A Mini Wonderland for Events and Talents @ Manly’s The Mad Hatters Bookshop

Step into the enchanting world of The Mad Hatters Bookshop. They’re conveniently located in Shop 3 of Manly’s 7 Day Markets at 50 Cambridge Parade. Opened in June of 2015, Ann-Marie Finn’s one-of-a-kind bookshop takes bookworms, young and old alike, into a wonderful nook that even Alice in Wonderland won’t be able to resist. An Instagram-worthy interior and irresistibly affordable books are just a couple of the reasons why this hub is a must-explore for any adventurous book shopper.

The Mad Hatters Bookshop, contrary to popular fairy tale belief, cannot be found in any rabbit hole. However, it sure feels like being in one once you get inside the shop. Their well-stocked shelves seem like treasure troves of enthralling tomes for “visitors of all ages.” They’ve got an impressive variety of books, cards, stationeries, gifts, toys, unicorns, games, and even homewares.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, simply tell the friendly staff and they’ll order it in for you. This way, you can have what you want by the next time you visit.

Events and Games Galore

A Wonderland of a bookshop, Ms Finn’s lovely establishment isn’t just a hub of books for sale. It’s also a spot often filled with laughter and positive vibes. Events and games are constantly held inside. Some of the fun sessions their craft and activity room have seen include storytime on Monday mornings, junior book club sessions (Wednesday afternoons), and writing club sessions (Tuesday afternoons).

Meanwhile, their adult book club session is held at 7:00 p.m. every first Tuesday of the month. This 6th June, the club’s focus will be on Oscar Wilde’s book entitled “A Picture of Dorian Grey”. Don’t worry, if you haven’t read it yet. Everyone is welcome to join the session.

Another great thing about this fantastic book hub is that they deeply support local authors and illustrators through book launches, book signings, and reading sessions. Be prepared to scour through a wide array of books by these local talents. You can even get to meet them, too. Last 3rd June, Emily Larkin and Helene Magisson launched their new book entitled “The Whirlpool” at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  On 10th June, Michelle Worthington and Andrew Plant will be launching theirs entitled “Glitch” at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Children’s Nook

This not-so-ordinary bookshop has its own dedicated children’s nook at the rear. In the nook, there are games, children’s books, and stuffed forest animals that would keep children entertained for hours. There are mini log cushions, cute mushrooms, and some other nifty furniture pieces that would delight the young ones.

A big, captivating wall painting serves as the best attraction for the nook. Ms Finn, an artist and illustrator herself, painted this “trompe-l’oeil” mural. Merely looking at it causes one to believe that a magical mouse or a rabbit might pass by any minute. Who knows? Even the Gruffalo might come out. The realistic artistry is sure to make one’s imagination go to Fantasyland.

The Mad Hatters Bookshop is one spot any bookworm must go and check out. It’s readily accessible in the heart of Manly. They’re open Mondays to Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.), and Sundays (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). For inquiries, you may contact them via email (info@madhattersbookshop.com) or phone (07 3393 5130). For a sneak peak about what’s currently on, check their website, Facebook, or Instagram.

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