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The Stella Prize Longlist 2014

The Stella Prize longlist for 2014 was announced today and includes twelve titles - six works of fiction and six works of non-fiction.

The Stella Prize celebrates Australian women’s contribution to literature and was awarded for the first time last year to Carrie Tiffany for Mateship with Birds. The prize is worth $50,000.

In alphabetical order of author surname, the 2014 Stella Prize longlist …

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Attempting handmade loafs with Dan Lepard

by Bronte Coates

I first learnt how to make a very basic bread a few years ago while living in a rickety Queenslander where if you kneaded the dough with too much vigour the floorboards would shake. Since then, bread has become one my favourite things to make in a kitchen, though I can’t say I’ve ever progressed past novice stage. My ‘bread’ still frequently suffers from an alarming similarity to cakes, though I …

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The Readings Foundation supports the Collingwood Reading Club

In 2014, the Readings Foundation is supporting Save the Children Australia to establish an after school literacy and homework support program called the Collingwood Reading Club. The club is for refugee and humanitarian migrant children and their families in Collingwood.

What is the Reading Club?

The club will involve a range of literacy activities and games, and one-on-one tutoring/homework as…

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Ali Alizadeh on modern representations of Joan of Arc

by Ali Alizadeh

I have spent quite a number of years reading about the enigmatic, engrossing historical figure of Joan of Arc, the young European peasant who ran away from home, became a knight, led the armies of the King of France against his enemies, and was burnt as a heretic in the early fifteenth century. Most historical accounts of the medieval woman’s life and persona are attempts at a purely factual repr…

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

The News: A User’s Manual by Alain de Botton Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (film tie-in edition) AmalgaNations: How Globalisation is Good by Doug Hendrie The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Burial Rites by Hannah Kent The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard …

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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.

Emily is reading How Should A Person Be? by Sheila Heti

I was given Sheila Heti’s How Should A Person Be? for Christmas from a friend at work. When working with books, it’s always quite a challenge to select a book for a colleague that they ha…

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What I loved: How The Light Gets In by M.J. Hyland

by Annie Condon

In 1996 I began the RMIT Professional Writing and Editing course, and while I didn’t share any classes with M.J. Hyland, I soon began to hear a lot about her from classmates. Not only was she an amazing writer, I heard, but a talented editor as well. Since our student days she has published three books, one of which (This Is How, 2007) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. However it’s her first …

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Meet the bookseller with Samuel Zifchak

by Samuel Zifchak

We chat with Samuel Zifchak about the magic of books, and exactly what makes a striking cover.

Why do you work in books?

Books have always been an instrumental part of my life. My grandfather was heavily involved in bookselling and both my parents are voracious readers. We used bookshelves for wallpaper. I would rarely raise my head from a book as a child. Books inspire me, entertain me and…

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Announcing the guest judges for our new literary awards

Yesterday we were delighted to announce two new literary awards in support of Australian authors, and today we can confirm our two guest judges.

‘We are really excited to announce that Hannah Kent, local author of the bestselling Burial Rites, has accepted our invitation to join Reading’s staff as one of the judges of the Readings New Australian Writing Award and Sally Rippin, author of over 50…

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February highlights for children & young adults

by Emily Gale

For those of you who live and breathe books and consider many of them to be close personal friends, my first pick for February is going to make your hearts sing: A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt (and illustrated by Sarah Wilkins). Written from a child’s perspective - essentially, everything you could say about books in the simplest and most charming way - this title is very much something for …

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