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This Love Your Bookshop Day, we want to see your dream bookshop!

Love Your Bookshop Day is happening across Australia on Saturday 10 August. This day is all about celebrating and loving your local bookshops and to celebrate, we’re holding a very special and utterly madcap competition for primary-school aged kids.

This Love Your Bookshop Day, we want to see your dream bookshop drawings!

Why? Andy Griffths and Terry Denton are looking for inspiration for a s…

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The Davitt Awards shortlist 2019

Sisters in Crime has announced a shortlist of 25 books for its 19th Davitt Awards for best crime books written by Australian women. The shortlist comprises of nine adult novels, five Young Adult (YA) novels, five children’s novels, and six non-fiction books. A remarkable 11 of these books are debut crime novels and will be battling it out for the best debut crime book award. Here are the shortl…

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Sign up for our book clubs at Readings State Library

We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for the next round of book clubs hosted at our State Library store. The State Library (SLV) book club was first launched at the beginning of this year and has been a great success.

Non-fiction book club

The Readings State Library Non-fiction Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 6pm–8pm. The first book club pick f…

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Readings staff share their MIFF 2019 top picks

This year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) program is jam-packed. Stuck on what to see? Our staff share their most-anticipated films below. Pro tip: It looks like lots of people are keen to see Jim Jarmusch’s new flick, so book it while tickets last! Joanna Di Mattia recommends foreign films and a healthy dose of romance

I’ve been a regular at MIFF for over 20 years and sitting …

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Our top picks for kids & teens at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019

The program for the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) 2019 has been revealed, and there’s plenty of fabulous events for kids and teens. Browsing the amazing Family Day and YA Day programs is a great place to start, but here are our top recommendations for enjoying MWF with young people. FOR KIDS Maxine Beneba Clarke: Fashionista

Maxine Beneba Clarke’s latest picture book, Fashionista, enco…

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Our top picks for Melbourne Writers Festival 2019

Staff share their top picks from this year’s Melbourne Writers (MWF) Festival program. We’ve compiled a list of 10 of the international guests we’re really excited to see here, and you can browse the full 2019 program here. Ellen Cregan recommends…

Kim Gordon in Conversation

Like any die-hard fan of new wave and grunge, I am a lover of Kim Gordon. I definitely want to make it to her session…

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What We’re Reading: Sedgwick, Ziffer, Campbell and Morris

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.

Mike Shuttleworth is reading Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black by Marcus Sedgwick, Julian Sedgwick and Alexis Deacon

I’m squeezing in Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black, an illustrated novel for teenagers by brothers Marcus and Julian Sedgwic…

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Q&A with Eleni Hale

Eleni Hale is one of the six authors shortlisted for 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize for her powerful story of survival and hope, Stone Girl. In this interview, she talks about the inspiration behind the book, find the voice of her amazing main character Sophie, and balancing light and dark in a novel for young adults. Congratulations on being shortlisted for the Readings YA Book Prize! …

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