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The Man Booker Prize shortlist 2018

Congratulations to the authors shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Here is the full shortlist:

Milkman by Anna Burns Washington Black by Esi Edugyan Everything Under by Daisy Johnson The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner The Overstory by Richard Powers The Long Take by Robin Robertson

Chair of 2018 judges, Kwame Anthony Appiah, says: ‘All of our six finalists are miracles of …

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20% off at Readings State Library

Readings State Library is reopening tomorrow morning in our beautiful new location at the State Library Victoria’s Russell St entrance on 285-321 Russell Street!

To celebrate the reopening of our shop in its new location, we’re running a 20% off sale at Readings State Library on Saturday 22 September. For one day only, we’re offering 20% off all full-priced books, stationery, gift items, CDs, DV…

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The Voss Literary Prize longlist 2018

The longlist for the 2018 Voss Literary Prize has been announced.

The longlisted titles are:

No More Boats by Felicity Castagna The Life to Come by Michelle De Kretser First Person by Richard Flanagan The Last Garden by Eva Hornung The Choke by Sofie Laguna Storyland by Catherine McKinnon Border Districts by Gerald Murnane The Book of Dirt by Bram Presser From the Wreck by Jane Rawson Half Wil

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Finalists announced for the Melbourne Prize for Literature and Awards 2018

The finalists for the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 and Awards have been announced.

This year’s Awards include the new Readings Residency Award, (supported by Readings). Developed to help early-career authors to immerse themselves in their literary pursuits in a unique environment in the heart of Melbourne’s creative community and to travel, the winner will receive $5,000 cash, a residency…

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The Readings State Library shop is moving

As part of the State Library Victoria’s Vision 2020 redevelopment project to refurbish and renovate the library, our State Library shop is getting a shiny new look and a new location!

Our current shop will be closing on Monday 17 September, before reopening on Friday 21 September in its new location at the State Library Victoria’s Russell St entrance (285-321 Russell St, Melbourne).

Our new Sta…

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Chris Gordon reflects on visiting UNESCO City of Literature Edinburgh

Readings' Event Manager Chris Gordon recently travelled to Edinburgh as part of a Cities of Literature exchange program with Melbourne. Here, she reflects on the trip and shares what she read while travelling.

I recently travelled to Edinburgh as part of a Cities of Literature exchange program with Melbourne. The days were packed with meetings and I was joined by a host of other literary progr…

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A letter from Mark Rubbo on Indigenous Literacy Day

Dear friends,

Today is Indigenous Literacy Day. I am writing to seek your support for the work the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) does to foster literacy in remote communities around Australia. Indigenous Literacy Day is a great way to launch a month of national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy. You can donate today and help fill those empty bookshelves in …

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The bestselling books at Melbourne Writers Festival 2018

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 25 bestselling books from the festival…

1. No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani (translated by Omid Tofighian)
2. The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser
3. Boys Will be Boys by Clementine Ford*
4. War on Pe

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The New Academy Prize in Literature shortlist 2018

The New Academy, founded after the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature was cancelled as a result of sexual assault scandal, has announced a shortlist of four authors.

The four shortlisted authors are French-Caribbean novelist Maryse Condé, British fantasy author Neil Gaiman, Japanese author Haruki Murakami, and Vietnamese-born Canadian writer Kim Thúy.

You can learn more about each of the four shor…

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Readings staff to be published in 2019 & 2020

We are delighted that four Readings staff members have signed publishing contracts for their debut books in recent months. They join the already long list of Readings booksellers who have published books, including Leanne Hall, Gabrielle Williams, H.J. Harper, Miles Allinson, Chris Somerville, Angela Crocombe, Pilgrim Lee and A.S. Patrić – to name a few! Rosebud by Fiona Hardy

Affirm Press Ki…

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