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Indigenous Australian Fiction Comes to McSweeney’s

by Andrew McDonald

The latest issue of McSweeney’s Quarterly Journal features a special section of stories by indigenous Australian writers.

The publication of a new edition of McSweeney’s – the quarterly journal produced by Dave Eggers’s indie publishing house in the US – is always a cause for celebration. And with the release of McSweeney’s Issue 41 this month we have an extra reason to celebrate, as it inc…

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Ned Kelly Award Winners 2012 Announced

The winning books for the Ned Kelly Awards, recognising Australian crime writing, have been released.

The Ned Kelly Awards celebrate the best Australian crime writing and the winning titles were announced last night at the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Peter Twohig’s The Cartographer about a young boy mapping crime in Melbourne was awarded the prize for Best First Crime Fiction while Eamonn …

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Round-Up of September New Release Books

by Martin Shaw

Our head book buyer Martin Shaw looks at new releases out this month.

This is the sort of month where you could read every day and still have a raft of books left over that you’d be desperate to get to. I often think of my job as working in a lolly store, and this September is indeed a veritable Fifty Shades of Lindt.

So bear with my sugar high (and pardon the pun) but as with any new Ian M…

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Get Reading! goes all Australian in 2012

This September bookstores are celebrating home-grown literature with a collection of fifty great titles from Australian authors.

Get Reading! is primarily a month-long, nationwide campaign focused on inspiring more Australians to discover or rediscover the pleasure of reading.

Central to this campaign is the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down Guide and for the first time in the program’s history, the …

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Look.Stop.Taste Walking Tour

Whether you’re a new resident to Melbourne or an old hand, there is so much to discover in this city - and Look.Stop.Taste is a great excuse to do so.

Start at the State Library of Victoria’s free exhibition Gusto! A culinary history of Victoria - including gastronomic treasures such as the first Australian cookbook, published in 1864. Then take a walk through the city, sampling foods, drinks a…

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Q&A with Zane Lovitt, author of The Midnight Promise

by Fiona Hardy

Zane Lovitt chats with Fiona Hardy about his new book, The Midnight Promise.

The Midnight Promise is the tale of Melbourne private eye John Dorn’s downward spiral told in ten stories. With your past in the non-fiction realm of documentary, what drew you to (thankfully) choose crime fiction as a genre?

Long ago I heard someone say that crime fiction is the ‘king of genres’, and I recall tha…

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Q&A with Patrick Holland, author of The Darkest Little Room

by Jessica Au

Patrick Holland chats with Jessica Au about his new book, The Darkest Little Room.

Tell us about the genesis of this novel – how did The Darkest Little Room begin for you?

It’s always difficult to say exactly when and where a novel begins. There are always complex and, even for an author, mysterious causes. Certainly having spent so much time in Saigon over the last five years meant the cit…

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Q&A with Emily Maguire, author of Fishing for Tigers

by Bronte Coates

Emily Maguire chats with Bronte Coates about her new book, Fishing for Tigers.

Your first novel, Taming the Beast, portrays an intimate relationship between a female student and her male teacher. Here, you explore a relationship between an older woman and younger man. How aware were you of differences and stereotypes while writing these characters?

Age and gender and all that play a part i…

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Shortlist for the 2012 Inky Awards Announced

Australian authors Em Bailey and Leanne Hall, as well as international novelists Patrick Ness and Laini Taylor, have been included on this year’s shortlist.

The Inky Awards are Australia’s teen-choice awards as voted for by readers of Insideadog.

The 2012 judging panel consisted of four teenagers from around Australia, author James Moloney and industry expert Danielle Binks. Together they have…

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The Story of My Book: Jay Kristoff on Stormdancer

by Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff tells us the story behind Stormdancer, the first book in his YA dystopian steampunk series.

It was a dream that started Stormdancer. Not a dream of literary fame and solid gold money pools and groupies (authors get groupies, right?), but an actual bona fide dream-type dream.

I was querying my first novel at the time, and meeting the kind of success fluffy bunnies meet when try…

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