Since opening in 1969, Readings has grown to become one of the most renowned and beloved bookshops in Melbourne and a landmark on the local literary scene. From the first small shop on Lygon Street to its current six locations around town, the shop has long been a focus for local literature, art and culture. READINGS AND WRITINGS is a collection of new Australian short stories from writers who have been involved with Readings over the years. All have contributed freely to celebrate the shop and its achievements, and to assist The Readings Foundation in supporting literacy, the arts and the community. Featuring new stories from Alex Miller, Peter Goldsworthy, Cate Kennedy, Christos Tsiolkas, Mark Seymour, Paddy O'Reilly, Chris Womersley, Kate Holden, Elliot Perlman, Myfanwy Jones, Tony Birch, Steven Amsterdam and more. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to The Readings Foundation.