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Essential Picture Books (Part 2)

by Emily Gale

The children’s specialists across all Readings stores have been working on a Top 40 Essential Picture Books list. Back in December we published Part 1, consisting of 10 books (click here to see those). Part 2 contains the next 10 we regularly champion in-store.

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

Most children hit a patch of separation anxiety at some point and this book cleverl…

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The Inaugural Stella Prize Longlist 2013

The Stella Prize have released their first-ever longlist featuring multi-award winning authors alongside new talent.

Named after one of Australia’s most important female authors, Stella Maria Miles Franklin (1879–1954), the Stella Prize celebrates Australian women’s contribution to literature, open to both fiction and non-fiction. This year’s judges – writer and critic Kerryn Goldsworthy, …

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Meet the Bookseller with Emily Gale

Emily Gale chats about time-slip novels, half-eaten kumquats and swooning over Morris Gleitzman.

Why do you work in books?

Books keep me sane (ish), but I have to remind myself that I fell into children’s books by chance. My first job as an editorial assistant was just one of many I applied for after uni, and 15 years down the line, it seems outlandish that I could have ended up doing so…

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Mission: find the heart of St Kilda

This February, team up with pals on a mission around St Kilda in an Amazing Race style contest to raise funds for Sacred Heart Mission.

To celebrate Sacred Heart Mission’s 30th anniversary, the local institution is holding Mission: find the heart of St Kilda - a fundraising race where teams follow clues to ‘pit stops’, complete challenges and try to stave off rivals.

Contestants will learn ab…

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Mark Rubbo on the Jaipur Literature Festival

by Mark Rubbo

It was dusk when our bus reached the outskirts of Jaipur; fleetingly, down a side road, an elephant lumbered by. Our guide, Prabahv Dev Shekhawat, began to give us a rundown on the city and on the literary festival that was about to start the next day. Prabahv’s cousin had been involved in the first festival six years ago. Then, around 100 people came. Last year over 120,000 attendees were counte…

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Our 2013 Oscar Predictions

Before the Oscars are announced on Monday 25 February (Australian time) we’re making our predictions of who will take out this year’s top awards. You can view the full list of nominees here.

Nina Kenwood, Online Manager

Best Picture: Argo

Best Director: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actor i

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ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize Open

The 2013 Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize – one of Australia’s most lucrative prizes for an original short story – is currently open.

The 2013 Jolley Prize is worth $5000 (first prize), with supplementary prizes of $2000 and $1000. It will be judged by Tony Birch (academic and author of the 2012 novel Blood), Maria Takolander (poet, critic and a past winner) and Terri-…

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Classical Musicians Visiting in 2013

by Kate Rockstrom

The year has well and truly started back with the usual grind and it’s about this time that we start seeing if there’s anything to look forward to in the year. We’re always really lucky in Melbourne to get a lot of visitors from overseas; some of the best performers currently in the world land on our doorstep on a regular basis.

(Meanwhile, as we wait for them to arrive their extensive recording…

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Round-up of February Children’s and YA Books

by Emily Gale

Self-identity stands out as a theme this month, expressed through humour or tense drama, with books set in the past, present and future.

The Ampersand Project from publisher Hardie Grant Egmont aims to sign up debut fiction in a contemporary vein from Australian authors. Life in Outer Space by Melbourne writer Melissa Keil was the winning submission out of several hundred last year. YA fan…

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Readings Tour to the Jaipur Literature Festival

by Chris Gordon

In January a group of book lovers journeyed to India as part of a Readings tour for the Jaipur Literary Festival. Here, Chris Gordon, gives us a brief glimpse of their adventure.

While the Jaipur Literature Festival was our raison d'être, India was such a long way to travel to that the 12 of us on tour also managed to fit in substantial sightseeing… And so there we were, strangers one minute a…

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