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Alice Gage on filmmaker Jeff Nichols

by Alice Gage

‘Is anyone seeing this?’ asks Curtis (Michael Shannon) in Jeff Nichols’ second film, Take Shelter (2011). Curtis has pulled his car over to the side of the road to watch a dry lightning storm approaching ominously from the fields beyond. His wife and daughter are asleep in the back seat and, indeed, no one sees it but him. Curtis’s portentous visions are leaking from his dreams into his days. Is …

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The 2013 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

Here is the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist!

A big congratulations to the shortlisted authors and publishers. The winner of the prize will be announced on 15 October 2013.

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Read our review.)

Harvest by Jim Crace (Read our review.)

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Read our review.)

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (R

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Meet the Bookseller with Deborah Crabtree

We chat with Deborah Crabtree about being haunted by Murakami and her favourite book covers.

Why do you work in books?

I’m told I’m a machine when it comes to reading: working in books allows me to feed the machine. Books are my addiction, and while I’d ideally love to be spending my days writing and reading books, bookselling keeps me plugged into the literary world and allows me to talk abo…

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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.

Emily is reading The Philanthropist by John Tesarsch

I took a children’s bookseller sabbatical this weekend and decided to read The Philanthropist by John Tesarsch, which Sleepers published in 2010, about a wealthy Melbourne tycoon who is haun…

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Our Highlights from Melbourne Writers Festival

Here’s a collection of our favourite moments from the Melbourne Writers Festival this year.

Bronte Coates on Colm Tóibín

Last year I went to see Jeffrey Eugenides speak at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne and he described Colm Tóibín as being remarkably funny. I had my doubts as – from what I’d read of Tóibín’s writing – I’d created an image of him as unbearably serious, the kind of man w…

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Maria Takolander on Diego Marani

by Maria Takolander

Loneliness, by definition an intimate condition, strikes me as being intimately associated with literature. Perhaps this has something to do with the solitary act of reading: a reader communing with a book is undergoing a profoundly individual and private experience.

Or perhaps it’s because of the literary representations of loneliness that have been seared into my consciousness. There’s the obs…

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Jandamarra: a story for all Australians

by Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton

Jandamarra’s story is an epic and tragic tale. To the Bunuba people of northern West Australia he was a courageous defender of his country and people. To the police he was a fugitive outlaw. In a picture book created by Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton, his fascinating story is shared.

In the late 1880s, using the caves and surroundings of Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek as hideouts, Jandamarra…

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Five Indigenous Australian Authors to read in 2013

by Ellen van Neerven-Currie

We asked Ellen van Neerven-Currie to share five of her favourite recent releases from Indigenous Australian authors in celebration of Indigenous Literacy Day.

1. Fog A Dox by Bruce Pascoe

You can’t go past this recent Prime Minister’s Literary Award winner, a warm, wise story of courage, acceptance and respect by one of Australia’s most prolific Indigenous writers. Beautifully illustrating …

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A night with Roomers

by Philippa Armstrong, Editor at Roomers

Philippa Armstrong recaps a recent event at our St Kilda shop featuring spoken word from Roomers: a creative writing project for residents of rooming houses around St Kilda and people who have experienced homelessness.

Much as I love spring rain, when the heavens opened at 6pm, half an hour before the Roomers spoken word event at the Readings St Kilda shop on Thursday night, it wasn’t thrillin…

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Extract from Summerlandish

by Summer Land

Summerlandish is the hilarious memoir of Summer Land, a 25-year-old ‘average American girl’ who grew up in Gainsville, Florida – and how she ended up shacked-up, married-up and knocked-up in Mudgee, NSW. Below is a short extract.

It was a resplendent day in the outback when my friends and I set out to experience the famous Bell Gorge, known for its daunting cliffs and deadly challenges. To get…

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