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Cookbooks for winter

The days are short, and the nights are long. For many of us, warming up in winter comes from a good, hearty meal. We’ve rounded up some savoury and sweet cookbooks that will keep you snug and cosy all winter long. Winter: Warm Recipes for Cold Nights by Louise Franc

It’s official: winter was specifically designed so that comfort food could exist. Slow-cooked meats, hearty stews, decadent de…

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The Inky Awards shortlist 2019

The shortlists for the 2019 Inky Awards have been announced! These awards are presented by State Library Victoria (SLV) for local and international fiction, poetry, anthologies and graphic novels written for young adults. Congratulations to all the authors on the shortlist!

Check out the full list of titles below.

The titles shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award (for an Australian book) are: …

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What We’re Reading: Jones, Cusk

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.

Julia Jackson is reading An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

This isn’t the sort of book I’d normally pick up for myself, but I’m really enjoying An American Marriage. In case you didn’t know, Tayari Jones is this year’s winner of the Women’s Prize for Ficti…

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Kids books to make you giggle

by Leanne Hall

It’s the depth of winter, so what better time to snuggle up with a funny book? We recommend some of our favourite kids reads that are guaranteed to make you laugh and lift your spirits.

Brenda Is a Sheep by Morag Hood

Brenda says she’s a sheep, but to be honest, Brenda’s a little shady. She has a pointy snout, pointy canine teeth, she doesn’t enjoy eating grass, and her baa is non-existent…

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Business and finance books that read like political thrillers

Satisfy your thirst for intrigue with our collection of business and finance books that read like political thrillers. Truth is stranger than fiction… A Wunch of Bankers by Daniel Ziffer

The dark heart of banking is brought to the cold light of day in Daniel Ziffer’s A Wunch of Bankers, a meticulously researched and completely thrilling look into the banking royal commission that enraged an…

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Our kids and YA staff round up their favourite releases this year (so far)

If you can believe it, we’re already staring down the barrel of the second half of 2019. With so many exciting new releases rapidly headed our way, we asked our wonderful kids and YA staff to reflect on the releases they’ve really enjoyed already this year. Read on for their recommendations.

Kim Gruschow from Readings St Kilda has loved:

I adored Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly, a book ab…

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Moon landing 50th anniversary

This Saturday 20 July marks 50 years since man first stepped on the Moon. Fifty years since ‘one small step for man’ – if you can believe it! In honour of this momentous anniversary, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite books on space exploration to keep you reaching for the stars. Apollo 11: The Inside Story by David Whitehouse

There’s no better time to take a deep dive into the inside …

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This Love Your Bookshop Day, we want to see your dream bookshop!

Love Your Bookshop Day is happening across Australia on Saturday 10 August. This day is all about celebrating and loving your local bookshops and to celebrate, we’re holding a very special and utterly madcap competition for primary-school aged kids.

This Love Your Bookshop Day, we want to see your dream bookshop drawings!

Why? Andy Griffths and Terry Denton are looking for inspiration for a s…

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Readings staff share their MIFF 2019 top picks

This year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) program is jam-packed. Stuck on what to see? Our staff share their most-anticipated films below. Pro tip: It looks like lots of people are keen to see Jim Jarmusch’s new flick, so book it while tickets last! Joanna Di Mattia recommends foreign films and a healthy dose of romance

I’ve been a regular at MIFF for over 20 years and sitting …

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Sign up for our book clubs at Readings State Library

We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for the next round of book clubs hosted at our State Library store. The State Library (SLV) book club was first launched at the beginning of this year and has been a great success.

Non-fiction book club

The Readings State Library Non-fiction Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 6pm–8pm. The first book club pick f…

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