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Meet the bookseller with Robbie Egan from Readings Carlton

We chat to Readings Carlton Manager Robbie Egan about how he came to be a bookseller, meeting Jim Shepard in a New York bookstore and his love of Don DeLillo’s White Noise. Why do you work in books?

I was 25 years old with a young daughter and I’d been living in London for a couple of years and suddenly had responsibilities. The only thing I wanted to do was work in a bookshop. I loved readin…

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Q&A with Gillian Mears, author of Foal’s Bread

by Pip Newling

Pip Newling from our Hawthorn shop interviews Australian author Gillian Mears about her new novel - and first in sixteen years - Foal’s Bread. You have said before that you found something golden about growing up in the country and in Foal’s Bread all of the characters share this belief despite the trials and boredom they experience. What did growing up in the country give you and your underst…

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Q&A with Steven Amsterdam, author of What The Family Needed

by Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw interviews Steven Amsterdam about the new work of fiction, What The Family Needed. Things We Didn’t See Coming*, your 2009 debut novel, was categorised by some reviewers as a ‘dystopian fiction’, a bit of a catch-all phrase that overlooked the rather ebullient inner lives of the protagonists. Are you having a little joke with those who may have pigeonholed you so by now writing a b…

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Q&A with Tony Birch, author of Blood

by Jo Case

Jo Case talks to Melbourne author Tony Birch about his latest novel, Blood. You’re best known as a short-story writer, for your collections Shadowboxing and Father’s Day. Do you think your experience in that form affected how you approached writing a novel?

There are scenes in Blood that were conceptualised in a similar manner to the way I have approached short story writing. I sometimes have…

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Q&A with Alex Miller, author of Autumn Laing

by Mark Rubbo

Readings Managing Director Mark Rubbo interviews Alex Miller, one of Australia’s most lauded novelists, about his latest, Autumn Laing. You acknowledge that the book is loosely based on Sunday Reed and Sidney Nolan, and I notice that the cover of your novel, The Sitters, features a work by Joy Hester, who was also part of the Heide circle and a great friend of Sunday Reed’s. Has this theme bee…

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Q&A with Charlotte Wood, author of Animal People

by Jo Case

Jo Case interviews Sydney author Charlotte Wood about her latest novel, Animal People. In Animal People, you revisit the family from The Children, concentrating on the hapless (middle-aged man-child) brother, Stephen. What drew you to revisit this family and these characters? And why Stephen?

It didn’t occur to me for quite some time after The Children was finished to revisit Stephen. I knew …

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Meet the Bookseller with Jessica Au from St Kilda

We talk to Jessica Au, bookseller at Readings St Kilda, about her favourite books, life working in a bookshop and discovering her doppelgänger. Why do you work in books?

I reasoned it thus: 1. I love books. 2. Bookshops stock books. Therefore, I will love bookshops. So far, the theory’s held good.

What’s the best book you’ve read lately and why?

Melanie Joosten’s Berlin Syndrome – tense, sh…

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Readings Foundation supports 20 new Wheeler Centre Fellowships

At the awards dinner for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards last night, outgoing director of the Wheeler Centre Chrissy Sharp announced the introduction of 20 new Wheeler Centre Writers' Fellowships. These fellowships will allow 20 writers access to a desk at the Wheeler Centre, each for a two month period, along with a stipend of $1000.

Readings is proud to be supporting these new fellows…

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Q&A with Alice Pung, author of Her Father’s Daughter

by Phoebe Bond

Phoebe Bond talks to Melbourne author Alice Pung about her second memoir, Her Father’s Daughter, which comes after her hugely popular Unpolished Gem of 2006. Your second book delves into your migrant parents’ over-protective impulses, while simultaneously managing to maintain a respectful distance. Do you also have the desire to protect your parents? Where do you draw the line between what you…

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Q&A with Anna Funder, author of All That I Am

by Jo Case

Jo Case interviews Australian writer Anna Funder, of Stasiland fame, about her first foray into fiction, All That I Am. The idea of choosing not to witness – and the moral responsibilities that carries – is central to the book. There are characters who don’t see things they don’t want to know about those closest to them. And on a national level, Britain seems to wilfully choose not to know wha…

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