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Celebrating Harry Potter in the Market

Just in time for the school holidays, Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop has assembled an accessible and extraordinary collection of children’s books for its latest exhibition Just For Kids??

The exhibition includes the most tantalising range of collectible Harry Potter books ever displayed in Adelaide.

“We’re always looking to do things a little differently,” says Pop-Up Bookshop owner Nicholas Patrick “and this exhibition could very well be the most exciting project we’ve undertaken yet.”

Mr Patrick claims that he and partner Kate Treloar want to reveal just how exciting the mysterious world of books can be by showcasing items that today’s children can relate to whilst also stirring the sense of nostalgia felt by the young-at-heart.

“Kate & I grew up with titles like Possum Magic and The BFG,” notes Mr Patrick. “They’re also the books our kids have grown up with; and they will continue to entertain and guide children for generations to come. They’ve been printed in their millions but the truly special editions don’t pop-up very often (even for people like us who scrutinise tens of thousands of books every week) and, when one does, it’s always genuinely thrilling.”

Just For Kids?? isn’t just an 80s flashback zone though with collectible editions of The Adventures of Tintin available for those with longer memories and, to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of The Philosopher’s Stone, an unprecedented array of Harry Potter books.

“The highlights within this collection are the hardcover copies of The Chamber Of Secrets and The Prisoner Of Azkaban that have been personally signed by J.K. Rowling,” states Mr Patrick. “Additionally, we have some early editions of The Philosopher’s Stone; some unusual deluxe editions; and genuine first editions of later Harry Potter titles.”

In line with their moniker, there will also be a large range of pop-up books including some incredibly rare regimental items from the early 1900s plus books by Roald Dahl, Graeme Base and a whole lot more.

‘We always stress that a book is more than just words on a page,” Mr Patrick states. “And with a mix of first editions, signed copies, pop-ups and special publications, we hope people will learn a bit about the value of real books and perhaps look at their own collections a little differently.”

Just For Kids?? runs through October in The Gallery Next Door, adjacent to the Pop-Up Bookshop on the Central Market’s Eastern Laneway.

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Aboriginal History & Art Exhibition

The latest incarnation of The Gallery Next Door is providing the public with a display of Aboriginal History & Art Books.

Including such rarities as an 1840 first edition of Teichelmann (sic) & Schurmann’s Outlines of a Grammar, Vocabulary & Phraseology, Of The Aboriginal Language Of South AustraliaThe Native Tribes of South Australia and Tindale’s Aboriginal Tribes of Australia, this is an exhibition of unquestionable significance.

There are also a number of general interest books about Art and the Dreamtime, plus some fiction and kids books from Indigenous authors.



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Love Your Bookshop Day

Saturday 12th August 2017

Come and celebrate everything we love about bookshops!



We get feedback daily that people love Adelaide’s Pop-up Bookshop (awwww, shucks) but we would love you to show us you care this Love Your Bookshop Day. Here are some suggestions:

  1. VISIT our ever-changing Central Market store
  2. Bring a FRIEND with you
  3. Tell the world with a REVIEW at
  4. FOLLOW com/popup_bookshop &
  5. DONATE your books (bring in-store or contact for a free pick-up)
  6. Remember books – including secondhand ones – make PERFECT GIFTS
  7. TELL US your 3 favourite books – online, in person or handwritten note. We love hearing from customers!

xo N&K

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Bonjour Tintin

The second week of school holidays can be tough, with the initial rush of activities petering out into a seemingly continuous recording of “I’m bored!”

Enter that decades-long parental saviour Tintin who, together with his canine companion Snowy and a litany of genuine characters, has captured the imaginations of millions of children (and kids-at-heart) across the globe.

Bonjour Tintin is a celebration of this world-famous Belgian being hosted by Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop in their Central Market book gallery.

We love Tintin and knew the display would prove popular,” said Pop-Up Bookshop owner (and self-labelled entre-mature) Nick Patrick. “But the reaction we’ve had already has been mind-blowing!”

Bonjour Tintin showcases vintage Tintin Adventures from the 1950s & 60s, which, together with some more recent and new volumes, are available for purchase, plus a display of various Tintinalia (from the private collection of a local Tintinologist) for added interest.

Having opened amidst the fanfare of the Market’s Bastille Day celebrations last Friday night, Bonjour Tintin was an instant hit. We had a collector come in as soon as we opened and buy a couple of volumes and had hundreds of patrons come through, many of whom had come specifically to see some of the old-school editions,” said Nick.

Those “old-school editions” include the first English translations of five of Tintin’s Adventures and original French language volumes from the late 1950s and early 1960s, including a true first edition of Les Bijoux de la Castafiore (The Castafiore Emerald) from 1963.

Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop is located on the Eastern Roadway of the Central Market, near the Grote St entrance. Bonjour Tintin is in The Gallery Next Door (Australia’s only dedicated private book gallery) and will run until the end of July “unless someone comes in and buys all the books!”