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Q&A with Justin Heazlewood

Justin Heazlewood – AKA The Bedroom Philosopher – talks about his rogue self-help book.

In Funemployed, you look at the actualities of being a working artist in Australia. Can you tell about your motivation to write this book, and how the process unfolded?

I was down and out! I was thousands of dollars in debt from an overly ambitious Melbourne Comedy Festival campaign. I was bitter and burnt…

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The story of my book: Last Bets

by Michaela McGuire

I was overseas when I first read the news report, ‘Man dies in casino fray.’ I’d been scanning the newspapers for weeks out of homesickness and habit, but this headline caused my heart to stop beating as I waited for the story to load. A few weeks earlier, I’d had a huge fight with my boyfriend in a grand old casino in the Czech Republic. He wanted to gamble, and show off his Russian, and I wasn’…

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Sam Cooney on Kurt Vonnegut’s sense of humour

by Sam Cooney

In primary school, I learned pretty quickly that there were two ways to find yourself lying on the playground concrete, holding your stomach and gasping for air. A fist or a knee from an older or bigger kid straight into the guts: that’d do it every time. The other way was by laughing so much I couldn’t possibly stay vertical. Many of my school years were punctuated by equal parts roughhousing an…

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Liam Pieper chats to Lorelei Vashti about The Feel-Good Hit of the Year

by Lorelei Vashti

The photo on the cover of The Feel-Good Hit of the Year is of a boy who looks like he’s running away from something. It was taken at Labassa, the National Trust-listed nineteenth-century mansion in Caulfield where the author, Liam Pieper, lived as a child.

‘Dad took the photo,’ Pieper says. ‘I can’t remember it, but I assume we were playing Robin Hood, ’cause that was my Robin Hood outfit.’ He p…

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Martin Shaw’s top picks for June

by Martin Shaw

Of all the book titles I’ve ever come across, Janet Frame’s You Are Now Entering the Human Heart remains one of my all-time favourites. It’s wonderful news then that the Text series of generally overlooked Australian and New Zealand classics now includes Frame’s debut novel, Owls Do Cry. Evocatively, Angela Meyer in her review writes: ‘At the end, you are lying down, there is weight on your chest

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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.

Bronte is reading American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

One of the best things about working in a bookshop is being surrounded by people who have Lots of Important Opinions about Books. Of course, the problem of working in bookshops is that some…

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The story of my book: Conversations with Creative Women: Volume II

by Tess McCabe

Producing the Conversations with Creative Women series was very much a classic case of creating the type of book I wanted to read.

I love learning about how people manage their small businesses, but I don’t love reading business books. I want to be inspired but I don’t want to be overwhelmed or feel that I can’t relate to other people’s paths to success. I want to read Australian stories. And I …

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Miles Allinson wins the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript

Congratulations to Readings staff member Miles Allinson for being named the winner of the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript!

The award was announced last night at the opening of the Emerging Writers' Festival where Allinson read from his prize-winning manuscript, ‘Fever of Animals’ which the judges described as elegant and thoughtful. Dense and moody, this…

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Top picks for Emerging Writers' Festival

The Emerging Writers' Festival kicks off tonight with an electrifying new line-up of writers, events and venues trailed across the Melbourne CBD. To help you navigate this jam-packed-with-goodness program, we’ve asked some of the festival’s guests to share their top picks. Luke Ryan, author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo:

Is there any festival on Earth as unlikely as the Emergi…

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