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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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Kids and YA July Round-up

by Emily Gale

As the start of a new school term draws near, our kids and YA books selection is full of last-minute rabble-rousers and rebels!

Recent law graduate Skye Melki-Wegner decided to meld her love of fantasy with the Human Rights element of her degree to create Chasing the Valley, the first story in a trilogy, which follows the trials of a group of teenage refugees fleeing a fictional homeland w…

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MIFF Next Gen Highlights

by Thomas Caldwell, Next Gen Coordinator

Next Gen is MIFF’s unique program of entertaining and challenging cinema for audiences of all ages. Coordinator Thomas Caldwell gives us the lowdown on what to expect for 2013.

For young viewers the animated Moon Man, based on Tomi Ungerer’s classic picture book of the same name is a delight. Adult audiences will also find much to enjoy from the film’s Monty Pythonesque surreal sight gags. The…

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Getting back up on the horse

by Samuel Rutter

Samuel Rutter writes on the life, work and fatalistic Southern failings of William Faulkner.

James Franco in film adaptation of *As I Lay Dying*

Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner William Faulkner has been portrayed in popular culture as something of a boozy, tortured genius (think the Coen brothers’ Barton Fink, for one). We can expect to see less of the man and more of his work on …

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What I Loved: House of Pleasures by Bertrand Bonello

by Gerard Elson

When it screened at last year’s Alliance Française French Film Festival, Bertrand Bonello’s lavish, lugubrious fin de siècle bore the superior title House of Tolerance. The term was a euphemism for a brothel around the turn of the twentieth century and, given the tenor and milieu of Bonello’s film (which is set in the languid world of high-end prostitution), this was perhaps a far more befitting …

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What We’re Watching at MIFF

Here at Readings, we’re very excited about the Melbourne International Film Festival. Last week our film expert Fiona Hardy rounded up her top picks of the festival. Now we’re sharing some of the films our staff are going to see.

Nina’s MIFF List

I bought a ten session eMini pass and my list of MIFF movies includes:

Fruitvale Station

Inspired by the true story of a police shooting in 2009…

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