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Readings Recommends at MWF19

As part of our partnership with Readings (our official bookseller for MWF19), we’ll be hosting a series of free events to bring you the low-down of all things new and exciting in Australian literature. Dive into the full range of sessions taking place across Melbourne Writers Festival, no need to book!


Readings Recommends: Prize for New Australian Fiction
Saturday 31 August, 10am
The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction highlights exceptional emerging talent in local literature. Two of the 2019 shortlisted authors join Readings programming manager and prize judge Christine Gordon to discuss their titles.


Readings Recommends: Young Adult Book Prize
Sunday 1 September, 10am

Established in 2016, the Readings Young Adult Book Prize celebrates emerging voices in YA literature. In conversation with award-winning author and Readings staff member Leanne Hall, the 2019 winner – Eleni Hale – will discuss her winning title Stone Girl in this special YA Day event.



Readings Recommends: Indigenous Non-Fiction
Friday 6 September, 10am
Academic Tyson Yunkaporta’s Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World asks how we might do things differently, while author Bruce Pascoe (Dark Emu) tries to redress the past. They offer a way of thinking about the future. With Readings book seller Marie Matteson.


Readings Recommends: New Voices in Local Fiction
Saturday 7 September, 10am

Alice Bishop’s A Constant Hum, is a gripping tale of disaster; Angela Meyer’s A Superior Spectre is about the demon of curiosity; and JP Pomare’s Call Me Evie is a bestselling thriller. These debut Melbourne authors discuss their work with Readings head buyer Alison Huber.


Readings Recommends: 50 Years of Australian Bookselling
Sunday 8 September, 10am
The simple gesture of putting a book in someone’s hands can change a life, and no one knows better than Readings managing director Mark Rubbo and veteran publisher Hilary McPhee. They discuss the joys of connecting readers with writers – and vice versa.