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The best new crime reads in April

by Fiona Hardy

Our crime specialist shares 10 great crime reads to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Chase by Candice Fox

At a prison in Nevada, the annual friendly baseball game between the officers and the minimum-security inmates is due to take place. A bus load of family members is coming to cheer on the guards, as they have done every year for the past decade or so. Only this ye…

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The 2021 International Booker Prize longlist

The International Booker Prize has revealed the ‘Booker Dozen’ of 13 novels in contention for the 2021 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.

The prize is awarded every year for a single book that is translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. It aims to encourage more publishing and reading of quality works of imagination from all o…

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Mark’s Say: April, 2021

by Mark Rubbo

Lygon Street in Carlton and Acland Street in St Kilda were vibrant local shopping strips and wonderful areas to hang out. Sadly, they’ve lost some of their vitality. Both derived much of their energy from the wave of immigrants who came to Australia after the Second World War.

In Lygon Street, Italian immigrants opened small businesses and brought Italian food culture, and especially the espress…

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On Events in April, with Chris Gordon

by Chris Gordon

We are keeping our events program out of our shops for the time being. This is good news for those of you who want a guaranteed a seat at our discussions and book launches or indeed, for those of you who would prefer to stay at home. Our events will be staged at external venues near our shops, as well as continuing online via Zoom. My hope is that by offering this hybrid style of programming, the…

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The CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlists 2021

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Book of the Year Awards shortlists for 2021. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, editors and publishers!

Here are the shortlists for each category.

Older Readers (for ages 13-18 years) The End of the World Is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon When Rain Turns to Snow by Jane Godwi…

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A spotlight on The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks

The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this heartfelt coming-of-age story about family life and finding your own moral compass.

The Year the Maps Changed has all the hallmarks of great historical fiction for young people, even though it’s set not that long ago. D…

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A spotlight on As Fast as I Can by Penny Tangey

As Fast as I Can by Penny Tangey is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about funny and heartfelt story about a young girl whose big Olympics dreams get derailed.

‘We loved everything about this book – it’s funny, heartfelt and warm with compassion and the love of family and friends. Vivian’s determination was ins…

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What we’re reading: Romanova, Peters & Richardson

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. Jessica Strong is reading Goblin Girl by Moa Romanova (translated by Melissa Bowers).

Goblin Girl is a semi-autobiographical graphic novel which follows a young struggling artist who matches on a dating app with a famous celebrity, Known TV-G

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