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Monet’s Garden for Kids

by Angela Crocombe

Angela Crocombe and her daughter visit Monet’s garden together, with the help of a lovely new art book for kids.

Angela with her daughter at the exhibition of Monet’s Garden.

The Monet’s Garden exhibition at the NGV is undoubtedly a feast for the eyes, but the crowds can sometimes make it a little overwhelming for kids. Cue this wonderful book which allows children to engage with Monet and g…

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Mark Rubbo’s Top Five Upcoming Releases

by Mark Rubbo

Mark Rubbo takes a look at five important new Australian titles due for release over the coming months.

This coming season is a major one for Australian titles with five of our most acclaimed writers having books published in the next few months. They are Richard Flanagan with The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Alex Miller with Coal Creek, Christos Tsiolkas with Barracuda, Tim Winton with Eyr

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An Artist That Changed My Life: Bruce Springsteen

by Lou Fulco

A year before Born To Run came out, music critic Jon Landau saw a performance where many of the as yet unreleased songs were performed and wrote: “I saw rock and roll’s future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time.“

Those words describe the exact feeling that surges through my body every ti…

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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.

Bronte is watching A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories

A mini-series of just four episodes starring Don Draper and Harry Potter – sorry I mean Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe – A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories is a recent discover…

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Vale Elmore Leonard

Prolific crime writer Elmore Leonard has passed away at the age of 87

American crime writer Elmore Leonard has died at home near Detroit at the age of 87, after suffering a stroke earlier this month.

Leonard is the author of 45 novels, written over five decades. Many of his novels were adapted for film and television, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. Leonard was the executive producer …

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CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2013

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards! The awards mark the official launch of Children’s Book Week. Here are the winners by category:

Older Readers


Winner

Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan

Honour books

The Ink Bridge by Neil Grant Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield

Younger Readers


Winner

Children of the King by Sonya Har…

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Winners of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2013

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards!

Fiction

Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser

Nonfiction

The Australian Moment by George Megalogenis

Poetry

Jam Tree Gully: Poems by John Kinsella

Prize for Australian History

Farewell, Dear People by Ross McMullin

Young adult fiction

Fog a Dox by Bruce Pascoe

Children’s fiction

Red by Libby Gleeson

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Kids & YA August Round-Up

by Emily Gale

It’s an all-Australian collection for children and teens this month with a fantastic selection that includes literary legends as well as an exciting debut.

A child’s first step means the world to parents and in Bob Graham’s new picture book this milestone is given the spotlight as well as a wider context when we’re shown what else is going on in other people’s lives at the exact same momen…

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The Story Of My Book: Pureheart

by Cassandra Golds

Cassandra Golds won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for The Three Loves Of Persimmon in 2011. Her latest novel was pounced on by several Readings' children’s specialists, who instantly fell in love with it. Here, Cassandra tells us the story behind Pureheart.

Pureheart began with a picture: of a girl or young woman gazing out from an upstairs window in an old building at night and seein…

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Chris and Em’s Excellent Adventure

by Emily Gale

People work in bookshops for the love of it, and there was plenty of that to go around on Saturday 10th August when our Carlton store got well and truly mobbed.

Readings Carlton, 10am, sometime in July. Two female employees spin around on their chairs in joyful synchronicity.

“Let’s do something really fun for National Bookshop Day. We should have a flashmob!”

“…Could we really do that?”

“I…

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