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Our February Book Club Pick: Anne Tyler

Each month we choose a newly released book that we feel is perfect for a book club. Then we roadtest it. We read the book (and encourage you to read along with us), and at the end of the month, we’ll share our thoughts about its potential for book clubbers, and also our own book club discussions about the book. Our pick for February is Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread. If you’re also plannin…

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Read the first chapter from Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson’s memoir, Just Mercy, is a profoundly important work.

Lauded as a real-life Atticus Finch, Stevenson grew up a member of a poor black community in the racially segregated South. He was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young b…

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2015 February Highlights

by Martin Shaw

February is already a tremendous month. On the fiction front James Bradley returns after a lengthy spell between books with a wonderful novel entitled Clade. As many of you may know, James is a regular book reviewer, so when I caught him a few weeks ago describing a book under review as ‘thrillingly taut and idea-rich’, I couldn’t help but feel he had involuntarily penned a brilliant encapsulatio…

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A calendar of Australian books to look out for in 2015: Part 1

Here is our literary calendar of books by Australian authors due for release in the first half of 2015! We’ve included a wide range of books we’re already excited about, but we’ve also overlooked quite a few, so to that end, we’ll be updating the calendar on an ongoing basis. FEBRUARY Before I Sleep: My Life Fighting Crime and Corruption by Ray Whitrod Clade by James Bradley Earth Dances: M

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The most anticipated books of 2015

by Martin Shaw

Here is my panoramic survey of titles on the horizon for later in the year – rather a feast, I’m sure you’ll agree! From this (of course very early) vantage point I have the following on my radar:

Australian fiction:

In April a simply great debut novel from Readings’ own A.S. Patric, Black Rock White City; Alice Robinson also on debut with Anchor Point; Robyn Cadwallader’s medieval tale The

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What we’re reading: Elizabeth Strout, Phil Klay and John Berendt

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.

Stella Charls is reading Redeployment by Phil Klay and Hot Little Hands by Abigail Ulman

I’ve been simultaneously reading two very different short story collections: Phil Klay’s Redeployment and an early copy of Abigail Ulman’s Hot Little Hand

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The Indie Awards Shortlist for 2015

The shortlist for the 2015 Indie Awards have been announced! The Indie Awards are voted for by independent booksellers from around the country.

The shortlisted titles for 2015 include:

Fiction Award Shortlist: When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett Amnesia by Peter Carey Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion Non-fiction Award Shortlist: This House of Grief: The S

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The Winners of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2015

The winners for the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced.

The winner of the fiction prize is To Name Those Lost by Rohan Wilson.

The winner of the non-fiction prize is The Europeans in Australia by Alan Atkinson.

The winner of the young adult fiction prize is The Protected by Claire Zorn.

The winner of the poetry prize is The Beautiful Anxiety by Jill Jones.

The winn…

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Four free and fantastic events at St Kilda this February

Join us this February for four fantastic, free events at our St Kilda shop, located at 112 Acland St in St Kilda. Belle Rosco Live In-Store

Get your blue suede shoes on and join in the St Kilda Festival Live n Local series with Belle Rosco as they perform from their new album, Boom Boom. This wonderful indie pop rock sound is the personification of summer itself.

6pm, Tuesday 3 February
Free,

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