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An Album That Changed My Life: Sky Blue Sky by Wilco

by Bronte Coates

Growing up, I felt acutely self-conscious about my taste in music. I rarely knew bands others brought up in conversation and was too embarrassed to ask about them. I never offered up my own bands. I had a tendency towards pop that no-one else seemed to share except for ‘true fans’ and I didn’t have the trivia knowledge to hang with them. For years, my collection was largely populated by musical s…

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Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser wins the 2013 Miles Franklin

Michelle de Kretser’s Questions of Travel is the winner of the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award

The judges said:

“*Two characters, two stories, each describing a different journey: Laura leaves home in Sydney to roam the world, travelling just because she can, looking for experience but always missing out on love; Ravi leaves home in Sri Lanka because he must, driven by fear for his life and …

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Jawbreakers For Your Eyes

by Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott tells us why art comics are the true radicals of the graphic novels world, from Paper Rad to Kramers Ergot.

It’s been a long time since the 80s and getting longer every day, but looking at headlines about comic books you wouldn’t really know it.

It all started with three books that changed the game forever: two apocalyptic reimaginings of the superhero origins-story, Alan Moo…

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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlist Announced

The 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced! The following books were shortlisted in each award category:

Fiction Floundering by Romy Ash The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser Lost Voices by Christopher Koch Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany
# Non-fiction Bradman’s War by Malcolm Knox Uncommon Soldier by Chris Masters…

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Martin Shaw wins Bookseller of the Year

Our very own Books Manager Martin Shaw was announced Bookseller of the Year at the ABA Conference last night and we couldn’t be more proud.

Martin has been head of our books department here at Readings for 16 years (and worked here for almost 20). In addition, he has been on the programming committee of the Melbourne Writers Festival, an editorial advisor to the literary journal Kill Your

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Our Weekend Recommendations

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, and the music we’re loving.

Jessica is reading The Infatuations by Javier Marias

At the moment for me, it’s all about Javier Marias’ The Infatuations. Having read and enjoyed A Heart So White awhile ago, I was pretty keen to tackle the Spanish novelist’s latest, and so…

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Classical Music for Winter

by Kate Rockstrom

The weather is closing over and it’s getting darker earlier each day putting me in the mood for blankets, books and tea – and warming music. Here are my favourite picks to help chase away the winter blues.

Orchestral: Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps

It’s been 100 years since there was a near-riot in Paris at the opening of Diaghilev’s ‘Ballets Russes Rite of Spring’. With a groundbreaking…

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The Story Of Our Album: I Wanna Be A Mermaid

by Coco's Lunch

Melbourne vocal & percussion quintet Coco’s Lunch give us a glimpse into the making of their recent children’s album, *I Wanna Be A Mermaid*

Our musical journey began a few years ago when we were approached by the Victorian Arts Centre and asked to be involved in a new festival for children called Chookas. They invited Coco’s Lunch to compose new songs and an interactive show for children…

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Kids & YA June Round-Up

by Emily Gale

With Melbourne’s Reading Matters all wrapped up and some brilliant new Australian releases, the month has been dominated by young adult fiction. Emily Gale gives us her picks with a few added gems for younger readers too.

I’ll start with a rapid round-up of YA conference Reading Matters, which took place over three days at the State Library of Victoria and RMIT. For YA fiction fans (of th…

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Vale Iain Banks

Scottish novelist Iain Banks has died from cancer, triggering tributes from fans across the world.

Banks made his literary debut in 1984 with The Wasp Factory, a shockingly violent exploration of power and abuse that was initially greeted with a mixture of acclaim and controversy. He went on to write 27 more novels including the widely popular The Culture science fiction series.

In his tr

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