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Ask a Bookseller: What books can I give a teenage reluctant reader?

by Holly Harper

This week one of our children’s specialists, Holly Harper, recommends page-turners that teens will love.

‘My teenager loves video games but has stopped reading. Which authors will get them interested in books again?’

Books have a lot to compete with but all the things your teenager loves about video games - action, horror, end-of-the-world drama - can be found in this selection:

The De

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Deborah Robertson talks with Amy Espeseth about Sufficient Grace

by Deborah Robertson

Amy Espeseth chats with Deborah Robertson about her debut novel, Sufficient Grace, a haunting tale of faith and violence in a closed-off, deeply religious world.

From the moment the terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Center set the climate for the new century, the West has been analysing Islamic fundamentalism. But what do we really know of fundamentalist Christian faiths? How well do…

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Indigenous Australian Fiction Comes to McSweeney’s

by Andrew McDonald

The latest issue of McSweeney’s Quarterly Journal features a special section of stories by indigenous Australian writers.

The publication of a new edition of McSweeney’s – the quarterly journal produced by Dave Eggers’s indie publishing house in the US – is always a cause for celebration. And with the release of McSweeney’s Issue 41 this month we have an extra reason to celebrate, as it inc…

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Ned Kelly Award Winners 2012 Announced

The winning books for the Ned Kelly Awards, recognising Australian crime writing, have been released.

The Ned Kelly Awards celebrate the best Australian crime writing and the winning titles were announced last night at the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Peter Twohig’s The Cartographer about a young boy mapping crime in Melbourne was awarded the prize for Best First Crime Fiction while Eamonn …

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Round-Up of September New Release Books

by Martin Shaw

Our head book buyer Martin Shaw looks at new releases out this month.

This is the sort of month where you could read every day and still have a raft of books left over that you’d be desperate to get to. I often think of my job as working in a lolly store, and this September is indeed a veritable Fifty Shades of Lindt.

So bear with my sugar high (and pardon the pun) but as with any new Ian M…

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Get Reading! goes all Australian in 2012

This September bookstores are celebrating home-grown literature with a collection of fifty great titles from Australian authors.

Get Reading! is primarily a month-long, nationwide campaign focused on inspiring more Australians to discover or rediscover the pleasure of reading.

Central to this campaign is the 50 Books You Can’t Put Down Guide and for the first time in the program’s history, the …

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Look.Stop.Taste Walking Tour

Whether you’re a new resident to Melbourne or an old hand, there is so much to discover in this city - and Look.Stop.Taste is a great excuse to do so.

Start at the State Library of Victoria’s free exhibition Gusto! A culinary history of Victoria - including gastronomic treasures such as the first Australian cookbook, published in 1864. Then take a walk through the city, sampling foods, drinks a…

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Q&A with Zane Lovitt, author of The Midnight Promise

by Fiona Hardy

Zane Lovitt chats with Fiona Hardy about his new book, The Midnight Promise.

The Midnight Promise is the tale of Melbourne private eye John Dorn’s downward spiral told in ten stories. With your past in the non-fiction realm of documentary, what drew you to (thankfully) choose crime fiction as a genre?

Long ago I heard someone say that crime fiction is the ‘king of genres’, and I recall tha…

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Q&A with Patrick Holland, author of The Darkest Little Room

by Jessica Au

Patrick Holland chats with Jessica Au about his new book, The Darkest Little Room.

Tell us about the genesis of this novel – how did The Darkest Little Room begin for you?

It’s always difficult to say exactly when and where a novel begins. There are always complex and, even for an author, mysterious causes. Certainly having spent so much time in Saigon over the last five years meant the cit…

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Q&A with Emily Maguire, author of Fishing for Tigers

by Bronte Coates

Emily Maguire chats with Bronte Coates about her new book, Fishing for Tigers.

Your first novel, Taming the Beast, portrays an intimate relationship between a female student and her male teacher. Here, you explore a relationship between an older woman and younger man. How aware were you of differences and stereotypes while writing these characters?

Age and gender and all that play a part i…

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