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The Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist 2020

The shortlist for the 2020 Booker Prize has been announced!

Here are the six books listed on the shortlist:

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste Real Life by Brandon Taylor Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Chair of the 2020 judges, Margaret Busby, comments: “The best novels often prepare our socie…

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The Voss Literary Prize longlist 2020

The longlist for the 2020 Voss Literary Prize has been announced.

The longlisted titles are:

The Year of the Beast by Steven Carroll Crossings by Alex Landragin Simpson Returns by Wayne Macauley The Rich Man’s House by Andrew McGahan The Palace of Angels by Mohammed Massoud Morsi The Trespassers by Meg Mundell Fusion by Kate Richards Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar…

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A message from our programming and events manager

by Chris Gordon

I’ve been considering the collective noun for Melburnians of late, and have come up with ‘despondency’ as a term that seems to capture how we are all feeling: a little lost, a little sad and a little worried. Some days this emotion weighs heavily on me; I rise and don my activewear, walk for my allotted hour, talk with my family, tidy a little and contemplate dinner. But there are moments in my d…

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Enter our Readings Jigsaw Puzzle competition

We have a brand new version of our popular Readings Jigsaw Puzzle in stock, available now from our shops and online.

Featuring a beautiful picture taken by Melbourne photographer Chris Middleton from inside our Carlton store, this intricate 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle shows a selection of Australian fiction titles and offers hours of entertainment.

To celebrate our puzzle’s release, we’re offering…

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Maggie O'Farrell wins the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020

Irish-British novelist Maggie O'Farrell has won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction for Hamnet, a fictionalised imagining of the death of William Shakespeare’s 11-year-old son.

A stunning portrait of bereavement and a richly-detailed glimpse into 16th century England, Hamnet is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink. It is also the story of a kestrel and its mis…

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The Baillie Gifford Prize longlist 2020

The £50,000 Baillie Gifford Prize is the UK’s most prestigious award for nonfiction writing. This year’s longlist features a diverse list of topics. Two former winners are listed – Barbara Demick and , as well as the youngest ever author in prize history to be longlisted – 16-year old activist and autism advocate Dara McAnulty.

The titles on the 2020 longlist are:

One Two Three Four by Craig B…

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Winners of the Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2020

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 One Careless Night by…

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The International Dublin Literary Award shortlist 2020

Congratulations to the 10 authors shortlisted for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award.

Sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Libraries, the International Dublin Literary Award aims to promote excellence in world literature and is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English. The award awards prize money of €100,000; if the book ha…

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Support Indigenous Literacy Day 2020

Today is Indigenous Literacy Day!

Indigenous Literacy Day is organised by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), who do great work fostering a love of reading and books with First Nations children in remote communities around Australia.

As this ongoing health crisis continues to up-end the everyday lives of people around the country, the foundation is working harder than ever to provide comm…

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Marieke Lucas Rijneveld wins the International Booker Prize 2020

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld has been selected the winner of this year’s Man Booker International Prize for their debut novel, The Discomfort of Evening. Dutch author Rijneveld and English-language translator Michele Hutchison will share equally in the £50,000 prize.

A bestselling sensation in the Netherlands, The Discomfort of Evening is a highly original and extraordinary portrait of a family disto…

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