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Mark’s thoughts on the Stella Prize

by Mark Rubbo

Normally when I hear about another prize for writing I feel ambivalent; just another lottery for poor writers with only one winner. It’s almost like having a prize is enough for a community to say, ‘Look how supportive we are!’ But that’s not the case with the Stella Prize.

In exciting news, this affirmation of our great women writers is up and running. The Stella committee have announced that t…

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[untitled]: our writers, readers and stories

To celebrate the writers and readers of Stonnington, a series of free talks, workshops and panel discussions will be held at each of the city’s libraries from 15 to 18 November.

The stories of Stonnington will jump from the pages during the city’s four-day [untitled] literary festival next month. With door prizes at every event, the exciting program includes:

A workshop on how to write a ‘

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Ask a Bookseller: What books are best for kids learning to read?

by Emily Gale

This week the Children’s Buyer at our Carlton store recommends some great books for children who are learning to read.

‘Some of the reading scheme books we’ve seen are functional but a bit joyless - what books can you recommend that are suitable for the first year of reading?’

Children learn to read when the pressure is off and the emphasis is on enjoyment, which is why choosing books th…

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The Inaugural Stella Prize to be awarded in April 2013

The team behind The Stella Prize have announced the $50,000 Prize will be awarded in April 2013.

The Stella Prize is Australia’s first major literary prize for women’s writing, designed to celebrate and recognise Australian women’s writing, encourage a future generation of women writers, and significantly increase the readership for books by women.

The prize will be awarded to the best work…

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Hilary Mantel wins the 2012 Man Booker Prize

Hilary Mantel has been awarded the 2012 Man Booker for her novel, Bring Up The Bodies.

This is a historic win for the 60-year-old writer who has previously won the Booker in 2009 for Wolf Hall. Only two authors, Peter Carey and J.M. Coetzee, have won the prestigious prize twice before, making Mantel the first female (and British writer) to do the same.

Not to mention, she’s the first author to …

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The SPUNC Most Underrated Book Award Shortlist 2012

The inaugural shortlist for The Most Underrated Book Award 2012 has just been announced.

This award is sponsored by Kobo and aims to shine a light on some of the fantastic titles released by independent publishers and members of the Small Press Network (SPUNC) that, for whatever reason, did not receive their fair dues. The winning publisher and author are each awarded with a Kobo Vox Tablet …

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Billy Bragg: Folk Singer/Rock Star

We think everyone should come along to Readings St Kilda this Saturday afternoon and meet the wonderful Billy Bragg.

English alternative rock musician and left-wing activist, Billy Bragg is dropping by St Kilda to sign CDs and his book, The Progressive Patriot. His three-decade musical career has been hugely influential and his involvement with grassroots political movements is well known - …

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Winners of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2012

The winners of this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced.

The winner of both the Non-Fiction Prize and the overall Victorian Prize for Literature was Bill Gammage for The Biggest Estate on Earth.

Here is the full list of winners of each category:

Victorian Prize for Literature

The Biggest Estate on Earth by Bill Gammage

Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction

Foal’s Bre

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Q&A with Mark Rubbo, Managing Director of Readings

Readings’ Managing Director, Mark Rubbo, is in the running for the Melbourne City Council’s election (Saturday 27 October). He chats about his vision for Melbourne’s future here.

How would you describe the cultural life of Melbourne?

It’s pretty vibrant but of course could be better. Personally I’m disappointed that the MCC hasn’t engaged more with Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature design…

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Listening to Sacred Classical Music

by Kate Rockstrom

Kate Rockstrom talks about the pleasures of listening to sacred music, presenting a sample of some wonderful recordings.

Music written for the use in church services can be some of the most powerful music ever written. While most of the music written in the Western Art Music tradition is for different types of Christian services, you don’t have be a church goer to appreciate the majesty of t…

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