This exhibition takes up residence in the new gallery space in the Matheson Library and showcases some of the best of Monash Library’s Rare Book Collection – focusing on those which depict journeys including some of our favourites; Gulliver’s Travels, Robinson Crusoe, Ulysses and Jack Kerouac’s beat-gen classic – On the Road.
Where: Matheson Library, Monash Uni, 40 Exhibition Walk, Clayton Campus
When: 9.00am-9.00pm Monday – Friday, 30 June – 7 July
Though admission to all events is free, most require pre-booking – so be sure to check up to date availabilities on the Melbourne Rare Book Week website.
Get learning readers.
When: 30 June – 9 July 2017
More information / bookings: Check out their website.
Written by Kerstyn Dance