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Upcoming changes to Readings at the State Library Victoria

The State Library Victoria has announced plans for an $88.1 million redevelopment of the iconic Melbourne institution, commencing in July 2017 and due for completion by 2020. We are delighted that the plans will involve our State Library bookshop moving to a new, larger space within the building.

Managing director Mark Rubbo says: ‘We are very excited to be part of this wonderful project that wi…

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The Walter Scott Prize shortlist 2017

The shortlist for the 2017 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction has been announced – and includes seven books instead of the usual six. Congratulations to all the authors and publishers.

The Judges commented: ‘Our shortlist was achieved by the judges’ instinctive reaction to each book. The seven shortlisted novels, a mix of old hands and new voices, offer readers joy in the discovery of unu…

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The International Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist 2017

The 2017 shortlist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced.

The six shortlisted titles for this year are…

The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam Pigeon by Alys Conran Cain by Luke Kennard The High Places by Fiona McFarlane The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry Dog Run Moon by Callan Wink

Chair of Judges, Professor Dai Smith CBE, says: ‘From a deeply impressive long…

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Five reasons we love Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller

by Bronte Coates

Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here are five reasons why we think it’s brilliant. 1. Avid readers (and teachers!) will delight in the clever ways this book pays tribute to other classic children’s stories.

Elizabeth and Zenobia is a multi-layered story that nods to a range of classic tales, including …

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The CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlists 2017

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) have announced their Book of the Year Awards shortlists for 2017. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, editors and publishers!

Here are the shortlists for each category.

Older Readers Waer by Meg Caddy Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon Yellow by Megan Jacobson Frankie by Shivaun Plozza One Woul

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Our children’s and YA top ten bestsellers of the week

Under the Love Umbrella by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase by Peter Helliar and Lesley Vamo Florette by Anna Walker Really Weird! (WeirDo Book 8) by Anh Do and Jules Faber Grover Finds a Home (Grover McBane, Rescue Dog Book 1) by Claire Garth and Johannes Leak A Most Magical Girl by Kare…

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Our top ten bestsellers of the week

The Dry by Jane Harper Gut by Giulia Enders (translated by David Shaw) First We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson They Cannot Take the Sky by Michael Green, Angelica Neville, André Dao, Dana Affleck and Sienna Merope The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain Insomniac City by Bill Hayes Lion: A

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Translation, children’s books and John Nieuwenhuizen

by Mike Shuttleworth

Hawthorn bookseller Mike Shuttleworth reflects on translation, children’s books and the work of John Nieuwenhuizen.

In Australian young adult fiction circles, the name Agnes Nieuwenhuizen is quite well known. Agnes founded the Centre for Youth Literature in 1991, was awarded a Dromkeen Medal in 1994, created several guidebooks on teenage literature, and still writes book reviews for national p…

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What we’re reading: Ian McDonald, Cath Crowley and Sarah Bakewell

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Jan Lockwood is reading Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

I don’t normally read YA as there is already so much choice on adult shelves. But I was encouraged to try Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley by a colleague and I’m so glad I did. For me, this book is e…

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We test out recipes from the Monday Morning Cooking Club’s new cookbook

Earlier this week we roadtested different recipes from Monday Morning Cooking Club’s new cookbook, It’s Always About the Food. We invited the sisterhood to come in and select the best one and were thrilled that three members of the club (Lisa Goldberg, Merelyn Chalmers and Natanya Eskin) obliged – coming all the way from Sydney. Here are the results of our office cook-off… Jan Lockwood ma…

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