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Why we need a prize for women’s writing

by Monica Dux

In a result that has warmed many a literary feminist’s heart, Hilary Mantel was last week awarded her second Man Booker Prize for the stunning novel Bring Up the Bodies. In Australia cockles had already been pre-heated by Anna Funder’s win earlier this year, taking out the Miles Franklin Award for All That I Am.

At a time when there’s so much gender fury being expressed in other areas of publi…

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Launch Speech: Raimond Gaita on Our Harsh Logic

by Raimond Gaita

Our Harsh Logic describes itself as a book of testimonies by Israeli soldiers who served on the West Bank and Gaza strip between 2000 and 2010. For obvious reasons, its 374 pages make for depressing reading. How could it be otherwise? Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967 and withdrew from Gaza only in 2005, to invade it again in 2009. Israel’s external control over Gaza remains so complet…

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Five Scary Books To Read This Halloween

Halloween is next Wednesday and to celebrate we’ve put together a list of books, both old and new, that will (hopefully) scare you silly.

The thing under my bed waiting to grab my ankle isn’t real. I know that, and I also know that if I’m careful to keep my foot under the covers, it will never be able to grab my ankle. - Stephen King, foreword from Night Shift (1978)

There are plenty of the…

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Five Scary Films To Watch This Halloween

by Gerard Elson

Our film specialist, Gerard Elson, picks out five great DVDs to watch this Halloween.

**Cabin in the Woods**

Scripted by geek doyen Joss Whedon, this is a gleeful subversion of every hackneyed trope in the horror movie handbook, made electric by its creator’s knack for pithy, pop-culture-savvy dialogue and wicked character-based gags. By its apocalyptic end, this ultimately offers no less t…

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Winners of the Inky Awards 2012

Congratulations to the winners of the Gold and Silver Inky Awards for 2012!

The Inkys are international awards for teen literature, voted for online by the readers of the State Library of Victoria Inside a Dog website. There are three awards: the Gold Inky for an Australian book, the Silver Inky for an international book, and the Creative Reading Prize, won by a young person for a creative respo…

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Q&A with Joel Salatin, author of Folks This Ain’t Normal

by Bronte Coates

Radical farmer and thinker, Joel Salatin is visiting Melbourne to participate in The Dumbo Feather Conversation Series. Here, he chats with Bronte Coates.

How do you approach new ideas for your farming methods; do you spend a lot of time planning how you might implement them, or do you have a hands-on approach?

All of our innovations spring from a super-simple framework of ecological princi…

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Mark’s thoughts on the Stella Prize

by Mark Rubbo

Normally when I hear about another prize for writing I feel ambivalent; just another lottery for poor writers with only one winner. It’s almost like having a prize is enough for a community to say, ‘Look how supportive we are!’ But that’s not the case with the Stella Prize.

In exciting news, this affirmation of our great women writers is up and running. The Stella committee have announced that t…

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[untitled]: our writers, readers and stories

To celebrate the writers and readers of Stonnington, a series of free talks, workshops and panel discussions will be held at each of the city’s libraries from 15 to 18 November.

The stories of Stonnington will jump from the pages during the city’s four-day [untitled] literary festival next month. With door prizes at every event, the exciting program includes:

A workshop on how to write a ‘

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Ask a Bookseller: What books are best for kids learning to read?

by Emily Gale

This week the Children’s Buyer at our Carlton store recommends some great books for children who are learning to read.

‘Some of the reading scheme books we’ve seen are functional but a bit joyless - what books can you recommend that are suitable for the first year of reading?’

Children learn to read when the pressure is off and the emphasis is on enjoyment, which is why choosing books th…

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The Inaugural Stella Prize to be awarded in April 2013

The team behind The Stella Prize have announced the $50,000 Prize will be awarded in April 2013.

The Stella Prize is Australia’s first major literary prize for women’s writing, designed to celebrate and recognise Australian women’s writing, encourage a future generation of women writers, and significantly increase the readership for books by women.

The prize will be awarded to the best work…

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