Friday, July 21, 2017

A Strange Beautiful Excitement


How does a city make a writer? Described by Fiona Kidman as a ‘ravishing, immersing read’,
A Strange Beautiful Excitement is a ‘wild ride’ through the Wellington of Katherine Mansfield’s childhood.
From the grubby, wind-blasted streets of Thorndon to the hushed green valley of Karori, author
Redmer Yska, himself raised in Karori, retraces Mansfield’s old ground: the sights, sounds and smells
of the rickety colonial capital, as experienced by the budding writer.
Along the way his encounters and dogged research – into her Beauchamp ancestry, the social
landscape, the festering, deadly surroundings – lead him (and us) to re-evaluate long-held conclusions about
the writer’s shaping years. They also lead to a thrilling discovery.
This haunting and beautifully vivid book combines fact and fiction, biography and memoir, as
Yska rediscovers Mansfield’s Wellington, unearthing her childhood as he goes, shining a new lamp on old territory.
It’s not enough to say I immensely enjoyed A Strange Beautiful Excitement... it’s simply splendid.
– Dame Fiona Kidman
...the best account I have ever read of Wellington and Karori as they were in Mansfield’s day ... Vivid
and vigorous, it is a pleasure to read. – Kathleen Jones, KM biographer





Last night at the PANZ Book Design Awards when a book really is judged by its cover – and its design – Cazador: game, offal and the rest, written by Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt, designed by Tim Donaldson and Amanda Gaskin of Sea Change Studio, took home the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book

The judging panel said of Cazador:

‘This cookbook as brave, classic, yet excitingly contemporary. Cazador’s exquisite production values are immediately seductive. It is beautiful to hold and look at. The blood linen cover, exposed ‘frenched-like’ binding (that opens flat for function), arresting artful photography, an interestingly paced layout that never gets pedestrian, knife-like typography that also plays homage to the 1980’s heritage of its restaurant home. The outward beauty is sensitively matched by a depth of thought that reveals the soul of Cazador (the restaurant) and its story. An outstanding package.  

Cazador’s design lifts it above simply a cookbook, it breaks its genre and becomes something of its own, artful and unique.’

Cazador was also shortlisted for Best Typography and winner of Best Cover and Best Cook Book categories.  

Nine awards were presented. 

BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK (sponsored by Penguin Random House New Zealand)

Beach Life by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins (Penguin Random House) designed by Alan Deare, Area Design

BEST NON-ILLUSTRATED BOOK (sponsored by Upstart Press)

Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Ingrid Horrocks & Cherie Lacey (Victoria University Press) designed by Jo Bailey & Anna Brown

BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK (sponsored by Scholastic New Zealand)

Annual edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris (Gecko Press) designed by Spencer Levine
BEST EDUCATIONAL BOOK (sponsored by Edify)

Mātaki Mai Ana Te Ao: Te Tawhio Pihirei o 1981 by Rachael Tuwhangai, Hone Morris and Pania Tahau-Hodges (HUIA) designed by Tim Hansen, Fay & Walter
BEST COOKBOOK (sponsored by 1010 Printing)

Cazador — game, offal and the rest by Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt (Cazador) designed by Tim Donaldson & Amanda Gaskin, Sea Change Studio
BEST TYPOGRAPHY (sponsored by Mary Egan Publishing)

Annual edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris (Gecko Press) designed by Spencer Levine.

AWARD FOR BEST COVER (sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand)

Cazador — game, offal and the rest by Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt (Cazador) designed by Tim Donaldson & Amanda Gaskin, Sea Change Studio


Cazador — game, offal and the rest by Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt (Cazador) designed by Tim Donaldson & Amanda Gaskin, Sea Change Studio

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Allen & Unwin Young Designer of the Year Award. This year it was presented to Auckland designer, Sam Bunny.  The judges said:
‘Sam Bunny’s portfolio showcases a wonderful range of designs across a number of categories. His work is consistently measured, visually enticing and exhibits a good understanding of the subject matter.

From the substantial non-fiction The Great Kiwi Pub Crawl, to the haunting monochromatic The Salted Air, to the playful design of Grandad’s Wheelies and the mysterious but impactful cover illustration of The Impossible Boy, all his work hits the right tone and is well executed. Bunny seems to have fun with his designs and his work effectively serves the purpose of making you want to read these titles.’

This year, for the first time, there was a People’s Choice Award.  Voting took place at last night’s awards ceremony in Auckland where attendees had the opportunity to compare the awards finalists.  The inaugural Hachette New Zealand People’s Choice Award was presented to Spencer Levine for Annual, published by Gecko Press, the book that received the most votes. 

The judging panel was convened by award-winning illustrator and book designer, Rowan Somerset, supported by graphic designer, David Coventon; graphic designer and book designer, Anna Egan-Reid and leading business commentator, journalist and publisher, Vincent Heeringa. 

The PANZ Book Design Awards are administered by the Publishers Association of New Zealand. The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) established the PANZ Book Design Awards to promote excellence in, and provide recognition for, the best book design in New Zealand.

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Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Cristina Garces has joined Harper Design as editor. Previously, she was associate editor for Abrams.

Sanford J. Greenburger has hired Mary Kate Skeehan as senior scout (she has been sub rights associate at Norton), and John Bowers as scout (he was at The Bent Agency), with Hanna Masaryk promoted to senior scout children's and YA.

Edmison/Harper Literary Scouting will scout for Ambo Anthos in Holland starting August 1.

Keanu Reeves is a co-founder of a new Los Angeles-based independent press,
X Artists' Books. Created with artist Alexandra Grant and designer Jessica Fleischmann, the press will be a "a small publisher of thoughtful, high-quality, artist-centered books that fit within and between genres."

Author Clancy Sigal, 90,
died Monday evening. His 1961 memoir Going Away was nominated for the National Book Award.


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

You are invited to a poetry reading:

You are invited to a poetry reading:

Winter Readings 2017 – Versin’Safari

 Surf’s up!

This year’s Winter Readings returns to
Paekakariki after last year’s successful event, forming
a rebirth of a popular event at the City Gallery
and other venues in Wellington 2003-2008.

Each event featured a tribute to an album or group.

This year’s readings form a tribute to The Beach Boys.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

 Poets: Marilyn Duckworth, MaryJane Thomson, Mark Pirie,

Damian Ruth, Michael O’Leary, Mary Maringikura

Campbell and Nelson Wattie (MC).

Venue: St Peter’s Hall, Beach Rd, Paekakariki.
Time: 2-4pm.

Admission to the reading is by koha. Books for
sale from 2.00pm. No EFTPOS. Cash/cheque sales only.

All welcome.

Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop (ESAW) will publish

an anthology of poems by the readers featured to
celebrate the event.

Winter Readings are presented by:

HeadworX Publishers
Paekakariki Community Trust
Poetry Archive Trust
Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop

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