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Drusilla Modjeska talks to Geordie Williamson about The Mountain

by Geordie Williamson

Drusilla Modjeska (author of Poppy, The Orchard and the award-winning Stravinsky’s Lunch) chats to Geordie Williamson about her first foray into fiction, The Mountain.

In 1929, French writer and poet Andre Breton produced a map of the world, one that bore scant resemblance to Mercator’s projections. What Breton’s deeply subjective cartography registered instead was his fellow surrealists’ p…

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Q&A with David Vann, author of Dirt

by Jason Austin, Readings Carlton

Jason Austin of Readings Carlton chats to David Vann about his latest novel.

Your first two novels – Legend of a Suicide and Caribou Island – are set in Alaska and your new novel, Dirt, is set in the Sacramento region of California. How do you find that you are able to evoke such a strong sense of place in your writing?

My family hunted on the same ranch every year, and as we walked throug…

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Q&A with Ryan O'Neill, author of The Weight of a Human Heart

by Jessica Au

Jessica Au from Readings St Kilda chats to Ryan O'Neill about his debut collection of short stories, *The Weight of a Human Heart*.

**One of the hallmarks of your writing is your ability to experiment with both voice and style. In The Weight of the Human Heart we find stories that record the breakdown of a marriage through infographics, or express a daughter’s grief and anger in typography.…

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Q&A with David Marr on Patrick White’s The Hanging Garden

by Will Heyward, Readings St Kilda

Will Heyward from Readings St Kilda chats to Patrick White scholar and biographer, David Marr, about the author’s ‘lost’ novel, The Hanging Garden.

Every day it seems that a previously unpublished work from a dead author gets discovered. The trend might have been started with Kafka, and recently there have been books by Nabokov, Foster Wallace, Bolano etc. So, is this just a case of authors

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Meet the Bookseller with Imogen Dewey from Readings Carlton

We chat with Imogen Dewey from Readings Carlton about Zadie Smith, Enid Blyton, and getting to meet Bernard from Black Books.

Why do you work in books?

I really love them. Reading is pretty essential to me. Helping people find the right thing is very satisfying and often very fun, whether it’s something they love, something new, or a gift for ‘someone who doesn’t like books’ (incidentally,…

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Romy Ash talks to Tony Birch about Floundering

by Tony Birch

Debut novelist Romy Ash talks to Tony Birch about what it means to be a child both loved and abandoned, and the dark menace of Australia’s far-flung corners in her new book Floundering.

Towards the conclusion of this remarkable debut novel by Romy Ash, Nev, a crusty and dangerously flawed loner, holding court with himself in a caravan at the edge of nowhere, gives advice to our young narrat…

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Q&A with Pierz Newton-John, author of Fault Lines

by Jessica Au

Jessica Au from Readings St Kilda chats to Melbourne author Pierz Newton-John about his debut collection of short stories, Fault Lines.

Many of the stories in Fault Lines play upon a certain kind of suburban unease – relationships growing stagnant, boys bullied and turned violent, crocodiles kept as pets in garden sheds, wasp’s nests in bathroom walls. Do you feel as a writer that there’s s

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Meet the Bookseller with Chris Rainier from Readings Hawthorn

We chat to Chris Rainier from Readings Hawthorn about 70s paperbacks, meeting Michael Palin and the alleged reading tastes of Great Danes.

Why do you work in books?

It’s just about the only way I can keep track of the avalanche of books, music and film that gets ceaselessly poured onto the world – and get paid for it! There’s always something new. It’s a working environment that never ceas…

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Q&A with Paddy O’Reilly, author of The Fine Colour of Rust

by Jessica Au

Jessica Au from Readings St Kilda chats to Paddy O'Reilly about her second novel The Fine Colour of Rust.

**Your narrator, Loretta – a single mum struggling to raise her kids in a stranded rural town – is such a fresh voice: funny, deprecating and frank all at once. (She dreams of dumping Melissa and Jake at an orphanage, for example, yet is willing to go-for-broke to rally a less-than-enth…

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Q&A with Leanne Hall, author of Queen of the Night

by Andrew McDonald

Young Adult author - and Readings' own - Leanne Hall talks to Andrew McDonald about Queen of the Night, the sequel to her Text Prize-winning novel of 2010 This Is Shyness. Also mentioned are nocturnal plants, the wafflelessness of YA fiction and the movie Blade.

Queen of the Night continues the stories of Wolfboy and Wildgirl that began in your debut novel This is Shyness What attracted you

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