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What I Loved: A Death In The Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard

by Will Heyward

Depending on the continent on which you purchase your reading material, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s most recently published work will either be available as a novel entitled A Death in the Family (Australia and UK) or a biography entitled My Struggle: Volume 1 (US). This, I think, is unusual.

Granted, very often, for marketing purposes, books are assigned different titles in different countries on th…

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The lies we tell, you and I

by Chris Somerville

Chris Somerville writes on the anxieties of literary taste, and the lies we tell to cover them.

When I was around nineteen or in my early twenties, I went into a second hand bookstore near my house. Where I live, on the Gold Coast, is not the best place for bookstores, but there are a few great second hand ones scattered about. I was browsing through the fiction when I spotted a book that I re…

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A brief look at the redesign of the Readings Monthly, featuring Nick Cave, Chris Ware, Thirsty Script & other typographic footnotes

by Jessica Au

Readings Monthly editor Jessica Au previews our new look newsletter

So you may not know to look at it, but our humble Readings Monthly has been banging on for close to two decades now. Have a look at us in the good old days here.

Needless to say, it’s undergone many incarnations during the years and, come 2013, we felt it was time to get the surgical tools out again, this time with the…

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Celebrating the work of Jan Ormerod, 1946-2013

by Emily Gale

Last week the children’s publishing industry, along with a great many fans of Jan Ormerod, mourned her death. Here’s a celebration of some of the picture books that made such a lasting impression.

Jan Ormerod was born in WA, drew compulsively as a child and went on to teach art and design. She moved to the United Kingdom in 1980, had children and started to take an interest in the picture …

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Round-Up of February New Releases

by Martin Shaw

Our head books buyer Martin Shaw looks at the new releases out this month.

There seems no other way to begin a wrap of February books without mentioning Graeme Simsion’s romantic comedy, The Rosie Project: ‘the feel-good novel of 2013’, according to Text, and already licensed by almost every publisher on the planet. Not bad for a debut! I find a couple of things particularly endearing about th…

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The School of Life begins!

The School of Life’s summer term begins this weekend in Melbourne.

To celebrate, everyone is invited to The School of Life this Friday night (Friday 1 Feb) for the first public opening of their Melbourne campus.

You can enjoy a beer, wine or coffee from their Conversation Cafe, and as a special treat to their student body, they are offering $5 White Rabbit beer, Pipsqueak cider and Cake wines t…

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The 2013 Indie Awards Shortlist Announced

The Shortlist for the 2013 Australian Independent Bookseller Awards (The Indie Awards) has been announced. The Indie Awards are voted on by the independent booksellers of Australia and have a proud tradition of picking the best of the best of Australian writing.

The shortlist is:


Nine Days by Toni Jordan (Text)
Lost Voices by Christopher Koch (HarperCollins)
Questions of Travel by Michel…

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2013 Music Preview

by Dave Clarke

Our head music buyer Dave Clarke previews the year ahead for music

January is always an exciting time as we look forward to what albums may come in the year ahead. 2012 was a big one for us, with new albums from many of our favourite artists including Leonard Cohen, Paul Kelly, Archie Roach, Bob Dylan, Sarah Blasko, Ry Cooder and many more. Well, the early signs are that 2013 is also looking l…

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Storytime returns to Carlton in February

by Emily Gale

Storytime at our Carlton and St Kilda stores are a popular tradition. But changes are afoot for storytime at Carlton. Or should that be a-paw…?

At the Carlton store we’ve been resting our read-aloud voices over the holidays, but starting on Monday 4th February at 11am we’d love to invite you back for more stories, songs and rhymes with our latest recruit to the children’s department, Andy.

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Classical Music Anniversaries 2013

by Kate Rockstrom

For the past couple of years I’ve looked forward to the new year and anniversaries of famous classical composers. This year is no different. I look forward to seeing box sets and celebrations of each of their music.

Looking back 450 years we have the celebration of the birth of English bard, John Dowland. Particularly known for his works for lute and voice, there are so many recordings already a…

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