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The winners of the Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2019

The Wilderness Society has revealed the winners of this year’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature. This award is presented annually to fiction and nonfiction books that ‘foster a love of wild places and wildlife in young Australians’ and ‘encourage a sense of responsibility for our natural world’.

Here are the winners for all three categories…

Picture Fiction The All New Must Have

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The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists 2019

The shortlists for this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. These awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia.

Here are the full shortlists…

Children’s literature His Name Was Walter by Emily Rodda Sonam and the Silence by Eddie Ayres, illustrated by Ronak Taher The Feather by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Freya Blackwood The Incredible Freedom Machines

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The Baillie Gifford Prize longlist 2019

The £50,000 Baillie Gifford prize is the UK’s most prestigious award for nonfiction writing. This year’s longlist spans history, biography, current affairs and natural science, with several addressing grand themes including race, court room drama, ideology, and economics.

The titles on the 2019 longlist are:

I Will Never See the World Again by Ahmet Altan Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the L

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The bestselling books at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019

We were delighted to be the official booksellers at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. Congratulations to everyone who brought this festival together!

Here is a list of the top 20 bestselling books from the festival…

1. A Dream About Lightning Bugs by Ben Folds
2. On the Other Side of Freedom by DeRay Mckesson
3. Women, Equality, Power by Helen Clark
4. Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah E…

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The Ned Kelly Awards winners 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 winners of the Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing. Now in its 24th year the Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious crime writing awards. Best fiction The Lost Man by Jane Harper

When Cameron Bright is found dead and burned from the heat in the middle of the desert, nine kilometres from his well-stocked, air-conditione…

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The Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist 2019

The shortlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced!

Here are the six books listed on the shortlist:

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma Quichotte by Salman Rushdie 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak

Chair of the 2019 judges, Peter Florence, …

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Inky Award winners 2019

State Library Victoria has announced the winners of the 2019 Inky Awards!

The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by teens. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book.

Gold Inky Award

The Gold Inky Award winner is …

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Support Indigenous Literacy Day in 2019

by Mark Rubbo

Today is Indigenous Literacy Day.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) does amazing work to foster literacy in remote communities around Australia and close the gap on literacy and numeracy. Research has found that the ability to read opens doors to life-long learning; the ILF provides resources and programs to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in remote communities build t…

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Staff recommend Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander voices

Our staff share their favourite books by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors, including prize-winning fiction, biography, essays, non-fiction, memoir and books for kids of all ages, from babies through to teens. Today is Indigenous Literacy Day and Readings will be donating 10% of our book sales to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), on top of our ongoing support. The ILF does am…

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Five must-attend events in September

by Chris Gordon

Events Manager Chris Gordon shares some highlights from our October program of events. Annabel Crabb in conversation with Virginia Trioli

We are thrilled to be hosting the celebration of the Quarterly Essay 75 at the Melbourne Athenaeum with Annabel Crabb. As the author of the QE 75, Crabb’s essay on politics, work and gender deploys political observation, workplace research and her character…

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