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David Haworth interviews Gail Jones

Gail Jones discusses her latest novel, A Guide to Berlin, with David Haworth.

David Haworth: This is your second novel in a row that borrows its title from a previously existing work – in this case a story by Nabokov –and also vividly evokes a particular city. In very Nabokovian fashion, the novel is brimming with small, tender details – one could call them easter eggs –which seem specifically…

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Interviews with our work experience students

Over the next few weeks we’re participating in a work experience program with students from high schools across Melbourne. Here, Hespa Broomhall tells us what she likes to read, and why. How would you describe your taste in books?

My taste in books varies, but mainly I enjoy action and sci-fi books with a bit of romance on the side. I like to read YA and adult books.

Tell us about one of you…

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Man Booker Longlist 2015

Congratulations to all the authors longlisted for the year’s Man Booker Prize. 13 books will compete for the £50,000 prize, which, for the second year, allows in writers of all nationalities writing in English.

Chair of the 2015 judges, Michael Wood, comments: ‘The range of different performances and forms of these novels is amazing. All of them do something exciting with the language they have …

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Gorgeous new picture books

Our children’s book specialists pick out six new picture books they love. Grandma’s House by Alice Melvin

Sally has just arrived at Grandma’s house but where’s Grandma? Join Sally in peering through the cut-out pages from one room to the next, and journeying high up into the fold-out attic as she searches for her grandma.

This picture book pays homage to the precious bond that families sha

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Bestselling books at the 47th ALP National Conference

by Chris Gordon

I spent the past weekend at the Melbourne Convention Centre where Readings had installed a pop-up book shop to cater for the Australian Labor Party faithfuls – for the national media teams, the protesters, the leaders-to-be and the waggishness of many journalists.

We chatted with our greatest social commentators including David Marr, Guy Rundle and James Button. There were wonderful moments as w…

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Introducing our event program for August

by Chris Gordon

Events Manager Chris Gordon shares her top five picks from our August event calendar Dinner with Simon Bryant

I’m such a huge fan of Maggie Beer and her Chef, Simon Bryant and we are so delighted to be able to bring the very first, surely, celebrity chef to our favourite cafe in Hawthorn. It will be such a treat to dine with Simon, to hear his take on where fine dining and cooking are heading

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10 international authors appearing at Melbourne Writers Festival 2015

As well as a host of amazing local authors, there are so many wonderful international authors visiting our city for the Melbourne Writers Festival this year! (You can find the full program here). Here are ten internationals we can’t wait to see. Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of such groundbreaking books as The Shock Doctrine: The Ri

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A nightly guide to the Melbourne Writers Festival 2015

We’re thrilled that the Melbourne Writers Festival is here! And we’ve picked out an event for you for to attend every single evening of the festival. Thursday, 20 August: Rob Thomas – Veronica Mars to iZombie

Rob Thomas is the creator of TV cult classics Veronica Mars, Party Down, and the new series iZombie. He’ll talk about it all, including pintsize PI Veronica’s journey from TV to film (an…

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What we’re reading: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Martine Murray and Kate Beaton

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.

Emily Gale is reading Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars by Martine Murray

This is a story that burrowed into my heart this week and has set up camp in there. Yes, it really got to me that much.

Molly is at the age of noticing how her li…

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