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Meet the Bookseller with Steve Bidwell-Brown

We chat with Steve Bidwell-Brown, our new Online Fulfilment Manager, about Polish poetry, mimes and reading Ulysses.

What’s the strangest experience you’ve had in a bookshop?

I once helped a budding Charlie Chaplin impersonator find books about his hero. He was a young method actor looking to audition for a mime school in France. Our exchange generally consisted of me communicating with w…

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Mark’s Say

by Mark Rubbo

The Australian Booksellers Association recently had their annual conference in Adelaide. Each year, booksellers from around the country gather together to exchange ideas, acknowledge their peers and, of course, enjoy some good company. At the gala dinner for 2013, I was very proud and chuffed to see Readings’ own Martin Shaw announced as the ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year.

Martin joi…

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Vale James Gandolfini

by Duncan McKimm

James Gandolfini died yesterday. While James played many roles in many different productions, there’s no doubt his work in portraying Tony Soprano will be remembered as his finest.

Does it diminish Mr Gandolfini’s life to present a requiem for him through one of his characters? Potentially, but I offer the following as a tribute to a man who produced some of history’s finest screen acting and un…

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Our Weekend Recommendations

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, and the music we’re loving.

Emily is reading The Gold Inky Awards 2013 Longlist

Now that the INKY longlists are out (the teen lit awards as voted by teen judges, organised by insideadog.com.au) I’m making my way through the Australian list. I’ve just finished Cry Blue

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An Album That Changed My Life: Sky Blue Sky by Wilco

by Bronte Coates

Growing up, I felt acutely self-conscious about my taste in music. I rarely knew bands others brought up in conversation and was too embarrassed to ask about them. I never offered up my own bands. I had a tendency towards pop that no-one else seemed to share except for ‘true fans’ and I didn’t have the trivia knowledge to hang with them. For years, my collection was largely populated by musical s…

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Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser wins the 2013 Miles Franklin

Michelle de Kretser’s Questions of Travel is the winner of the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award

The judges said:

“*Two characters, two stories, each describing a different journey: Laura leaves home in Sydney to roam the world, travelling just because she can, looking for experience but always missing out on love; Ravi leaves home in Sri Lanka because he must, driven by fear for his life and …

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Jawbreakers For Your Eyes

by Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott tells us why art comics are the true radicals of the graphic novels world, from Paper Rad to Kramers Ergot.

It’s been a long time since the 80s and getting longer every day, but looking at headlines about comic books you wouldn’t really know it.

It all started with three books that changed the game forever: two apocalyptic reimaginings of the superhero origins-story, Alan Moo…

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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlist Announced

The 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced! The following books were shortlisted in each award category:

Fiction Floundering by Romy Ash The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser Lost Voices by Christopher Koch Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany
# Non-fiction Bradman’s War by Malcolm Knox Uncommon Soldier by Chris Masters…

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Martin Shaw wins Bookseller of the Year

Our very own Books Manager Martin Shaw was announced Bookseller of the Year at the ABA Conference last night and we couldn’t be more proud.

Martin has been head of our books department here at Readings for 16 years (and worked here for almost 20). In addition, he has been on the programming committee of the Melbourne Writers Festival, an editorial advisor to the literary journal Kill Your

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Our Weekend Recommendations

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, and the music we’re loving.

Jessica is reading The Infatuations by Javier Marias

At the moment for me, it’s all about Javier Marias’ The Infatuations. Having read and enjoyed A Heart So White awhile ago, I was pretty keen to tackle the Spanish novelist’s latest, and so…

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