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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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Shortlist for the 2012 Inky Awards Announced

Australian authors Em Bailey and Leanne Hall, as well as international novelists Patrick Ness and Laini Taylor, have been included on this year’s shortlist.

The Inky Awards are Australia’s teen-choice awards as voted for by readers of Insideadog.

The 2012 judging panel consisted of four teenagers from around Australia, author James Moloney and industry expert Danielle Binks. Together they have…

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The Story of My Book: Jay Kristoff on Stormdancer

by Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff tells us the story behind Stormdancer, the first book in his YA dystopian steampunk series.

It was a dream that started Stormdancer. Not a dream of literary fame and solid gold money pools and groupies (authors get groupies, right?), but an actual bona fide dream-type dream.

I was querying my first novel at the time, and meeting the kind of success fluffy bunnies meet when try…

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Peter Temple’s Jack Irish on screen

by Mark Rubbo

Readings’ managing director Mark Rubbo takes a first look at the ABC’s forthcoming adaptation of Peter Temple’s novel, Bad Debts.

Peter Temple’s novel Bad Debts was first published in 1996. In it he introduced Jack Irish, a former criminal lawyer. Jack’s wife had been brutally killed by a deranged client who then killed himself, and in the months after her death, Jack drifted, more often tha…

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Meet the Bookseller with Chris Dite from Readings Carlton

We chat with Chris Dite from Readings Carlton about post-climate change adventure novels and possible government assassins at a book launch.

Why do you work in books?

It’s an opportunity to push your tastes onto other people. But more than that, the social capital is intense. I don’t think there’s any other retail job people actually envy you for. It’ll also be nice to look back on when I’…

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