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Cinema NovaCinema Nova offers the very best in new release arthouse films together with upmarket commercial releases, regular special film events and festivals, all in a warm, intimate environment of architecturally challenging design.


Mag Nation are magazine specialists. We also serve amazing coffee as part of our browse and relax philosophy. We stock over 4,000 magazine titles. We bring in the widest range of air freight magazines of anyone in this space. We are dedicated to niche magazines as well as the more popular main stream titles. Our stores are free wireless zones. You ask and we do. You can purchase subscriptions and gift vouchers from us.


Meanjin was founded in Brisbane by Clem Christesen (the name, pronounced Mee-an-jin, is derived from an Aboriginal word for the finger of land on which central Brisbane sits) in 1940. It moved to Melbourne in 1945 at the invitation of the University of Melbourne. It currently receives funding from the university, the Literature Fund of the Australia Council for the Arts, CAL and Arts Victoria as well as receiving vital support through subscriptions and other sales. At the beginning of 2008 Meanjin became an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing.


Subscriberthon sponsor: Paperback BookshopThe Paperback Bookshop is an independent, general bookshop that was established in the early 1960s at the top of Bourke street and was then one of the few Melbourne bookshops to sell a good selection of Australian and imported books, particularly paperback editions of books not commonly available in Melbourne. Our charter has broadened since then and The Paperback does sell hardbacks now but still specialises in having a good selection of local and overseas books of interest to a broad but discerning audience. The shop is still open late and Pellligrini’s café is still serving good coffee next door.


Kill Your Darlings is a quarterly publication. We publish fresh, clever writing that combines intellect with intrigue. Kill Your Darlings is independent, smart and ridiculously good-looking. Just like you.

Subscriberthon sponsor: The Movie ReelThe Movie Reel is an independent movie rental store specialising in Arthouse, Cult, Foreign, Classic and hard to find titles. Quest: To become the ultimate independent video rental store in the universe. Well, at least somewhere people could come and choose from a good range of movies. Be it Arthouse, Cult, International or the latest big budget no brainer. A small, friendly place that had something for everyone. Not a huge, overwhelming monster, all killer no filler kind of thing. We’re at 69 High St Westgarth 3070.


Subscriberthon sponsor: Text PublishingText is a publisher who wants to publish books that make a difference to people’s lives. We believe that reading should be a marvellous experience, that every book you read should somehow change your life if only by a fraction. We publish a very broad range of fiction and non-fiction, international and local, books for adults and young adults. Lots of our books are award-winners around the world. If you are a writer or an agent and would like to send us your manuscript we would love to consider it. If you are a reader we hope that somewhere on our list you will find the book that makes the world a different place for you.


Lifted BrowThe Lifted Brow is a magazine from Australia and the world. Every two months there appears a giant print version, every fortnight a digital version, and on this very website a whole lot of other content. Since its inception in 2007, The Lifted Brow been home to everyone from Christos Tsiolkas to Helen Garner, David Foster Wallace to Neil Gaiman as well as writers like Rick Moody, Karen Russell, Tom Cho, Douglas Coupland, Heidi Julavits, Tom Bissell, Tao Lin, Rebecca Giggs, Jim Shepard, Frank Moorhouse, Anna Krien, Romy Ash, Sam Lipsyte, Sheila Heti, Jim Shepard, Elizabeth Gaffney, Angie Hart, Blake Butler and Benjamin Kunkel.


monthlyThe Monthly is one of Australia’s boldest voices, providing enlightening commentary and vigorous, at times controversial, debate on the issues that affect the nation. Home to our finest thinkers, journalists and critics, the magazine offers a mix of investigative reportage, critical essays and thoughtful reviews.


Scribe marked its 35th year as a home-grown, wholly independent trade-publishing house in 2011. What started off in 1976 as a desire on publisher Henry Rosenbloom’s part to publish ‘serious non-fiction’ on a limited scale has turned into a company with over a dozen staff members and two scouts that publishes 60–65 non-fiction and fiction titles a year. We spend each day sifting through submissions and manuscripts from around the world, and commissioning and editing local titles, in an uncompromising pursuit of the best books we can find, help create, and deliver to readers. We love what we do, and we hope you will too.


Triple R has shaped and inspired the culture of Melbourne. Since its inception as an educational broadcaster in 1976, Triple R has become Australia’s largest community radio station with over 12,000 subscribers and 329,000 listeners per week.

PBS 106.7FM is an icon of Melbourne’s unique music and arts community. Since 1979, PBS has been a key provider of independent and diverse music. With over 80 specialist music programs ranging from soul to garage to country to jazz, PBS is dedicated to promoting and nurturing music in all its diversity.


Brunswick Bound is an independent bookstore in the heart of Sydney Road, Brunswick. Stocking an eclectic range of books, music (cds & vinyl), stationery and jewellery/gifts. There is always something different to be found on our shelves. Upstairs is a light filled gallery space which features bi-monthly exhibitions of Melbourne artists. Nestled in the corner of the exhibition space is a selection of secondhand books and zines/selfpublished books. If you are after a book we don’t have, please ask, we are more than happy to order items if they are available.


Subscriberthon sponsor: Affirm PressAffirm Press is a Melbourne-based publishing company committed to publishing books that have a positive impact on the community and that influence by delight. When it comes to fiction, we want to publish new and under-published authors – in any genre – and distinguish ourselves through our editorial commitment. We’re interested in building relationships, not one-offs. We’ll stretch friendships to get the best results, but never break them.


MUP became Melbourne University Publishing Ltd in 2003, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Melbourne. Melbourne University Publishing Ltd inherits the proud 80-year history of Melbourne University Press, which was founded in 1922. MUP publishes approximately 80 books and electronic products each year over a wide range of subject areas and disciplines, and maintains a backlist of some 350 titles.


WideOpenRoadlogo scaledWide Open Road is a cafe and a micro coffee Roaster in Brunswick. We are serious about what we do and endeavour to provide exceptional, coffee, food and service. We roast our own coffee on site, and are therefore able to control quality from bean to cup.


Miss Gertrude brings together a team of stylists and technicians who are impeccably trained to an international standard. Miss Gertrude is located right in the heart of Gertrude Street’s creative bustle, with a side entrance ensuring a discreet experience. Miss Gertrude appreciates her community and the creativity that surrounds her. And with equal commitment to contemporary fashion and sustainability, Miss Gertrude is a very modern hair salon.


Writers Victoria supports and connects writers. We understand that writing can be an isolated pursuit and our programs are built around a clear need to create a community for writers. These include a range of courses, various publications and the provision of advice through our staff, magazine, weekly enews and website.


Faster Pussycat is fuelled by a love of 1950s rocker style and 80s punk aesthetics. We sell men’s, women’s and kid’s clothes, shoes, accessories, homewares & books. For 17 years we’ve been all about kustom cars & bikes, pinup gals, burlesque & roller derby, tattoo art and the coolest of pop culture.


Avenue Bookstore is one of Australia’s best independent bookshops. It opened in 1986, and is located in the heart of Albert Park village with a second store set to open in Elsternwick next month. Avenue booksellers are great readers who love a challenge: special gifts, obscure titles, personalised picks or book club recommendations are all in a day’s work! We continue to be a favourite local meeting place, as well as a destination store for book lovers across Melbourne and beyond.

The Toff in Town is a rich, multi layered venue: its premier boutique live performance space hosts the full spectrum of Australian and international performing arts and transforms into a dedicated nightclub, featuring local and international DJs, on the weekends. The bar is fitted out with unique train carriage style booths down the middle, which can be reserved for private dining. The Carriage room is entertained by Melbourne’s best local DJs seven nights a week, to accompany the late night supper dining, with restaurant Choo Choo’s authentic Thai menu designed to be shared banquet style.


Cookie is located on the first floor of historic Curtin House in Melbourne’s CBD, a multi dimensional space, where one can dine, flirt, sip and reminisce. The massive marble bar with over 200 bottled beers & 24 beers on tap, and an impressive 70 page wine list offer infinitive choice to cool the heat from the kitchen. The Thai menu, created by head chef Karen Batson, has won countless awards and boasts regional and family favourites that have been taken past the staid concepts of Thai food. Cookie’s sophistication, with its vast space and soaring high ceilings, effortlessly combine Thai food with its mantra of being a Beer Hall, Eating House and Disco


Revolver Upstairs was established in 1997 in a former parachute factory atop a staircase, and is today one of Melbourne’s most iconic multi-arts venues. Located on Prahran’s vibrant Chapel Street, it incorporates live music, a nightclub, an exhibition space and a Thai restaurant. The décor is held in 70s oranges and browns, with plenty of comfy couches to sink in to. The affordable food menu, created by renowned head chef Karen Batson combines traditional Thai cuisine with a cheeky American diner aesthetic.


IMG_4472Padre Coffee was born at the Brunswick East Project, back in 2008. Essentially a two-man operation, back then they roasted, brewed and sold all of their coffee under the one roof; making friends, having fun and learning as we went. The Project is still there, and a lot of their first customers are as well – they’re proud to say that it’s thanks to the support of loyal, coffee-loving locals that they’ve grown up to be the company they are today.


milkwoodMilkwood serves excellent coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch. All baking is done on site.

Located at 120 Nicholson St, Brunswick East.


Northside records has been serving up SOUL for Melbourne for ten years: be that hip hop, funk, electronica, turkish psych, jazzzzz, african music, disco and more of the goodness. With records coming fresh daily Northside’s got CDs and new and second hand vinyl to give you what you want and need.


Gleebooks has been Australia’s favourite independent bookshop for over 30 years. Online from 1996. Five Sydney bookstores; four times Australian Bookseller of the Year: 1995, 1997, 1999 & 2000. ABIA 2008 Australian Independent Bookseller of the Year.


Subscriberthon sponsor: Commuter CyclesCommuter Cycles is a bike workshop dedicated to everyday cyclists. Fixing bikes is what we do. If you love your bike, and ride it to get from A to B, Commuter Cycles is your bike shop. We offer tailored servicing and repairs, reliable accessories and good value replacement parts. We take great pride in our workmanship and think bright lights, panniers and mudguards are cool. At Commuter Cycles, the workshop is the shop, so you deal with the same people who look after your bike.


Avid Reader is Brisbane’s best indie bookstore and cafe, always stocking books, literary journals gifts, CDs and DVDs you won’t find anywhere else! Our jam-packed events series is like a writers festival every week, so you’re always bound to bump into a writer.


Imprints Booksellers has been the cultural cornerstone of Adelaide’s West End since opening in 1984. The quintessential modern Australian bookshop, Imprints carries an eclectic range of books by local, national and international authors. Whether you’re after a good read for your weekend away or a great gift for your bookish friend, you’ll find it at Imprints. Drop by any time for a browse, and if you’re looking for something specific, let us know. If it’s not on the shelf, and is still in print, we can order it for you.


The Searchers is a record/bookshop located near the corner of Smith & Gertrude Street in Fitzroy, Melbourne. We stock a wide range of books & records for most styles & budgets, with a quality mix of fiction & nonfiction with an extensive collection of art, film & music related books. With thousands of records in stock, ranging from the highly collectable right down to budget $2 & $4 crates, you are bound to find something to satisfy your interests. We also buy quality books & records.


Porter’s Paints offers clients unique products for interiors and exteriors. Our traditional and modern paint finishes are all water-based, durable, easy to apply and made by hand. While larger companies in the paint industry are constantly seeking to cut costs through cheapening formulations, Porter’s Paints has never wavered from using only the finest raw materials. Instead of mass-production through cheaper (often harmful) materials, Porter’s Paints continues to make and check each and every batch of paint itself, thereby guaranteeing superior finish, depth and accuracy of colour.


HOC logo - BlackHill of Content offers a broad and discerning range of books – published locally and overseas – in a pleasant browsing environment. We pride ourselves on our friendly and personalised customer service, including an efficient special order service and free gift wrapping.


Gould’s Book Arcade specialises in out of print books, publishers remainders of the last 30 years, and second hand books, catering to the general reader, students and some specialist areas. Australian history and politics and Australiana are the main specialty areas. The collection on labor movement and left-wing politics is the broadest in Australia, and stands up well by international standards, covering Australia but also other countries. The Art collection contains thousands of books. There are big sections on Military History, Poetry, Plays, Fiction, Movies, Science, Philosophy, and all areas of human interest and endeavour.


Better Read Than Dead has been recognised many times for its commitment to its customers including an Excellence in Customer Service Award, an Outstanding Retailer of the Year and the People’s Choice Award ‘Newtown Times Retailer of the Year’. Before we were four years old, we were awarded the street’s highest accolade, ‘Business of the Year’. We are also tickled pink to be named by Lonely Planet as their “favourite Sydney Bookshop”. Our staff’s outside work interests include: music, theatre and stagecraft, history, cultural studies, philosophy, children’s education and international commerce.


Kobo is inspired by a ‘Read Freely’ philosophy and a passion for innovation, and is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services. Read Freely stems from Kobo’s belief that consumers should have the freedom to read any book, anytime, anyplace – and on any device. As a result, Kobo has attracted millions of readers from more than 170 countries and features one of the world’s largest eReading catalogues with over 2.5 million eBook, newspaper and magazine titles. As technology continues to push the envelope and break down geographic borders, Kobo believes that reading no longer has to be an isolated activity.


Tiamo is renowned by Melbournians as one of Carlton’s finest food and coffee venues. A family-run venture, this restaurant is the success story of in-laws working together to create quintessential and contemporary Italian food. It is synonymous with traditional Italian cuisine on iconic Lygon Street.


CERES (the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies) is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne. It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice. Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis.


arcade_logoArcade is now an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing. Skyhorse is delighted to continue the incredible work done by Richard and Jeannette Seaver in their years of discovering, publishing, and promoting new and brilliant voices in literature from around the world. Here you will find giants such as Samuel Beckett, E. M. Cioran, and Leo Tolstoy, alongside newer voices such as Andreï Makine, Mo Yan, and Ismail Kadare. With each new list, we strive to bring new life to classics from the Arcade backlist, as well as introduce new authors and works in literature, history, politics, and more to join their ranks.


Black Inc. is an independent Melbourne-based publisher of literary non-fiction, fiction and poetry, publishing some of Australia’s finest writers and poets, including Alice Pung, Simon Leys, Anna Goldsworthy, AJ Mackinnon, Les Murray and Robert Adamson. The much-loved Best Australian Stories, Poems and Essays anthologies are published annually under this imprint. They also publish the Quarterly Essay.


Subscriberthon sponsor: Pan MacmillanPan Macmillan is a major Australian publisher and distributor with brilliant authors and books. They publish a wide range of titles under imprints including Macmillan, Pan, Picador, Plum, Momentum, Macquarie Dictionary Publishers, Pancake, St Martin’s Press, Tor, Forge, Griffin and Sidgwick & Jackson. Their publishing encompasses commercial and literary fiction, children’s and teenage fiction, picture books and character product, Australiana, history, biographies, cooking, health and self-help, sport and travel.


Malthouse Theatre is at once a treasured building, a theatre company, a creative site and an engine for change. It is also the imaginative expression of a committed team of artmakers reaching out to an even larger number of local, national and international artists. All are dedicated to an ongoing conversation with audiences of exciting diversity and character.


Melbourne Theatre Company was founded in 1953 and is the oldest professional theatre company in Australia. It is a semi-autonomous department of the University of Melbourne. It is not only Victoria’s major theatre company and one of the major performing arts companies in Australia, but one of the largest theatre companies in the English-speaking world.


Monsterthreads came about through our passion for illustration and graphics. We were captivated by the highly personal works of talented young illustrators adorning the walls of contemporary art galleries and in illustration journals, and wanted to make them a part of the every day lives of young people. Our lead products include t-shirts, bags, jewellery, greeting cards and melamine plates.

RE_SHORTLogo_BLACKReadings is an independent retailer of books, music and film, with six shops operating in Melbourne at Carlton, Hawthorn, Malvern, St Kilda, the State Library of Victoria and at the Melbourne Brain Centre in Parkville. Our shops have long been at the centre of the local literary scene, both as meeting places and via our exciting calendar of events, which showcases a range of in-conversations, panels, author signings, special in-store performances and book launches throughout the year. We run a lively website, where you can get the latest news on our blog and purchase a range of titles online, with free shipping anywhere in Australia.


Subscriberthon sponsor: Monsieur TruffeMonsieur Truffe has indulged Smith Street with tasty treats since August 2008. Thibault Fregoni loves to share his passion for chocolate. Sourcing only the best (in ethics & flavour) for his handmade treats, all of which can be enjoyed in the café or at home. Alongside our handmade chocolates we have a variety of classic pastries, teas and coffees. Oh … and our hot chocolates are something else!.


Subscriberthon sponsor: Mrs SecondhandMrs Secondhand was started by Tracey 11 years ago under the name of Melbourne Secondhand Goods in High Street Preston. After one shop and three warehouses moves later, and the business has evolved according to the ever-changing trends. I still have customers shop from me from the early days and always look forward to the new ones I meet. I also have a great team that are now like family and become friends with many of our customers. Mrs.Secondhand online stores sell global and our warehouse store buys and sells locally … it’s a good combination. Just the way we and our customers like it.


MySideOfTheMountainPosterMy Side of the Mountain Music is the project from guitarist and songwriter Rebecca Perkins. Lessons are held in a centrally located Brunswick Studio. The focus of a lesson could be help with basic chord construction, musicianship and ear training, reading skills, writing/improvisation or performance. Rebecca has a particular interest in Alt. Country and a foundation in Jazz and Blues music traditions, but is happy to work with students of all ages, in a wide range of styles. She is also keen to support female instrumentalists at all levels. My Side of the Mountain Music- Guitar and Songwriting Tuition for Adventurous Music Makers!


3CR is a dynamic, community hub that has produced radio since 1976. We live in an old rabbit warren of a terrace building in Melbourne that has an exciting new mural by local artists Bindi Cole, Tom Civil and Reko Rennie. 3CR broadcasters present over 120 radio programs every week. The radio station was established in 1976 to provide a voice for those denied access to the mass media, particularly the working class, women, Indigenous people and community groups.


The Melbourne Review champions all that is innovative and forward-looking about Melbourne, featuring a combination of young leaders and opinion shapers across fashion, design, architecture, business, politics, the arts, gastronomy and cutting edge fields of research such as biotechnology. In print, online and fully supported by social media platforms, The Melbourne Review stands out for the intelligence, quality and style of its design, editorial and advertising content.


bee sustainableBee Sustainable helps people lead a sustainable life. We supply the necessary equipment and requirements to pursue self sufficiency with an emphasis on domestic food production and storage. Robert the proprietor of Bee Sustainable, comes from a bee keeping family and has been involved with various aspects of bee keeping over many years. The Bee Sustainable project has been Robert’s passion since he recognised the need for the services and goods now offered through the business.


trailer madeInspired by travel through Europe, China and Korea, visiting various street vendors and hawkers markets, Trailer Made is taking the food truck scene in Melbourne to another level. Trailer Made is the innovative answer to Melbourne’s insatiable demand for fresh, refined, street food with fast and responsive service. You will find Trailer Made on the streets in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne and at the summer music and food festivals.Australia’s independent, online magazine of politics, theology and the arts, publishing new articles every weekday. Subscribe online now and start receiving your free daily or weekly updates


The Sun originally opened in 1938 and was a single screen 1050 seat cinema – the most luxurious in the area. Most Saturday’s were fully booked at the Sun; both a booking office and ticket counter were used to handle the large crowds. The SUN BOOKSHOP was the original candy bar. Today we seat only 660 over 6 boutique cinemas, but, we still think our foyer gets mighty busy. The large auditorium has been divided into 4 cinemas and another 2 cinemas have recently been added to some land at the rear. Six stunning cinemas, all detailed in the art deco style, many with original details are now open to the public and screening the latest new release films.


QWC_Logo.jpeg_1_2008Queensland Writers Centre strives for more Australian writers to have sustainable careers, and to be read and enjoyed throughout the world. In our 22 year history QWC has remained an essential organisation for writers and Australian literature. We encourage connection and creativity through the art and business of writing. We celebrate the importance of books and stories. We help Australian writers to create them and readers to engage with them.


2013 LogoDespite our small population, the Territory has an abundance of writers and a lively literary scene. The NT Writers’ Centre has 350 members throughout the Northern Territory, who range from hobby writers to published authors. Whatever your writing interests or experience, the NT Writers’ Centre can offer you advice and point you in the right direction. We can also assist members to set up writing projects in their communities. Our current goals are to maintain a diverse program of literary activities in the Northern Territory, while embarking on new initiatives to encourage and support the development of young writers (16-30 years), Indigenous writers, and writers from non English speaking backgrounds.


Subscriberthon sponsor: Kino CinemaKino Cinema, a Palace Cinemas partner, features new state of the art cinemas, wine and espresso bar. The Kino continues to offer Melbourne the best selection of local and international feature films and documentaries. Throughout the year we present film festival programs, retrospectives and special events such as premieres, forums and Q&As. If you’re a fan of fine films or a dedicated art-house cinema goer then you’ll love Kino Cinemas.


The Story Wines is a tiny independent winery oddly located in a drab, southern suburb of Melbourne. There we receive grapes from some fabulous Grampians and Henty vineyards, and turn them into wine. Each vintage there is a new story to tell, and each year our label changes to reflect that story. Small budgets, small vineyards, engaging subjects.