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Helen Garner’s Recommended Reads

Helen Garner shares her recommended reads with us in preparation for her appearance at Carlton for National Bookshop Day.

To celebrate National Bookshop Day - this Saturday the 11th of August - Helen Garner will be reading from her favourite books. Helen is an extraordinary writer: sharp, original, and bristling with intelligence. She has previously received a Walkley Award for journalism in…

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The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlists 2012

The shortlisted titles for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced.

A big congratulations to all the authors and publishers. This year’s shortlist features plenty of favourites including Anna Funder, Gillian Mears, Frank Moorhouse and Alice Pung. All category winners will go in the running to win the Victorian Prize for Literature, worth $100,000.

Here are the sh…

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Andrea Goldsmith’s Recommended Reads

Andrea Goldsmith shares her recommended reads with us in preparation for her appearance at Carlton for National Bookshop Day.

To celebrate National Bookshop Day - this Saturday the 11th of August - Andrea Goldsmith will be reading from her favourite books. Andrea originally trained as a speech pathologist and was a pioneer in the development of communication aids for people unable to speak befo…

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The Story of My Book: Kim Kane on The Unexpected Crocodile

by Kim Kane

Kim Kane tells us the story behind her new picture book - illustrated by Sara Acton - *The Unexpected Crocodile.*

Kim Kane with her (adorable) twin boys and an ‘expected’ crocodile.

Some of my storybook ideas brew for a number of years and others sweep to the page, fully formed. Fortunately, The Unexpected Visitor was one of the latter.

When my twins were babies, I emerged from a hazy bre…

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Paddy O’Reilly talks with Jacinta Halloran about Pilgrimage

by Paddy O'Reilly

Melbourne writer Jacinta Halloran talks about medicine, growing up Catholic and gentle reincarnations of belief in her second novel, Pilgrimage.

If a pilgrimage is a journey guided by a moral or spiritual imperative, what then is a pilgrimage undertaken by one who doesn’t believe? Jacinta Halloran’s new novel asks that question when Celeste, a paediatrician who has long ago abandoned her Cat…

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Catherine Deveny’s Recommended Reads

Catherine Deveny shares her recommended reads with us in preparation for her appearance at Carlton for National Bookshop Day.

To celebrate National Bookshop Day - this Saturday the 11th of August - Catherine Deveny will be reading from her favourite books. Catherine is a writer, comedian, author, social commentator and broadcaster well known for her work as columnist with The Age newspaper …

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New RAF features new novella from Melina Marchetta

by Andrew McDonald

Melina Marchetta returns to the world of Finnikin of the Rock with a brand new novella in the latest edition of the Review of Australian Fiction.

Attention Melina Marchetta fans!

The superstar of Australian YA has contributed a brand new, never-before-published story called ‘Ferragost’ to the latest issue of digital publication the Review of Australian Fiction.

The story is more of a novella…

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The Age Book of the Year Shortlists Announced

by Andrew McDonald

The shortlists of The Age Book of the Years awards were announced over the weekend.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors. It’s particularly warming to see books that have been overlooked in other award nominations being recognised here.

We’re especially pleased that Steven Amsterdam’s second novel What The Family Needed, Janette Turner Hospital’s collection of stories Forecast: Turb

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Q&A with Alice Melike Ülgezer, author of The Memory of Salt

by Will Heyward

Alice Melike Ülgezer chats with Will Heyward about her novel, The Memory of Salt.

The Memory of Salt tells the story of Ali, the daughter of a Turkish circus musician and a young doctor from Melbourne, and of her parents’ romance. Writers often mine their own lives for first novels – how personal is this story and how much of you went into the character of Ali?

One thing I must say first of…

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Q&A with Josephine Rowe, author of Tarcutta Wake

by Jessica Au

Josephine Rowe chats with Jessica Au about her short-story collection, Tarcutta Wake

Your stories are sometimes closer to vignettes – a glimpse into a life or a moment. Does preventing the reader from knowing more conversely give a piece greater imaginative depth?

That’s certainly the hope! I often liken it to photography, in that with a good photograph the ideas extend beyond the image – y…

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