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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.

Nina is reading Friendship by Emily Gould

If you were to design a book to specifically appeal to me, it would probably be this one. A debut novel about two thirty-year-old best friends living in New York, each dealing with various professional…

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Why we started a Queer Book Club at St Kilda

by Amy Vuleta

In May, Readings St Kilda is launching a new Queer Book Club dedicated to reading fiction and select non-fiction books that represent all aspects of LGBTIQ life. Here book club convenor Amy Vuleta tells us why. (This blog post is an edited extract from Amy’s interview with Time Out Melbourne.)

A friend of one of our staff members approached us with the suggestion of a book club dedicated to r…

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Children’s & YA Books Highlights for April

by Emily Gale

Let’s all take a minute to consider what it would feel like for our 8th-grade diaries to land us a book deal. Correction: most of us don’t need an entire minute to appreciate the full horror of that. However, for Maya Van Wagenen, the teenage author of Popular, it is turning out extremely well. Her efforts to radically change her high school experience and document it is being met with rapturous…

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Fangirling about Rainbow Rowell

Three of our staff – Nina Kenwood, Emily Gale and Bronte Coates – come together to chat about young adult author Rainbow Rowell’s novels Fangirl and Eleanor and Park.

NK: Let’s start with Fangirl, because we all read that first. I loved it. Between this and the utterly brilliant, devastating Eleanor and Park, I am an official Rainbow Rowell fangirl. How did you both feel about Fangirl? Wha…

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Q&A with Ceridwen Dovey

by Bronte Coates

Bronte Coates talks with Ceridwen Dovey about her new collection of short stories.

Only the Animals has a distinct set-up: told from the perspective of ten different animals, each story depicts how they lived and died during human conflicts, and throughout, pays homage to a particular real-life author. Where did this unusual premise come from?

The task I set myself for this book was to see if…

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

Diary of a Foreign Minister by Bob Carr Australian Notebooks by Betty Churcher The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Stoner by John Williams Cadence by Emma Ayres N by John A. Scott By Its Cover by Donna Leon Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi Burial Rites by Hannah Kent We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Two Australian non-fiction titles top our bestsellers this week: …

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Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2014

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships! The Readings Foundation is supporting The Hot Desk Fellowships with a $20,000 grant.

Each winner will receive a desk of their own at the Wheeler Centre for two months, plus a $1000 stipend provided by the Readings Foundation.

The twenty winning writers for 2014 include André Dao, Aurelia Guo, Bernadette Hince, C…

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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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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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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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