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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.

Robbie is listening to Ocean From Above

I’m listening to Melbourne band Seagull’s new album Ocean From Above, a haunting mix of classical guitars and distinct high pitched vocals, and a slow and intense listen that rewards patience as the musi…

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Five notable novels I read this year

by Nina Kenwood

The best novel I read this year: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

I loved this big, bold novel. It follows a group of friends from their teen years at a summer camp in the 1970s through to middle age in the present day. It traces the evolving relationships among the group, the secrets they keep from one another and the impact of one person being more successful than another on a friendship. I f…

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My Go-To-Gifts

by Bronte Coates

Gift-giving can be tricky. I regularly find people popping up on my gift list that I struggle to buy for: people I don’t know very well; people with dissimilar interests; people I’ve forgotten until the last minute. To that end, over the years I’ve created a list of ‘go-to-gifts’, books that have wide appeal which, more often than not, I’ve gifted on multiple occasions.

My best pick for anyone w…

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Five books I have on my ‘to read’ pile in 2013

by Belle Place

Working with books is wonderful, for all the obvious reasons, but it’s our most common complaint that there is never enough time to read everything we would like – including the ones we quickly insist friends, family and acquaintances should be reading. So, I look forward to beginning my summer reading with a small collection of celebrated and recommended fiction titles from 2013 that I didn’t ma…

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The Best Book Covers of 2013

We share our top ten picks for the best book covers of 2013 (displayed in no particular order).

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

(Design by W.H. Chong)

For me, this cover is at once classic but also cleverly modern. The contemporary, bold typeface placed over a black-and-white image is a simple solution but it is elegant, refined and lends well to being recreated across the trilog…

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Five Books that surprised me in 2013

by Emily Gale

I’ve written elsewhere about my favourite children’s and young adult books of 2013, a task that can feel as controversial as picking a favourite child because of the wide variety of books in our department (i.e. not impossible but liable to change on any given day). But there’s also a list of books I could categorise as ‘surprises’ – books I didn’t think I’d love, that I read out of duty but ende…

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Our Christmas Gift Guides for 2013

On the hunt for a perfect Christmas gift? We’ve got you covered with our series of handy guides and ideas for all the people in your life.

Here’s a round up of our gift guides:

Our Gift Guide for Parents Our Gift Guide for your Significant Other Our Gift Guide for Kids and Young Adults Our Gift Guide for Hard-to-buy-for People

Not to mention:

10 Gift Ideas for Ethical and Socially Responsi

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The Readings Foundation Grant Recipients Announced for 2014

The Readings Foundation, established in 2009 to support individuals and organisations that wish to further the development of literacy, community work and the arts, has announced grants totalling $134, 750 to support a range of projects and organisations within Victoria in 2014.

Next year, the Foundation will fund projects that encourage an appreciation of books and reading, including projects …

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10 Gift Ideas for Ethical and Socially Responsible Shoppers

by Kara Nicholson

Bookseller Kara Nicholson has compiled a list of ten gift ideas for shoppers aspiring to be ethical and socially responsible consumers this Christmas.

1. People & Planet Calendar 2014 ($24.95)

This is a great gift for lovers of beautiful photography, and for those who want their purchases to contribute to a more just and environmentally sustainable world. People & Planet are a Melbourne bas…

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