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Melbourne Writers Festival Highlights

The program for the Melbourne Writers Festival is out now and looks great. Here, we share some of our highlights and the sessions we’re planning to see.

Bronte is seeing

If you’ve ever spoken with me about Junot Díaz, or read my review of his second short-story collection This Is How You Lose Her, you’d know I’m one of his embarrassing fans and obviously this means he makes my list of must-…

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An Album That Changed My Life: Swordfishtrombones by Tom Waits

by Michael Awosoga-Samuel

I was 15 and growing up in London at a time in the early 80s when your attire was a direct indication of the music you were listening to. I had already gone through a ‘Rude Boy’ and a ‘Mod’ phase, then a ‘Futurist’ phase in quick succession. (I was able to do this because my older brother had a pretty broad taste in music.) It was a time when you could wear make up to school and no one would star…

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Booker Prize Longlist

The longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2013 has been announced

This year’s longlist is notably diverse, including work from Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Canada and Malaysia and from writers at the start of their careers (Eleanor Catton, aged 28) to those who have been at the writing game for many years (Jim Crace, aged 67).

***Five Star Billionaire* **by Tash Aw

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulaway…

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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.

Emily is reading The Fault In Our Stars

Most of my reading time is devoted to new releases but every so often - when I feel like I’m on a publishing treadmill and need to get off for a while - I let myself read something older. I’d bought a co…

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Readings Book Nook at Classic Cinema

Cinephiles and bibliophiles, we invite you to come down to Classic Cinema in Elsternwick to check out the brand new Readings Book Nook which popped up this week.

The Book Nook is a collection of books available for leisurely browsing by cinema patrons in the foyer while they are waiting for their film or enjoying a glass of wine.

The books in the Book Nook are available for sale at …

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Australia’s Favourite Bookshop Competition

‘Without great bookshops in our country there would be no great Australian books.’ – Markus Zusak author of The Book Thief.

In the lead up to National Bookshop Day celebrations on Saturday 10 August, the The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) are inviting book-lovers to vote for their favourite bookshop.

Everyone who participates in the competition will go into the draw to win $500 wor…

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Upcoming YA Book-to-Film Adaptations

There is a massive wave of YA novels set to become films in the next few years. Our work experience student, Alex MacAffe, looks at three of her favourites.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Based on the first book in Cassandra Clare’s best-selling Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones depicts the story of young New Yorker Clary Fray. Clary has never thought of herself as anything other t…

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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.

Chris is watching Downton Abbey

Melbourne winter says to me, get a series, snuggle up and press play on Downton Abbey. I’ve just started with season one, episode one and I’m hooked!

I’m also reading, well behind the rest of Melbourne, but sti…

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Kids and YA July Round-up

by Emily Gale

As the start of a new school term draws near, our kids and YA books selection is full of last-minute rabble-rousers and rebels!

Recent law graduate Skye Melki-Wegner decided to meld her love of fantasy with the Human Rights element of her degree to create Chasing the Valley, the first story in a trilogy, which follows the trials of a group of teenage refugees fleeing a fictional homeland w…

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Getting back up on the horse

by Samuel Rutter

Samuel Rutter writes on the life, work and fatalistic Southern failings of William Faulkner.

James Franco in film adaptation of *As I Lay Dying*

Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner William Faulkner has been portrayed in popular culture as something of a boozy, tortured genius (think the Coen brothers’ Barton Fink, for one). We can expect to see less of the man and more of his work on …

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