Arts Events in Melbourne August 9 – August 15

It’s National Bookshop Day this Saturday August 10, which means there will be bookish celebrations all over the city. Bibliophiles can enjoy live jazz, food tastings and instore freebies at Books for Cooks or a medieval fair (and free board game tournaments) at Dymocks on Collins Street.

Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks

Meanwhile, we would be remiss if we didn’t let you know there’s a Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me screening at The Tote in Collingwood that same night from 8pm. Dressing up is encouraged, which is the best part really. There will also be donuts.

If you’re an Angela Carter fan, you might want to check out The Bloody Chamber at the Malthouse Theatre before it closes on Saturday. Actress Alison Whyte, who was lauded for her work in Satisfaction and Frontline, embodies every heroine and beast in the familiar Gothic tale. The Age called her performance a “tour de force.”

Two of many literary events worth attending next week include the launch of Chris Womersley’s new novel Cairo, which is set in and around Fitzroy in the mid-1980s. Womersley’s last novel, Bereft, swept the Australian publishing industry in 2011 before being shortlisted for the Miles Franklin. This free event will be held at the Fitzroy Town Hall on Tuesday August 13, and bookings are required.

Lastly, the Lifted Brow is launching its shiny new app AND website on Thursday August 15 in the basement of the Grace Darling Hotel in Collingwood. There will be music and drinks. Celebrate the Brow’s shift into the digital age!

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