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Indigenous words & languages in children’s books for NAIDOC Week

by Leanne Hall

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2019 is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth’ – the three key elements set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. In honour of this, and also of the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, we recommend six children’s books that contain Indigenous words and languages, and give voice to the rich lore, culture and knowledge of our First Nations Australians.


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Put your dancing shoes on with the Melbourne Ska Orchestra

by Chris Gordon

On Sunday 14 July, Readings is hosting the explosive, lively Melbourne Ska Orchestra for a live performance at Readings Carlton. I met with Nicky Bomba, the director of Melbourne Ska Orchestra, to talk about how his entire multi-piece orchestra was going to navigate the Readings Carlton bookshop.

‘We could have the brass section popping out of philosophy,’ he said, ‘And the drummer emerging fro…

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A spotlight on The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge

The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge by Clare Strahan is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

‘You’d think since colonisation that Black history and White history would be the same history but that doesn’t take into account history being written by the victors.’

– Clare Strahan, The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge

Here’s what the judges…

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Indigenous stories & voices in books for NAIDOC week

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2019 is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth’ – the three key elements set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. In honour of NAIDOC Week, we’d like to spotlight some of the many books that foreground and give voice to the rich language, culture and lived experiences of First Nations Australians. The books listed below, by no means a complete list, provide a wonderful way for all…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs who want to think deeply about our country… The Yield by Tara June Winch

Tara June Winch’s exquisite tale about reclaiming Indigenous storytelling, language and identity is a powerful exploration of dispossession and a piercing insight into the heart of this country. The novel focuses largely on two characters: Albert Gondiwini – a Wiradjuri man intent on keeping alive the lang…

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A July events round-up

We have a bumper crop of events this month, so we’ve highlighted some key events below for both kids and adults. Please check out our full events calendar here – there’s something for everyone!

For those who love to dance… Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Put on your dancing shoes, Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s live performance is explosive and infectious and it’s coming to Readings! Their unique take…

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What We’re Reading: Kane, Magorian and deWitt

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Alison Huber is reading Rules for Visiting by Jessica Frances Kane

Rules for Visiting came across my desk at just the right time, and I read it in two sittings this week. The narrator, May, is a solitary figure who lives with her aging father in the house she …

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Ask Agatha

Our book advice column is back, and so is our wise and learned bookseller Agatha, who is ready to answer all your tricky (book-related) questions. If you have a question for Agatha please email

Dear Agatha I get up in the evening and I ain’t got nothing to say. I come home in the morning and I go to bed feeling the same way. I ain’t nothing but tired. Man I’m ju…

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