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What I loved: To Siberia by Per Petterson

by Jessica Au

Readings Monthly editor Jessica Au shares with us a book she loved for our new ‘What I Loved’ series.

It is possible to think about reading as a series of turning points. Every now and then, a book comes along like a shock – making and breaking, staying with you. It’s an ‘ah’ moment of recognition, when you finally realise that writing can be done like that, often leading to a whole new plane …

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Favourite Bedtime Stories: Kylie Dunstan

Book-lovers share some of their old and new favourites for reading aloud to children at bedtime. This month, Melbourne-based author-illustrator Kylie Dunstan with Sylvie, 7, and Camille, 11.

My girls are 7 and 11 and reading pretty happily by themselves these days. However Sylvie (7) still loves a bedtime story and Camille (11) still enjoys poring over her old favourites. I (not surprisingl…

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Q&A with Ramona Koval, author of By The Book

by Bronte Coates

Ramona Koval chats with Bronte Coates about her new book, By the Book, her love letter to reading.

In By the Book you not only explore how reading has influenced your life, but also talk about the book as object: as art, as sacred text, as a digital form. I’m particularly interested in what kind of possibilities you feel these digitised forms suggest for the future.

I confess to being a tec…

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Griffith REVIEW talks Novellas

The six contributors to Griffith REVIEW’s latest annual fiction edition, The Novella Project chat about their favourite novellas, and considers why the form has so much value.

**Mary-Rose MacColl recommends…**

Amanda Lohrey’s Vertigo tells a haunting story with the beauty and austerity of the Australian coastal bush as its setting. This novella has many elements a great story might use, a c…

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The Guardian First Book Award 2012 Shortlist

The Guardian First Book Award 2012 shortlist has been announced. The shortlisted titles are:

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Sandstorm: The Inside Story Of Gaddafi’s Regime by Lindsey Hilsum

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum by Katherine Boo

Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson

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Q&A with Paul Daley, author of Canberra

by Jessica Au

Paul Daley chats with Jessica Au about his new book, Canberra.

Canberra is the next instalment in New South’s cities series, alongside Sophie Cunningham’s Melbourne, Delia Falconer’s Sydney and others. Telling the story of Australia’s capital must have seemed like a mammoth task – what sides of Canberra were you finally drawn to capturing, and why?

When my initial excitement at being invite…

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Winner of the Most Underrated Book Award 2012

The Cook by Wayne Macauley is the winner of SPUNC’s Most Underrated Book Award 2012.

This inaugural award aims to shine a light on some of the fantastic titles that are released by independent publishers and members of the Small Press Network (SPUNC) that, for whatever reason, did not receive their fair dues. It was judged by Amy Espeseth, Bethanie Blanchard and Andrew Wrathall.

The shortlist f…

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YABBA Winners 2012

The Young Australian’s Best Book Awards (YABBA) for 2012 have been announced, with all the winning books selected by children.

Founded in 1985 by a group of Victorians keen to see children engage in reading Australian books, YABBA has the same goal after more than 25 years.

The winning books this year included the first in the acclaimed Phoenix Files series by Chris Morphew, Arrival, which …

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The Way We Work: Michael Gerard Bauer and Joe Bauer on Eric Vale Epic Fail

Each author-illustrator pairing finds their own way of collaborating. We asked a father-and-son team about their working relationship during the making of a brand new series for younger readers, Eric Vale Epic Fail.

MGB: Eric Vale Epic Fail came about because of a typing mistake. One day I wrote a comment on Facebook and instead of saying something was an ‘epic fail’ I mistakenly typed that…

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Q&A with Geordie Williamson, author of The Burning Library

by Jessica Au

Geordie Williamson chats with Jessica Au about his new book, The Burning Library.

Tell us about writing The Burning Library – where did the idea start for you?

The germ of an idea came with 2009’s Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. I thought the project brilliant. It was a physically handsome book, produced by gifted editors and scholars, and filled with masses of unexpected,…

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