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The SPUNC Most Underrated Book Award Shortlist 2012

The inaugural shortlist for The Most Underrated Book Award 2012 has just been announced.

This award is sponsored by Kobo and aims to shine a light on some of the fantastic titles released by independent publishers and members of the Small Press Network (SPUNC) that, for whatever reason, did not receive their fair dues. The winning publisher and author are each awarded with a Kobo Vox Tablet …

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Billy Bragg: Folk Singer/Rock Star

We think everyone should come along to Readings St Kilda this Saturday afternoon and meet the wonderful Billy Bragg.

English alternative rock musician and left-wing activist, Billy Bragg is dropping by St Kilda to sign CDs and his book, The Progressive Patriot. His three-decade musical career has been hugely influential and his involvement with grassroots political movements is well known - …

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Winners of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2012

The winners of this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced.

The winner of both the Non-Fiction Prize and the overall Victorian Prize for Literature was Bill Gammage for The Biggest Estate on Earth.

Here is the full list of winners of each category:

Victorian Prize for Literature

The Biggest Estate on Earth by Bill Gammage

Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction

Foal’s Bre

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Q&A with Mark Rubbo, Managing Director of Readings

Readings’ Managing Director, Mark Rubbo, is in the running for the Melbourne City Council’s election (Saturday 27 October). He chats about his vision for Melbourne’s future here.

How would you describe the cultural life of Melbourne?

It’s pretty vibrant but of course could be better. Personally I’m disappointed that the MCC hasn’t engaged more with Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature design…

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Listening to Sacred Classical Music

by Kate Rockstrom

Kate Rockstrom talks about the pleasures of listening to sacred music, presenting a sample of some wonderful recordings.

Music written for the use in church services can be some of the most powerful music ever written. While most of the music written in the Western Art Music tradition is for different types of Christian services, you don’t have be a church goer to appreciate the majesty of t…

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Round-Up of October Kids' and Young Adult Books

by Emily Gale

Every book is a journey, and in this month’s round-up we get transported through space and time and believe in impossible things.

Jaclyn Moriarty’s A Corner of White, teetering between reality and fantasy, will appeal to her existing Young Adult audience and find new ones with its broad scope and generous room for interpretation. A teenage girl in a world we might recognise writes to a teena…

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Favourite Bedtime Stories

by Emily Harms

In a brand new series, book-lovers share some of their old and new favourites for reading aloud to children at bedtime. This month, Readings' Marketing Manager Emily Harms with Ava, 4, and George, 18 months.

Ava and I love to read lots of different stories together (and George who is 18 months listens and looks in!) and at nearly 4, Ava loves to sound out new words.

An old favourite from

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The Story of my Book: Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

by Robin Sloan

Robin Sloan talks about the process of writing his novel, Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.

My novel started as a tweet.

I remember the moment very clearly. On November 15, 2008, my friend Rachel Leow posted a tweet that said simply: “just misread ‘24hr bookdrop’ as ‘24hr bookshop’. the disappointment is beyond words.”

I read this walking down a shady street, and it made me smile. It made m…

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Quarterly Essay 47 and Tony Speaks special offer

**Receive a free copy of Tony Speaks! The Wisdom of the Abbott with any purchase of the latest Quarterly Essay, Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott. Offer available in-store and online, for a limited time only. **

David Marr’s Quarterly Essay Political Animal has been a hot topic of conversation these past few weeks. Our reviewer said “*Political Animal* is a fascinating essay; by N…

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The Story of My Book: Maureen McCarthy on The Convent

by Maureen McCarthy

Maureen McCarthy tells us about her new YA novel, The Convent, which is set in Melbourne and follows the lives of four women from the same family.

The Convent had been on my mind well before I’d put pen to paper. Recently I found a note to myself dated November 1991.

Must look closer into where Mum grew up! How come she ended up in the Abbotsford Convent? What actually happened to her moth

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