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The Voss Literary Prize longlist 2018

The longlist for the 2018 Voss Literary Prize has been announced.

The longlisted titles are:

No More Boats by Felicity Castagna The Life to Come by Michelle De Kretser First Person by Richard Flanagan The Last Garden by Eva Hornung The Choke by Sofie Laguna Storyland by Catherine McKinnon Border Districts by Gerald Murnane The Book of Dirt by Bram Presser From the Wreck by Jane Rawson Half Wil

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What we’re reading: Meg Medina, Ibi Zoboi & Brian K. Vaughan

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. Paul Barr is listening to Deran by Bombino

Tuareg musician Bombino has a new album out and it’s a beauty. Similar in style to other desert blues bands like Tinariwen, Bombino has a heavier guitar sound and likes to riff and rock out a bit more than most. This …

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Joyful picture books about family life

Here are some of our favourite stories about the small delights and joys of regular family life – from breakfast and bathtime, to puddle hunting and visits to Grandma’s house. The Longest Breakfast by Jenny Bornholdt & Sarah Wilkins

A funny and warm celebration of family chaos. Malcolm is awakened by a baby and sets about finding something for breakfast. A string of new arrivals – including…

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YA books to make you laugh

by Leanne Hall

Sometimes what’s needed in life is a book that’s light, entertaining and full of characters and situations that make you laugh. We’ve put together some of our favourite funny YA books for your perusing pleasure. Chloe Snow’s Diary: Confessions of a High School Disaster by Emma Chastain

Actress Emma Chastain’s debut book is so funny that Readings staff members messaged each other lists of th…

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Finalists announced for the Melbourne Prize for Literature and Awards 2018

The finalists for the Melbourne Prize for Literature 2018 and Awards have been announced.

This year’s Awards include the new Readings Residency Award, (supported by Readings). Developed to help early-career authors to immerse themselves in their literary pursuits in a unique environment in the heart of Melbourne’s creative community and to travel, the winner will receive $5,000 cash, a residency…

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The best new crime reads in September

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

Mejia’s first book, The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman, was a wonderful study of a small town dealing with large problems. In Leave No Trace, the trouble is much more personal. The city of Duluth is rocked when a store theft turns into something more deadly and the young man at the centre of it is the near-mythical Lucas Blackthorn: The Lost…

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The Readings State Library shop is moving

As part of the State Library Victoria’s Vision 2020 redevelopment project to refurbish and renovate the library, our State Library shop is getting a shiny new look and a new location!

Our current shop will be closing on Monday 17 September, before reopening on Friday 21 September in its new location at the State Library Victoria’s Russell St entrance (285-321 Russell St, Melbourne).

Our new Sta…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

Brezania by Anthony Breslin Lord of the Fleas (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 5) by Dav Pilkey Pig the Grub by Aaron Blabey The 104-Storey Treehouse (Book 8) by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls: Volume 2 by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo Splashy Weird! (WeirDo Book 11) by Anh Do & Jules Faber Kissed by the Moon by Alison Lester In My Heart: A Book of Feelings b…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari Normal People by Sally Rooney The Helpline by Katherine Collette No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani (translated by Omid Tofighian) Dark Emu (New edition) by Bruce Pascoe A Letter from Paris by Louisa Deasey New Power by Jeremy Heimans & Henry Timms horse by Ania Walwicz The Life to Come by Mic…

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Eight recommended #OwnVoices novels

by Zach Edge

The #OwnVoices movement has spread like wildfire over the last few years, a movement based on books involving diversity, written by authors from those diverse communities. #Ownvoices books are a great way to expand your knowledge of the world and deal with some topics you may not find much elsewhere, and while you’re at it, help support underrepresented authors. Here is a list of some great #Own…

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