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E.W. Cole and his Book Arcade

Melbourne Rare Book Week

Event Date: 24 July 2024 12:00 PM to 24 July 2024 05:00 PM
Author / Presenters: Jodi Kok
Event Venue: State Library Victoria
Event Organiser: State Library Victoria

A look at the life and exploits of E.W. Cole, creator of Cole’s Funny Picture Book and owner of the famous Cole’s Book Arcade. Cole was a canny businessman, a visionary, and a true believer in everyone having the right to access books. We will take a look at some treasures from the Library’s collection to learn more about Cole himself and what was once hailed ‘the grandest bookshop in the world’.

Two sessions: 12:00-12:45pm and 5:00-5:45pm

Meet at the Swanston Street Welcome Zone

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