Roaring Stories has an array of activities for you to enjoy on Love Your Book Shop Day on the 7th October. Visit us instore for great prizes, author meet and greets and much more. The team will be ready to welcome you and you will receive a free tote bag with every purchase instore on the day ( whilst stocks last).

And you maybe the lucky winner of our All Killers No Fillers Book Stack! Purchase any book instore on Saturday 7th October, sign up to the Rowing Stories subscriber list and go into the draw to win the entire instant library prize consisting of 24 October new releases, valued at over $1000.

Read below about some of the great activities we have planned below and we hope to see you in store on Saturday.

Balmain Peninsula Wall Calendar 2024 & In-store art exhibition

Exclusively available at Roaring Stories the Balmain Peninsula Wall Calendar for 2024 goes on sale this Saturday both instore and online. The calendar has been designed by Jan Larsen and features sketches of the Balmain community.

Jan Larsen is an artist living on the Balmain Peninsula. Jan normally uses acrylic paints for a wide range of images but during COVID she completed many local sketches with pen and watercolour which are beautifully featured in the Balmain Peninsula 2024 Calendar.

The in store art exhibition features a number of paintings by Jan that are also available for purchase. ‘These paintings are a selection of my works in acrylics on canvas.  Like all artists I am influenced by the works of other artists and have been lucky to have visited many art galleries around the world and different exhibitions in Australia.  I like observing what is around me and in this regard have been influenced by such artists as Jeffrey Smart and Edward Hopper and also Wendy Sharpe to name just three.  I like to take photos of what I see for inspiration but not to copy exactly.  I have been lucky to have had lots of support and guidance from my art teacher Brandt Lewis at the Willoughby Arts Centre’ Jan Larsen

Author Visits- Instore signings

Rebecca Gross – 11am

Rebecca will be joining us in store at 11am on Saturday for your chance to discuss all things interior and to sign copies of her latest book Ornament is Not a Crime. The distinctive visual language, bright colours and unexpected materials of the 80s postmodernists are making a comeback. After decades of minimalism, mid-century modern and Scandinavian design, a new wave of architects and designers are experimenting with shape, scale and symbolic references to add expression and meaning to interior and furniture design.

Rebecca L Gross is a Sydney-based writer who specialises in architecture, design and design history. She has a master’s degree in the history of decorative arts and design from Parsons School of Design in New York and is interested in studying cultural history through the lens of architecture, design and visual culture.

Simone Amelia Jordan- 12pm

We look forward to having Simone Amelia Jordan join us instore to sign copies of her book Tell her she’s dreamin’. A rallying call for anyone who dreams big. And a deeply personal story of family, culture and music from Australia’s most successful hip-hop journalist, a high-achieving Lebanese-Australian woman who refused to be limited by others.

Simone Amelia Jordan is Australia’s most successful hip-hop journalist. She has contributed to The Source, VIBE, Rolling Stone, ABC and SBS, and her celebrity interviews have notched over 13 million YouTube views. Simone founded and edited Australia’s highest-selling rap/R&B newsstand title, Urban Hitz magazine. In 2021, Simone won the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers. She mentors the next generation of multicultural talent through her work with Media Diversity Australia and Diversity Arts Australia, and is resolute about hip-hop’s power to change the world. Tell Her She’s Dreamin’ is her first book.

Special LYBD Competitions

Kids’ Gift Card Design Competition

Help us design a special edition BookPeople Gift Card sleeve! If you’re 3-14 years old,we want an eye-catching design created from the prompt below:

The best kind of bookshop is one that takes us to another world. Where does your local bookshop take you?

The winning design will be featured on our gift card sleeve over the holiday season. 

The winner and two runners up will each receive a $50 BookPeople Gift Card to redeem at their local bookshop. For more information click here.

Where your bookshop will take you – Competition

For LYBD2023 The BookPeople giving away BookPeople Gift Cards galore! The best kind of bookshop is one that takes us to another world.

Maybe it’s climbing a multi-storey treehouse to find the marshmallow machine, a trip to the outer edges of the universe exploring Arrakis, or even back in time to watch the first pages of the Oxford dictionary come together.

Where will your bookshop take you?


For your chance to be in the running for a $100 gift card simply click here and answer the question “Where your bookshop will take you” – keeping your answer to 25 words or less. Entries close 7th October 2023.

The Roaring Stories team look forward to welcoming you into the store on Love Your Book Shop Day!