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The Chestnut Tree Bookshop

An environmentally sustainable independent bookshop (and café) for book lovers committed to reforestation. The Chestnut Tree is honoured to operate on the land of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and the Bunurong of the Kulin Nation (West Footscray, a.k.a. #wefo in the inner west of Melbourne).

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General Book Club

Between Wednesday 24 April 2024 and Wednesday 20 November 2024
Our General Reading Book Club welcomes all readers to come along for a fun and cozy night in the store to discuss great books! Wine and nibbles are provided on the night! Our pick for April is 'Kind of, Sort of, Maybe, But Probably Not' by Imbi Neeme and is available in store! Please register before attending. We kindly ask that if you can no longer attend that you cancel your booking as we have a waitlist. Your donations contribute to wine and nibbles and our awesome staff who run the show.
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Decolonise Your Shelf Book Club

Between Thursday 2 May 2024 and Thursday 28 November 2024
Our book club aims to broaden your reading list by reading books written solely by First Nations and People of Colour. Everyone is welcome. Wine and nibbles are provided. We please ask that you cancel your registration if you can longer attend as we have a waitlist. Our pick for our April book club is 'Hospital' by Sanya Rushdi. In Melbourne a one-time research student with interests in philosophy and psychology is diagnosed with her third episode of psychosis. As she is moved from her family home to a community house and then to hospital, she questions the diagnosis of her sanity or insanity, as determined and defined by a medical model which seems less than convincing to her. Indeed questioning seems to be at the heart of her psychosis, in her over-active interpretations of signs and gestures, thoughts and emotions – and one understands these to be an expression of her intelligence, even if they seem illusory.
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Junior Book Club

Between Tuesday 14 May 2024 and Tuesday 12 November 2024
Dive into amazing stories with fellow young readers! Join us for lively discussions and book-inspired fun.
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Parents & Bubs Book Club

Between Wednesday 17 April 2024 and Wednesday 20 November 2024
Join us for a monthly catch up at the Chestnut Tree for parents from the inner west community. Bubs are welcome and hot drinks are available. Our pick for April is 'Piglet' by Lottie Hazel and is available in store on online now!
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The place has character

Friday 12 April 2024
Reading, researching and writing Melbourne's west. Footscray is full of juicy secrets - and some stinky ones. In the 1880s, people even called it West Smellbourne. Thankfully, it's now known more for food, art and football than for rotting carcasses. Join independent historian Liz Crash and writer Jinghua Qian as they talk about why local history gets a bad rap, how anyone can research around these streets, and share some of their favourite stories from the archives. All this in the lovely, fragrant surrounds of West Footscray's Chestnut Tree Bookshop and Café. About your hosts: Jinghua Qian is a writer often found worrying about art, queerness, history, China, diaspora and desire. Eir work appears in prose, verse, television and audio. Liz Crash is an independent historian with a particular interest in bluestone (the best stone). Liz and Jinghua both live in Footscray and together created Underfoot, a series of virtual audio tours uncovering the secret histories of Footscray.
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