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Fangirling about Rainbow Rowell

Three of our staff – Nina Kenwood, Emily Gale and Bronte Coates – come together to chat about young adult author Rainbow Rowell’s novels Fangirl and Eleanor and Park.

NK: Let’s start with Fangirl, because we all read that first. I loved it. Between this and the utterly brilliant, devastating Eleanor and Park, I am an official Rainbow Rowell fangirl. How did you both feel about Fangirl? Wha…

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Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2014

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships! The Readings Foundation is supporting The Hot Desk Fellowships with a $20,000 grant.

Each winner will receive a desk of their own at the Wheeler Centre for two months, plus a $1000 stipend provided by the Readings Foundation.

The twenty winning writers for 2014 include André Dao, Aurelia Guo, Bernadette Hince, C…

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

Diary of a Foreign Minister by Bob Carr Australian Notebooks by Betty Churcher The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Stoner by John Williams Cadence by Emma Ayres N by John A. Scott By Its Cover by Donna Leon Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi Burial Rites by Hannah Kent We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Two Australian non-fiction titles top our bestsellers this week: …

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Win a prize-pack of the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2014 shortlist

Win a prize-pack of all eight books in the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2014 shortlist!

Calling all kids who love books!

In celebration of our inaugural shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize, we’re giving away a prize-pack of our entire shortlist to one lucky winner. To enter our competition simply tell us why you love to read. Do you like to make new friends in the pages? Do you l…

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What we’re listening to on Record Store Day

This Saturday 19 April is Record Store Day and to celebrate we’re offering 20% off all vinyl bought in store, and hosting a special free gig with Australian musician Dan Sultan at our St Kilda shop! Here’s a selection of music our staff are listening to.

Chris is listening to Pavement

Pavement are maybe the best band to listen to if you want to become bored with every garbage decision you’v…

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What books would Hermione Granger read as an adult?

by Bronte Coates

She’d indulge in literary snobbery.

For the most part, I see Hermione’s taste as being rather high-brow and - dare I say - she’d probably be a huge snob when it came to her bookshelves. She’d read all the big awards - which in recent times includes Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries (winner of the 2013 Man Booker) and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch (winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize) - as well as the …

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The story of my book: Kate by Kevin Burgemeestre

by Kevin Burgemeestre

Author and illustrator Kevin Burgemeestre tells us the story behind Kate, a graphic novel that tells the story of two young people and a battered, heroic hound through words and illustrations.

Writing this novel parachuted me back into my teenage years. I was not a good teenager - I was not cool, not great at sport and, to top it off, I was a bit of a nerd. Like me, my main character in my gra…

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

Australian Notebooks by Betty Churcher Stoner by John Williams Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Diary of a Foreign Minister by Bob Carr The Sleepers Almanac No. 9 edited by Zoe Dattner & Louise Swinn The Feast Goes on by Monday Morning Cooking Club Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Playing To Win by Michael Gordon Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

After a wonderfull…

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What we’re reading

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving.

Robbie is reading Flash Boys by Michael Lewis & Made to Break by D. Foy

I am reading two very different books. The first, Flash Boys, tells the story of high frequency trading on the US stock market. It sounds dull, but Lewis is a master at br…

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Conversations with small publishers: Brass Monkey Books

by Kabita Dhara

This week we interview three small presses about why they started their project, and what exciting projects they have in the works. Here, Kabita Dhara tells us about Brass Monkey Books. What were your reasons for establishing Brass Monkey Books?

I had long been a bit frustrated that so many of the Indian books written in English that we get in the West either explore the migration story or ar…

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