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MIFF Backbeat Highlights

by Lauren Zoric

Come on a sonic journey with MIFF’s expanded Backbeat music documentary program featuring some of the most fascinating characters in contemporary music.

Take a look at what happens when the music industry bites back, with Artifact. Produced and directed by actor/musician Jared Leto, the film centres on his emo band Thirty Seconds To Mars who were platinum-sellers in 2008, but hadn’t seen a cent …

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Melbourne Writers Festival Highlights

The program for the Melbourne Writers Festival is out now and looks great. Here, we share some of our highlights and the sessions we’re planning to see.

Bronte is seeing

If you’ve ever spoken with me about Junot Díaz, or read my review of his second short-story collection This Is How You Lose Her, you’d know I’m one of his embarrassing fans and obviously this means he makes my list of must-…

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An Album That Changed My Life: Swordfishtrombones by Tom Waits

by Michael Awosoga-Samuel

I was 15 and growing up in London at a time in the early 80s when your attire was a direct indication of the music you were listening to. I had already gone through a ‘Rude Boy’ and a ‘Mod’ phase, then a ‘Futurist’ phase in quick succession. (I was able to do this because my older brother had a pretty broad taste in music.) It was a time when you could wear make up to school and no one would star…

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Booker Prize Longlist

The longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2013 has been announced

This year’s longlist is notably diverse, including work from Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Canada and Malaysia and from writers at the start of their careers (Eleanor Catton, aged 28) to those who have been at the writing game for many years (Jim Crace, aged 67).

***Five Star Billionaire* **by Tash Aw

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulaway…

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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.

Emily is reading The Fault In Our Stars

Most of my reading time is devoted to new releases but every so often - when I feel like I’m on a publishing treadmill and need to get off for a while - I let myself read something older. I’d bought a co…

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Readings Book Nook at Classic Cinema

Cinephiles and bibliophiles, we invite you to come down to Classic Cinema in Elsternwick to check out the brand new Readings Book Nook which popped up this week.

The Book Nook is a collection of books available for leisurely browsing by cinema patrons in the foyer while they are waiting for their film or enjoying a glass of wine.

The books in the Book Nook are available for sale at …

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Australia’s Favourite Bookshop Competition

‘Without great bookshops in our country there would be no great Australian books.’ – Markus Zusak author of The Book Thief.

In the lead up to National Bookshop Day celebrations on Saturday 10 August, the The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) are inviting book-lovers to vote for their favourite bookshop.

Everyone who participates in the competition will go into the draw to win $500 wor…

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Upcoming YA Book-to-Film Adaptations

There is a massive wave of YA novels set to become films in the next few years. Our work experience student, Alex MacAffe, looks at three of her favourites.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Based on the first book in Cassandra Clare’s best-selling Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones depicts the story of young New Yorker Clary Fray. Clary has never thought of herself as anything other t…

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Roadtesting Hand Rolled Sushi

by Bronte Coates

Bronte Coates attempts to create a Japanese feast – vegetarian style.

I’m hoping to visit Japan early next year and in anticipation I’ve been trying to learn more about the culture, mostly by reading a lot of books about Japan or from Japanese authors. Recommendions from other Readings' staff included Patrick Holland’s Riding The Trains In Japan, and Taeko Tomioka’s Building Waves, both of whi…

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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.

Chris is watching Downton Abbey

Melbourne winter says to me, get a series, snuggle up and press play on Downton Abbey. I’ve just started with season one, episode one and I’m hooked!

I’m also reading, well behind the rest of Melbourne, but sti…

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