Get literary with Love Your Bookshop Day at Harry Hartog Narellan

Harry Hartog store manager Steph Parkin with the colourful window display. Picture: Chris Lane
Harry Hartog store manager Steph Parkin with the colourful window display. Picture: Chris Lane

We've all spent a little more time at home this year, and many of us have turned to books to help pass the time.

Next month you have to chance to celebrate books - and the places you buy them - with Love Your Bookshop Day.

Harry Hartog Booksellers at Narellan Town Centre is getting into the spirit of the day with plenty of giveaways, a colourful window display and a special visit from homegrown children's author Jacqueline Harvey.

Store manager Steph Parkin said the staff were all excited about the upcoming celebration.

"The day was created by the Australian Booksellers Association as a day to celebrate bookstores and engage with the community," the Camden resident said.

"We've got a local author coming and we'll have lots of giveaways and competitions throughout the day.

"It's just a really lovely way to engage with bookstores and keep the magic of bookstores alive."

Harry Hartog's window display this year celebrates the works of Dr Seuss.

Harry Hartog store manager Steph Parkin holds the mandrake that's up for grabs on Love Your Bookshop Day. Picture: Chris Lane

Harry Hartog store manager Steph Parkin holds the mandrake that's up for grabs on Love Your Bookshop Day. Picture: Chris Lane

"We wanted to celebrate something so bright and colourful because it's been a bit of a dark time," Ms Parkin said.

"Our staff member Alicia is really talented when it comes to crafting and she created this magical shop window for us."

Ms Parkin said the staff all loved chatted to customers about books and she encouraged store visitors to strike up a conversation on Love Your Bookshop Day - Saturday, October 3.

Guest author Ms Harvey - who grew up in Macarthur - said she thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to connect with fans of her work.

"One of my favourite parts of being an author is meeting readers," she said.

"When you're a kid, being an author seems like a surreal job - I never met any authors growing up. So giving them an opportunity to meet you in person, and have them realise that it's a feasible career path is great."

Ms Harvey said she loved everything Love Your Bookshop Day was about.

"I think it's a great chance for the community to show their appreciation of local bookshops," she said.

"Booksellers, like many others, have been doing it really tough this year, so it's really nice to get out there and support Australian stores.

"Reading is a huge part of my life and it's great to see kids particularly getting out there and having a browse."

Customers are encouraged to dress in book-inspired outfits for a chance to win great prizes.

There's also a 'design your dream bookshop' competition for a chance to win a $35 gift voucher, and there will be a special golden ticket hidden in store.

All purchases made on the day will earn the buyer a raffle ticket for the chance to win a handmade mandrake from the Harry Potter series.

GIVEAWAYS

  • Kids
    • 1x Hollowpox bookmark
    • The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals final copy (SIGNED)
    • Nevermoor final copy (SIGNED)
    • Wizards of Once 4 advance reading copy
  • 1x Hollowpox bookmark
  • The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals final copy (SIGNED)
  • Nevermoor final copy (SIGNED)
  • Wizards of Once 4 advance reading copy
  • 1x Hollowpox bookmark
  • The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals final copy (SIGNED)
  • Nevermoor final copy (SIGNED)
  • Wizards of Once 4 advance reading copy
  • Young Adult
    • 2x pairs Date a Book socks
    • Before the Beginning guitar pin
    • War Storm tote bag
    • War Storm final copy (SIGNED)
    • Kingdom of the Wicked advance reading copy
  • 2x pairs Date a Book socks
  • Before the Beginning guitar pin
  • War Storm tote bag
  • War Storm final copy (SIGNED)
  • Kingdom of the Wicked advance reading copy
  • 2x pairs Date a Book socks
  • Before the Beginning guitar pin
  • War Storm tote bag
  • War Storm final copy (SIGNED)
  • Kingdom of the Wicked advance reading copy
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy
    • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them 'Bendable Bowtruckle'
    • Pet Sematary DVD
    • Sleeping Beauties sleep mask
    • Providence final copy
    • Once and Future Witches advance reading copy
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them 'Bendable Bowtruckle'
  • Pet Sematary DVD
  • Sleeping Beauties sleep mask
  • Providence final copy
  • Once and Future Witches advance reading copy
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them 'Bendable Bowtruckle'
  • Pet Sematary DVD
  • Sleeping Beauties sleep mask
  • Providence final copy
  • Once and Future Witches advance reading copy
  • Fiction
    • 2x Hamnet bookmarks
    • Ian Rankin tote bag
    • Jack advance reading copy
    • Great Escape from woodlands Nursing Home advance reading copy
    • What you are going through advance reading copy
  • 2x Hamnet bookmarks
  • Ian Rankin tote bag
  • Jack advance reading copy
  • Great Escape from woodlands Nursing Home advance reading copy
  • What you are going through advance reading copy
  • 2x Hamnet bookmarks
  • Ian Rankin tote bag
  • Jack advance reading copy
  • Great Escape from woodlands Nursing Home advance reading copy
  • What you are going through advance reading copy
  • Non-fiction
    • The Lonely Century advance reading copy
    • Gordon Ramsay Quick and Delicious final copy (SIGNED)
    • Angie Kent: If You Don't Laugh You'll Cry final copy (SIGNED)
  • The Lonely Century advance reading copy
  • Gordon Ramsay Quick and Delicious final copy (SIGNED)
  • Angie Kent: If You Don't Laugh You'll Cry final copy (SIGNED)
  • The Lonely Century advance reading copy
  • Gordon Ramsay Quick and Delicious final copy (SIGNED)
  • Angie Kent: If You Don't Laugh You'll Cry final copy (SIGNED)