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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs who enjoy inventive short story collections… She is Haunted by Paige Clark

In She is Haunted, renditions of the author search for recognition and connection, and, more than anything else, small moments of empathy. But in what world will she move beyond her haunted past and find empathy for herself?

With piercing insights into transnational Asian identity, intergenerational tra…

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What we’re reading: Jago, Pollan & Yee

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 This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan

I’m currently reading This Is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan, which explores the effects of opium, caffeine and mescaline on the human brain.

I’ve just finish…

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Call & Collect: the return

Our Call & Collect service is back, again!

Starting Friday 16 July orders can be placed via phone for kerbside collection at the following stores between 10am and 4pm:

Carlton

Kids

Hawthorn

St Kilda

Malvern

Our State Library and Doncaster shops will remain closed throughout the snap lockdown.

Please note we are currently unable to accomodate kerbside collection for orders placed onli

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Amanda Lohrey wins the 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Amanda Lohrey has been named the winner of this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award for The Labyrinth. The Miles Franklin Literary Award recognises a novel of the highest literary merit that presents Australian life in any of its phases.

Erica Marsden’s son, an artist, has been imprisoned for homicidal negligence. In a state of grief, Erica cuts off all ties to family and friends, and retreat…

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Asphyxia wins the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2021

by Kealy Siryj & Xiao-Xiao Kingham

We are beyond delighted to announce Future Girl by Asphyxia as the winner of the 2021 Readings Young Adult (YA) Book Prize. An immersive story that is informed by Asphyxia’s experience as a Deaf person, Future Girl tells the story of Piper, a Deaf girl living in near-future Melbourne; The novel format invites the reader into Piper’s vivid art journal, where every page is adorned with full-colour…

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Recent escapist fantasy reads for kids

by Leanne Hall

If you love magic, quests, mythical beasts, sinister villains, alternate worlds and saving everyone from evil, then you will love these recent fantasy reads.

Rainbow Grey by Laura Ellen Anderson

Ten-year-old Ray Grey lives in the city of Celestia in the magical Weatherlands, high in the sky. Ray is surrounded by Weatherlings with astounding weather power at their fingertips … but she doesn…

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2020 Aurealis Award winners

The Aurealis awards continue to be Australia’s premier prize for speculative fiction and recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers. If you’re looking to dive into another world this week, take a look at some of the below category winners for the 2020 awards. BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL / ILLUSTRATED WORK Under-Earth by Chris Gooch

Under-Earth takes place…

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Recommended reading: short story collections

We love short stories and their unique ability to immerse you in a new world at a moment’s notice. This month we’re recommending six recent short story collections to dip into when you have a spare ten minutes. She is Haunted by Paige Clark

A mother cuts her daughter’s hair because her own starts falling out. A woman leaves her boyfriend because he reminds her of a corpse; another undergoes…

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What we can’t wait to read

We asked some of our booksellers about the books they can’t wait to finally read! Some are yet-to-be-released but sure-to-be-excellent gems, while others have recently clawed their way from the bottom of the TBR to claim the top spot. Here’s what three of our staff can’t wait to read: Joanna Di Mattia can’t wait to read Three Martini Afternoons at the Ritz by Gail Crowther

I’ve said it bef…

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