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R.I.P. historian, author and essayist Tony Judt

We were sad to hear that Tony Judt, historian, author and essayist, died over the weekend. He’d been battling Lou Gehrig’s disease for two years and passed away at the age of just 62.

Judt’s 2005 book Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 was praised as being one of the most significant accounts of post-war European history and his most recent book - Ill Fares The Land - was published in Mar…

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Bestselling books: August 2-8 2010

Melbourne author Jon Bauer’s debut novel Rocks in the Belly has been getting rave reviews from all over the place and thus easily sits atop our list of bestselling fiction from last week.

On the non-fiction side of things Jessica Watson’s event at Readings Port Melbourne last Friday helped get her book True Spirit to the top of the non-fiction bestsellers list.

And a month or so after its Mi…

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Distracted

by Pip Newling

I’ve been a bit distracted of late. I’ve had lots of different thoughts flying around in my brain box and haven’t been able to sit still for very long at all. Of course, as is often the way, I didn’t realise I was distracted until I left a book I was reading on the tram - twice. I know, infuriating beyond belief but it did make me take stock while I was beating my head against the brick wall at t…

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Jessica Watson at Port Melbourne

Teen sailor extraordinaire Jessica Watson was at our Port Melbourne shop last night, talking about life, sailing the world and the memoir of her trip True Spirit. It was a spirited crowd that filled the shop, eager to meet Jessica.

Here are a few images of the evening.

Jessica Watson and Port Melbourne shop manager Justine.


The crowd looks on.


The packed-out shop.


Jessica and Justine.

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Do You Remember?

by Pip Newling

What do you remember of the books you read as a kid? I was thinking about this after Anna, another Port Melbourne staff member, asked whether I had loved Morris Gleitzman at primary school, as she had. I had to admit that, as I am only just a few years younger than Mr Gleitzman, I didn’t read him when I was at school - he may have only just been reaching in high school.

Then a customer came in,…

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Film adaptations coming in the second half of 2010

by Andrew McDonald

It’s been a while since we looked at some upcoming films that started life as books, so with the hectic September school holiday movie season almost upon us, let’s have a look at the movies, their trailers and the film tie-in book editions that are heading our way.

Roman Polanski’s latest directing effort is The Ghost Writer - based on the Robert Harris novel of 2007 The Ghost. The novel is a …

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The Story of my Book: Jeremy Chambers on The Vintage and the Gleaning

by Jeremy Chambers

Melbourne author Jeremy Chambers guest blogs for Readings to tell us the story of his debut novel The Vintage and the Gleaning.

This novel was conceived during a time of illness, during which I found myself overwhelmed by unusually vivid memories.

When I was at school, and in the early years of University, I worked summers as a vineyard labourer. I stopped after finding regular work in the …

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Tattoo Me

by Pip Newling

I have been thinking (again) of getting another tattoo. This thought isn’t usually far from my mind but lately it has been creaking it’s way up to the top. But, if the answer is yes (and it is) what design? And where? Tattoos are so ubiquitious these days, that they are almost anti-what they used to mean. It used to be that one would get a tattoo to identify as a member of a crew or a place or a …

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Win a limited edition proof copy of Imperial Bedrooms signed by Bret Easton Ellis

by Andrew McDonald

Next week L.A. author Bret Easton Ellis touches down in Australia for the first time ever. He’ll be appearing at a special sold out Wheeler Centre/MWF event at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne, and at a few other places around the country including the Byron Bay Writers' Festival. The tour is on the back of his new novel - Imperial Bedrooms - a sequel to 1985’s Less Than Zero.

To celebrate Mr …

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MWF 2010 almost here

by Ingrid Josephine

The Melbourne Writers' Festival is coming up at the end of the month from 27th August to 5th September. Marking its 25th birthday this year, the festival will present over 400 writers from around the world in a program of book launches, discussions, debates, gigs and workshops as well as a entertaining and engaging schools’ program and regional schools’ program for primary and secondary students.…

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