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Aussie books to get excited about in the second half of 2019

Here is a round-up previewing some of the most exciting local releases for the second half of 2019! FICTION

The Old Lie by Claire G. Coleman (August)

Pillars by Peter Polites (August)

Mother of Pearl by Angela Savage (August)

The Collaborator by Diane Armstrong (August)

The Returns by Philip Salom (August)

The Burnt Country by Joy Rhoades (August)

Out of Time by Steve Hawke (August)

The Tr

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Dear Reader, July 2019

by Alison Huber

I read in The Guardian recently that Han Kang is the latest writer to contribute work to artist Katie Paterson’s Future Library project, a collection of manuscripts that are being sealed away unread until 2114. Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell have already deposited work at this library, housed in Norway. The idea of this incredible project is both thrilling and distressing to me; these novels …

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What We’re Reading: McKinty, Woollett and Hill

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to.

Mark Rubbo is reading The Chain by Adrian McKinty

McKinty is the author of the cult crime novels featuring Belfast detective Sean Duffy. McKinty used to live in St Kilda (he reviewed frequently for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald) but has now moved to t…

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Event: Tara June Winch in conversation with Maxine Beneba Clarke

We are thrilled to have novelist Tara June Winch in conversation with Maxine Beneba Clarke in Melbourne to talk about her new book, The Yield. This profoundly moving novel is the story of a people and a culture dispossessed. It is also a celebration of what can endure and a powerful reclaiming of Indigenous language and the art of storytelling.

Our reviewer Miles called The Yield a ‘big hearted,…

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Q&A with Clare Strahan

Clare Strahan is one of six authors shortlisted for the 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize for her coming-of-age novel, The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge. In this interview, she shares details of her writing process and the origins of her funny, warm novel about love, sex, friendship, family, and finding your voice. Congratulations on writing this amazing YA novel! Can you tell us a b…

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The most anticipated kids and YA books for the second half of 2019

by Leanne Hall

As we head into the second half of this year, you might be wondering what kids and young adult books you’ll be reading soon – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here’s a non-exhaustive list of some of the July to December releases we’re looking forward to.

Picture books

Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke (July)

Pig the Tourist by Aaron Blabey (July)

Moving Your Body by Beci Orpin (…

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A spotlight on Making Friends with Alice Dyson by Poppy Nwosu

Making Friends with Alice Dyson by Poppy Nwosu is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

No stupid rumour is going to derail my study. I am on fire, a learning machine. And mostly I’m totally able to concentrate on the work at hand. And I hardly ever think of Teddy Taualai at all.

– Poppy Nwosu, Making Friends with Alice Dyson

Here’s what the judg…

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The National Biography Award shortlist 2019

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced this year’s shortlist for the $25,000 National Biography Award.

This Award is presented annually to a published work of biographical or autobiographical writing aiming to promote public interest in these genres.

The shortlisted works are:

No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani The Wasp and the Orchid by Danielle Clode The Tra

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

In our final meeting for this year’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB), we asked the members about their experiences, best books of the year, favourite guests and more. Check out their answers below. Who was your favourite visitor this year?

Eleni Hale, author of Stone Girl – Zach, Ngaire, Lil, Uly, Xiao-Xiao, Laura and Marley

Mark Rubbo, Readings managing director – Grace, Uly, Xiao-Xiao

Katya De

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