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Conversations with small publishers: Inkerman & Blunt

by Donna Ward

This week we interview three small presses about why they started their project, and what exciting projects they have in the works. Here, Donna Ward tells us about Inkerman & Blunt.

And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings. — Meister Eckhart

What were your reasons for establishing Inkerman & Blunt?

I have a passion for creating beautiful books…

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Come along to the Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival

The inaugural Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival is less that 8 weeks away and the recently unveiled program suggests a literary extravaganza for book lovers.

The Festival opens Saturday, 31 May with a gala event, “It Started With a Word”, hosted by Rachel Berger. Following this are two action-packed days of interviews, panel discussions, book signings, poetry readings and more: showcasing some o…

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Shame in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle series

by Gerard Elson

Last week saw the release of Boyhood Island, the third volume in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle series, and over the weekend the Guardian published a piece by Hari Kunzru asking is the author brave or shameless? Here, bookseller Gerard Elson responds.

I can’t think of a less appropriate descriptor for Knausgaard than ‘shameless’. He’s the converse of that, its blue, black and white photo ne…

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Conversations with small publishers: Hologram

This week we interview three small presses about why they started their project, and what exciting projects they have in the works. Here, Johannes Jakob tells us about Hologram. What were your reasons for establishing Hologram?

Hologram is a new project by Express Media, publishing two novellas by writers under 30. We figured novellas were kind of an underrated format – they have the same las…

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The 2014 CBCA Book of the Year Award shortlist

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced their Book of the Year Awards shortlist for 2014! Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers.

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced in Canberra on Saturday 16 August 2014, which marks the beginning of Children’s Book Week (16-22 August). The theme for this year’s Book Week is ‘Connect to Reading’.

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The Baileys women’s prize for fiction 2014 shortlist

The shortlist for the 2014 Baileys women’s prize for fiction has been announced!

Of the list, the chair of judges Helen Fraser said, “It is a very diverse list and a very global list. There were many books on the longlist that were very good all the way through but the six books here leaped beyond that in to something really extraordinary.”

Here are the six shortlisted titles:

Americanah by C…

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

Australian Notebooks by Betty Churcher French for Everyone by Manu Feildel The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion The Wrong Girl Zoe Foster By Its Cover by Donna Leon The Return by Silvia Kwon Boyhood Island by Karl Ove Knausgaard That Sinking Feeling: Asylum Seekers and the Search for the Indonesian Solution by Paul Toohey Burial Rites by Hannah Kent The Son by Jo Nesbo

Our top seller for last w…

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What I Loved: Jesus' Son

by Joe Rubbo

A few years ago I was listening my way through the New Yorker fiction podcasts – a new discovery to me at the time – when I came across Denis Johnson’s short story, ‘Emergency’, read by Tobias Wolff (if this recommendation doesn’t spur you on to buy the book, at least go online and listen to Wolff’s wonderful reading of an American classic). I listened to the story twice. A couple of weeks later …

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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.

Belle is reading N by John A. Scott

I recently finished quite a long novel – the very brilliant, very significant N by Australian author John A. Scott. (You can read my review here.) Yesterday, the New Yorker published a story called “Life is

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Event Highlights in April

by Chris Gordon

Events Manager Chris Gordon shares some highlights from our April program of events. Matthew Condon on crime and corruption in Queensland’s history

In Jacks and Jokers, a sequel to the explosive Three Crooked Kings, Matthew Condon provides another fascinating account of the corruption and power struggles that defined an era in Queensland’s history.This tale will shock, outrage and force you t…

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