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An Extract from Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke

by Maxine Beneba Clarke

In Foreign Soil, Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke has given a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden and the mistreated. It will challenge you, it will have you by the heartstrings. This is contemporary fiction at its finest. Here we share one of the stories from the book - ‘Dave’.

She had a shiny cherry-red frame, scooped alloy Harley handlebars and sleek metal pedals. …

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The story of my book: MONA by Dan Sehlberg

by Dan Sehlberg

Swedish author Dan Sehlberg tells us the story behind his techno-thriller, MONA.

MONA dates back to 1995, to my days at Aftonbladet, Scandinavia’s leading daily. One day we got a video-game from someone hoping for a review. With black and white graphics and a childish layout it seemed anything but exciting – a ping-pong ball jumping back and forth between two moving bricks. But it was not the …

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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.

Nina is reading Friendship by Emily Gould

If you were to design a book to specifically appeal to me, it would probably be this one. A debut novel about two thirty-year-old best friends living in New York, each dealing with various professional…

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Why we started a Queer Book Club at St Kilda

by Amy Vuleta

In May, Readings St Kilda is launching a new Queer Book Club dedicated to reading fiction and select non-fiction books that represent all aspects of LGBTIQ life. Here book club convenor Amy Vuleta tells us why. (This blog post is an edited extract from Amy’s interview with Time Out Melbourne.)

A friend of one of our staff members approached us with the suggestion of a book club dedicated to r…

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Fangirling about Rainbow Rowell

Three of our staff – Nina Kenwood, Emily Gale and Bronte Coates – come together to chat about young adult author Rainbow Rowell’s novels Fangirl and Eleanor and Park.

NK: Let’s start with Fangirl, because we all read that first. I loved it. Between this and the utterly brilliant, devastating Eleanor and Park, I am an official Rainbow Rowell fangirl. How did you both feel about Fangirl? Wha…

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Children’s & YA Books Highlights for April

by Emily Gale

Let’s all take a minute to consider what it would feel like for our 8th-grade diaries to land us a book deal. Correction: most of us don’t need an entire minute to appreciate the full horror of that. However, for Maya Van Wagenen, the teenage author of Popular, it is turning out extremely well. Her efforts to radically change her high school experience and document it is being met with rapturous…

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Q&A with Ceridwen Dovey

Bronte Coates talks with Ceridwen Dovey about her new collection of short stories.

Only the Animals has a distinct set-up: told from the perspective of ten different animals, each story depicts how they lived and died during human conflicts, and throughout, pays homage to a particular real-life author. Where did this unusual premise come from?

The task I set myself for this book was to see if…

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Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2014

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships! The Readings Foundation is supporting The Hot Desk Fellowships with a $20,000 grant.

Each winner will receive a desk of their own at the Wheeler Centre for two months, plus a $1000 stipend provided by the Readings Foundation.

The twenty winning writers for 2014 include André Dao, Aurelia Guo, Bernadette Hince, C…

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

Diary of a Foreign Minister by Bob Carr Australian Notebooks by Betty Churcher The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Stoner by John Williams Cadence by Emma Ayres N by John A. Scott By Its Cover by Donna Leon Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi Burial Rites by Hannah Kent We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Two Australian non-fiction titles top our bestsellers this week: …

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