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Eleni Hale wins the 2019 Readings Young Adult Prize

The winner of the 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize is Stone Girl by Eleni Hale.

Now in its third year, the Readings Young Adult Book Prize was created to recognise and celebrate new voices in Australian Young Adult literature and considers the first and second books of YA authors across Australia. This year’s shortlist included Hale’s Stone Girl, Highway Bodies by Alison Evans, What I Like

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Homes and gardens to inspire you for Open House Melbourne

It’s that time of year again – Open House Melbourne is happening this weekend, where you’ll be able to explore all of the glorious buildings that Melbourne has to offer for a limited time only. Check out the 2019 program here – you can also pick this up in many of our stores. To inspire you and wet your whistle for the weekend to come, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite titles ce…

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Meet the bookseller with Margaret Snowdon

Margaret Snowdon is a bookseller and the immensely knowledgeable art & design book buyer with the very good eye at Readings Carlton. Here, she chats about her favourite parts of her job working on the floor, the books that made an impact on her growing up, and how she came to work in the book industry. Why did you decide to work in books?

It just happened. I was at a loose end after I finish…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The World’s Worst Teachers by David Walliams The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell Sick Bay by Nova Weetman Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly and Lisa Kennedy The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent Pig the Tourist by Aaron Blabey Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke Moonwalkers by Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton Peppa Pig: 150 Things to Make

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Growing Up Queer in Australia

To celebrate the release of the essential new anthology Growing Up Queer in Australia, Readings will donate $2 from every sale of this book in the month of August to Minus 18, an organisation that champions rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer youth Australia-wide.

Black Inc., the book’s publisher, has generously agreed to match our final donation, so Minus 18 will…

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Celebrate the moon-landing anniversary with kids books

by Leanne Hall

Fifty years ago is ancient history to contemporary kids – but luckily there’s a plethora of children’s books bringing to life the wonder and awe of 1969’s Apollo 11 Moon mission and the moment Neil Armstrong took that first step. Here are some of our favourites.

Where’s Mr Astronaut? by Ingela P Arrhenius

If your baby is showing early signs of a future career in space exploration, you may…

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What We’re Reading: Jones, Cusk

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.

Julia Jackson is reading An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

This isn’t the sort of book I’d normally pick up for myself, but I’m really enjoying An American Marriage. In case you didn’t know, Tayari Jones is this year’s winner of the Women’s Prize for Ficti…

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Cookbooks for winter

The days are short, and the nights are long. For many of us, warming up in winter comes from a good, hearty meal. We’ve rounded up some savoury and sweet cookbooks that will keep you snug and cosy all winter long. Winter: Warm Recipes for Cold Nights by Louise Franc

It’s official: winter was specifically designed so that comfort food could exist. Slow-cooked meats, hearty stews, decadent de…

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The Inky Awards shortlist 2019

The shortlists for the 2019 Inky Awards have been announced! These awards are presented by State Library Victoria (SLV) for local and international fiction, poetry, anthologies and graphic novels written for young adults. Congratulations to all the authors on the shortlist!

Check out the full list of titles below.

The titles shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award (for an Australian book) are: …

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