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What we’re reading: Saunders, Forsyth, and Maas

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. Joe Rubbo is reading A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders

Some of George Saunders happiest memories arise from teaching Russian short stories to a small group of students - 6, to be exact, chosen from a pool of 600 - at Syracuse Un…

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Q&A with Todd Alexander

‘In any recipe for tree changes, a large spoonful of madness helps…’

Please enjoy this excerpt of our Q&A with author Todd Anderson, hosted by Christine Gordon. Todd Anderson’s memoir You’ve Got to Be Kidding: A Shedload of Wine and a Farm Full of Goats is a glimpse into the life we could have, if we were to muster our courage and trade it all for a move to the country.

In You’ve Got to Be Ki

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The Readings Children’s Book Prize shortlist 2021

by Clare Millar

The Readings Children’s Book Prize celebrates exciting new voices in Australian children’s literature. This year’s six shortlisted titles are for readers aged 5 to 12.

The 2021 shortlist is:

The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore
The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks
Aussie Kids: Meet Taj at the Lighthouse by Maxine Beneba Clarke & illustrated by Nicki Greenberg
The Grandest Booksho

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Learning to love board books

by Bronte Coates

Online bookseller Bronte shares the joy she discovered in reading board and baby books together with a small person.

I’ve always thought of myself as an enlightened picture book reader. I’ve been buying them for my home shelves for the entirety of my adult life – years before I ever thought seriously about becoming a parent – and have often expressed my belief that illustrated books are for al…

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The CBCA notable books of 2021

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Notable Books for 2021. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers!

The CBCA Awards were first presented in 1946 and are the longest-running book awards in Australia.

CBCA National Chair Wendy Rapee said it was a year when we needed stories more than ever, and our storytellers came through with a record-break…

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First Nations writers to read in 2021

As we continue to look ahead to the year in books, we’re excited for all the First Nations voices being published in 2021. Here is a round-up previewing just a few of the fantastic releases that have already piqued our interest. Please note, this list is incomplete, but we do hope it reflects the wide array of titles on offer. FICTION & NON-FICTION FOR ADULTS Born into This by Adam Thomso…

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Our events are moving online

by Chris Gordon

Everyone knows that the most special stories involve resilience and magic. Today’s story is no different.

Once upon a time there was a group of readers and writers who loved to meet in the shadowed corners of book shops. That is until one day, a terrible spell fell upon the land and it was no longer safe to gather. Instead, people from all over the country went home to hear the story makers, th…

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The ABIA Book longlists 2021

The longlists for the 2021 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. The ABIAs celebrate the best books of the year, as judged by Australian book industry members.

The titles in each category are…

General fiction book of the year The Bluffs by Kyle Perry The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams The Godmothers by Monica McInerney The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan The

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