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Our Highlights from Melbourne Writers Festival

Here’s a collection of our favourite moments from the Melbourne Writers Festival this year.

Bronte Coates on Colm Tóibín

Last year I went to see Jeffrey Eugenides speak at the Comedy Theatre in Melbourne and he described Colm Tóibín as being remarkably funny. I had my doubts as – from what I’d read of Tóibín’s writing – I’d created an image of him as unbearably serious, the kind of man w…

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Maria Takolander on Diego Marani

by Maria Takolander

Loneliness, by definition an intimate condition, strikes me as being intimately associated with literature. Perhaps this has something to do with the solitary act of reading: a reader communing with a book is undergoing a profoundly individual and private experience.

Or perhaps it’s because of the literary representations of loneliness that have been seared into my consciousness. There’s the obs…

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Jandamarra: a story for all Australians

by Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton

Jandamarra’s story is an epic and tragic tale. To the Bunuba people of northern West Australia he was a courageous defender of his country and people. To the police he was a fugitive outlaw. In a picture book created by Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton, his fascinating story is shared.

In the late 1880s, using the caves and surroundings of Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek as hideouts, Jandamarra…

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Five Indigenous Australian Authors to read in 2013

by Ellen van Neerven-Currie

We asked Ellen van Neerven-Currie to share five of her favourite recent releases from Indigenous Australian authors in celebration of Indigenous Literacy Day.

1. Fog A Dox by Bruce Pascoe

You can’t go past this recent Prime Minister’s Literary Award winner, a warm, wise story of courage, acceptance and respect by one of Australia’s most prolific Indigenous writers. Beautifully illustrating …

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A night with Roomers

by Philippa Armstrong, Editor at Roomers

Philippa Armstrong recaps a recent event at our St Kilda shop featuring spoken word from Roomers: a creative writing project for residents of rooming houses around St Kilda and people who have experienced homelessness.

Much as I love spring rain, when the heavens opened at 6pm, half an hour before the Roomers spoken word event at the Readings St Kilda shop on Thursday night, it wasn’t thrillin…

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Extract from Summerlandish

by Summer Land

Summerlandish is the hilarious memoir of Summer Land, a 25-year-old ‘average American girl’ who grew up in Gainsville, Florida – and how she ended up shacked-up, married-up and knocked-up in Mudgee, NSW. Below is a short extract.

It was a resplendent day in the outback when my friends and I set out to experience the famous Bell Gorge, known for its daunting cliffs and deadly challenges. To get…

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Event Highlights in September

by Chris Gordon

Events Coordinator Chris Gordon shares some highlights from our September program of events – and her reasons why you should attend every single one of them!

Philipp Meyer

This is Philipp’s only event in Melbourne.

He’s being lauded as the next John Steinbeck and his latest novel, The Son, is an epic read - vivid and a little scary.

He doesn’t cut corners. A ‘method author’, Philipp Meyer …

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Fiona McFarlane chats to Tony Birch about The Night Guest

by Tony Birch

Fiona McFarlane talks to Tony Birch about foreboding presences, dignity in ageing and the shifting motif of the tiger in her spellbinding debut novel, The Night Guest.

In the first page of this thought-provoking and tender novel, a smelly, noisy and threatening tiger disrupts the sleep of Ruth, an elderly widow at the centre of the story. The large cat turns up in her lounge room in the dead o…

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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.

Ingrid is reading Haruki Murakami

It’s well known around Readings that I’m a Japanophile and that I’ll read practically any fiction or non-fiction that has a connection to Japan.

I’m also a huge fan of Haruki Murakami’s work, both older and n

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Gift-Giving this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday 1 September, and here our staff talk about gift-giving.

Emily Harms on picking gifts for her partner

So I thought I was completely organised buying my dad the most appropriate gift - a copy of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and Leonard Cohen: The Music & the Mystique as he’s very excited about seeing him again now that he’s retu…

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