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What we’re reading: Georgia Blain, Margaret Mahy & Ghassan Hage

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. Britt Munro is reading Is Racism an Environmental Threat? by Ghassan Hage

This is a wry and expansive analysis of the mode of being that Hage terms ‘domestication’ (which he explores as synonymous with practises of modern nation-building) as the root of both s…

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Five recent YA books I want to rave about

by Leanne Hall

After the joyful experience of reading stacks of OzYA fiction as one of the judges for the Readings Young Adult Book Prize, I went on an international YA reading binge. Here are five of my favourite YA novels of recent times. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I adored this smart, romantic and thoroughly entertaining debut novel. Dimple and Rishi are both headed for Insomnia Con – an in…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For pairing with a feast of Indian food… The Parcel by Anosh Irani

In the swollen and crumbling red-light district of Kamathipura, at the heart of Bombay, lives Madhu. Her home is Hijra House, one of the last bastions in the land war slowly consuming the area as property developers vie for land. It is here that hijras – eunuchs, people of the third sex, ‘neither here nor there’ – ply their tr…

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Our top picks for MIFF 2017

Staff share what they’re planning to see at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) this year. You can find the full program here. Jemima Bucknell is excited for a very special Australian film event.

MIFF is just the best time of year for the Melbourne film scene. I’m looking forward to new things from the cinema landscapers like Terence Malick with Song to Song, Luca Guadagnino with…

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MIFF 2017 picks for kids and teens

This year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) presents two program streams for a youth audience. MIFF Kids is a program of films for all ages at family-friendly times on the weekends. MIFF Schools brings together an array of high quality, diverse and age appropriate films in languages most commonly taught in Victorian schools. Here is what’s on offer for kids and teens in 2017. REC…

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Eight Australian fiction debuts to read in July

Australia Day by Melanie Cheng

In her debut story collection, Melanie Cheng offers a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia and asks crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim – but no matter who they are or where they come from, they all s…

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Five inspiring events at Readings Hawthorn

Discover this upcoming series of five brilliant events with Australian women writers at our Hawthorn shop.

Join Jane Caro and contributors for the launch of Unbreakable, a collection of powerful pieces by successful Australian women who share the challenges they’ve overcome, including sexual assault, racism, miscarriage, depression and loss. Contributors include Kathy Lette, Tracey Spicer an…

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Davitt Awards shortlists 2017

Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlists for the 2017 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors.

Here are the shortlisted books in each category:

Adult novels Dead in the Water by Tania Chandler Ghost Girls by Cath Ferla The Dry by Jane Harper Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta Goodwood by Holly Throsby Y…

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