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Entries now open for the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards

The annual Melbourne Prize runs on a three-year awards cycle, alternating between books, music and urban sculpture and this year sees the focus return once again to music.

Valued at more than $130,000 in total, the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards is one of the most valuable music prizes in Australia, providing significant opportunities for Victorian musicians across all music genres an…

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Emily Gale on writing about death for young readers

by Emily Gale

Emily Gale’s new YA novel features the dreaded ’D-word'… Here she reflects on death in children’s and young adult books – on why it gives some parents nightmares, and on why it needs to be there anyway.

It struck me that parents could have concerns about my new book when my publisher and I were writing the back cover blurb. Blurbs capture the beginnings of a story so it was impossible to avoid…

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Limited signed books from Jonathan Franzen, Hanya Yanagihara and Jon Klassen

We had three international authors visit us this week to sign copies of their books for our Carlton shop and online customers. There’s a very limited number of signed copies available so get in quick. Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is an American novelist and essayist. His 2001 novel, The Corrections, earned Franzen a National Book Award, was a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist, earned…

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30 reasons to read the entire Readings Children’s Book Prize shortlist

This year’s shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize features six amazing books! Here are 30 reasons why you should read all of them. If you’d like to buy all six books at once – and we recommend you do! – the entire shortlist is available here at a special price. The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

1. It’s funny. Seriously funny.
2. It’s great for beginner readers.
3. It reads like a graph…

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Animal tales for young readers

by Holly Harper

Whether they’ve got fur or scales or feathers, animals are a big part of our lives, and so it’s no surprise that you could fill a whole bookshelf with great animal stories for children. Here’s a selection of our favourite animal tales for readers aged 7+. CAT LOVERS Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh

If we’re talking books about cats, we can’t go past the King of Cats: the one and only Carbonel.…

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Melbourne Writers Festival announce their Schools' Program

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) have announced their Schools' Program, which will run from Monday 29 August to Thursday 1 September. (Spoiler: It looks amazing!)

We are SO excited about this year’s School’s Program for MWF.

Students will have the chance to hear from the likes of performer Magda Szubanski (whose memoir, Reckoning, just won Book of the Year at the ABIA Awards), our recently-a

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The CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlists 2016

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) have announced their Book of the Year Awards shortlists for 2016. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, editors and publishers!

Here are the shortlists for each category.

Older Readers The Flywheel by Erin Gough The Pause by John Larkin Freedom Ride by Sue Lawson A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay Inbetween Days by Vikki Wakefield Cloudw

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