Robbie Coleman set up the Two Buck Books charity and first store at Fancy Hank’s at The Mercat in a couple of weeks. Just a month on, he and his partners are unveiling a second store. Opening at Nevermind Bar this weekend, Two Buck Books MKII is part of Coleman’s desire “to keep the momentum going” and feed off the success of the charity’s first store in selling donated books for $2.

The momentum he speaks of is the approximate $2500 raised at the Fancy Hank’s location in 28 days for the St Vincent de Paul Soup Vans. In that short time, Nevermind got in touch to offer their space for another store. The Two Buck Bucks team jumped at it.

While for the launch of the first space major drawcards were a novels signed by Bret East Ellis, the launch of the Hawthorn shop (another event at Fancy Hank will feature two signed works by Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and What is the What) – also with a $2 price tag. “Writing-wise, he's one of the best; human-wise, he's probably even better,” Coleman says of Eggers. In keeping with the content of What is the What, the true story of a Sudanese refugee, funds from both stores for the month of August will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Plans for two stores to open next month in Shepparton are also on track, with a third currently being locked in for a Thornbury location. “I'd like to say we're absolutely overwhelmed by the support and generosity everyone has shown,” says Coleman. “Whether it was through donating books, their time, their coins (and in one case, a $50 note!) or putting the word out there, it's been ridiculous. People are pretty sweet.” Hopefully that generosity can keep rolling in.

Two Buck Books is launching its Hawthorn location at Nevermind Bar from 12pm until 7pm on Sunday 2 August, with a free BBQ supplied by the venue.

(Same as Nevermind)
Mon to Sat 11.30am – 3am
Sun 11.30 am – 11pm

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