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Q&A with Zane Lovitt, author of The Midnight Promise

by Fiona Hardy

Zane Lovitt chats with Fiona Hardy about his new book, The Midnight Promise.

The Midnight Promise is the tale of Melbourne private eye John Dorn’s downward spiral told in ten stories. With your past in the non-fiction realm of documentary, what drew you to (thankfully) choose crime fiction as a genre?

Long ago I heard someone say that crime fiction is the ‘king of genres’, and I recall tha…

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Q&A with Patrick Holland, author of The Darkest Little Room

by Jessica Au

Patrick Holland chats with Jessica Au about his new book, The Darkest Little Room.

Tell us about the genesis of this novel – how did The Darkest Little Room begin for you?

It’s always difficult to say exactly when and where a novel begins. There are always complex and, even for an author, mysterious causes. Certainly having spent so much time in Saigon over the last five years meant the cit…

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Shortlist for the 2012 Inky Awards Announced

Australian authors Em Bailey and Leanne Hall, as well as international novelists Patrick Ness and Laini Taylor, have been included on this year’s shortlist.

The Inky Awards are Australia’s teen-choice awards as voted for by readers of Insideadog.

The 2012 judging panel consisted of four teenagers from around Australia, author James Moloney and industry expert Danielle Binks. Together they have…

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Q&A with Emily Maguire, author of Fishing for Tigers

by Bronte Coates

Emily Maguire chats with Bronte Coates about her new book, Fishing for Tigers.

Your first novel, Taming the Beast, portrays an intimate relationship between a female student and her male teacher. Here, you explore a relationship between an older woman and younger man. How aware were you of differences and stereotypes while writing these characters?

Age and gender and all that play a part i…

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The Story of My Book: Jay Kristoff on Stormdancer

by Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff tells us the story behind Stormdancer, the first book in his YA dystopian steampunk series.

It was a dream that started Stormdancer. Not a dream of literary fame and solid gold money pools and groupies (authors get groupies, right?), but an actual bona fide dream-type dream.

I was querying my first novel at the time, and meeting the kind of success fluffy bunnies meet when try…

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Peter Temple’s Jack Irish on screen

by Mark Rubbo

Readings’ managing director Mark Rubbo takes a first look at the ABC’s forthcoming adaptation of Peter Temple’s novel, Bad Debts.

Peter Temple’s novel Bad Debts was first published in 1996. In it he introduced Jack Irish, a former criminal lawyer. Jack’s wife had been brutally killed by a deranged client who then killed himself, and in the months after her death, Jack drifted, more often tha…

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Meet the Bookseller with Chris Dite from Readings Carlton

We chat with Chris Dite from Readings Carlton about post-climate change adventure novels and possible government assassins at a book launch.

Why do you work in books?

It’s an opportunity to push your tastes onto other people. But more than that, the social capital is intense. I don’t think there’s any other retail job people actually envy you for. It’ll also be nice to look back on when I’…

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The Age Book of the Year Awards announced at MWF 2012

The Melbourne Writers Festival has opened tonight with a keynote address from Simon Callow and the announcement of the winners for The Age Book of the Year Awards.

James Boyce’s intricately-researched investigation into our history - 1835: The Founding Of Melbourne And The Conquest Of Australia - has been named The Age Book of the Year, alongside picking up the award for non-fiction. In Mark Rub…

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Ask a Bookseller: What are the best read-aloud chapter books for kids?

by Kathy Kozlowski

** This week one of our children’s specialists, Kathy Kozlowski, tackles bedtime stories for school-age children.**

‘My child is ready for a chapter book at bedtime, a story we can look forward to reading together each night. Any suggestions?’

What a great time you are entering for both parent and child! Here are a few among the many gems we could suggest:

Enid Blyton’s Magic Farawa

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Queensland Literary Awards 2012 Shortlists Announced

by Andrew McDonald

The shortlists of the Queensland Literary Awards have been announced.

Following on from a successful crowd-funding campaign, the Queensland Literary Awards are up and running and the shortlists are out. The eventual winners will be announced on September 4.

Congratulations not only to all the shortlisted authors and publishers - but also to everyone who has made the awards possible this ye…

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