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April Highlights

by Martin Shaw

Earlier this year I penned a ‘Most-Anticipated Books of 2014’ column, and – as is always the way – I soon came to regret my sins of omission, more recently becoming aware of other forthcoming works that belonged on my radar. One such is the new novel from John A. Scott, who, literally the day after submitting my column, wandered into our Carlton shop to tell me that his long-awaited new novel was…

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Q&A with Betty Churcher

by Chris Gordon

Our Events Manager Chris Gordon interviews Betty Churcher about Australian Notebooks.

Congratulations on your second book.

I’m so glad you enjoyed my meander through the Australian Galleries.

Your tour of these galleries is both enlightening and heart-warming; I enjoyed being in the arms of what I felt was an art-lover, artist and historian all at once. How would you describe your position i

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Mark’s Say: Censorship and bookselling

by Mark Rubbo

A few weeks ago, we received some negative commentary about a book that we had in the front window of our Carlton shop. The book in question was Before They Pass Away, by English photographer Jimmy Nelson. Nelson has spent years photographing indigenous people around the world. It’s a stunningly beautiful book, and in years to come, Nelson’s work may well be as highly regarded as that that of Edw…

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What we’re reading

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.

Mark is reading The Hole by Ãyvind Torseter

I was totally charmed and intrigued by Finnish artist Ãyvind Torseter’s The Hole – a children’s book that really anyone can enjoy.

The central character moves into a new apartment and trips over a h…

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Benjamin Law and Michelle Law on Sh*t Asian Mothers Say

by Benjamin Law and Michelle Law

Siblings Benjamin Law and Michelle Law discuss putting together their new book, Sh*t Asian Mothers Say

BENJAMIN: So when was the first time you realised our Asian mother was different to other mothers? Shall we start with the clothes?

MICHELLE: We should point out, Mum’s fashion phases have changed over time.

B: That’s true. There was a period in the mid-90s where we all – including Mum – jo…

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New release highlights for children & young adults

by Emily Gale

There are now a few good sibling-issues picture books that tell it like it is, or can be when a new baby is brought home (The Swap, Bye-Bye Baby Brother, Stupid Baby) but none of them quite capture the true potential of outraged violence v. unconditional love that Aaron Blabey’s The Brothers Quibble does. Brilliantly confronting, the rhyme is perfect, it’s funny and Blabey’s trademark illustratio…

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The 2014 Indie Award Winners

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan has been named the Indie ‘Book of the Year’!

Each year, independent booksellers from around the nation get together and vote for their favourite titles in four different categories, as well as their favourite book overall. This year Richard Flanagan has been awarded the big prize, placing him beside previous winning authors - M.L.Stedman, Anh…

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On the problem of gender-specific books

by Emily Gale

Children’s & YA Specialist Emily Gale muses on the difficulties and debates surrounding gender-specific books, and asks just who is the villain here?

British newspaper, The Independent, recently published a fiery article decrying children books that are gender-specific in which literary editor Katy Guest wrote, “Gender-specific books demean all our children. So The Independent on Sunday will n…

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Crime books to read post True Detective

by Fiona Hardy

If you were a True Detective devotee and you’ve been feeling a bit bereft since the finale, then we recommend you turn to literature (as you should in all difficult situations). We’ve asked our crime specialist Fiona Hardy to recommend five books that would appeal to True Detective fans. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker (translated by Sam Taylor)

For those who enjoy …

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