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Guest author Mat Larkin visits Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club

by Sam Kelly

Last week, the Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club was joined by Mat Larkin, debut author of The Orchard Underground, for our inaugural Meet the Author session. It is always a delight to see local authors interact with young audiences and Mat took it in his stride, tackling the full force of the kids’ curiosity and enthusiasm. Together, we discussed the challenges of being an author, crafting grea…

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National Sorry Day, 2019

This year, National Sorry Day will be held on Sunday 26 May. We’d like to take this opportunity to commemorate some incredible First Nations authors and artists. The below examples constitute by no means a complete list, so please feel free to peruse our other recommended reads here. For those with little ones, we’ve put together a collection of recommended Indigenous books for children here. Fu…

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What We’re Reading: Diamond, Powers

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 Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change by Jared Diamond

I’ve been reading Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis and Change by Jared Diamond. So far, the case studies I’ve read (Finland, Japan and Australia) are fascinating, al…

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Healthy and complicated friendships in YA fiction

by Leanne Hall

Friends are everything when you’re a teen. Finding and maintaining loyal and supportive friendships can be a lifesaver, and dealing with untrustworthy or manipulative friends can cause heartbreak. Here are some recommended YA books that take a look at the complicated world of teenage friendships. IT’S COMPLICATED

Love Lie Repeat by Catherine Greer

Annie, Ash and Ruby are a trio of best…

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Most anticipated books to film and TV

Get the popcorn ready – here are our most anticipated film and TV adaptations currently in the works.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman

Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don’t let you go around again until you get it right. What do you do when the apocalypse is coming? Do you drown your sorrows, laugh it off as a hoax, or do you do something about it? This is the predicament that Azirap…

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Eight events to attend at Emerging Writers Festival 2019

The program for the 2019 Emerging Writers' Festival has been announced. The festival will run from 19–29 June in venues across Melbourne’s CBD and surrounding suburbs. You can view the full program here, and you can find information about what special passes are available here. Here are eight of our top picks from the program. Amazing Babes

It’s Amazing Babes’ sixth anniversary and we’re bac…

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Fantasy series to keep you going now that Game of Thrones has finished

Well, it’s official. The Game of Thrones TV series has ended. And while for those of us who didn’t start our love affair with the series as book readers, there’s plenty of material in the collection to keep us going, we also thought we’d put together a list of some of our favourite fantasy books and series for everyone with an Iron Throne-sized hole in their hearts. The Lions of Al-Rassan by…

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Miles Franklin 2019 longlist announced

The 2019 longlist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, has been announced. The Award celebrates novels of the highest literary merit that tell stories about Australian life. Winning authors also receive a prize of $60,000. Congratulations to all the authors on this tremendously strong list!

The longlisted books are:

The Lebs by Michael Mohammed Ah…

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