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What I Loved: The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

by Steve Bidwell-Brown

It’s the early 1960s and life is aglow on the American east coast. Amateur musicians are composing Beatles-inspired pop music, local shrinks are starting to prescribe medicinal LSD, and words like ‘feminism’ are sprouting in the minds of the young. Somewhere in this budding psychedelic mix is Oedipa Maas, a 28-year-old homemaker who has just been informed that her millionaire ex-lover is dead and…

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Fiona Hardy on the 2013 Ned Kelly Award

by Fiona Hardy

Our Crime Expert (in books, not IRL) Fiona Hardy gives us a round-up of the Ned Kelly Award Winners of 2013.

Gosh, it’s nice that the weekend had such a great vote, huh? I mean, who wasn’t happy with its outcomes? It’s so great that everyone’s on board with the victors, and that we all get a happier literary world, and it’s all thanks to Queensland.

Yes, that’s right: the 2013 Brisbane Writer…

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The Story of My Book: Every Breath

by Ellie Marney

Tomorrow our Carlton store will host the launch of Castlemaine author Ellie Marney’s debut Young Adult novel, a very worthwhile take on Sherlock Holmes with a Melbourne setting. Here’s how the story came together.

I still have the yellow sheets of legal-pad paper where I scrawled down my brainstormed ideas for Every Breath. I vividly remember that brainstorming session: sitting in a camp chair…

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Kids' & Young Adult Round-Up for September

by Emily Gale

It’s 105 days until You-Know-What and the Children’s & YA Specialists are all raving about their picks this month, from a home-grown debut with a familiar setting to a two-time Carnegie winner asking ‘is there more to life than this?’

Our St Kilda kids' specialist, Angela Crocombe, has been on a reading frenzy. The longed-for new novel by Patrick Ness, who made a recent visit to Melbourne to m…

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100 Story Building Now Open in Footscray

by Jess Tran

Over the weekend, 100 Story Building opened their doors on a new centre for young writers. Here, Development Manager Jess Tran gives us the low-down on the opening.

What stories lurk in a 100 Story Building? Last Saturday, we threw open the doors of our brand new centre for young writers in Footscray to see if we could draw some of them out. And drawn out they were. We discovered the story of …

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Alice Gage on filmmaker Jeff Nichols

by Alice Gage

‘Is anyone seeing this?’ asks Curtis (Michael Shannon) in Jeff Nichols’ second film, Take Shelter (2011). Curtis has pulled his car over to the side of the road to watch a dry lightning storm approaching ominously from the fields beyond. His wife and daughter are asleep in the back seat and, indeed, no one sees it but him. Curtis’s portentous visions are leaking from his dreams into his days. Is …

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The 2013 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

Here is the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist!

A big congratulations to the shortlisted authors and publishers. The winner of the prize will be announced on 15 October 2013.

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Read our review.)

Harvest by Jim Crace (Read our review.)

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (Read our review.)

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (R

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Meet the Bookseller with Deborah Crabtree

We chat with Deborah Crabtree about being haunted by Murakami and her favourite book covers.

Why do you work in books?

I’m told I’m a machine when it comes to reading: working in books allows me to feed the machine. Books are my addiction, and while I’d ideally love to be spending my days writing and reading books, bookselling keeps me plugged into the literary world and allows me to talk abo…

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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.

Emily is reading The Philanthropist by John Tesarsch

I took a children’s bookseller sabbatical this weekend and decided to read The Philanthropist by John Tesarsch, which Sleepers published in 2010, about a wealthy Melbourne tycoon who is haun…

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Our Highlights from Melbourne Writers Festival

Here’s a collection of our favourite moments from the Melbourne Writers Festival this year.

Bronte Coates on Colm Tóibín

Last year I went to see Jeffrey Eugenides speak at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne and he described Colm Tóibín as being remarkably funny. I had my doubts as – from what I’d read of Tóibín’s writing – I’d created an image of him as unbearably serious, the kind of man w…

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