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The most anticipated books of 2020

by Alison Huber

Dear Reader

It must be said: it has been a grim start to the year. I have always imagined 2020 as the year that officially starts ‘the future’ (well, actually, it used to be the year 2000, but somehow that came and went two decades ago). But instead of the flying cars, intergalactic travel, and neural telepathy of my imagination, we are deep in climate emergency. The climate refugees in The Glad

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The 2020 winners of the Caldecott, Newbery & Printz awards

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced its top books for children and young adults, including the influential Caldecott, Newbery and Printz awards. The winners include…

Winner of the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

New Kid by Jerry Craft

This timely and honest graphic novel is about starting over at a new school where dive…

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The International Dylan Thomas Prize longlist 2020

The longlist for this year’s Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced.

This Prize is run in partnership with Swansea University and is awarded to the best literary work in the English language written by an author aged 39 and under. The winning author will receive £30,000.

The 12 longlisted titles are…

Surge by Jay Bernard Flèche by Mary Jean Chan Exquisite Cadav

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Australian books to get excited about in the first half of 2020

Here is a round-up previewing some most exciting local releases for the first half of 2020! Please note, this list is incomplete, but we do hope it reflects the wide array of titles on offer for the year. FICTION The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel (January) The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld (February) The Tiniest House of Time by Sreedhevi Iyer (February) Fauna by Donna Mazza (February) Dental Tou

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Join a book club at Readings in 2020

Readings hosts a number of book clubs at three of our stores: Readings State Library, Readings St Kilda, and Readings Doncaster. Bookings for 2020 have just opened, so please read on to find out about the different book clubs on offer, and how to sign up. BOOK CLUBS AT READINGS STATE LIBRARY

Readings State Library runs four adult book clubs. All groups meet monthly in the shop to discuss a

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Meet the guest judges for the Readings Prizes in 2020

We’re delighted to reveal our three guest judges for the Readings Prizes in 2020.

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 Indie Book Awards shortlist 2020

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 There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett Bruny by Heather Rose The Wife and the Widow by Christ…

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Finalists for National Book Critics Circle Awards 2019

The finalists for this year’s National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) awards have been announced. The NBCC honours outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.

Here is the complete list of NBCC Award finalists for the publishing year 2019:

Fiction Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg The Topeka School by Ben Ler…

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The 100 bestselling books at Readings in 2019

Here are our 100 bestselling books from the past year. We’ve also compiled our 10 bestselling albums of 2019 and our 10 bestselling DVDs of 2019.

Of the 100 books listed below…

32 are non-fiction
31 are fiction
14 are children’s books (4 picture books, 2 junior grade books, 6 middle grade books, 2 YA books)
13 are biographies or memoirs
5 are crime reads
3 are cookbooks
3 are collecte…

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The Costa Book Awards winners 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 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. They are intended to reward the most enjoyable book in each category, with the winner of the overall £30,000 book of the year prize to be announced on 28 January.

First novel

The wi…

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