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What we’re listening to on Record Store Day

This Saturday 19 April is Record Store Day and to celebrate we’re offering 20% off all vinyl bought in store, and hosting a special free gig with Australian musician Dan Sultan at our St Kilda shop! Here’s a selection of music our staff are listening to.

Chris is listening to Pavement

Pavement are maybe the best band to listen to if you want to become bored with every garbage decision you’v…

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Win a prize-pack of the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2014 shortlist

Win a prize-pack of all eight books in the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2014 shortlist!

Calling all kids who love books!

In celebration of our inaugural shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize, we’re giving away a prize-pack of our entire shortlist to one lucky winner. To enter our competition simply tell us why you love to read. Do you like to make new friends in the pages? Do you l…

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The story of my book: Kate by Kevin Burgemeestre

by Kevin Burgemeestre

Author and illustrator Kevin Burgemeestre tells us the story behind Kate, a graphic novel that tells the story of two young people and a battered, heroic hound through words and illustrations.

Writing this novel parachuted me back into my teenage years. I was not a good teenager - I was not cool, not great at sport and, to top it off, I was a bit of a nerd. Like me, my main character in my gra…

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What books would Hermione Granger read as an adult?

by Bronte Coates

She’d indulge in literary snobbery.

For the most part, I see Hermione’s taste as being rather high-brow and - dare I say - she’d probably be a huge snob when it came to her bookshelves. She’d read all the big awards - which in recent times includes Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries (winner of the 2013 Man Booker) and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch (winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize) - as well as the …

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

Australian Notebooks by Betty Churcher Stoner by John Williams Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Diary of a Foreign Minister by Bob Carr The Sleepers Almanac No. 9 edited by Zoe Dattner & Louise Swinn The Feast Goes on by Monday Morning Cooking Club Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Playing To Win by Michael Gordon Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

After a wonderfull…

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What we’re reading

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.

Robbie is reading Flash Boys by Michael Lewis & Made to Break by D. Foy

I am reading two very different books. The first, Flash Boys, tells the story of high frequency trading on the US stock market. It sounds dull, but Lewis is a master at br…

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Meet Eliza Boom, junior spy and inventor extraordinaire

We chat with Eliza Boom about where she gets ideas for her experiments, her favourite books and her best friend Einstein.

I imagine that being a junior spy / inventor extraordinaire equals quite a busy life! Can you describe to us a regular day for you?

I know it’s time for me to get up when I hear Einstein’s tummy rumbling. I mean my dog, by the way, not the famous scientist. After I’ve fed …

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Conversations with small publishers: Brass Monkey Books

by Kabita Dhara

This week we interview three small presses about why they started their project, and what exciting projects they have in the works. Here, Kabita Dhara tells us about Brass Monkey Books. What were your reasons for establishing Brass Monkey Books?

I had long been a bit frustrated that so many of the Indian books written in English that we get in the West either explore the migration story or ar…

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Shame in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle series

by Gerard Elson

Last week saw the release of Boyhood Island, the third volume in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle series, and over the weekend the Guardian published a piece by Hari Kunzru asking is the author brave or shameless? Here, bookseller Gerard Elson responds.

I can’t think of a less appropriate descriptor for Knausgaard than ‘shameless’. He’s the converse of that, its blue, black and white photo ne…

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Come along to the Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival

The inaugural Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival is less that 8 weeks away and the recently unveiled program suggests a literary extravaganza for book lovers.

The Festival opens Saturday, 31 May with a gala event, “It Started With a Word”, hosted by Rachel Berger. Following this are two action-packed days of interviews, panel discussions, book signings, poetry readings and more: showcasing some o…

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