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Come along to the Children’s Book Festival

by Chris Gordon

The Children’s Book Festival returns to the State Library of Victoria on Sunday 23 March, a festival where authors are celebrities - and rightly so.

It’s a big day, no doubt about it. There are noises, kids, prams, balloons, fairy costumes, various attached ears, and plenty of face-painted princesses, spiders and ogres. There are also over-excited (or at times under-excited) parents, always ove…

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A beginner’s guide to reading graphic novels

by Bronte Coates

If you’re interested in reading a graphic novel but not sure where to start, here are some recommendations depending on what kind of books you usually gravitate towards.

If you like short-story collections:

Lisa Hanawalt’s comics in her debut collection My Dirty Dumb Eyes are bizarre and colourful, and most importantly – very, very funny.

In Heads Or Tails, Lilli Carre gives us a collectio…

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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.

Mark is reading In the Morning I’ll be Gone by Adrian McKinty

I’ve just finished Melbourne author Adrian McKinty’s In the Morning I’ll be Gone. The book follows Sean Duffy, a detective with the Royal Ulster Constabulary who’s brought back from…

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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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