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Fantastic Australian middle fiction that brings history to life

by Leanne Hall

There has been a wealth of fantastic middle grade novels by Australian authors recently that focus on time periods from prehistory, all the way through to recent history. While wars often feature as a backdrop, these recent books prove historical fiction for kids aged 8-12 years is incredibly diverse, depicting young characters amid events such as cataclysmic fires, space race milestones and anc…

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All the feelings: Great books that will make you cry

There’s something deeply cathartic about reading a truly moving book – whether it’s the slow release of repressed emotion that culminates in a flood of tears by the book’s end, or the sharp stab of a single beautiful line that suddenly has you welling up out of nowhere. For those looking to be buried in an avalanche of feelings (and watching Game of Thrones or Avengers: Endgame wasn’t enough for…

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The Russell Prize for Humour Writing shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Russell Prize for Humour Writing has been announced.

The $10,000 biennial prize aims to celebrate, recognise and encourage humorous writing, and is the only award to recognise the art of humour writing in Australia.

The shortlisted titles are:

The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen The Hunter and Other Stories of Men by David Cohen Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton …

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On the magic of a Hot Desk Fellowship

by Jem Tyley-Miller

Supported by The Readings Foundation, the Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships offer emerging writers the opportunity to pursue their writing at a dedicated desk at the Wheeler Centre for ten weeks, supported by a $1,000 stipend for each writer. Following the announcement of this year’s successful participants, 2018 recipient Jem Tyley-Miller reflects on what she gained from her experience last y…

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Readings Foundation charity author auction: a special one-night only event

We are thrilled to announce the first-ever Readings Personal Shopper Author auction, a special one-night only charity event with some of your favourite authors to raise money for the Readings Foundation.

With the rise in popularity of writers’ festivals, author talks, and book clubs, this is an entirely new way for readers and writers to connect with authors.

Held in conjunction with Penguin R…

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Kathy Kozlowski awarded Pixie O’Harris Award

We’re thrilled to see Readings Kids specialist and all-around children’s literature rockstar Kathy Kozlowski named as the recipient of the Pixie O’Harris Award for her contribution to Australian children’s literature. Congratulations Kathy!

The Pixie O’Harris Award is part of the Australian Publisher’s Association’s book industry ‘Hall of Fame’ awards. It recognises members of the book industry …

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Six beautiful hardcover non-fiction new releases to savour

Figuring by Maria Popova

Written by the inimitable Maria Popova, the mind behind the website Brain Pickings, Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries – beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson. Stret…

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Our Easter and Anzac Day opening hours for 2019

Here are the changes to our regular trading hours for each of our seven shops over the Easter holidays and Anzac Day. You can view the shop pages here. EASTER AND ANZAC DAY OPENING HOURS AT READINGS CARLTON

Friday 19 April (Good Friday) – 10am - 9pm
Saturday 20 April – 10am - 9pm
Sunday 21 April (Easter Sunday) – 10am - 9pm
Monday 22 April (Easter Monday) – 10am - 9pm
Thursday 25 April (Anz…

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