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Mark’s Say, February 2015

by Mark Rubbo

I am writing this column from Jaipur Literature Festival; it’s early days yet but yesterday I was privileged to hear one of my favourite authors, Paul Theroux, speak about his career as both a travel writer and novelist; having had three novels published and needing to make a living he thought travel writing was the way to go so he hopped on a train in London and travelled to India, Asia, Russia …

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Our February Book Club Pick: Anne Tyler

Each month we choose a newly released book that we feel is perfect for a book club. Then we roadtest it. We read the book (and encourage you to read along with us), and at the end of the month, we’ll share our thoughts about its potential for book clubbers, and also our own book club discussions about the book. Our pick for February is Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread. If you’re also plannin…

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Our favourite picture books (that are 50 years and older)

We were sad to hear of the recent death of children’s book illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham, who was 94.

Although you may not recognise Margaret Bloy Graham by name, it’s very likely you’ll know Harry the Dirty Dog, her famous character, which she created alongside her then-husband Gene Zion (followed by No Roses For Harry, Harry By The Sea, and Harry and the Lady Next Door).

Harry was origin…

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Winners of the Caldecott, Newbery and Printz awards

The American Library Association (ALA) have announced their top books for children and young adults, including the influential Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards.

The winners include:

Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished picture book for children:
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

Coretta Scott King Award for an author:
Jacqueline Wo…

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Read the first chapter from Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson’s memoir, Just Mercy, is a profoundly important work.

Lauded as a real-life Atticus Finch, Stevenson grew up a member of a poor black community in the racially segregated South. He was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young b…

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2015 February Highlights

by Martin Shaw

February is already a tremendous month. On the fiction front James Bradley returns after a lengthy spell between books with a wonderful novel entitled Clade. As many of you may know, James is a regular book reviewer, so when I caught him a few weeks ago describing a book under review as ‘thrillingly taut and idea-rich’, I couldn’t help but feel he had involuntarily penned a brilliant encapsulatio…

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A calendar of Australian books to look out for in 2015: Part 1

Here is our literary calendar of books by Australian authors due for release in the first half of 2015! We’ve included a wide range of books we’re already excited about, but we’ve also overlooked quite a few, so to that end, we’ll be updating the calendar on an ongoing basis. FEBRUARY Before I Sleep: My Life Fighting Crime and Corruption by Ray Whitrod Clade by James Bradley Earth Dances: M

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What we’re reading: Elizabeth Strout, Phil Klay and John Berendt

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.

Stella Charls is reading Redeployment by Phil Klay and Hot Little Hands by Abigail Ulman

I’ve been simultaneously reading two very different short story collections: Phil Klay’s Redeployment and an early copy of Abigail Ulman’s Hot Little Hand

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The most anticipated books of 2015

by Martin Shaw

Here is my panoramic survey of titles on the horizon for later in the year – rather a feast, I’m sure you’ll agree! From this (of course very early) vantage point I have the following on my radar:

Australian fiction:

In April a simply great debut novel from Readings’ own A.S. Patric, Black Rock White City; Alice Robinson also on debut with Anchor Point; Robyn Cadwallader’s medieval tale The

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