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Emily McPherson College Library, Russell St, circa 1960s. Museums Victoria/Unsplash

Stella Prize 2020: a readers’ guide to the contenders

The books chosen as finalists in this year's Stella Prizes can help us draw on our innate resources. We can seek inner truths and explore ways to support each other thanks to these gifted writers.
It is important for young people to read literature that reflects their own life and also expands their experiences of the world. from shutterstock.com

5 Australian books that can help young people understand their place in the world

Reading texts by and about diverse Australians will change the ways all young people see themselves and their communities. Here are five such books.
A long history of gifting of printed books at Christmas remains strong despite increases in e-book sales. B Bernard/Shutterstock

The long history of books as Christmas gifts

Books have always made great Christmas gifts. But what makes them so special, aside from their being so easy to wrap?
More recently, the study of reading has turned to examine the social and emotional benefits of storybook reading. (Shutterstock)

Start a tradition of choosing picture books to share with children in your life

The benefits from shared storybook reading do not depend on whether books are bought, borrowed or new or used. Some suggested read-aloud books for children aged about kindergarten to Grade 2.
Eleanor Antin Judgement of Paris (after Rubens), 2007, from ‘Helen’s Odyssey’ © Eleanor Antin. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York. The British Musuem

From the Iliad to Circe: culture’s enduring fascination with the myths of Troy

From art that centres the African-American experience to feminist retellings, the British Museum's new exhibition explores culture's enduring fascination with the legend of Troy
Independent bookstores are places where culture is collected and disseminated. The gentrification of city centres makes their existence increasingly precarious. Kévin Langlais on Unsplash, CC BY-NC

When capitalism kills culture: Gentrified real estate puts squeeze on indie bookstores

The demands of gentrification in some neighbourhoods are proving deadly for some independent businesses, including local bookstores, often forcing them to close.

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