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Study for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion

by Miles Allinson

On the corner of the Nepean Highway and Glenhuntly Rd, (a Godforsaken intersection if there ever was one) across the street from a Petrol Station and the MacDonald’s, where I was once almost killed by a gang of ten year olds, there’s a simple red brick Church. On the little patch of grass outside, facing the morning traffic, is a sign on which is proclaimed, every month, The Good News, so to spe…

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Bestselling Books: March 29 - April 4 2010

Crime Fiction is the new Fiction. It was last week at Readings anyway, as half the week’s fiction bestsellers list was made up of crime thrillers - three Stieg Larsson books and new titles from Harlan Coben and Lee Child (pictured left) who is appearing at a free event tonight at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.

Big names to hit the bestselling non-fiction list last week included Jana Wendt, S…

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The Woman in Black: Madeleine St John

by Toni Jordan

Author Toni Jordan tells us why Madeleine St John’s delicious novels of manners are Australian classics.

I would like to invite Madeleine St John to tea. Or better yet, cocktails. After reading the three of her novels reissued by Text over the past year – The Women in Black, The Essence of the Thing, and A Stairway to Paradise – I feel I know her.

We would meet in a dimly lit bar filled with…

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Dench Bakers to Open New Cafe at Readings Hawthorn

by Emily Harms, Readings Marketing Manager

The much-loved Dench Bakers of North Fitzroy are spreading their artisan soughdough and certified-organic-flour wings to open a new cafe, Bread and Jam for Frances (named after the classic children’s book), at the Readings Hawthorn Cafe in late March.

They will be serving excellent coffee and organic juices and freshly baked croissants, pastries, bombolone, pies, cakes, tarts and biscuits, sandw…

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Readings announces its first Readings Foundation grant recipients

Readings’ Managing Director, Mark Rubbo, has just announced four successful recipients of The Readings Foundation grants.

‘We found it extremely difficult to select the projects from such a strong list of applicants. We only wish that we had more money to award more grants’, Mark Rubbo said.

The Foundation received 35 diverse applications for funding requests totalling over $500,000. The select…

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Readings wins ARIA Retail Award for Best Independent Music Specialist

Readings Carlton has been awarded the 2009 ARIA Retailer of the Year Award for best independent specialist in Victoria.

The ARIA Retail Award is a recognition of the hard work that specialist music retailers bring to the industry through supporting chart artists, helping break new acts and fostering Australia’s lifelong love affair with music.

The winners of the 2009 ARIA Retailer of the Year A…

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Leanne Hall wins the Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing

We’re all tremendously proud and excited to announce that Leanne Hall, children’s specialist bookseller at Readings Carlton, has won the 2009 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing for her young adult manuscript This is Shyness.

Congratulations to Leanne from all of us.

This is Shyness follows Wolfboy and Wildgirl through one night in Shyness, a city where the sun never rises. On a …

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The Readings Foundation to Support Local Causes

Tonight the Readings Foundation is being officially launched by one of the Foundation’s trustees, Helen Garner. The Foundation will be offering grants of up to $20,000 to projects that support literacy, community work or the arts. The application form is online now and applications will be accepted as of August 31st and must be received by Friday 30th October 2009.

Recently established by Readin…

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Readings is the Independent Bookseller of the Year 2009

Readings Carlton has been announced as the Independent Bookseller of the Year at the 2009 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA). Readings represented Victoria in the shortlist that included booksellers from across Australia.

Readings also won the Bookseller Marketing Campaign of the Year for the promotion of Nam Le’s The Boat. Readings chose The Boat as Australian Book of the Month in June 20…

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Readings to run bookshop at the State Library of Victoria

Readings Books, Music & Film is very pleased to announce that it has won the tender to open a bookshop in the foyer at the State Library of Victoria, Australia’s oldest public library and one of Victoria’s great treasures. This is the first permanent commercial bookshop in the Library’s 150 year history. Readings is delighted to be able to expand into the CBD and be part of the exciting program o…

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