At Avenue Bookstore, we invite the writers you’ve loved on the page to speak to you in person. Thought-provoking, award-winning and beloved favourite authors join us to share more of their words and to answer your questions.

Join us at Avenue Bookstore for a wide range of events, including book launches and In Conversations events, where we ask novelists, historians, public figures and cultural critics about their work, lives and passions.

From the best-loved children’s writers—including Andy Griffiths and Timmy Failure’s Stephen Pastis—to thought-provoking novelists such as Christos Tsiolkas, Sofie Laguna and Lionel Shriver—we bring the writers to you.

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Upcoming Events

Monday Morning Cooking Club - It's Always About the Food

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Avenue Bookstore Elsternwick is delighted to invite you to join us in celebrating the release of the highly anticipated new cookbook by the best-selling, passionate, unstoppable Monday Morning Cooking Club. 

Avenue Bookstore
434 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick

Wednesday, 22nd March 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

Enjoy a glass of sparkling and meet the authors, who will be talking about and signing copies of their fabulous cookbooks. 

This is a free event. Limited seating will be available, but cannot be reserved. Bookings essential to: rsvp@avenuebookstore.com.au with the subject line Monday Morning Cooking Club at Elsternwick. All successful bookings will receive a confirmation email. 

 

Jacinta Halloran - The Science of Appearances

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Avenue Bookstore is pleased to present Jacinta Halloran in conversation with Barbara Hogarth.

Avenue Bookstore
434 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick

Thursday, 2nd March 6.15pm for 6.30pm start

Jacinta will be discussing her extraordinary recent novel, The Science of Appearances

This is a free event. Limited seating will be available, but cannot be reserved. Bookings essential to: rsvp@avenuebookstore.com.au with the subject line Jacinta Halloran at Elsternwick. All successful bookings will receive a confirmation email. 

 

Recent Events

Sunni Overend - The Dangers of Truffle Hunting

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Avenue Bookstore is delighted to invite you to join us for a glass of sparkling to celebrate the launch of The Dangers of Truffle Hunting

Avenue Bookstore
127 Dundas Place, Albert Park

Thursday, 16th February 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

Sunni will be reading from and talking about her new book in conversation with Spiri Tzintsiras.

 

 

Tom Keneally - Crimes of the Father

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Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present the much loved, Booker Prize-winning Australian author Tom Keneally in conversation with Tim Byrne. 

Avenue Bookstore
127 Dundas Place, Albert Park

Thursday, 17th November 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

Tom will be reading from and talking about his new book Crimes of the Father.   

 

 

Geoffrey Blainey - The Story of Australia's People

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Avenue Bookstore is delighted to invite you to join us in celebrating the release of the highly anticipated new book by Geoffrey Blainey, The Story of Australia's People

Avenue Bookstore
91 Swan St, Richmond

Tuesday, 15th November 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

Enjoy a glass of sparkling with us as we launch Geoffrey's latest book, The Story of Australia's People, at our brand new Avenue Bookstore in Richmond.

Geoffrey will be presenting a short lecture, as well as signing copies of his books. 

 

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Avenue Bookstore is delighted to invite you to join us in celebrating the release of Paul Bangay's stunning new book, Country Gardens

Avenue Bookstore
91 Swan St, Richmond

Wednesday, 9th November 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

Enjoy a glass of sparkling with us as we launch Paul's latest book, Country Gardens, at our brand new Avenue Bookstore in Richmond.

 

Hannah Kent - The Good People

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Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present the award-winning author Hannah Kent in conversation with Tim Byrne.

Albert Park Primary School
Corner Bridport St & Cardigan Place, Albert Park

Thursday, 20th October 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

Hannah will be reading from and talking about her new book The Good People.  

 

 

Manny Waks - Who gave you permission?

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Avenue Bookstore is pleased to present Manny Waks in conversation with Lee Kofman. 

Avenue Bookstore
434 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick

Wednesday, 19th October 6.15pm for 6.30pm start

Manny will be discussing his controversial new book, Who Gave You Permission?  

 

 

Tim Winton - The Boy Behind the Curtain

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Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present an exclusive Melbourne event with Australia's much loved, award-winning and bestselling author Tim Winton in conversation with Tim Byrne.

Albert Park Primary School
Corner Bridport St & Cardigan Place, Albert Park

Thursday, 6th October 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

Tim will be reading from and talking about his new book The Boy Behind the Curtain

 

Graeme Simsion - The Best of Adam Sharp + special guest Zoe Morrison

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Avenue Bookstore ElsternwickAvenue Bookstore is delighted to present bestselling author of The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect Graeme Simsion in conversation with Tim Byrne + special guest Zoe Morrison, author of the just released novel Music and Freedom.

434 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick

Monday 26th September, 6.15pm for 6.30pm start

Graeme will be reading from and talking about his new book The Best of Adam Sharp.

 

Chris Cleave - Everyone Brave is Forgiven

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Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present an exclusive Melbourne event with the bestselling author of Incendiary and The Other Hand Chris Cleave in conversation with Tim Byrne.

Albert Park Primary School
Corner Bridport St & Cardigan Place, Albert Park

Tuesday 13th September, 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

Chris will be reading from and talking about his new book Everyone Brave is Forgiven

 

 

Richard Cornish - My Year Without Meat
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Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present the inimitable Melbourne food writer and author Richard Cornish in conversation with Tim Byrne.

Avenue Bookstore 

127 Dundas Place, Albert Park

Tuesday 2nd August, 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

Richard will be reading from and talking about his new book My Year Without Meat

 

 

Michael Veitch - 44 Days: 75 Squadron and the Fight for Australia
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Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present acclaimed actor, comedian, television presenter and author Michael Veitch. 

Avenue Bookstore 

127 Dundas Place, Albert Park

Wednesday 3rd August, 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

Michael will be reading from and talking about his new book 44 Days: 75 Squadron and the Fight for Australia

 

 

 

Hugh Mackay - Beyond Beliefhugh

Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present acclaimed social researcher and bestselling author Hugh Mackay.

Albert Park Primary School
Bridport Street, Albert Park

Tuesday 21st June, 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

Hugh will be reading from and talking about his new book Beyond Belief

 

 

Arnold Zable - The Fighterarnold

Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present acclaimed Melbourne writer Arnold Zable in conversation with Tim Byrne.

Avenue Bookstore Elsternwick
434 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick

Wednesday 1st June, 6.15pm for 6.30pm start

Arnold will be reading from and discussing his new book The Fighter: A True Story.

 

 

Toni Jordan - Our Tiny Useless Heartstoni jordan

Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present bestselling Melbourne author Toni Jordan in conversation with Tim Byrne.

Avenue Bookstore Albert Park
127 Dundas Place, Albert Park

Tuesday 24th May, 6.45pm for 7.00pm start

Toni will be discussing her new novel Our Tiny Useless Hearts.

 

 

Stephanie Alexander - Kitchen Garden Companion: Growingstephanie

Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present Australia's most celebrated cook, food educator and author, Stephanie Alexander, talking about her new book Kitchen Garden Companion: Growing.

Albert Park Primary School
Bridport Street, Albert Park

Wednesday 20th April, 6:45pm for 7.00pm start

Stephanie will be talking about her new book Kitchen Garden Companion: Growing.

 

 

Sarah Marquis - Wild by Naturewild

Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present Swiss adventurer and explorer Sarah Marquis in conversation with Tim Byrne.

Albert Park Primary School
Bridport Street, Albert Park

Wednesday 9th March, 6:45pm for 7.00pm start

Sarah will be talking about and reading from her extraordinary new book Wild by Nature.



Olga Lorenzo - The Light on the WaterOlga

Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present acclaimed local author Olga Lorenzo in conversation with Tim Byrne.

Avenue Bookstore Albert Park
Corner Bridport St & Cardigan Place, Albert Park

Tuesday 1st March, 6:45pm for 7.00pm start

Olgo will be talking about and reading from her new novel The Light on the Water.


Stan Grant - Talking to My Country

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Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present Stan Grant in conversation with Tim Byrne.

Albert Park Primary School
Bridport Street, Albert Park

Tuesday 8th March, 6:45pm for 7.00pm start

Stan will be talking about and reading from his highly anticipated new book on race, culture and national identity Talking to My Country.

 

Magda Szubanski - Reckoning: A Memoirmagda

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Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present Magda Szubanski in conversation with Tim Byrne.

Avenue Bookstore Albert Park

Thursday 12th November, 6:45pm for 7:00pm start

Magda will be talking about and reading from her autobiography Reckoning: A Memoir.

 

Lesley Harding & Kendrah Morgan - Modern Love: The Lives of John & Sunday Reed

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Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present Lesley Harding & Kendrah Morgan. 

Albert Park Primary School
Monday 12th October, 6:45pm for 7.00pm start

Lesley Harding & Kendrah Morgan will be talking about their newest release Modern Love: The Lives of John & Sunday Reed.

 

 

Leah Kaminsky - The Waiting Roomleah

Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present Melbourne doctor and author, Leah Kaminsky.

Avenue Bookstore Elsternwick
Tuesday 8th September, 6.15pm for 6.30pm start

Leah Kaminsky in conversation with Leslie Cannold to celebrate the release of Leah's new book The Waiting Room.

 

 

Gideon Haigh - Certain Admissionsgideon

Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present highly acclaimed journalist and author, Gideon Haigh.

Avenue Bookstore Albert Park
Wednesday 2nd September, 6:45pm for 7:00pm start

Gideon will be talking about his recent book Certain Admissions: A Beach, A Body and a Lifetime of Secrets.

 

 

 

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Andy Griffiths - The 65-Storey Treehouse

Avenue Bookstore is delighted to announce that Andy Griffiths is returning the Avenue.

Avenue Bookstore Albert Park
Wednesday 26th August, 3:30pm start

Come and meet Australia's top-selling children's author who will be signing copies of his fantastic, just released 65-Storey Treehouse.

 

 

 

UnlcokingAndrew Fuller - Unlocking Your Child's Genius

Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present renowned clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller.

Avenue Bookstore Albert Park
Tuesday 28th July, 6:00pm for 6:30pm start

Andrew will present a talk on how parents can discover and encourage their children's natural talents from his new book Unlocking Your Child's Genius

 

 

 

Sofie Laguna - Eye of the Sheep

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Avenue Bookstore Albert Park
Tuesday 21st July, 6:45pm for 7:00pm start

 

Sofie will be discussing and reading from her acclaimed 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award winning novel Eye of the Sheep.

 

 

 

Emily Bitto - The StraysThe Strays

Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present exciting new Australian writer Emily Bitto in conversation with Tim Byrne.

Avenue Bookstore Elsternwick
Wednesday 3rd June, 6:45pm for 7:00pm start

Emilly will be discussing and reading from her Stella Award winning debut novel The Strays.

 

Stephen & Sally Damiani - Cracking the Code

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Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present Stephen & Sally Damiani in conversation with Leah Kaminsky discussing their extraordinary memoir Cracking the Code.

Avenue Bookstore Elsternwick
Thursday 16th April

This story of a father's search to find a diagnosis, and ultimately a cure, for his son's mystery disease is an inspiration that has set the world of genetic medicine and research abuzz with the possibilities for the future.

Cracking the Code is simultaneously a wonderful family memoir and the story of some mind-blowing discoveries in medicine.

Hannie Rayson - Hello, Beautiful!

Avenue Bookstore is delighted to present acclaimed Australian playwright and screenwriter Hannie Rayson talking about and reading from her new book Hello, Beautiful! Scenes from A Life at Albert Park Primary School.

Albert Park Primary School
Monday 16th March

A memoir in parts, from one of Australia's best-loved playwrights. Hannie Rayson - writer, mother, daughter, sister, wife, romantic, adventuress, parking-spot optimist - has spent a lifetime giving voice to others in the many roles she has written for stage and television. In her new book, she shines the spotlight on herself.

This collection of stories from a dramatic life radiate with the great warmth and humour that has made Hannie one of the best-known playwrights in the country. From a childhood in Brighton to a urinary tract infection in Spain, from a body buried under the house to a play on a tram, Hello, Beautiful! Scenes from a Life captures a life behind the scenes - a life of tender moments, hilarious encounters and, inevitably, drama.

 

Stephen Pastis - Timmy Failure: We Meet Again

Avenue Bookstore Albert Park

Monday 16th March

From the New York Times bestselling creator of Timmy Failure comes a third adventure about the comically overconfident sleuth. His name is Failure. Timmy Failure. And his detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame.

And yet the gods are throwing him curve balls: for starters, he's on a trial period in school and to keep his place he has to get good grades and really behave. The fabled Miracle report will be the key to his success. It's a dirty business. It's best you know nothing. But one thing is for sure - Timmy Failure will be triumphant again!

This is the third instalment in the riotous series, follow-up to New York Times bestsellers Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made and Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done.

Geoffrey Blainey - The Story of Australia's People: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia, Volume 1

Albert Park Primary School
Monday 16th March

Compelling, groundbreaking and brilliantly readable, The Story of Australia's People: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia is the first instalment of an ambitious two-part work, and the culmination of the lifework of Australia's most prolific and wide-ranging historian.The vast continent of Australia was settled in two main streams, far apart in time and origin.

The first came ashore some 50,000 years ago when the islands of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea were one. The second began to arrive from Europe at the end of the eighteenth century. Each had to come to terms with the land they found, and each had to make sense of the other.

David Day - Paul Keating: The Biography

Avenue Bookstore
Wednesday 25th February

In the tradition of his bestselling Curtin and Chifley, David Day has written the definitive biography of one of our most enigmatic prime ministers. Paul Keating was one of the most significant political figures of the late twentieth century, firstly as Treasurer for eight years and then Prime Minister for five years.

Although he has spent all of his adult life in the public eye, Keating has eschewed the idea of publishing his memoirs and has discouraged biographers from writing about his life. Undaunted, best-selling biographer David Day has taken on the task of giving Keating the biography that he deserves.

 

Joanne Fedler - Love In the Time of Contempt

Avenue Bookstore Elsternwick
Monday 23rd February

When it comes to teenagers, truth is way scarier than fiction!

Joanne Fedler draws upon her own experience as the parent of two teenagers, as well as interviews with other parents in the same boat to explore some of the numerous issues that one confronts during these tricky years.

In Love in the Time of Contempt, she skilfully guides us through the myriad of issues that come before you - from their changing, developing bodies, drinking and drugs, sex, friendships, appearance, relationships within the family, attitudes and ethics, schooling and authority and more. In her exploration of these issues and how they may manifest in our children, Joanne highlights how so much of our dealings with our teenagers is really about dealing with ourselves and being honest about our reactions. In turn we too examine our own values and behaviours to understand our lives together.

 

 

Past Avenue Bookstore events have featured appearances from authors including Christos Tsiolkas, Tara Moss, John Safran, Graeme Simsion, Don Watson, Shaun Micallef, Mary Delahunty, Jacqueline Harvey, Wayne Macauley, Favel Parrett, Frank Camorra & Richard Cornish, Eli Glasman, Andy Griffiths, William McInnes, Lee Kofman, Richard Clapton, Michael Carr-Gregg, Phillippa Grogan, Howard Goldenberg, Dee Nolan, Jean Kittson, Betty Churcher, and Paul Bangay.