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The Story of My Book: Kim Kane on The Unexpected Crocodile

by Kim Kane

Kim Kane tells us the story behind her new picture book - illustrated by Sara Acton - *The Unexpected Crocodile.*

Kim Kane with her (adorable) twin boys and an ‘expected’ crocodile.

Some of my storybook ideas brew for a number of years and others sweep to the page, fully formed. Fortunately, The Unexpected Visitor was one of the latter.

When my twins were babies, I emerged from a hazy bre…

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Paddy O’Reilly talks with Jacinta Halloran about Pilgrimage

by Paddy O'Reilly

Melbourne writer Jacinta Halloran talks about medicine, growing up Catholic and gentle reincarnations of belief in her second novel, Pilgrimage.

If a pilgrimage is a journey guided by a moral or spiritual imperative, what then is a pilgrimage undertaken by one who doesn’t believe? Jacinta Halloran’s new novel asks that question when Celeste, a paediatrician who has long ago abandoned her Cat…

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Catherine Deveny’s Recommended Reads

Catherine Deveny shares her recommended reads with us in preparation for her appearance at Carlton for National Bookshop Day.

To celebrate National Bookshop Day - this Saturday the 11th of August - Catherine Deveny will be reading from her favourite books. Catherine is a writer, comedian, author, social commentator and broadcaster well known for her work as columnist with The Age newspaper …

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New RAF features new novella from Melina Marchetta

by Andrew McDonald

Melina Marchetta returns to the world of Finnikin of the Rock with a brand new novella in the latest edition of the Review of Australian Fiction.

Attention Melina Marchetta fans!

The superstar of Australian YA has contributed a brand new, never-before-published story called ‘Ferragost’ to the latest issue of digital publication the Review of Australian Fiction.

The story is more of a novella…

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The Age Book of the Year Shortlists Announced

by Andrew McDonald

The shortlists of The Age Book of the Years awards were announced over the weekend.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors. It’s particularly warming to see books that have been overlooked in other award nominations being recognised here.

We’re especially pleased that Steven Amsterdam’s second novel What The Family Needed, Janette Turner Hospital’s collection of stories Forecast: Turb

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Q&A with Alice Melike Ülgezer, author of The Memory of Salt

by Will Heyward

Alice Melike Ülgezer chats with Will Heyward about her novel, The Memory of Salt.

The Memory of Salt tells the story of Ali, the daughter of a Turkish circus musician and a young doctor from Melbourne, and of her parents’ romance. Writers often mine their own lives for first novels – how personal is this story and how much of you went into the character of Ali?

One thing I must say first of…

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Q&A with Michael Brissenden, author of American Stories

by Robbie Egan

ABC North America correspondent Michael Brissenden has written a new book called American Stories: Tales of Hope and Anger, profiling the United States through an array of stories set in the lead-up to this year’s presidential election. Our Carlton shop manager Robbie Egan chatted to Michael about the book and the America of 2012.

The US is experiencing its most protracted economic slump si

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Q&A with Josephine Rowe, author of Tarcutta Wake

by Jessica Au

Josephine Rowe chats with Jessica Au about her short-story collection, Tarcutta Wake

Your stories are sometimes closer to vignettes – a glimpse into a life or a moment. Does preventing the reader from knowing more conversely give a piece greater imaginative depth?

That’s certainly the hope! I often liken it to photography, in that with a good photograph the ideas extend beyond the image – y…

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Shortlists for the Ned Kelly Awards announced

by Andrew McDonald

The shortlists for the Ned Kelly Awards, recognising Australian crime writing, have been announced.

The Ned Kelly awards are one of the most prestigious awards in Australia for crime writing. The winners have been announced at the Melbourne Writers Festival since 2000 - and will be again this year on August 29 at an event at The Toff in Town. Tickets and more info here.

Congratulations t…

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Round-Up of August New Release Books

by Martin Shaw

Our head book buyer Martin Shaw looks at new releases out this month.

A certain industry scallywag regularly opines about ‘booksniffers’ (NB: as this gentleman is somewhat of a Trojan of the digital book, there is some self-interest going on), which makes me all the more tempted to send him Julian Barnes’s little essay A Life with Books – a splendid account of what it means to live by, for,…

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