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The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2018

Four emerging Australian writers have been named The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2018. Congratulations to Jennifer Down, Shaun Prescott, Marija Peričić and Pip Smith!

Here are our bookseller recommendations for each of their books.

Pulse Points by Jennifer Down

‘Jennifer Down brings to these 14 stories her sharp control over language, her mastery of voice and …

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15 books to gift on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is around the corner (Sunday 13 May). Here are 15 books to appeal to all different kinds of readers, and you can find even more gift suggestions here – including cookbooks, crime thrillers, science books, and more. This month, we’ve also included a Mother’s Day Gift Guide as an insert in the Readings Monthly. You can pick up a copy of the newsletter from any of our shops, or you can…

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What we’re reading: Richard Powers, Canna Campbell & Emily Power

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. Bronte Coates is reading The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

I came across mention of this book when I was looking for funny YA recommendations. Drawing comparisons with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it’s the story of 16-year-old Ivy Leage hopeful, Genie Lo, wh…

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Readings wins Independent Book Retailer of the Year 2018

The winners of the annual Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced last night and Readings is honoured to have won this year’s Independent Book Retailer of the Year award!

Managing Director Mark Rubbo says: ‘We are of course thrilled, and the award is a great tribute to our wonderful staff, but it would not be possible without the wonderful community of readers, authors, publishers…

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Dear Reader, May 2018

by Alison Huber

I sat down one Saturday to take a casual look at my advance copy of Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic, but found myself pinned to the couch for several hours by the force of Tumarkin’s writing; such is the power of this book. It is another major achievement for the author, who writes about history, trauma, the legacies of the past, and the experience of living in the present; it is a beautiful, challeng…

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Upcoming renovations at Readings Carlton

We are very excited to announce our Carlton shop is getting a new look!

Readings Carlton will be closing on Tuesday 22 May for approximately seven weeks for a complete refurbishment. It is 20 years since Readings moved to its current location with the current fit out. Readings Managing Director, Mark Rubbo, says: ‘The building is an ex bank and one third of the rear is taken up by the old bank s…

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Mark’s Say, May 2018

by Mark Rubbo

It was 20 years ago that Readings Carlton moved from 338 Lygon St to its current location at 309 Lygon Street. It was a big move; Ross Reading, Peter Reid and Ross’s partner Dorothy Reading originally opened in 388 Lygon Street in 1969 and moved a few years later to 384 Lygon Street in the old Holdsworth Building, home of the Pram Factory. When that site was redeveloped in 1998, Readings had to f…

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Our annual jazz CD sale returns

Readings’ annual jazz CD sale has returned in preparation for the 2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

From 1–10 June, Melbourne will come alive with Australia’s largest jazz festival, entertaining aficionados and newcomers alike. Celebrating 20 years of extraordinary jazz, this year’s program includes intimate club gigs, club sessions, artist workshops, and daily free concerts. Find the …

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Go vegan with one of these terrific cookbooks

by Ellen Cregan

Readings bookseller Ellen Cregan shares some of her favourite cookbooks for going vegan. For a good cause

Edgar’s Mission is an animal sanctuary that cater to creatures of all sizes, from guinea pigs to regular pigs. At the end of 2017, Cooking With Kindness was released to help raise funds for the organisation. This cookbook brings together dozens of recipes from some of Australia’s favour…

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Fantastic picture book biographies

by Leanne Hall

There’s been an upswing in fantastic illustrated biographies for kids in the last few years. Here are some of our favourite visual biographies to inspire, educate and amaze young readers. You can also find further recommendations by browsing the collections at the bottom of the post. The Girl Who Ran by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee

This joyous depiction of Bobbi Gibb’s groundbreaking r…

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