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Q&A with Charlotte Wood, author of Animal People

by Jo Case

Jo Case interviews Sydney author Charlotte Wood about her latest novel, Animal People. In Animal People, you revisit the family from The Children, concentrating on the hapless (middle-aged man-child) brother, Stephen. What drew you to revisit this family and these characters? And why Stephen?

It didn’t occur to me for quite some time after The Children was finished to revisit Stephen. I knew …

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Meet the Bookseller with Jessica Au from St Kilda

We talk to Jessica Au, bookseller at Readings St Kilda, about her favourite books, life working in a bookshop and discovering her doppelgänger. Why do you work in books?

I reasoned it thus: 1. I love books. 2. Bookshops stock books. Therefore, I will love bookshops. So far, the theory’s held good.

What’s the best book you’ve read lately and why?

Melanie Joosten’s Berlin Syndrome – tense, sh…

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Readings Foundation supports 20 new Wheeler Centre Fellowships

At the awards dinner for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards last night, outgoing director of the Wheeler Centre Chrissy Sharp announced the introduction of 20 new Wheeler Centre Writers' Fellowships. These fellowships will allow 20 writers access to a desk at the Wheeler Centre, each for a two month period, along with a stipend of $1000.

Readings is proud to be supporting these new fellows…

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Q&A with Alice Pung, author of Her Father’s Daughter

by Phoebe Bond

Phoebe Bond talks to Melbourne author Alice Pung about her second memoir, Her Father’s Daughter, which comes after her hugely popular Unpolished Gem of 2006. Your second book delves into your migrant parents’ over-protective impulses, while simultaneously managing to maintain a respectful distance. Do you also have the desire to protect your parents? Where do you draw the line between what you…

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Q&A with Anna Funder, author of All That I Am

by Jo Case

Jo Case interviews Australian writer Anna Funder, of Stasiland fame, about her first foray into fiction, All That I Am. The idea of choosing not to witness – and the moral responsibilities that carries – is central to the book. There are characters who don’t see things they don’t want to know about those closest to them. And on a national level, Britain seems to wilfully choose not to know wha…

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Meet the Bookseller with Dani Solomon from Carlton

We talk to the very lovely Dani Solomon, bookseller at Readings Carlton, about her favourite books, life working in a bookshop and the elusive ‘True Fiction’ section. Why do you work in books?

It really is as simple as I love reading books, so what better place to work than a place that sells them?

What’s the best book you’ve read lately and why?

I really enjoyed Steve Hely’s How I Became a

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Mark Rubbo interviews Geraldine Brooks

by Mark Rubbo

Readings Managing Director Mark Rubbo chats with Geraldine Brooks, about her new novel Caleb’s Crossing. All of your novels are based on historical events and explore big themes. In Caleb’s Crossing, it’s the clash of cultures and beliefs. Do you have an idea of issues you want to explore and then find the event to suit, or does the event inform the exploration?

It’s always all about the stor…

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The Readings Foundation grant recipients for 2011

by Ingrid Josephine

Trustees of The Readings Foundation, including writer Helen Garner, Readings staff and donor Peter Donoghue (ex-managing director of Publishers John Wiley Australia) met in late November to award a record number of grants on behalf of the Readings Foundation. Funding totalling $62,500 will be granted to seven organisations to support projects that benefit literacy, community and the arts in Victo…

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Readings Carlton wins Independent Bookseller of the Year 2010

by Andrew McDonald, Readings Web Coordinator

Readings is thrilled to have been named Independent Bookseller of the Year 2010 for our Carlton shop at the Australian Book Industry Awards last night. It’s the second year running that the shop has won the award. Congratulations to the Carlton shop manager Robbie Egan, all the shop staff and Readings owner Mark Rubbo.

Readings Carlton, as seen from the back of the shop.

Other award highligh…

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Readings Foundation Update: HIPPY and Sacred Heart Mission

by Katherine Sciglitano

This week we’re featuring updates from the community organisations and projects that the Readings Foundation supported in 2009. Today we’re hearing from Katherine Sciglitano of the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s HIPPY program and Marika Fengler of Sacred Heart Mission – both of which receive ongoing support from the foundation.

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) foc…

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