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We’re looking for teenagers to join our Teen Advisory Board

Readings is looking for suitable candidates to join our new Teen Advisory Board. What is it?

The Readings Teen Advisory Board is a volunteer group that will meet once a month to chat about recent and forthcoming young adult books, write blog posts and short reviews, learn about careers in the book industry, provide feedback to Readings staff members on a range of subjects and have fun!

Who a…

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The Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals winners 2017

The winners of the 2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced, and we’re thrilled to see Melbourne author Zana Fraillon listed among the recipients!

The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of …

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Athina Clarke wins the 2017 ABA Elizabeth Riley Fellowship

We’re so proud of Athina Clarke, our Malvern children’s and young adult book buyer, who has been named the recipient of the 2017 ABA Elizabeth Riley Fellowship for Children’s Bookselling. Congratulations Athina!

Athina has worked at our Malvern shop for five years. She was also the children’s and young adult book buyer at our Port Melbourne shop from 2002 to 2008, and then worked at Penguin Book…

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Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist 2017

Congratulations to the authors shortlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award!

Here are the five shortlisted books:

An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire The Last Days of Ava Langdon by Mark O’Flynn Their Brilliant Careers by Ryan O’Neill Waiting by Philip Salom Extinctions by Josephine Wilson

Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, State Library of NSW Mitchell Librarian, Richar…

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What we’re reading: Yanis Varoufakis, Heather Rose & Naomi Alderman

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. Angela Crocombe is reading The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

Earlier this week my book club met to discuss The Museum of Modern Love. I had no expectations going in – I only knew that it had won the Stella Prize, and that I had to read it very quickly.…

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Australian books to get excited about in the second half of 2017

Here’s a preview of some of the most exciting local releases for the second half of 2017! FICTION Deeper Than the Sea by Nelika McDonald (July) Pulse Points by Jennifer Down (August) Taboo by Kim Scott (August) A New England Affair by Steven Carroll (August) Colombiano by Rusty Young (August) Whipbird by Robert Drewe (August) On the Java Ridge by Jock Serong (August) The Lone Child by Anna…

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The Hate U Give is one of the best YA books of 2017

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas has been one of the most talked about novels of the year. Our staff share why this is.

‘I can’t recommend The Hate You Give highly enough. It is the story of 16-year-old Starr who is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. As the reverberations of the crime spread throughout their community, Starr must co…

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Here’s what I learned at Readings Matters

by Bronte Coates

A couple of weeks ago I attended Reading Matters. This is a bi-annual celebration of youth literature featuring a wonderful array of international and Australian guests, including authors, publishers, bloggers and more. I had a totally brilliant time and left with a notepad full of ineligible writing and a whole lot of feelings.

Here is what I took away from the conference.

Never underestimat…

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