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Fiona Wood chats to Simmone Howell

by Simmone Howell

Fiona Wood won readers over with her debut novel, Six Impossible Things, which was also shortlisted for the 2011 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. Wildlife, a loose follow-up, tackles teenagehood, contraband, sex, survival and moving on in the theatre of the great outdoors. Here, she talks to Simmone Howell.

Fiona Wood’s much-loved debut, Six Impossible Things, was a funny and forensic look at…

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When Libba Met Fiona

by Emily Gale

U.S. YA met Australian YA today at the Carlton store ahead of the three-day Reading Matters conference organised by the State Library of Victoria.

Fresh from the Sydney Writers' Festival, bestselling US author Libba Bray popped in for a visit today. As well as signing copies of her latest YA novel, The Diviners (plus Going Bovine, Beauty Queens and her Gemma Doyle trilogy), it was a chan…

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Emerge. Emerging. Emerged.

by Cecilia Condon

With the Emerging Writers’ Festival in full swing, Cecilia Condon looks at the cultural tags behind what it means to be an ‘emerging’ writer, from the hard slog to the stifling concept of ‘artistic genius’.

What does an emerging writer look like?

If writing was more like constructing a bookshelf from IKEA, and less like following shadows in the dark, I’d be able to give you a straight ans…

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Contemporary Classical Music

by Kate Rockstrom

Classical Music Specialist, Kate Rockstrom, reveals some recently-released recordings that demonstrate why you shouldn’t be afraid to try music that comes under the label, ‘contemporary’.

My current favourite recording is the re-composing of Vivaldi’s Four Season by Max Richter. I’ve never heard anything quite like it and have so far managed to convert more than one of my colleagues, some who …

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Entries Open for the Melbourne Prize for Music 2013

The annual Melbourne Prize runs on a three-year awards cycle, alternating between books, music and urban sculpture and this year sees the focus return once again to music.

The Prize supports Victoria’s vibrant local music sector, providing opportunities for Victorian musicians across all genres, including performers and composers and is divided into three categories.

These include the $60,000…

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Miles Franklin & Anti-Romance

by Mel Campbell

Mel Campbell writes on why My Brilliant Career is modern, feminist, funny and brilliantly anti-romantic, still.

She’s now lent her name to two literary prizes, but until recently I’d never read Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin’s famous novel My Brilliant Career. The reason I’d avoided it for so long was that its worthiness made it seem leaden. I expected it to be long-winded, boring, full…

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Pre-School Story Time at Carlton, St Kilda and Malvern

You’re all invited to drop by our Carlton, St Kilda and Malvern shops for Story Time over the coming weeks.

Each week, Readings staff will read out a story from a favourite book - new or old, whimsical or exuberant - for children aged 2 to 5.

Story Time is free and there’s no need to book. Just come down to the shop on the designated day and enjoy!

Listed below are the times for each of our…

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A night with Kate Mosse

by Chris Gordon

On Wednesday evening, Kate Mosse came to our Hawthorn shop to talk about her latest release, Citadel, a wonderful, spine-tingling story of a time when teenagers took the law into their own hands and fought back. The third book in her Labyrinth trilogy is set in the south of France in the 1940s, and chronicles a group of French female resistance fighters during the Second World War. Kate wrote…

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Lydia Davis wins the 2013 Man Booker International Prize for Fiction

The fifth Man Booker International Prize for fiction has been awarded to an author who pens stories the length of a single sentence.

American author Lydia Davis was awarded the prize money of £60,000 for her body of work which consists largely of short fiction, some very short. Sir Christopher Ricks, chairman of the judges, said:

“[Her] writings fling their lithe arms wide to embrace many a k…

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Q&A with Clare Bowditch

In anticipation of Clare’s appearance at the Happiness and Its Causes Conference (Wed 19 - Thurs 20 June), we asked her a few questions about what happiness means for her.

You’ve previously said that Leonard Cohen ‘inspired you to choose a new path’. Would you be able to tell us more about this?

Really, it was just the pleasure of watching a master musician decades into his career and being a…

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