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Our top picks for MIFF 2014

Here are our top picks for what to see at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) this year!

Nina Kenwood has a thing for American indies.

I love indie films from the USA so my initial reaction when I first saw the MIFF program was to circle all the films I already knew about and was dying to see: Richard Linklater’s extraordinary Boyhood, filmed once a year over the course of twelve…

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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.

Annie is reading The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

I came across this book recently, and was intrigued by the back cover blurb. Also, the front cover proudly announces the book as ‘Costa Book of the Year 2013’. So – both front and back get…

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What I Loved: The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald

by Miles Allinson

At certain times a book is able to take hold of you in such a way as to direct the angle of your life for a while. W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn did this for me when I first discovered it a few years ago. I still think it’s the best work of fiction I’ve ever read.

Nominally the account of a long walk, which the narrator once took along the coast of East Anglia, The Rings of Saturn might be b…

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The Readings Foundation supports The PRACE Community Library

by Libby Barker, Education Manager at PRACE

The Readings Foundation provides support for the PRACE Community Library.

I recently caught up with Barb, our Making Connections++ teacher, to ask how her students are managing the responsibility of looking after the PRACE Community Library. The library was established back in August 2012 through local government and community donations and has had continued support via a grant from The Readin…

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Meet the bookseller with Kate Campbell

by Kate Campbell

We chat with bookseller Kate Campbell about her penchant for organising bookshelves and the parallels Frankenstein draws with cosmetic use in the twenty-first century.

Why do you work in books?

I love my job at Readings for so many reasons. It’s wonderful to be surrounded by beautiful books at work; oh, and it’s always exciting, albeit a little overwhelming, to see the new releases come thro…

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Interviews with our work experience students

by Kealy Siryj

Over the next few weeks we’re participating in a work experience program with students from high schools across Melbourne. Here, Kealy Siryj tells us about her favourite books. How would you describe your taste in books? Do you like romance or adventure, science fiction or history, etc?

My taste in books is quite varied and I definitely wouldn’t consider any specific genre to be my favourite.…

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Movies and books that made us cry more than The Fault in our Stars

The crying hangover that follows reading (or watching the film of) The Fault In Our Stars has been described as epic. Here are some other books and films that have also left our staff puffy, splotchy and teary. Amy Vuleta, Assistant Manager at Readings St Kilda:

Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell made me cry more than TFIOUS. I bought a copy when travelling in the US a couple of years ag…

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The story of my book: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo

by Luke Ryan

Look, I realise cancer is not the most naturally hilarious subject. You rarely find yourself slaying at a dinner party with a selection of your best tumour-based one-liners. You never saw Rodney Dangerfield mugging to camera while saying ‘Whoa, when I said I wanted a cancer, I was talking about the star sign!’ I imagine most people probably place it in the Strictly No Laughing Matter basket along…

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Ask Agatha: how to read Peter Carey and great female villains

The latest installment of our book advice column where you can ask our wise bookseller Agatha all your tricky (book-related) questions. Ever since I read all of Gillian Flynn’s books, I’ve been in the mood for reading about dark, complicated female characters. Can you recommend a book with a great female villain?

If you are looking for a dark female lead, look no further than Alissa Nutting’s…

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