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A Cook, A Caravan, A Canoe

by SJ Finn

SJ Finn on the real and mythical, the bizarre and banal in Wayne Macauley’s writing.

I buy Australian literary magazines as often as I can. This is because I love reading them. And because there is that small issue of those magazines needing all the monetary support they can get: a testimony, perhaps, to the difficulty of knowing what true value is in a modern world.

Over and above general pl…

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Meet the Bookseller with Annie Condon

We chat with bookseller Annie Condon about her politically-charged doppelganger and Enid Blyton’s boarding school series.

Why do you work in books?

I have always loved books, and was desperate to go to school and learn to read. My parents were journalists and I grew up in a house filled with books, newspapers and magazines. If I didn’t work in a bookshop, I would still spend a lot of tim…

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Readings Survey Results

by Mark Rubbo

Like me you’ve probably done a number of surveys, wondering what they were for and what happened to the information gleaned from them. Well, we recently sent out our own survey to the 39,000 people subscribed to our enews and Readings Monthly (you can subscribe here) and we had an overwhelming 10% response rate – the company that was helping us prepare this survey said that a good response was us…

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August Highlights

by Martin Shaw

It’s August, which of course means Melbourne Writers Festival time, and the maiden festival of new director Lisa Dempster. After some puzzling years seemingly chasing the extra-literary, I’m hoping they will be placing books and their authors front and centre this time around – for connecting them to readers is to my mind a festival’s sole raison-d’etre. That Laurent Binet is one of the internat…

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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.

Fiona is reading The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

It’s hard to tackle something surrounded by as much hype as JK Rowling’s pseudonymous The Cuckoo’s Calling without carrying some of that with you in your reading of it and at first, I …

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What I Loved: What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt

by Belle Place

What I Loved is Siri Hustvedt’s third novel, published a decade ago now, and set in New York, opening in 1975. It follows Leo Hertzberg, an art historian teaching at Columbia, who forms a life-long friendship with artist Bill Wechsler, after purchasing a piece of his work long before he was established. The book follows both men as well as their wives, Erica and Violet, who are both academics, an…

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Q&A with Diana Greentree

Tell us about writing The Camros Bird – where did the idea start for you?

I guess the idea started when my rage following the Tampa tragedy boiled over and I put my energies and fury into working with Actors for Refugees. Here was a group of professional performers who spoke with refugees to learn their stories, and then created performances which they took into schools, universities and communi…

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The Lolita Legacy

by Estelle Tang

Estelle Tang on the inheritance of Lolita in Emily Maguire’s Taming the Beast, Amity Gaige’s Schroder, and now, Alissa Nutting’s Tampa.

Last month, Alissa Nutting’s debut novel, Tampa, made the Australian news: The Age reported that some Australian bookshops had decided not to stock it for moral reasons. Given the types of books that have challenged social standards in the past – Lolita, Lady

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Winter Book Club Recommendations

by Annie Condon

Annie Condon is the convenor of Readings’ Contemporary Book Club. Here she shares some of the top reads for book clubs this winter.

With the cold nights upon us it seems book groups are clustering in homes with wine, cheese and some fabulous books.

The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman seems to be a popular pick – set in 1918 it has a remote lighthouse as its setting, and a great moral dilemm…

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MIFF Backbeat Highlights

by Lauren Zoric

Come on a sonic journey with MIFF’s expanded Backbeat music documentary program featuring some of the most fascinating characters in contemporary music.

Take a look at what happens when the music industry bites back, with Artifact. Produced and directed by actor/musician Jared Leto, the film centres on his emo band Thirty Seconds To Mars who were platinum-sellers in 2008, but hadn’t seen a cent …

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