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A Readings lockdown update from Mark Rubbo

Dear friends of Readings,

Like all Melbournians we found the recent announcement of a six-week lockdown terribly disappointing but the speed with which the virus can spread makes the decision completely understandable.

In the interests of public health and safety we’ll be closing most of our shops to public browsing from tomorrow. We do think books and music are pretty important to our well-bei…

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A spotlight on Everywhere Everything Everyone by Katy Warner

Everywhere Everything Everyone is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

Sixteen-year-old Santee lives on the wrong side of town, and it seems no good can come from mentioning her dad, but, even so, she believes in the safety of her world – that running late for curfew will only mean being grounded, and that the government is working for the good of t…

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What are the current members of the BSC reading?

It’s official. We are head over heels in love with the new The Baby-Sitter’s Club adaptation currently streaming on Netflix, especially the ways in which it has been freshened up for a new audience. While we don’t know for sure what the Gen Z Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey and Dawn are really reading, we’ve taken our best guess – and, of course, we have a few book recommendations for them. …

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NAIDOC week 2020 has moved to November

Last week it was announced that National NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations will now be held from 8-15 November, instead of this week. This decision has been made due to the impacts and uncertainty from the ongoing public health crisis. Regardless, now still feels like a critical time to be reading First Nations voices. Here, some of our staff share their picks for what book you could be reading in Ju…

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Mark’s Say, July 2020

by Mark Rubbo

You might recall that in my last column I contemplated what the impact of the escalating COVID-19 crisis might be and grappled with how we would cope. As we went into lockdown, I was going to read Middlemarch and hoped that some of you might go on a similar journey. Our shops might have been closed but, wonderfully, many of you shifted to buying from us online. It was so heartening, but the numbe…

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Dear Reader, July 2020

by Alison Huber

If you feel like your head will explode if you hear the phrases ‘unprecedented times’ or ‘new normal’ again, then you are in the right place. Welcome to an experience that will take you back to a more comfortable era, delivering a familiar kind of ‘old normal’ that should bring you some feeling of nostalgic relief: perusing an excellent edition of the Readings Monthly. This month’s issue is overf…

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What we’re reading: Ng, Sittenfeld & Brett

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on, or the music we’re loving.

Mark Rubbo is reading The Coal Curse: Resources, Climate and Australia’s Future by Judith Brett

I’ve just read The Coal Curse, the new Quarterly Essay from Judith Brett. This is a terrific analysis of Australia’s post war economy and of the …

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Authors share their favourite fictional visions of Australia

After Australia is a vital anthology that presents 12 visions of Australia’s future from 12 exciting First Nations writers and writers of colour. We asked some of the book’s contributors to share their picks for Australian spec fic readers, and also reflect on their own favourites fictional visions of Australia. What are some of the most memorable visions of Australia you’ve discovered in fict…

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