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CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2013

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards! The awards mark the official launch of Children’s Book Week. Here are the winners by category:

Older Readers


Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan

Honour books

The Ink Bridge by Neil Grant Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield

Younger Readers


Children of the King by Sonya Har…

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Winners of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2013

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards!


Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser


The Australian Moment by George Megalogenis


Jam Tree Gully: Poems by John Kinsella

Prize for Australian History

Farewell, Dear People by Ross McMullin

Young adult fiction

Fog a Dox by Bruce Pascoe

Children’s fiction

Red by Libby Gleeson

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Kids & YA August Round-Up

by Emily Gale

It’s an all-Australian collection for children and teens this month with a fantastic selection that includes literary legends as well as an exciting debut.

A child’s first step means the world to parents and in Bob Graham’s new picture book this milestone is given the spotlight as well as a wider context when we’re shown what else is going on in other people’s lives at the exact same momen…

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The Story Of My Book: Pureheart

by Cassandra Golds

Cassandra Golds won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for The Three Loves Of Persimmon in 2011. Her latest novel was pounced on by several Readings' children’s specialists, who instantly fell in love with it. Here, Cassandra tells us the story behind Pureheart.

Pureheart began with a picture: of a girl or young woman gazing out from an upstairs window in an old building at night and seein…

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Chris and Em’s Excellent Adventure

by Emily Gale

People work in bookshops for the love of it, and there was plenty of that to go around on Saturday 10th August when our Carlton store got well and truly mobbed.

Readings Carlton, 10am, sometime in July. Two female employees spin around on their chairs in joyful synchronicity.

“Let’s do something really fun for National Bookshop Day. We should have a flashmob!”

“…Could we really do that?”


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National Bookshop Day 2013 recap

by Chris Gordon

National Bookshop Day was Saturday 10 August and we held celebrations at our Carlton, Hawthorn, St Kilda and Malvern shops.

Singing together, on mass, seems to bring out the very warmest of feelings. And so it was on Saturday morning as a group of teenagers, Readings employees, authors of both adult, toddler and young adult fiction joined together with choir members to give Readings customers …

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Learning to Dirty Dance

by Bronte Coates

My older sister instilled in me a love of dance movies and while a host of favourites come to mind - Strictly Ballroom, Save The Last Dance, Centrestage to name a few - Dirty Dancing is probably the film that most noticeably marked my childhood.

The soundtrack is straight-up fantastic. Packed with feel-good, highly-danceable tunes and late 50s/early 60s pop, listening to this album today fills m…

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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 Pureheart

Shame on me, for I have only just read my first book by Cassandra Golds: Pureheart, which was published just a couple of weeks ago but is the Australian author’s sixth novel.

Pureheart is pure poetry. A young adult …

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Events Recap: The Problems of the Labor Party

by Sean O’Beirne

**Sean O’Beirne recaps some recent politically-focused Readings events **

We had two events at Readings recently about the problems of the Labor Party. Jim Chalmers talked about his new book, Glory Daze, and Aaron Patrick talked about his new book Downfall. Jim Chalmers argued that things weren’t that bad. Aaron Patrick argued that, oh, yes they were.

The Jim Chalmers event was some answer to…

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Readings Warehouse Sale

Hey everyone, we’re having a Big Warehouse Sale!

What: Tons of books, CDs and DVDs at fabulous, super-cheap prices!

When: Saturday 17 August and Sunday 18 August, from 9am – 5pm.

Where: The Readings Warehouse at Ground floor, 314–318 Drummond Street, Carlton (tucked between Faraday and Elgin streets)

Whether you’re a book nerd, a music lover, a film fiend or just visiting the neighbo

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