Friday, August 26, 2016

Spring issue of New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa

has some questions for local publishers

heralds the Oceanic with Sudesh Mishra

is discombobulated by Tracey Slaughter

tracks an Olympian off the podium
plus prison, poetry, penguins and picture books

The Spring issue of New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa offers another bumper crop of reviews. Our Olympics-related centre spread features James McNeish’s new book about Hitler's Olympics, and Suzanne McFadden's account of the 1976 gold medal in hockey. The World War I theme continues with four reviews, including Roger Robinson on the prison diary of A.C. Barrington. As always, local fiction and poetry abounds, and there’s a good selection of children's and YA books, with a piece by another younger reviewer.

2       Editorial
Chris Orsman
: “Memory Harbour” (poem)

3       Charlotte Graham: Tracey Slaughter, Deleted Scenes for Lovers

4       Thom Conroy: Laurence Fearnley, The Quiet Spectacular

6       Tatjana Schaefer: N K Ashworth, The Falconer’s Daughter; Fleur Beale, Being Magdalene

7       Barbara Else: Mary-Anne Scott, Coming Home to Roost; Joy Cowley, The Road to Ratenburg

8       Caitlin Walker: Joy Cowley, The Bakehouse
Trevor Agnew: Avis Acres (text and illus), The Adventures of Hutu and Kawa; David Hill (Phoebe Morris illus), First to the Top: Sir Edmund Hillary’s Everest Adventure; Bob Kerr (text and illus), Changing Times: The Story of a New Zealand Town and its Newspaper; Sally Louise Hill: A Bear’s Journey: The Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

10     Kiran Dass: Thom Conroy, The Salted Air
Briar Lawry: Murray Edmond, Strait Men and Other Tales

11     Elizabeth Kerr: Elizabeth Salmon, Peter Godfrey: Father of New Zealand Choral Music

12     Mary Roberts: Richard Loseby, A Boy of China: In Search of Mao’s Lost Son

13     Roger Robinson: John Pratt, The Prison Diary of A C Barrington: Dissent and Conformity in Wartime New Zealand

14     John Horrocks: Suzanne McFadden, Striking Gold: New Zealand Hockey’s Remarkable Victory at the 1976 Olympics

15     Mark Reason: James McNeish, Seelenbinder: The Olympian Who Defied Hitler

16     Damien Fenton: Andrew Macdonald, First Day of the Somme: The Complete Account of Britain’s Worst-ever Military Disaster; John Crawford, David Littlewood and James Watson (eds), Experience of a Lifetime: People, Personalities and Leaders in the First World War

17     Tony Simpson: Christopher Pugsley, A Bloody Road Home: World War Two and New Zealand’s Heroic Second Division

19     Julia Millen: Rebbecca Priestley (ed), Dispatches from Continent Seven: An Anthology of Antarctic Science

20     David Grant: Colin Hogg, Going South: A Road Trip Through Life

21     Bruce Babington: Geoff Murphy, A Life on Film: I’m Taking this Bloody Car to Invercargill!

22     Bookshelf

23     Rae Varcoe: Mike Berridge, The Edge of Life: Controversies and Challenges in Human Health

24     Damian Love: Vincent O’Sullivan, And So It Is; Andrew Johnston, Fits and Starts

25     Gregory O’Brien: Sudesh Mishra, The Lives of Coat Hangers

26     Anahera Gildea: Reina Whaitiri and Robert Sullivan (eds), Puna Wai Kōrero: An Anthology of Māori Poetry in English

27     Crossword

Latest News from The Bookseller

Heavy readers switching to use e-book subscription services would have a "huge impact" on the revenue of book publishers, c.e.o of Penguin Random House (PRH) US Markus Dohle has warned.
HarperCollins Children’s Books is to publish Michael Morpurgo's The Fox and the Ghost King, a fable about Leicester City Football Club's historic football premiership win, originally written for BBC Radio 4.
Children of Time
British writer Adrian Tchaikovsky has won the Arthur C Clarke award for science fiction for his novel Children of Time (Pan Macmillan).
Neil Gaiman
The TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods will launch for Amazon Prime members in the UK, Germany, Austria and Japan in 2017.
Every prisoner will soon be given a book to read while they are held in police custody under a new scheme.
Malorie Blackman
The BBC is set to adapt Malorie Blackman's classic YA novel Noughts and Crosses for television.

Oxford Dictionaries is launching the #OneWordMap, an initiative designed to invite the public to answer a series of language-related questions.
Penguin Press is to publish the first solo book from Henry Eliot, the editor-at-large of Penguin Classics and co-author of Curiocity (Particular Books).
Amazon has established a programme to donate Kindle e-readers, e-books and Fire tablets to readers in developing nations.
Nik Southern
Hodder & Stoughton has acquired How Not to Kill Your Plants: Know, Grow & Style by Nik Southern, founder of contemporary flower studio Grace & Thorn.
The BBC has signed a deal to adapt seven more of the late Agatha Christie's works.

Truman Capote's ashes go up for auction


  • 24 August 2016 - BBC News
Truman Capote
Getty Images - Truman Capote was one of the 20th Century's most celebrated literary figures                
Fans of writer Truman Capote will have the chance to get their hands on an unusual and particularly macabre piece of memorabilia - his ashes.
The ashes were owned by Johnny Carson's ex-wife Joanne, who was one of Capote's closest friends and who died last year.

Capote, whose seminal books included In Cold Blood and Breakfast At Tiffany's, died in Joanne's home in 1984.
After Capote's death, Joanne received a portion of his ashes, which have now been valued at up to $6,000 (£4,500).

The Roundup with PW

Penguin Random House Canada Opens Bricks and Mortar Bookstore
On Wednesday, Penguin Random House Canada has opened a new 'Penguin Shop' bookstore on the first floor of the tower that houses the company’s offices in Toronto.
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Beijing Book Fair 2016: Positive Vibes and Surprising Growth
The 23rd edition of the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) kicked off on Wednesday with more than 300,000 titles on display, 1,379 overseas exhibitors, and 16 Central and Eastern European countries as guests of honor.
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Obituary: Jack Lamplough
Jack Lamplough, who served as director in the marketing and publicity departments at Tower Books, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, and Quirk Books, and Overlook Press, has died. He was 59.
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Bob Odenkirk to Publish Memoir: The 'Better Call Saul' star will publish his first book of personal essays through Random House.

Bonnie R. Crown Dies at 88: The agent, writer, and lecturer who shepherded the translation of books from Asia died of natural causes on Aug. 17.

N. K. Jemisin Dreams of Sci-Fi: An interview with the author of 'The Fifth Season,' the first black writer to win a Hugo Award for best novel.

The Writing on the Wall: On the best new writing that is blurring the line between literature and visual art.

Welcome to Planet Havana: Cuban science-fiction redefines the future in the ruins of a socialist utopia.



Today - 26 August we have a great line-up