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Ten gift ideas for dads

With Father’s Day is just around the corner (Sunday 7 September), we’ve put together a list of ten gift ideas for the ‘dad who…’ For the dad who always warned you off hitchhiking:

In Carsick, John Waters puts his life on the line and hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. Along the way, he fantasises about the best and worst …

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Books you might have missed in August

Given the sizeable number of new releases that arrive in store each month, it’s easy to miss some hidden gems. We’ve compiled a short list of books you might have missed in August.

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Several of our staff members can attest to the fact that Lauren Beukes' The Shining Girls was extremely terrifying. Her newest release, Broken Monsters looks set to the same. In D…

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Sign up for our NAW Reading Challenge

To celebrate our our inaugural New Australian Writing (NAW) Award shortlist, we’re inviting everyone to take part in our NAW Reading Challenge!

Take the six book challenge and commit to reading the entire shortlist, or the three book challenge and read any three books on the shortlist, by Friday 17 October. Participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the shortlisted books a…

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The Readings New Australian Writing Award Judges' Report

The Readings New Australian Writing Award is for an Australian author’s first or second book of fiction, and recognises exciting and exceptional new literary talent. Here is the judges' report of the six shotlisted titles for 2014. The Tribe by Michael Mohammed Ahmad (Giramondo)

Told from the point of view of a child called Bani, The Tribe introduces the members of a Muslim family who fled …

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The Readings New Australian Writing Award 2014 Shortlist

We’re thrilled to announce the six shortlisted books for Readings New Australian Writing Award!

The Readings New Australian Writing Award is for an Australian author’s first or second book of fiction, and recognises exciting and exceptional new literary talent.

Here are the shortlisted books for 2014:

The Tribe by Michael Mohammed Ahmad (Giramondo) An Elegant Young Man by Luke Carman (Giramon…

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Favel Parrett on researching When the Night Comes

by Favel Parrett

In 2012, Favel Parrett won the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, and was able to travel on Antarctic resupply vessel, Aurora Australis, in order to research her novel When the Night Comes. Here, she tells us about the voyage and shares an excerpt from her journal of the voyage.

It was a busy trip – a major re-supply of the base, plus passenger drop-off and pick-up. The ship carried over on…

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The 2014 Inky Awards Shortlist

The Inkys are international awards for teen literature, voted for online by the readers of the State Library of Victoria Inside a Dog website. Together, the six teen judges on this year’s panel have selected five Australian titles (for the Gold Inky) and five international titles (for the Silver Inky).

The Gold Inky 2014 Shortlist:

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner The Firs

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What we’re reading

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 or the music we’re loving.

Deb is reading Astragal by Albertine Sarrazin

If Patti Smith recommends a book I tend to take note. A chance encounter with a glossy magazine with Smith espousing the life-changing charms of Astragal found me jotting down the name Albertine Sa…

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Read your way through the Melbourne Writers Festival

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) kicks off today and runs for ten days (21 - 31 August). Here’s our recommended reading list to read your way through the festival!

This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial by Helen Garner

As Helen Garner will be giving the opening address of this year’s festival (find out more here), it seems fitting to start with her utterly compelling new narra…

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