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Our big birthday sale!

It’s our 45th birthday today and to celebrate, we’re having a HUGE online sale, offering 20% off all books on our website, for one day only!

The terms and conditions of the special offer are as follows: The 20% off promotion only applies to books currently listed as in stock (to see if a book is in stock, click through to the book’s page and look at the information on the right hand side – if it…

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Laura Jean McKay on Lorrie Moore’s Birds of America

by Laura Jean McKay

Reading Lorrie Moore for the second time is a different experience to reading her for the first. Not just because of that extra skin of insight, though there’s that. Once you know Moore, you also know that she’s very likely to wreak havoc on the lives of her characters: a woman who is holding a baby one minute will fall off a picnic bench and kill it the next; a ghost in a roof will turn out to b…

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Event highlights in March

by Chris Gordon

Events Manager Chris Gordon shares some highlights from our March program of events, one for each week of the month. Rafael Epstein in conversation with Jon Faine

Melbourne’s own voices are coming together for this event. Rafael Epstein will talk on his early friendship with Ben Zygier, a young Australian swept up in international intelligence, with radio presenter Jon Faine as part of a disc…

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March highlights

by Martin Shaw

Well, it behoves me to mention, first of all, the latest work by one of Readings’ own , namely, children’s book buyer Emily Gale, who has penned two books for younger readers: Eliza Boom’s Diary: My Explosive Adventure and Eliza Boom’s Diary: My Fizz-tastic Investigation. Having witnessed firsthand her agony at having to order her own book for the shops, all I can say is that she ordered very con…

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What we’re reading

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving.

Nina is reading Look At Me by Jennifer Egan

I read A Visit from the Goon Squad back when it was first released, and I was deeply impressed by Egan’s writing.

I wanted to read Look At Me after reading an interview with Egan where she spoke ab…

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Our 2014 Oscar Predictions

With the Oscars due to be announced on Monday 3 March (Australian time) we’re making our predictions of who will take out this year’s top awards. You can view the full list of nominees here.

Nina Kenwood, Online Manager

Best Picture: 12 Years A Slave
Best Directing: Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Suppor

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Mark’s Say: The city of Melbourne and its booksellers

by Mark Rubbo

Melbourne is one of five UNESCO Cities of Literature, inducted in 2008. One of the pitches to obtain this status was the vibrancy of Melbourne’s bookselling landscape – since that time at least 10 bookshops have closed within the City of Melbourne, with many more closed in the suburbs and regional areas. Six years hence, the State Government and City of Melbourne are about to announce a jointly f…

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The Readings Foundation supports Reading Out of Poverty

The Readings Foundation is supporting Reading Out of Poverty’s pilot project in Geelong through a grant of $15,000.

Reading Out of Poverty is a volunteer based organisation that is working with the community to improve the early-literacy skills of disadvantaged children aged 6 months to 8 years in Victoria.

The ability to read has a direct impact on educational success, employment and depende…

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