Kim Kane’s When the Lyrebird Calls takes flight

Our Liz reports from the launch of Kim Kane’s When the Lyrebird Calls at Readings Books glorious new Children’s shop in Carlton, where Sofie Laguna helped send this delightful new timeslip novel into the world. 

‘It was so good.’ We’re talking about the recent launch of Kim Kane’s When the Lyrebird Calls, where more than 60 publishing and book-loving people packed out Readings Kids in Carlton.… Read the rest

Dominic Smith discusses The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

You’ve already read our staff raves about The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, with the booksellers and critics similarly smitten, and now with Dominic Smith coming to Australia you can hear him discuss his fascinating novel in apt settings like The Art Gallery of NSW (where some of the book is set), as well as The National Gallery of Australia and the Queensland Art Gallery – check out the full tour dates here.… Read the rest

Our Refugee Week reading list

World Refugee Day and Refugee Week are an opportunity to raise awareness of the plight of refugees, as well as celebrate the huge positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. We’ve gathered together a reading list of favourite and important refugee stories from fiction and non-fiction, suitable for young and old, so what better time to pick up a new book and look at a very different life?… Read the rest

Vale Gillian Mears

We lost a beloved and brilliant author when Gillian Mears died last week. We’re devastated by her loss, as are writers and readers across Australia. Her publisher, Jane Palfreyman, shares these thoughts on her dear friend:

The Mint Lawn earned this praise from The Age, with no more fitting time to share it:

“Gillian Mears writes like an angel.
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2016 Vogel’s Award winner: Katherine Brabon’s The Memory Artist

Congratulations to Katherine Brabon, winner of the 2016 Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award with her debut novel The Memory Artist!

Katherine goes home with a copy of her newly published novel, along with a cheque for $20,000 thanks to the generosity of Vogel’s and the Stevns family who in 1980 founded the award, Australia’s richest and most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript.… Read the rest

Announcing ALL of the awards shortlists & longlists!

In a super busy week for awards announcements, we’ve had shortlists for the  NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the REAL awards, the International Dublin Literary Awards, the Man Booker International Prize and the Australian Book Design Awards, as well as the longlist for the Kibble awards while the Miles Franklin Award longlists were also announced last week – here’s our roundup of significant nominees!… Read the rest