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Q&A with Clare Bowditch

In anticipation of Clare’s appearance at the Happiness and Its Causes Conference (Wed 19 - Thurs 20 June), we asked her a few questions about what happiness means for her.

You’ve previously said that Leonard Cohen ‘inspired you to choose a new path’. Would you be able to tell us more about this?

Really, it was just the pleasure of watching a master musician decades into his career and being a…

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Lydia Davis wins the 2013 Man Booker International Prize for Fiction

The fifth Man Booker International Prize for fiction has been awarded to an author who pens stories the length of a single sentence.

American author Lydia Davis was awarded the prize money of £60,000 for her body of work which consists largely of short fiction, some very short. Sir Christopher Ricks, chairman of the judges, said:

“[Her] writings fling their lithe arms wide to embrace many a k…

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Kids' & YA May Round-Up

by Emily Gale

Saints and sinners, unique characters and clones, giant brains and dinosaur-sized ones, too: it’s all in this month’s wonderfully varied round-up.

Earlier I received an impassioned email from fellow children’s specialist, Athina Clarke, at the Malvern store: “You have to read Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane and Marion Roberts: I need to talk to someone about it!”

And so this thriller about abduct…

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Mark’s Say: Australian Publishers Overseas

by Mark Rubbo

Last month, we mentioned some interesting new fiction coming out later this year and I’ve been alerted to two other major titles to look forward to. Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan has a new novel in September, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, which borrows its title from the Japanese poet Basho’s seventeenth century travel memoir. It’s partially set in a Japanese labour camp in 1943.

Chris …

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NSW Premier’s Literary Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2013 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards were announced last night at the State Library of NSW.

Carrie Tiffany won the prestigious New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction for her novel Mateship With Birds (which also recently won the Stella Prize!)

The Premier’s Award for New Writing was presented to Michael Sala for his autobiographical novel, The Last Thread (which r…

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Reading Matters at SLV: Round-Up

by Emily Gale

From Thursday 30th May to Saturday 1st June, Melbourne’s children’s and YA book fanatics are going to be in Seventh Heaven – and by that I mean The State Library of Victoria. Find out what Readings' specialist team are most looking forward to on the Reading Matters program.

Angela Crocombe, Children’s and YA Specialist at the St Kilda store:

Alison Croggon totally blew me away with Black

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The 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize Regional Winners Announced

The regional winners of the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize have been announced with Australian author, Michael Sala, named the winner of the Pacific region for his book, The Last Thread.

The Commonwealth Book Prize and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize act as catalysts to target and identify talented writers, and to create environments where alliances of writers in remote places and those with …

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The Way We Work: Kim Kane and Marion Roberts

Writing is often said to be a lonely occupation, but what happens when you co-author a work of fiction? The authors of new YA novel Cry Blue Murder, Kim Kane and Marion Roberts, share their experience.

MR: With over seven published novels and picture books between us our usual approach has been to work on solo projects. Cry Blue Murder is our first collaboration as writers.

KK: Writing t…

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Picturing Gatsby

by Nicki Greenberg

Nicki Greenberg looks back at adaptations of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, from Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 screenplay to Gatz.

I first read The Great Gatsby when I was 17 years old. I was captivated by it: by the beauty, the melancholy, the grand yearnings and grown-up extravagance that hummed on a frequency outside the range of my experience. I had to stretch to touch that floating, tarnish…

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Roadtesting Courgette Cake

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon road tests the recipe for ‘Courgette’ Cake as seen in the delightfully quirky The Bookery Cook.

As much as I am completely in love with this sweet book of delicious recipes, and even more delicious illustrations, I am equally concerned that these three wonderful Australian writers and food-lovers (all sisters) seem driven to use French words when there is no need. Does it make you…

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