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What we’re reading: Hardy, Caletti & Dahl

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. Bronte Coates is reading How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days by Fiona Hardy

This is exactly the kind of book I would have loved as a nerdy and creatively-fired-up child. After a year of planning and a bittersweet financial boon, Hayley is set t…

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Insightful books on current cultural studies

Are you looking for a way to engage with current cultural studies? We’ve rounded up some of this month’s releases that explore everything from depictions of gendered violence in the media to the questions that women face regarding medical treatment. White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad

In 2018, journalist Ruby Hamad wrote an article for The Guardian Australia titled ‘How white women use st…

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Readings Prize spotlight: Q&A with Angela Meyer

by Angela Meyer

A Superior Spectre by Angela Meyer is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here, we chat with Meyer about ghosts, female desire and blurring the lines in fiction. Tell us a little bit about your book?

A Superior Spectre is about a man who abuses an experimental technology that allows him to enter the mind of a woman in the past. It’s also…

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Inky Award winners 2019

State Library Victoria has announced the winners of the 2019 Inky Awards!

The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by teens. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book.

Gold Inky Award

The Gold Inky Award winner is …

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The Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist 2019

The shortlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced!

Here are the six books listed on the shortlist:

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma Quichotte by Salman Rushdie 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak

Chair of the 2019 judges, Peter Florence, …

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Staff recommend Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander voices

Our staff share their favourite books by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors, including prize-winning fiction, biography, essays, non-fiction, memoir and books for kids of all ages, from babies through to teens. Today is Indigenous Literacy Day and Readings will be donating 10% of our book sales to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), on top of our ongoing support. The ILF does am…

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Support Indigenous Literacy Day in 2019

by Mark Rubbo

Today is Indigenous Literacy Day.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) does amazing work to foster literacy in remote communities around Australia and close the gap on literacy and numeracy. Research has found that the ability to read opens doors to life-long learning; the ILF provides resources and programs to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in remote communities build t…

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Five must-attend events in September

by Chris Gordon

Events Manager Chris Gordon shares some highlights from our October program of events. Annabel Crabb in conversation with Virginia Trioli

We are thrilled to be hosting the celebration of the Quarterly Essay 75 at the Melbourne Athenaeum with Annabel Crabb. As the author of the QE 75, Crabb’s essay on politics, work and gender deploys political observation, workplace research and her character…

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Special offers at Readings in September

It’s a bumper crop of special offers that we have for you this September – from a huge sale on classical music and Lonely Planet books, to our brand-new Kids’ Book Subscription service. CLASSICAL MUSIC SALE

The Readings classical music sale is on again, with discounts of up to 60% on CDs, classical box-sets and DVDs. This year’s sale includes recordings from Australia’s own ABC Classics lab…

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My favourite kick-you-in-the-guts reads

by Georgia Brough

So frequently I feel that these days I’ll read a book, close it, and say ‘Wasn’t that good’, and then move on without a backwards glance. But what about those books that are impossible to forget? Those books that kick you in the guts, jump up and down on your heart and stomach, refuse to leave you alone? Inspired by the upcoming Love Letter to a Book series at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festi…

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