Award-winning author Bronwyn Parry will return to Inverell to celebrate literature for Love Your Bookshop Day this Saturday.
Enamored with all genres, Ms Parry is best known for her suspenseful romance novels set within the rich Australian landscape, often inspired by areas in our region.
The Armidale-based author will share her adoration for books with local readers at the Dust Jacket Bookshop, which will face a milestone as it trials a pop-up children’s bookshop in the empty store next door for the first time.
“We’ve always wanted to develop our kids arm of the bookshop into its own bookshop. This is a really good opportunity to do it close to the shop,” owner Josh McPhee said.
Balloons and face painting will add to the party atmosphere in the kids’ section, while minecraft, games and craft activities will draw a crowd.
Mr McPhee said the pop-up shop was a trial for the future.
“We’d love to have a kids’ shop all the time. It’s a really strong part of the business. We do our Santa photos, which is a huge part of our Christmas promotion. So to be able to give kids a bigger, better area to have more fun I think is good,” he said.
“It’s good for the bookshop too, because I can convert a room, have another games room. I think we’re going to have a few computers set up in the front room as an internet cafe, and probably a book exchange in there as well, which is a really cool concept we’ve been working on as well.”
Mr McPhee said if the book exchanges goes ahead, the store will initially fill the space with spare books and readers’ copies, and encourage visitors to swap them for their own books. A nominal fee, such as a gold coin donation for a local charity is possible.
He said every book had a history to it, and it would be an exciting chance for locals to discover unique ‘pre-loved’ books.
“I’ve had books that I’ve taken overseas with me that have gone around different parts of Australia as well. Books are good travel companions,” Mr McPhee said.