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Mark’s Say: September, 2021

by Mark Rubbo

I always get a thrill when one of my colleagues or a friend has a book published, but at the moment, as Victoria enters its fifth week of lockdown with the prospect of it continuing indefinitely, that feeling is bittersweet.

Tony Birch is a friend and a habitué of our Carlton shop; he’s lived in Carlton for years and several present and former staff were his students when he taught creative writ…

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What we’re reading: Trethewey, Murphy & McCrossen

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. Gabrielle Williams is reading Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey.

I’m reading Memorial Drive by Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey. The synergy of growing up on Memorial Drive in Mississippi, and then writing a memorial to her mot…

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Susanna Clarke wins the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021

Susanna Clarke has won the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction for Piranesi, a highly original and haunting work that transcends genres.

This elegantly crafted novel about a man who lives in a fantastical House is both an exploration of the meaning behind language, and a timely study of solitude and isolation.

Bernardine Evaristo, Chair of the judging panel, commented: ‘With her first novel in se…

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The Wainwright Prize 2021

The winners of the much-loved Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing and for Global Conservation Writing have been announced!

Now in its eight year, The Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing is awarded annually to the book which most successfully inspires readers to explore the outdoors and to nurture a respect for the natural world. In 2020, the prize was extended to include a second category …

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On Events in September, with Chris Gordon

by Chris Gordon

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been fortunate enough to read an early copy of Delia Falconer’s collection of essays, Signs and Wonders. The book explores how it feels to live as a reader, a writer, a lover of nature and a mother of small children in an era of profound ecological change. It is brilliant and we are lucky to have an online event with Falconer on Monday 4 October. One of the themes of…

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Our children’s and YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

Harklights by Tim Tilley

Always by Morris Gleitzman

Where’s Bluey? A Search-and-Find Book by Bluey

Can You Dance? by Sally Morgan

My Kind by Eddie Betts

It’s Not You, It’s Me by Gabrielle Williams

My People by Eddie Betts

The End of the World is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell

My Dad by Susan Quinn

Bluey: My Dad is Awesome by Bluey and Bingo

Our top seller from the past week is Harklights by T…

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What we’re reading: Rippin, Thompson and Lippincott

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. Tye Cattanach is reading Big Dog, Little Dog by Sally Rippin and illustrated by Lucinda Gifford.

Friends, can I tell you, there was no one more ecstatic that I to learn that Melbourne’s favourite children’s author was working on a picture boo…

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2021 Age Book of the Year winner

The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott has been announced as winner of the Age Book of the Year 2021. The Age Book of the Year is awarded in partnership with the Melbourne Writers Festival and recognises outstanding works of local fiction and winner Robbie Arnott will receive a prize of $10,000 thanks the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

The Rain Heron tells the story of Ren, who lives alone on the …

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MWF Digital 2021

The global pandemic has created unique challenges for literary festivals seeking to meaningfully connect authors with readers. Thankfully, the brilliant minds that put together Melbourne Writers Festival have created the MWF21 Digital series for us to enjoy – even while we’re unable to come together in person.

MWF Digital allows you access to exclusive streams from some of the globe’s biggest n…

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