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Meet the bookseller with Samuel Zifchak

by Samuel Zifchak

We chat with Samuel Zifchak about the magic of books, and exactly what makes a striking cover.

Why do you work in books?

Books have always been an instrumental part of my life. My grandfather was heavily involved in bookselling and both my parents are voracious readers. We used bookshelves for wallpaper. I would rarely raise my head from a book as a child. Books inspire me, entertain me and…

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February highlights for children & young adults

by Emily Gale

For those of you who live and breathe books and consider many of them to be close personal friends, my first pick for February is going to make your hearts sing: A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt (and illustrated by Sarah Wilkins). Written from a child’s perspective - essentially, everything you could say about books in the simplest and most charming way - this title is very much something for …

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Mandy Sayer chats to Krissy Kneen about The Poet’s Wife

by Krissy Kneen

Mandy Sayer’s third memoir vividly details her marriage to the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Yusef Komunyakaa, and their unconventional life lived across the United States and in Sydney’s Kings Cross. Here, Sayer talks with Krissy Kneen about committing her tumultuous marriage to the page.

When reading a review of a memoir we often come across a repeated set of related words. ‘Brave’ is the first…

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Introducing the Readings New Australian Writing Award and Readings Children’s Book Prize

by Mark Rubbo

One of the things I’ve always liked to do is support Australian writing and publishing. Over my career, it has been a thrill to see how the local publishing industry has grown, and how Australian readers have embraced the exciting writing being produced. However, it has always been a struggle for Australian writers to gain an audience and secure a living from their works. Of course, there have be…

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February highlights

by Martin Shaw

February of course is back-to-school month, but with the new Liberal government signalling education is in need of ‘pulling its socks up’, as it were, it’s salient that two new books address issues that will surely only be perpetuated under Minister Pyne. Marion Maddox, in Taking God to School, considers the surprising impact that Christian groups are having on what was once the proudly free and …

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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.

Bronte is giving up on reading House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

This year I made a resolution to read every book on my shelves that I have not yet given a chance – or at least attempt every book. My list notably included Mark Z. Danielew…

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Matching TV Series to Books

If you love Borgen

The story of charismatic politician Birgitte Nyborg who unexpectedly becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark was our bestselling DVD of the last year - and justifiably so! This fast-paced political drama is an excellent, addictive show which touches on issues that are very close to the surface in our own homegrown politics as well. For an Australian spin on the s…

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A reading list for an ideal child (and one for the real deal)

by Emily Gale

Parents start out with certain ideals: I will never use bribes, I will never raise my voice, I will never use the television as a babysitter…

So, just for fun, here’s a list of gorgeous children’s books for the new, discerning parent, and another list of equally brilliant books that give a slightly more realistic picture of life with kids. As a professional in the field, I recommend a healthy do…

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The Indie Awards Shortlist for 2014

The shortlist for the 2014 Indie Awards have been announced!

As well as category winners, all sixteen shortlisted titles are vying for the top spot as the Indie ‘Book of the Year’ for 2014. The Indie Awards are voted for by independent booksellers from around the country.

The shortlisted titles for 2014 include:

Fiction Award Shortlist: Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas Coal Creek by Alex Mill…

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