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The Australian Book Design Awards shortlists 2019

The Australian Book Design Awards celebrate the bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books published in Australia each year.

Here are some of the 2019 shortlistees for the different award categories

Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover

Dinner with the Dissidents, design by Josh Durham (Design by Committee) The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, design by Hazel Lam The Way Things

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Our Easter and Anzac Day opening hours for 2019

Here are the changes to our regular trading hours for each of our seven shops over the Easter holidays and Anzac Day. You can view the shop pages here. EASTER AND ANZAC DAY OPENING HOURS AT READINGS CARLTON

Friday 19 April (Good Friday) – 10am - 9pm
Saturday 20 April – 10am - 9pm
Sunday 21 April (Easter Sunday) – 10am - 9pm
Monday 22 April (Easter Monday) – 10am - 9pm
Thursday 25 April (Anz…

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Q&A with Readings Children’s Book Prize winner Carly Nugent

We sat down with the Carly Nugent – author of the 2019 Readings Children’s Book Prize winner The Peacock Detectives – to talk about what makes a good mystery, what inspired her book and what she’s been reading.

Congratulations on winning the Readings Children’s Book Prize! Can you tell us a bit about why you wanted to write this story? Has the book been with you for a while?

Thank you! It’s s…

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Carly Nugent wins the 2019 Readings Children’s Book Prize

by Freya Howarth

We’re thrilled to reveal that the winner of this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize is The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent!

Established in 2014, the Readings Children’s Book Prize celebrates on-the-rise Australian authors and is awarded to the book that children will love best.

Carly Nugent’s quirky mystery about family and friendship is a fitting winner. This heartfelt depiction of fa…

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Richard Powers wins the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Richard Powers has won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel, The Overstory.

An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are commu…

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What we’re reading: McLean, Kerr and Perlman

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. Chris Gordon is reading The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean

Last week I read the wonderful The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. This is an atmospheric read about a summer in 1992 when three girls disappear from a small Australian town.…

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Six fantastic new picture books

by Leanne Hall

There has been a wave of gorgeously-illustrated and skilfully-written picture books this month. Picture books are often viewed as solely for young audiences, but many are objects of art that can be enjoyed by all ages. Here are six new picture books that can be appreciated by young and old. Our Little Inventor by Sher Rill Ng

Enter a fantastical steampunk world in Australian author-illustr…

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The ABIA Book shortlists 2019

The Australian Book Industry Awards Academy has announced the ABIA Book shortlists for 2019.

Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, narrators, and publishers.

General fiction book of the year Scrublands by Chris Hammer The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland The Nowhere Child by Christian White The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris Lit…

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