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NAW Reading Challenge: Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey

To celebrate our inaugural New Australian Writing (NAW) Award shortlist, we’re running a NAW Reading Challenge. This week our participants have read Only The Animals by Ceridwen Dovey. Here are their responses to the novel (Ed. note: may contain spoilers!) Our favourite response for this week (not to mention the winner of our $100 gift voucher) is… Alice says:

One could make a list of all…

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Street Art v. Book Art

by Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Kyle Hughes-Odgers is the illustrator of Meg McKinlay’s Ten Tiny Things and has just released his first solo picture book, On A Small Island. Kyle is also a street artist who gets commissioned to produce large-scale public artwork. We were interested to find out about the process for each. Here is Kyle’s response. Street art from Perth International Airport

I often get asked if it’s hard to…

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Q&A with Yotam Ottolenghi

by Chris Gordon

Our resident foodie Chris Gordon chats with chef Yotam Ottolenghi about his gorgeous new cookbook.

The Sydney Morning Herald recently called you ‘the man who sexed up vegetables’. What’s the one ingredient you couldn’t live without to spice up a veggie dish?

As it takes two to tango, I’ll definitely need more than one, please!

Something to provide the background strength to a dish – tamarind…

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News from The Shop Floor

In our new monthly column, we share news from our five shops. Hawthorn

Yotam Ottolenghi is universally adored by the staff here at Hawthorn and after a long, cold winter we are happy to be celebrating spring and its produce by cooking recipes from Ottolenghi’s new book Plenty More. We’ve been busy with lots of events, the rowdiest of which was Andy Griffiths’s, who entertained a packed shop a…

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Clare Atkins on writing Aboriginal characters

by Clare Atkins

After several staff members read, and loved, Clare Atkins' debut novel Nona and Me, we were excited to make it our Young Adult Book of the Month. Here, Clare talks on the challenges of setting a book in an Aboriginal community.

I suspect that many non-Aboriginal writers are scared of writing Aboriginal characters. I know I was. It is so easy to misrepresent. Or reinforce negative stereotypes. …

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Ask Agatha: What is the best show on TV right now?

Our wise bookseller Agatha answers all your tricky questions. If you have a question for Agatha please email askagatha@readings.com.au. Readings recently suggested The Scarecrow’s Wedding as a cute gift for a couple getting married (see here). I like the idea but think scarecrows are quite creepy. Do you know of any other kids books that would work just as well?

Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliv…

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Mark’s Say: Minecraft and the vitality of the printed book

by Mark Rubbo

If you are the parent or grandparent of boys aged between five to 12, chances are you are familiar with Minecraft, a computer game. Minecraft has spawned a range of official books, rather ugly affairs, which the developers insist can only be printed at one particular European printer. As the whole demographic worldwide wants these books, it’s often hard for the printer to keep up. For local publi…

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What we’re reading: Naomi Klein, Fiona McFarlane and Christine Piper

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving.

Kara Nicholson is reading This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein

I’ve just started reading Naomi Klein’s latest book. If the no-nonsense front cover and title are anything to go by, I’m in for a serious and thought-…

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Kate Jennings interviews Erik Jensen

by Kate Jennings

On one point Erik Jensen is emphatic when discussing his book Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen: ‘This book is not about art. It’s a character study.’ Adam Cullen was a Sydney artist who flamed out in his forties on alcohol and drugs. He won the Archibald Prize for his portrait of David Wenham but was also notorious for his headline bad-boy behaviour. Because I live in New York,…

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