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Event: History for all ages with Bruce Pascoe

To acknowledge NAIDOC week, we are thrilled to have Bruce Pascoe joining us to discuss Young Dark Emu: A Truer History. This new edition of the bestselling Dark Emu has been adapted for young readers and, as with the original, offers a different version of Australia’s history before European colonisation.

Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family (all funds will be donated to the Indigenous Li…

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An update from the Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club

by Sam Kelly

Earlier this year, Readings Doncaster launched its first ever Middle Fiction Book Club, and was met with enthusiasm from young readers and parents alike. Sam Kelly gives us a taste of what the fortnightly book club has been up to, and looks ahead at what’s to come.

The start of our second term has been a blast. We began with Fantasy Week, where we discussed Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead.…

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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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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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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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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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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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