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We’re launching four new book clubs at Readings State Library

We’re excited to be launching four new books clubs at our State Library shop!

All four book clubs will meet monthly at the bookshop to discuss a selection of books. Sessions will commence in March, and membership costs $50 for four sessions from March to June 2019 inclusive. Each book club is run by a Readings staff member, who will communicate with members, convene the sessions, and keep the di…

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Indie Book Awards shortlist 2019

This year’s shortlist for the Indie Book Awards has been announced.

Each year, independent booksellers from around the nation get together and vote for their favourite titles in six different categories, as well as their favourite book overall. Here are the shortlisted titles in each category.

Fiction The Lost Man by Jane Harper Shell by Kristina Olsson The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton Brid

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Meet the guest judges for the Readings Prizes in 2019

We’re delighted to reveal our three guest judges for the Readings Prizes in 2019.

Readings runs three annual literary prizes that support emerging Australian authors: The Readings Children’s Book Prize, The Readings Young Adult Book Prize and The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction.

Every year, a shortlist of six titles is selected for each prize by a revolving panel of Readings staff. On…

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The 100 bestselling books at Readings in 2018

Here are our 100 bestselling books from the past year. (We’ve also compiled our 10 bestselling CDs of 2018 and our 10 bestselling DVDs of 2018.)

Of the 100 books listed below…

27 are fiction (including eight Australian novels, three translated works from Japanese authors and both of Rupi Kaur’s poetry collections)
28 are non-fiction (including two buzzed-about books that transport readers …

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The 10 bestselling CDs at Readings in 2018

Here are our 10 bestselling CDs from the past year. (We’ve also compiled our 100 bestselling books of 2018 and our 10 bestselling DVDs of 2018.)

A range of talented artists feature in our bestselling music from 2018. Homegrown favourites include acclaimed songwriter Paul Kelly, operatic soprano Greta Bradman and Indigenous Australian musician Gurrumul. International stars include Norwegian ja…

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The 10 bestselling DVDs at Readings in 2018

Here are our 10 bestselling DVDs from the past year. (We’ve also compiled our 100 bestselling books of 2018 and our 10 bestselling CDs of 2018.)

Our bestselling DVDs range from crime, drug addiction and historical dramas, to stories exploring the power of books; from moving tributes on the lives of creative geniuses, to the tale of an aircraft that changed the world.

Several of the following…

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The Costa Book Awards winners 2018

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Costa Book Awards.

These awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland, across five different categories. One of the five category winners will also be named Book of the Year at a ceremony in London on January 29.

First novel

The winner is The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart…

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See you all in 2019

2018 is coming to a close and we’d like to take a moment to express our gratitude to all of you have supported us during these past 12 months.

Thank you to everyone who has dropped by one of our shops, attended one of our events (or visited us at a festival or conference), flicked through a copy of the Readings Monthly, donated to the Readings Foundation, read our blog, chatted with us online, l…

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Our literary resolutions for 2019

Our staff share their literary resolutions for the new year.

‘My resolution for the New Year is simply to read more books – irrespective of genre. This past year I feel my balance of reading to TV watching has been slightly skewed the wrong way and I’m vowing to change that in 2019. There is so much to catch up on – I can’t wait.’

Judi Mitchell

‘As a generally staunch fiction reader, I n…

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2018 highlights from the Readings Podcast

The Readings Podcast is a celebration of books, reading and pop culture. Episodes are published fortnightly and include author interviews, event recordings, booksellers chatting about their favourite reads, industry insights, and more. You can listen to episodes via SoundCloud and iTunes. Our 2019 season of the Readings Podcast will kick off again in mid-January. In the meantime, here is a snaps…

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