What happened to Melbourne’s second-hand bookshops? (2018 Edition)

I was curious, so I went looking. Here’s what I found:

Alice’s Bookshop : 629 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North
Already Read : 98 Scotchmer Street, North Fitzroy
Books For Cooks : Munro Buildings in the Queen Victoria Market
Bound Words : 283 Hampton Street, Hampton
Brown & Bunting : 237 High Street, Northcote
City Basement Books : 342 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Essendon 2nd Hand : Shop 2, 134 Pascoe Vale Road, Moonee Ponds
• Fully Booked : 824 High Street, Thornbury
Golden Bowl Books : 280 Sydney Road, Coburg
• Grub Street Bookshop, 379 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy [Facebook]
McLeods : 10 Station Street, Nunawading
The Merchant of Fairness : South Melbourne Market / 237A Whitehorse Road, Balwyn
New International : Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton
— NIBS also carries a large range of new titles of interest.
Page After Page : 963 Canterbury Road, Box Hill
Page Two : 99 George Street, Fitzroy
Sainsburys Books : 534 Riversdale Road, Camberwell
Syber’s Books : 38 Chapel Street, Windsor / 668 Glenhuntly Road, Caulfield

* Sadly, Allsorts in Northcote CLOSED in DEC last year.
** Barwon Booksellers in Geelong is very good; so is The Book Barn in Daylesford.
*** The Book Grocer has several outlets in the CBD, and while not second-hand often carries Remainders Of Interest.
**** The 9th annual ‘Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair’ is once again taking place at Brunswick Town Hall on Saturday, August 11. Entry is free and childcare is available. Along with stalls there’ll be various workshops and presentations. For more deets see the MABF website.

Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair 2017 : Saturday, August 12

Just a quick note to let folks know that the seventh annual Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair is on again in three weeks.

WHEN : 10am–6pm, Saturday, August 12
WHERE : Brunswick Town Hall (233 Sydney Road, Brunswick)
COST : Free

The Bookfair sees thousands of people every year enjoying 40+ vendors sharing, selling and giving away zines, pamphlets, books, clothing, badges and all kinds of knowledge and information, and to partake in more than a dozen workshops and plenaries on anarchism, indigenous sovereignty, land rights and colonialism, sexism and gender, feminism, justice, sexual assault, workplace struggles, community spaces, environmental action and much more. Every year build on the ideas and networking, and welcome a broader audience and participation.

For more details, please see the MABF website, Facebook event page and Twitter account (#MABF2017). See also : Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair 2016 : Sunday, August 14 @ Brunswick Town Hall.

Fourth Annual Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair : August 9, 2014


The fourth annual Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair will be taking place at the Abbotsford Convent on Saturday, August 9 this year. The Bookfair consists of around 40 or so stalls by independent and radical booksellers and activist groups. Alongside the stalls, there’ll be around 20 or so workshops running all day, on a range of topics of interest to anarchists.

Entry is free and kick-off is 10am.

For more information please see the Bookfair website and Facebook event page.

See also : 2014 Sydney Anarchist Bookfair +++ (March 27, 2014) | 3rd Annual Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair, Saturday, August 10, 2013 (July 31, 2013) | Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair 2012 (Review) (August 6, 2012) | Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair : August 13, 2011 (June 17, 2011).

Oh yeah …

Anarchist bookfairs take place all over this dying world, from the Balkans, Barcelona, the Bay Area, Belfast, Biel, Bochum, Bradford and Bristol to Winnipeg, Zagreb and Zrenjanin. See the Anarchist Bookfairs of the World blog for a much more complete line-up.

3rd Annual Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair, Saturday, August 10, 2013

In less than two weeks a wild orgasm of anarchists will sweep across the city like a bush fire. Or to put it another way: on Saturday, August 10 the third annual Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair is taking place at Abbotsford Convent! Books, pamphlets, zines, merch, food, drink, workshops for young and old and more. Entry is free. More details here. (See also : Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair 2012 (Review), August 6, 2012.)

NB. Thursday night (August 1) journalist Will Potter speaks at Kindness House (288 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy). You can listen to an interview Dr Cam & I done with Will here. This Friday (August 2) there’s a rally at Flinders Street station (under the clocks) in support of refugee rights.

Don’t vote, organise!