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Top picks for Emerging Writers' Festival

The Emerging Writers' Festival kicks off tonight with an electrifying new line-up of writers, events and venues trailed across the Melbourne CBD. To help you navigate this jam-packed-with-goodness program, we’ve asked some of the festival’s guests to share their top picks. Luke Ryan, author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo:

Is there any festival on Earth as unlikely as the Emergi…

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Ask Agatha: reluctant readers, David Gemmell and books set in Texas

Welcome to our new book advice column where you can ask our wise bookseller Agatha all your tricky (book-related) questions. I’ve read all of David Gemmell’s books and don’t know what to read next. Who’s an author like him?

This is a tricky question because really, there is no single author that matches Gemmell’s style to perfection. Luckily, his influence is strongly evident in a number of f…

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Congratulations to the winners of the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) 2014

The winners of the 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced in Sydney on Friday 23 May.

Readings is the (joint) winner of the Independent Book Retailer of the Year Award, along with Pages & Pages in Sydney.

It was a particularly successful night for Text Publishing, with Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project taking out both general fiction book of the year and overall book of th…

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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.

Mark is reading A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren

I’ve been having a look through A Fighting Chance by Senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren is considered the unacknowledged leader of the new progressive movement in US politics and people are s…

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National Treasure: Bob Graham

by Emily Gale

It was my privilege to attend this year’s Children’s Book Council conference in Canberra last weekend. The theme for the conference was ‘Discovering National Treasures’ and one of my personal highlights was ‘A Bird In The Hand’, an exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Gallery celebrating the thirty-year career of picture book writer and illustrator Bob Graham.

The exhibition was lovingly c…

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Derrick Brown answers questions by Jonathan Safran Foer

by Derrick Brown

This month literary journal Going Down Swinging will present a series of shows around Australia featuring spoken word rockstar Derrick Brown. As a special treat for Readings he has answered Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘Two Minute Personality Test’ questions from his Cultivating Thought Author Series.

What’s the kindest thing you almost did?

I ate bacon from a hog that looked depressed.

What’s y

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Celebrating the Sydney Writers' Festival from home

The 2014 Sydney Writers' Festival kicks off tonight! The good news is that those of us not in Sydney can still follow along at home. Bronte Coates shows you how. Step 1: Become acquainted with Andrew Solomon’s online persona.

Andrew Solomon’s Far from the Tree is one of the few books I’d ever feel justified describing as ‘life-changing’. Here are stories of families living with exceptional an…

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The Story of My Book: Prison Library

by Anne Ferran

Prison Library is about a very particular place – a library that used to exist inside Fremantle Maximum Security Prison in WA. Talk to anyone who grew up in the town when Fremantle Prison was still a working gaol and they’ll have stories of its looming presence in their lives: the high stone walls, razor wire, the guard towers and massive gates that they drove or walked past every day. Yet twenty…

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