A good librarian is a special thing, dispensing sound advice and scholarly insight. A good bookseller is no different. For this reason, Avid Reader is often regarded as Brisbane’s bookseller of choice.
The staff here are indeed avid (and discerning) readers. Better still, some of the city’s best emerging and established writers either work here, have worked here, or call it their second home.
So when scouring the high walls and neatly arranged shelves for the best in Australian and international literature, you can be sure to trust the opinions of those behind the counter.
Weave among the bookworms and you’ll find carefully selected titles over a range of genres, from fiction classics to travel, business and biography, self-help and cooking. There’s also an excellent collection of imported art and graphic design books, and a dedicated children’s section for those looking to reminisce about their days reading Roald Dahl.
After you’ve found that elusive must-read tome, check out the counter that’s covered with journals, novelties and literary knickknacks that could make great gifts.
But, of course, there are two great accompaniments to any great book: coffee and discussion. Avid offers both.
On a lazy Brisbane afternoon, you can settle in for enthralling author talks and book discussions, which are held regularly with local and international authors in the warm and inviting surrounds.
193 Boundary St, West End
(07) 3846 3422
Open Mon–Fri 8.30am–8.30pm, Sat 8.30am–6pm, Sun 8.30am–5pm