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Books, Films and CDs for Halloween

It’s Halloween! It might not be a real holiday in Australia (yet!) but it is a great excuse to celebrate all things creepy. Here’s a round-up of the scary books, films and CDs we think you should be reading, watching and listening to today:

Five books to read this Halloween

Spooky books for kids and teens

Five films to watch this Halloween

Five CDs to play this Halloween

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Q&A with Jen Storer, author of Truly Tan

by Emily Gale

Jen Storer is the author of children’s books The Accidental Princess and Tensy Farlow and the Home For Mislaid Children. Here she chats about her latest book, Truly Tan, a funny and action-packed mystery for readers 8 and up.

The first book in your Truly Tan series is a ghostly adventure that had my eight-year-old completely hooked. Can you tell us about some of your influences? I thought i

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Five CDs To Play This Halloween

by Ingrid Josephine

Music lover Ingrid Josephine makes suggestions for some CDs to play this Halloween – a couple of which are perhaps not so much ‘scary’ as appropriately named.

***Halloween Classics* by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra**

What better way to kick off this list than with ghoulish delights from the Greats such as Puccini’s ‘Witches’ Sabbath’, Chopin’s ‘Funeral March’, Mozart’s ‘The Statue Drags …

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Q&A with Lachlann Carter, founder of 100 Story Building

by Nina Kenwood

100 Story Building is a new social enterprise and centre for young writers. Here Nina Kenwood chats with founder Lachlann Carter.

Can you tell us a little about 100 Story Building? How did the project begin?

100 Story Building provides opportunities for the most marginalised children and young people in the inner west of Melbourne to develop the literacy skills, confidence and sense of belongin…

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Spooky Fun: our picks for children’s and YA books this Halloween

by Emily Gale

In Australia we’re still divided about how to celebrate Halloween, or whether to bother at all, but this collection of spooky books contains something for everyone, from pre-schoolers to teens.

For younger readers:

Meg and Mog: Three Terrific Tales by Helen Nicholl and Jan Pienkowski

The Meg and Mog (and Owl!) stories have been popular for 30 years. Author Helen Nicholl’s recent death cam…

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Meet the Bookseller with Selena Tan

We chat with Selena Tan about what she’s reading right now, and why the smell of a new book is so tempting.

Why do you work in books?

I love the smell of books, and receiving stock is always potentially exciting. Like the time I discovered I Am Maru by mugumogu straight out of the box. Also, there is the possibility of meeting authors I admire. David Levithan is definitely my meet-the-autho…

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Why we need a prize for women’s writing

by Monica Dux

In a result that has warmed many a literary feminist’s heart, Hilary Mantel was last week awarded her second Man Booker Prize for the stunning novel Bring Up the Bodies. In Australia cockles had already been pre-heated by Anna Funder’s win earlier this year, taking out the Miles Franklin Award for All That I Am.

At a time when there’s so much gender fury being expressed in other areas of publi…

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Launch Speech: Raimond Gaita on Our Harsh Logic

by Raimond Gaita

Our Harsh Logic describes itself as a book of testimonies by Israeli soldiers who served on the West Bank and Gaza strip between 2000 and 2010. For obvious reasons, its 374 pages make for depressing reading. How could it be otherwise? Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967 and withdrew from Gaza only in 2005, to invade it again in 2009. Israel’s external control over Gaza remains so complet…

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Five Scary Books To Read This Halloween

Halloween is next Wednesday and to celebrate we’ve put together a list of books, both old and new, that will (hopefully) scare you silly.

The thing under my bed waiting to grab my ankle isn’t real. I know that, and I also know that if I’m careful to keep my foot under the covers, it will never be able to grab my ankle. - Stephen King, foreword from Night Shift (1978)

There are plenty of the…

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Five Scary Films To Watch This Halloween

by Gerard Elson

Our film specialist, Gerard Elson, picks out five great DVDs to watch this Halloween.

**Cabin in the Woods**

Scripted by geek doyen Joss Whedon, this is a gleeful subversion of every hackneyed trope in the horror movie handbook, made electric by its creator’s knack for pithy, pop-culture-savvy dialogue and wicked character-based gags. By its apocalyptic end, this ultimately offers no less t…

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