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Pulitzer Prize Winners 2010

The 2010 winners of the Pulitzer Prizes have been announced. You can see the full list of winners here, but here are the winners from the Letters, Drama and Music categories and the relevant books that we have at Readings.

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction - Tinkers by Paul Harding

Pulitzer Prize Drama - Next to Normal, music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey

Here’s a clip of one of t…

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A Sound that Calls People from Afar

by Miles Allinson

During the last years of her life, the only conversations Udach’ Kuqax’a’ach’ was able to conduct in her own language, took place in her dreams. She was the last living speaker of Eyak, an indigenous Alaskan language that ceased to exist in 2008. In Eyak her name meant: a sound that calls people from afar, though in English she was perhaps better known as Marie Smith Jones.

There was a word in…

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Rana Dasgupta and Glenda Guest take out the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prizes

British-Indian author Rana Dasgupta won the Commonwealth Writers’ Best Book Prize yesterday for his second novel Solo. The New Delhi-based author won the £10,000 prize given to reward the best Commonwealth fiction written in English.

Australian Glenda Guest took out the £5000 Best First Book Prize for her novel Siddon Rock.

Read more about the Commonwealth Writers' Prize here.

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Bestselling Books: March 29 - April 4 2010

Crime Fiction is the new Fiction. It was last week at Readings anyway, as half the week’s fiction bestsellers list was made up of crime thrillers - three Stieg Larsson books and new titles from Harlan Coben and Lee Child (pictured left) who is appearing at a free event tonight at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.

Big names to hit the bestselling non-fiction list last week included Jana Wendt, S…

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Study for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion

by Miles Allinson

On the corner of the Nepean Highway and Glenhuntly Rd, (a Godforsaken intersection if there ever was one) across the street from a Petrol Station and the MacDonald’s, where I was once almost killed by a gang of ten year olds, there’s a simple red brick Church. On the little patch of grass outside, facing the morning traffic, is a sign on which is proclaimed, every month, The Good News, so to spe…

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The Woman in Black: Madeleine St John

by Toni Jordan

Author Toni Jordan tells us why Madeleine St John’s delicious novels of manners are Australian classics.

I would like to invite Madeleine St John to tea. Or better yet, cocktails. After reading the three of her novels reissued by Text over the past year – The Women in Black, The Essence of the Thing, and A Stairway to Paradise – I feel I know her.

We would meet in a dimly lit bar filled with…

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Dench Bakers to Open New Cafe at Readings Hawthorn

by Emily Harms, Readings Marketing Manager

The much-loved Dench Bakers of North Fitzroy are spreading their artisan soughdough and certified-organic-flour wings to open a new cafe, Bread and Jam for Frances (named after the classic children’s book), at the Readings Hawthorn Cafe in late March.

They will be serving excellent coffee and organic juices and freshly baked croissants, pastries, bombolone, pies, cakes, tarts and biscuits, sandw…

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Readings announces its first Readings Foundation grant recipients

Readings’ Managing Director, Mark Rubbo, has just announced four successful recipients of The Readings Foundation grants.

‘We found it extremely difficult to select the projects from such a strong list of applicants. We only wish that we had more money to award more grants’, Mark Rubbo said.

The Foundation received 35 diverse applications for funding requests totalling over $500,000. The select…

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Readings wins ARIA Retail Award for Best Independent Music Specialist

Readings Carlton has been awarded the 2009 ARIA Retailer of the Year Award for best independent specialist in Victoria.

The ARIA Retail Award is a recognition of the hard work that specialist music retailers bring to the industry through supporting chart artists, helping break new acts and fostering Australia’s lifelong love affair with music.

The winners of the 2009 ARIA Retailer of the Year A…

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Leanne Hall wins the Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing

We’re all tremendously proud and excited to announce that Leanne Hall, children’s specialist bookseller at Readings Carlton, has won the 2009 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing for her young adult manuscript This is Shyness.

Congratulations to Leanne from all of us.

This is Shyness follows Wolfboy and Wildgirl through one night in Shyness, a city where the sun never rises. On a …

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