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Come along to the Emerging Writers' Festival

After a fun and just a little bit heartwarming (hugs! games! community!) launch for the program last night, the Emerging Writer’s Festival now has tickets for sale. With an electrifying new line-up of writers, programs and venues trailed across the Melbourne CBD, this year’s festival looks like I’m going to be very, very busy come 27 May, through to 6 June.

There’s also some amazingly strange-lo…

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Meet the Bookseller with Miles Allinson

by Miles Allinson

We chat with bookseller Miles Allinson about the value of well-made objects and his desire to develop a rare skin disease (so he can find the time to read Proust, naturally).

Why do you work in books?

Basically, I’m unqualified to do much else. After studying for 25 years (or what feels like it), the only other thing I’m really qualified to do is throw leaves around and prank-call people. Als…

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The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka wins 2014 Stella Prize

Historian and author Clare Wright has been named the winner of the 2014 Stella Prize for her absorbing and vitallly important non-fiction book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka.

Kerryn Goldsworthy, chair of the 2014 Stella Prize judging panel, says:

A rare combination of true scholarship with a warmly engaging narrative voice, along with a wealth of detail about individual characters and daily li

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May Highlights

by Martin Shaw

Several books likely to make my best-books-of-the-year list are released this month – and also several surely bound for literary prize shortlists. It really is an extraordinary offering!

So, let’s dive in to the exceptionally strong range of new Australian fiction. First up is a debut from Maxine Beneba Clarke, Foreign Soil – a short-story collection that forswears any sort of literary comfort z…

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Meet Agatha, our resident agony aunt for all your bookish queries

Ask Agatha!

Starting in May, we’ll be running a regular book advice column where you can ask our experienced and extremely wise bookseller Agatha all your tricky book-related questions.

You can ask her anything and everything, as long as it relates to books in some way. Some examples of questions she might answer:

My friend has just been dumped by her boyfriend and she’s heartbroken. Ca

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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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