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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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September Highlights

by Martin Shaw

Our books manager Martin Shaw shares his top picks for new releases this month.

Discovering that special book out of a mountain of submissions is both the great challenge, and surely the great kick, in any fiction publisher’s role. This month we are blessed with some really wonderful Australian debut novels (from publishing houses both large and small, which is always nice), and we also have s…

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Monet’s Garden for Kids

by Angela Crocombe

Angela Crocombe and her daughter visit Monet’s garden together, with the help of a lovely new art book for kids.

Angela with her daughter at the exhibition of Monet’s Garden.

The Monet’s Garden exhibition at the NGV is undoubtedly a feast for the eyes, but the crowds can sometimes make it a little overwhelming for kids. Cue this wonderful book which allows children to engage with Monet and g…

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Come along to St Kilda Village StripFest

We’d love you all to come and help us celebrate The St Kilda Village StripFest.

The St Kilda Village StripFest is a week-long festival that’s determined to shake the winter chill from your bones with burlesque, live music performances, poetry readings, new art installations, comedy, cake and more.

Our Readings shop at St Kilda will be having some exciting guests over the week including Ben Jo

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Mark Rubbo’s Top Five Upcoming Releases

by Mark Rubbo

Mark Rubbo takes a look at five important new Australian titles due for release over the coming months.

This coming season is a major one for Australian titles with five of our most acclaimed writers having books published in the next few months. They are Richard Flanagan with The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Alex Miller with Coal Creek, Christos Tsiolkas with Barracuda, Tim Winton with Eyr

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An Artist That Changed My Life: Bruce Springsteen

by Lou Fulco

A year before Born To Run came out, music critic Jon Landau saw a performance where many of the as yet unreleased songs were performed and wrote: “I saw rock and roll’s future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time.“

Those words describe the exact feeling that surges through my body every ti…

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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.

Bronte is watching A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories

A mini-series of just four episodes starring Don Draper and Harry Potter – sorry I mean Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe – A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories is a recent discover…

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Vale Elmore Leonard

Prolific crime writer Elmore Leonard has passed away at the age of 87

American crime writer Elmore Leonard has died at home near Detroit at the age of 87, after suffering a stroke earlier this month.

Leonard is the author of 45 novels, written over five decades. Many of his novels were adapted for film and television, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. Leonard was the executive producer …

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CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2013

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards! The awards mark the official launch of Children’s Book Week. Here are the winners by category:

Older Readers


Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan

Honour books

The Ink Bridge by Neil Grant Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield

Younger Readers


Children of the King by Sonya Har…

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Winners of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2013

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards!


Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser


The Australian Moment by George Megalogenis


Jam Tree Gully: Poems by John Kinsella

Prize for Australian History

Farewell, Dear People by Ross McMullin

Young adult fiction

Fog a Dox by Bruce Pascoe

Children’s fiction

Red by Libby Gleeson

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