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Five Books that surprised me in 2013

by Emily Gale

I’ve written elsewhere about my favourite children’s and young adult books of 2013, a task that can feel as controversial as picking a favourite child because of the wide variety of books in our department (i.e. not impossible but liable to change on any given day). But there’s also a list of books I could categorise as ‘surprises’ – books I didn’t think I’d love, that I read out of duty but ende…

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Our Christmas Gift Guides for 2013

On the hunt for a perfect Christmas gift? We’ve got you covered with our series of handy guides and ideas for all the people in your life.

Here’s a round up of our gift guides:

Our Gift Guide for Parents Our Gift Guide for your Significant Other Our Gift Guide for Kids and Young Adults Our Gift Guide for Hard-to-buy-for People

Not to mention:

10 Gift Ideas for Ethical and Socially Responsi

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10 Gift Ideas for Ethical and Socially Responsible Shoppers

by Kara Nicholson

Bookseller Kara Nicholson has compiled a list of ten gift ideas for shoppers aspiring to be ethical and socially responsible consumers this Christmas.

1. People & Planet Calendar 2014 ($24.95)

This is a great gift for lovers of beautiful photography, and for those who want their purchases to contribute to a more just and environmentally sustainable world. People & Planet are a Melbourne bas…

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The Readings Foundation Grant Recipients Announced for 2014

The Readings Foundation, established in 2009 to support individuals and organisations that wish to further the development of literacy, community work and the arts, has announced grants totalling $134, 750 to support a range of projects and organisations within Victoria in 2014.

Next year, the Foundation will fund projects that encourage an appreciation of books and reading, including projects …

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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 House of Cards

It took me some time to come round to watching the American version of House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey. Even though I love him, I don’t understand why the Americans always have to put their slant on good-…

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Five Surprisingly Good Books by Hollywood Celebrities

Here are five books written by Hollywood celebrities that you don’t need to feel embarrassed about buying.

When it Happens to You by Molly Ringwald

Tales of love, loss, and betrayal are at the heart of When It Happens to You, the debut novel in stories from actress and author Molly Ringwald.

A Hollywood icon, Ringwald defined the teenage experience in the eighties in such classic films as …

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Our Gift Guide for Hard-To-Buy-For People

In the final part of our totally-and-completely-fail-proof-Christmas-shopping-guides-for-2013, here are our gift ideas for the people in your life who are tricky to shop for.

Your partner’s parents who you’re still getting to know Jamie Durie’s Edible Garden Design ($49.99) is a classy gift book for people who like gardening, cooking, design - or all three! (The book’s design which is i…

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Mick Harvey wins the Civic Choice Award for the 2014 Melbourne Music Prize

Mick Harvey has been announced as the Civic Choice winner of the Melbourne Music Prize for 2014 and Readings proudly sponsored the award with a $4,000 cash prize. This year’s Melbourne Prize for Music attracted a record number of votes for the Civic Choice Award, which shows Mick Harvey is much-loved by the Melbourne community, and it is a testament to his talent.

Dave Clarke (Readings Music B

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Our Gift Guide for Kids and Teens

by Emily Gale

In part four of our totally-and-completely-fail-proof-Christmas-shopping-guides-for-2013, our children’s & YA book specialist Emily Gale compiles some excellent gift ideas for kids and teens.

Creative Gifts Animation Studio ($29.95)

Stop-motion movies are an ideal way of putting those iPods/Pads/cameras etc to good use and this kit provides everything they need to get started. They’ll …

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