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Not Closing, Just Changing

We’ve spent the last 12 years refining a bookshop EXPERIENCE we believe is unlike any other. Unfortunately, in the space of a few days, our world has been turned upside-down, like it has for most of you as well. We are now prohibited from providing an experience and, to be honest, our business model didn’t factor in pandemics.

HOWEVER… our particular industry has been subjected to various degrees of disruption throughout our career so we’re already adapting by creating a bookshop SERVICE we believe is unlike any other!

Head over to the Your Pick page for all the details – let’s not allow a little virus to get in the way of a good story…



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Books @ The Bay

We’ve spent our entire bookselling career bucking trends. And now, with bookstores closing universally, we couldn’t be more excited to announce the opening of a second outlet! Our new home will be 85 Jetty Rd, Glenelg – right in the middle of the historic beachside suburb’s retail strip (opposite tram stop 16 and the new cinema complex, if you’d like directions).

We’re retro-fitting a former frozen yoghurt store and, at this stage, it will be a Summer Pop-up running from December 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018… but if it works we’d love to make it longer-term.

And to set a few minds at rest, yes – we’ll still be in our Central Market HQ, so now you’ve got two go-to book destinations!


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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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Winter 2017

Cometh the Winter, Popupeth the Bookshop

With the arrival of the cold weather, it is usual for creatures, including humans, to stay in and hibernate. But not us! Here are a few items of interest for your readership:


The Gallery Next Door – Australia’s only dedicated book exhibition space – is here to stay! We’ve taken over the lease on the shop next to us and will be presenting a variety of exhibitions and special events over the coming months. Just another reason why there’s no other book experience quite like our little bookshop.

JUNE – Books Ahoy! A collection of Maritime books

JULY – Tintin: A celebration of one of the world’s most beloved comic book characters

AUGUST – Indigenous Australians: So much to learn from the World’s oldest living civilisation.


James Joyce’s Ulysses is iconic for many reasons – its size, scope, language and themes have polarised experts and the common reader alike. But there is no denying that June 16 is the literary party of the year. (Ulysses takes place over the course of one day – June 16, 1904 – and largely follows the musings and Dublin wanderings of Leopold Bloom.) We’ll have a reading of the book playing in the background throughout the day as well as maps of Dublin and, of course, copies of the book itself available for sale.


Kate Treloar is the newest member of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), Australia’s pre-eminent book organisation. Each year, the country’s finest booksellers, together with established international firms, converge on Melbourne for the Rare Book Fair – the culmination of Rare Book Week.

South Australia is generally under-represented due to the unimaginative and/or gutless nature of its bookselling community – this year, we’ll double the SA presence.


Christmas in July is well and truly hitting Adelaide with the second Alpine Village. We were delighted to take part in the inaugural 2016 event and are even happier now it will be staged in Victoria Square. Keep an eye out for us from July 16 to 23.


Our inaugural appearance at this wonderful market, located in the historic Queens Theatre.


This is the third annual event and our second time showcasing:

lots of books = lots of fun!

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Exhibitions Old & New

For those who haven’t been, there are only a couple weeks left to view #FirstThingsFirst – the exhibition of First Edition books on display next to Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop in the Central Market.

“The highlight has certainly been the uncommon first printing of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four,” said co-owner Nick Patrick, “but with special books like Winnie-The-Pooh, To Kill A Mockingbird, Catch-22 and numerous others, it is a collection that has caught the eye of many passers-by.”

All is not lost for booklovers unable to meet the March 31 deadline marking the end of #FirstThingsFirst with a new exhibition of inscribed and autographed books  – entitled #Signed by #PopUp_Bookshop – ready to be displayed in April.

“It’s about showcasing the tangible qualities of books,” Mr Patrick said. “We have much more than just books signed by their authors, including a copy of Candy signed by Heath Ledger, Tenzing Norgay’s inscribed autobiography and the handwritten medical casebooks of New Zealand’s first Professor of Medicine.”

Current and upcoming exhibitions:

March – #FirstThingsFirst

April – #Signed

May – Transport Yourself With Books [in conjunction with the SA History Festival]

Adelaide’s Pop-Up Bookshop is located on the Eastern Roadway in the Central Market.