We believe a bookshop really belongs to the community, it is an extension of our homes, a place to come together, to meet and to share. With this in mind, we have designed the bookshop to accommodate small meetings (like book clubs or writers groups) and small events (poetry readings or book launches).

Upcoming Events

For all upcoming events and book clubs please visit our Eventbrite page and register your interest! We look forward to seeing you.
Book Launch: 'Kind of, Sort of, Maybe, But Probably Not' - by Imbi Neeme


Join us at The Chestnut Tree for Imbi Neeme in conversation with Donita Richards from Bad Writers Club.

Imbi’s second novel Kind of, Sort of, Maybe, But Probably Not‘ is described as A charming, nostalgic, quirky, uplifting novel of people young and old finding their tribe, gaining courage to be themselves and perhaps falling in love, too.


Librarian Phoebe Cotton lives with misophonia. The sound of other people crunching an apple, slurping their tea or snapping chewing gum fills her with a rage that she buries deep within.

Mortified by her ‘Not Quite Right’ brain, she hides away inside 6 Salmon Street, the family home that her formidable grandmother Dorothy has abandoned for a more convivial life at the Western Retreat Retirement Village. But when Phoebe begins receiving mysterious postcards in the mail, she slowly, but surely, finds herself being pulled back out into the world and towards Monty, the sweet postal clerk.

Across town, Suze, a university student with a high distinction in study avoidance, is clinging to the hope that the neglectful J might actually be her boyfriend. When J’s attention turns to Ky and her (un)art ways, it sets Suze on a path that leads her to 6 Salmon Street and Phoebe Cotton.

Together, Phoebe, Suze and Monty, go on a mission to solve the mystery of the postcards but end up finding much, much more, including acceptance, strength and love . . . maybe even for grandmother Dorothy.

Join us for Imbi Neeme in conversation with Donita Richards from Bad Writers Club.

Tickets free – registrations essential via our eventbrite.

Teacher's Book Night at The Chestnut Tree Bookshop

📚 Calling all educators! Join us for a free enchanting evening tailored just for you – Teacher’s Book Night at The Chesnut Tree Bookshop!
🍷 Indulge in a delightful atmosphere filled with literary charm as you explore our curated collection of books, specially selected to enrich your teaching experience.
🌟 Discover new teaching resources, timeless classics, and innovative materials to ignite curiosity and inspire your students.
🎉 Connect with fellow educators, share insights, and exchange ideas in a welcoming environment designed to foster collaboration and growth.
📝 Plus, enjoy exclusive discounts and special offers as our way of saying thank you for your dedication to shaping young minds.
🗓️ Join us on the 28th of February from 6.30pm to 7.30pm for an enchanting evening tailored just for you – Teacher’s Book Night at The Chesnut Tree Bookshop!
Don’t miss out – RSVP today!

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Opening hours:

Tue - Sat 09:00 - 18:00

Sunday - Monday 09:00 - 16:00



(+61) 03 9362 7571


542 Barkly St, West Footscray, VIC 3012

Chestnut Tree Bookshop Pty Ltd

ACN: 648 082 482)

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The Chestnut Tree Trust

ABN 21 298 990 441

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The Chestnut Tree Bookshop is a proud member of the Australian Booksellers Association.

We acknowledge that the shop operates on the land of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and the Bunurong of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the traditional owners, their elders (past and present) and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.

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