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Winners of the 2012 CBCA Book of the Year awards announced

by Andrew McDonald

Congratulations to the winners of the CBCA’s Book of the Year awards, recognising the best in Australian children’s literature.

To kick off Book Week, which hits schools and libraries across Australia in the coming week, the Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced its Book of the Year winners - the most prestigious awards for children’s literature in the country.

Congratulations to…

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Answer The Call: Triple R Radiothon starts today!

by Andrew McDonald

Our friends at Melbourne community radio station Triple R 102.7FM launch their annual radiothon today.

The theme of this year’s radiothon is ‘Answer The Call’ - a jungle-themed appeal with a punny slogan indeed.

As per usual Readings is proud to support the radiothon, contributing a $2000 Readings gift card as one of the major prizes that all radiothon subscribers go in the running to w…

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The best picture books have animals as doctors

by Leanne Hall

The best sort of picture book is one that features animals being doctors, and I’ll brook no arguments about this.

An oldie but a goodie is Dr Dog (Babette Cole), which kids love, and which some parents find intolerable due the level of scatological attention.

The disgusting Gumboyles call on Dr Dog, a Bassett hound, when the entire family falls ill. Dr Dog hotfoots back from a medical conferen…

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Q&A with Belinda Castles, author of Hannah & Emil

by Jessica Au

Belinda Castles chats with Jessica Au about her novel, Hannah & Emil.

Tell us about writing*Hannah & Emil* – where did the idea start for you?

Hannah and Emil is based on the lives of my grandparents. As a child I knew bits and pieces about their lives but there were two secrets that emerged when my German grandfather died. One was that my grandmother was Jewish, and so then were her sons,…

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Rereading childhood favourites with the new Vintage Classics

by Bronte Coates

The new collection of Vintage Children’s Classics from Random House is a perfect excuse to return to a book you once loved.

Last year Patricia Meyer Spacks released, On Rereading, a fascinating exploration of the motivations behind, and the enjoyments and disappointments found in reading books more than once.

Of childhood titles she wrote: ‘The sense of having it both ways, of preserving t…

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Roadtasting: Simon Bryant’s Vegies

by Chris Gordon

Our resident foodie Chris Gordon takes Simon Bryant’s Vegies for a road test in her own kitchen.

Firstly could I commend the designers for the front cover of this wonderful collection of recipes by Bryant. What is there not to love about a man holding spring onions and a lettuce wearing a very cheeky smile? It certainly got my attention. That image and the title - Vegies. No beating around …

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Q&A with Liza Klaussmann, author of Tigers In Red Weather

by Jessica Au

Liza Klaussmann tells us some books that she loves.

What’s the last book you loved, and why?

Dare Me by Megan Abbott: sinister, funny and sharp as hell.

Which literary character do you secretly wish you were?

Lady Brett Ashley, from The Sun Also Rises. What a woman.

What was your big rite-of-passage book as a teenager?

The Collected Works of Anne Sexton. Confessional poetry dovetails ni…

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Classical Music Books

by Kate Rockstrom

Our classical music specialist Kate Rockstrom talks us through books about music, and shares some of her favourites.

We talk a lot about music but there’s something to be said for books about music - whether you agree that descriptions of music are accurate or not. With the release of another book to add to Andrew Ford’s already impressive library, Try Whistling This, I found myself thinking of…

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Helen Garner’s Recommended Reads

Helen Garner shares her recommended reads with us in preparation for her appearance at Carlton for National Bookshop Day.

To celebrate National Bookshop Day - this Saturday the 11th of August - Helen Garner will be reading from her favourite books. Helen is an extraordinary writer: sharp, original, and bristling with intelligence. She has previously received a Walkley Award for journalism in…

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The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlists 2012

The shortlisted titles for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced.

A big congratulations to all the authors and publishers. This year’s shortlist features plenty of favourites including Anna Funder, Gillian Mears, Frank Moorhouse and Alice Pung. All category winners will go in the running to win the Victorian Prize for Literature, worth $100,000.

Here are the sh…

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