THE IN­SID­ERS LIT­ER­ARY HANGOUTS

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE - LEN­NOX NI­CHOL­SON AUTHOR

EX­PE­RI­ENCE: The best lit­er­ary hang­out is re­ally any­where books are be­ing read, be it one of Aus­tralia’s great in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers (and I’ve cho­sen some of my favourites be­low) or a train car­riage a long way be­tween stops. I love an en­vi­ron­ment that en­cour­ages read­ing, writ­ing and dis­course. Check out the ac­tiv­i­ties planned for Love Your Book­shop Day on Satur­day, Au­gust 12; lovey­our­book­shop­day.com.au. NEW EDI­TION, FRE­MAN­TLE: Apart from Tim Win­ton’s shed, Western Aus­tralia boasts some great lit­er­ary haunts. Evolv­ing from a small store on South Ter­race to the present in­car­na­tion on the corner of Henry and High streets, New Edi­tion (pic­tured) lends it­self to im­mer­sive late-night brows­ing seven days a week with all gen­res of books avail­able to be en­joyed in comfy sur­round­ings; newedi­tion.com.au.

THE HO­BART BOOK­SHOP: Tas­ma­nia’s cap­i­tal isn’t short of good book­stores and The Ho­bart Book­shop is no ex­cep­tion. A stone’s throw from the wharf at 22 Sala­manca Square, there’s a great se­lec­tion put to­gether by the friendly and highly ex­pe­ri­enced team. It’s a hang­out for both lo­cals and vis­it­ing main­lan­ders; ho­bart­book­shop.com.au.

HOWARD BOLTON BOOKS, NORTH­COTE: In a back street op­po­site Merri Com­mon, here’s ar­guably the finest se­lec­tion of sec­ond-hand lit­er­a­ture in Mel­bourne. Open week­ends only, the shelves abound with clas­sics in pa­per­back and hard­back first edi­tions and if the book you want isn’t there, it will likely ap­pear the fol­low­ing week ac­com­pa­nied by ban­ter about the author.

GOULD’S BOOK AR­CADE, NEW­TOWN: Laid out like an army sur­plus store with books on any­thing from Rus­sian phi­los­o­phy to English lit­er­a­ture fill­ing the metal ware­house-style shelves, Gould’s at 32 King Street is a Syd­ney in­sti­tu­tion in an area with sev­eral great re­tail and sec­ond-hand book­stores. Give it the time it de­serves and be re­warded; goulds­books.com.

READ­INGS AT THE STATE LI­BRARY VIC­TO­RIA: In­de­pen­dent Mel­bourne in­sti­tu­tion Read­ings has a store nes­tled just inside the en­trance to the State Li­brary on the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets; the his­toric com­plex also houses the iconic Wheeler Cen­tre for Books, Writ­ing and Ideas and The Moat bar in the base­ment. It’s not hard to see why Mel­bourne is a UNESCO-des­ig­nated City of Lit­er­a­ture; read­ings.com.au.

Len­nox Ni­chol­son is the nom de plume of a Mel­bourne writer whose first book, On the Wagon: Fol­low­ing in the Foot­steps of Jack Ker­ouac, Sober, is out next month (Af­firm Press, $29.99). More: af­firm­press.com.au.

In­sid­ers editor:

Gra­ham Erbacher Gra­ham.Erbacher@news.com.au

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