Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Phantom Billstickers Cafe Reader


The Phantom Billstickers Cafe Reader is a most impressive quarterly literary zine, (under the skilled editorship of David Eggleton), featuring short stories, poems, art and editorial by New Zealanders..
The latest issue, Vol.11, Spring 2016, is out now.
And it's free !

Christchurch WORD, World War One, and other matters

C.K.Stead writes

Latest news from The Bookseller

Roald Dahl 100

Roald Dahl’s print book sales soared 34% in the week which saw the “biggest ever” global celebration of the loved children’s author’s birthday as part of a year-long celebration of his centenary year.


A coalition of trade bodies is urging the government to abandon “unjust” changes to the business rates appeals system that could leave businesses over-paying tax.

Bill Massey

Bill Massey, deputy publishing director for fiction, is leaving Orion Books to become a freelance editorial consultant from 1st November 2016. 

Salt Publishing

Buoyed by a publishing “crack team” and a new sales relationship with PGUK, independent publisher Salt is going from strength to strength, and its directors hope an increased focus on fewer, bigger titles will help this success to continue.


The owner of the oldest bookshop chain in Greece has told of her devastation at closing her last store after the financial crisis in the country hit the business “like an avalanche”.
The 118-year-old Athens bookstore of Eleftheroudakis, run by Sofika Eleftheroudaki, will close on 30th September following a seven-year debt crisis. In that time, turnover at the company has plummeted from €24m in 2008 to €0.5m today, with employees falling from 130 to 10 as it was forced to shut all but one of its two dozen stores.

Tim Peake

Mama Can't Raise No Man by Robyn Travis
More than 600 people have paid to attend the book launch for debut black British novelist Robyn Travis, published by storytelling lifestyle brand OWN IT!
Nahid Hattar
A Jordanian writer, Nahid Hattar, has been shot dead ahead of a trial in which he faced charges of insulting Islam over an "offensive" cartoon. 
Richard Charkin
Bloomsbury’s executive director Richard Charkin is set to take up an honorary role at UCL university this month.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Weidenfeld & Nicolson is publishing a new novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Labyrinth of the Spirits, the last in his "epic" The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series that spans more than a decade.
Walker Books
The 2017 World Book Day Award, launched by author James Patterson in 2015, will be funded by publisher Walker Books, which will provide £25,000 of books for the winning schools.
Bonnier Zaffre
Bonnier Zaffre is publishing Shelter, a debut novel by Sarah Franklin, senior lecturer in publishing at Oxford Brookes.

Penguin Random House is publishing British astronaut Tim Peake's non-fiction debut, Hello, is this planet Earth? in November.

The Roundup with PW

The Big Titles U.S. Agencies Will be Selling at the Frankfurt Book Fair
Essay collections from Trevor Noah and Gay Talese, the debut novel from 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner, and a new adult thriller from Stephenie Meyer are among the big titles being shopped at Frankfurt.
more »

Why Bookstores Matter
For his new book, ‘New Yorker’ cartoonist Bob Eckstein illustrated and gathered stories from bookshops around the world.
more »


Avid Reader, Reluctant Writer: An interview with Robert Gottlieb, editorial midwife to works by Toni Morrison, Joseph Heller, and Robert Caro.

Symphony Space's Katherine Minton Dies: The producer of programs including 'Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story' died on September 21.

A Perfect Storm: How do you update a play about a castaway sorcerer and an air spirit? Margaret Atwood on her contemporary take on 'The Tempest.'

Claudia Rankine, MacArthur Genius: The author of 'Citizen' spoke to 'BuzzFeed News' about the protests in Charlotte, the national anthem, and how she plans to use her award.

Can YouTube Save Publishing?: When 21-year-old vlogger Alfie Deyes released his first book, it was an instant bestseller. Why are books by YouTubers so successful?


What happens when after seven years your novel finally gets published?


ON JUNE 9, I MET YAA GYASI at her hotel in Hollywood, California. Gyasi was here to talk about her much anticipated novel, Homegoing, as part of the Los Angeles Public Library ALOUD series. Gyasi is of Ghanaian parentage; raised in Huntsville, Alabama; and educated at Stanford and the University of Iowa, where she completed an MFA, and where she wrote and edited Homegoing.

But the novel had been something she had been thinking about and working on for the last seven years (she is 27 years old).

Growing up, she was a voracious reader of literature, attracted to the Victorians. In college, she encountered Toni Morrison and James Baldwin, seeing her own questions and reality on the page — a representation of what it meant to be part of the black diaspora. Then she received a research fellowship at Stanford to travel to Ghana, and here she encountered a narrative that had largely been hidden from her. Visiting the Cape Coast Castle, she learned the role of Africans in the slave trade, and began to rethink the transatlantic slave trade beyond the black/white dialogic: Africans too, she realized, were complicit in the enterprise of racial capital across the New World

His Bloody Project To Be Adapted For The Screen

Posted at 6:17PM Sunday 25 Sep 2016
A novel by a Scottish writer which has been short listed for the Man Booker Prize is to be made into a movie or TV series.
Scottish production company Synchronicity Films have secured the film and television rights to His Bloody Project, by Graeme Macrae Burnet. heraldscotland.com

The Writing Life, And All Of The Self-Sabotage It Includes

“I am locked in a battle between self-doubt and self-discipline, and the former usually wins. I have the concentration of… oh, I like your shoes. It is so much easier to plummet down the sinkhole of Twitter.”

Fine, Let’s Talk About Sombreros And Lionel Shriver


Francine Prose: “Like much of Shriver’s talk, this paragraph contains a kernel of truth encased by a husk of cultural and historical blindness. It seems clear that one part of the fiction writer’s job is ‘to step into other people’s shoes.’ But to paraphrase Freud, sometimes a hat is more than just a hat. Sometimes it is a symbol—and a racist one, at that.”

Yes, Let’s Keep On Talking About Who ‘Gets’ To Write What, And Why


“A writer has the right to inhabit any character she pleases — she’s always had it and will continue to have it. The complaint seems to be less that some people ask writers to think about cultural appropriation, and more that a writer wishes her work not to be critiqued for doing so, that instead she get a gold star for trying.”

A Literary Case of Mistaken Identity

Off the Shelf
By Sarah Jane Abbott    |   Monday, September 26, 2016
Have you ever been mistaken for someone else and considered just going along with it? The titular character in Chris Belden’s rollicking academic farce, SHRIVER, takes that impulse to a new level when he is mistaken for a famous, misanthropic author who shares his name. READ MORE

Canada's Giller Prize Shortlist

Canada's Giller Prize announced its six-book shortlist Monday morning:

Mona Awad,
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin)
Gary Barwin, Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada)
Emma Donoghue,
The Wonder (Little, Brown/HarperCollins Canada)
Catherine Leroux,
The Party Wall (Biblioasis)
Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Norton/Knopf Canada)
Zoe Whittall, The Best Kind of People (House of Anansi)

The winner will be named at a gala ceremony on November 7.

Monday, September 26, 2016

New award named in Māori journalist's honour

 A specially designed print by renowned Māori artist Ngataiharuru Taepa will be presented to the first recipient of Te Tohu a Tanara Whairiri Kitawhiti Ngata.

The first Māori journalism lifetime achievement award is to be named in honour of Māori broadcasting pioneer Whai Ngata. Mr Ngata (Ngāti Porou/Te Whānau-ā-Apanui), who died in April this year, played a pivotal role in the development of Māori news and current affairs during a career that spanned three decades. Massey University’s 2016 Ngā Kupu Ora Awards: Celebrating Māori Books and Journalism will this year recognise reporters for the first time and present an award in Mr Ngata’s name.

Assistant Vice-Chancellor Dr Selwyn Katene, says naming the lifetime achievement award in Whai Ngata’s memory was a fitting way to pay tribute to someone who mentored so many during his long career and who played such a big part in forging a path for Māori journalism. 

Mr Ngata was made an Officer of the Order of New Zealand Merit in 2007 for his services to Broadcasting and retired from TVNZ in 2008 after a 25 year career with the company. 

This year’s Te Tohu a Tanara Whairiri Kitawhiti Ngata recipient will be named at the Ngā Kupu Ora Awards: Celebrating Māori Books and Journalism on Monday October 3 at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Sarah Laing - A Graphic Memoir - Launch Invitation

The Prodigal Daughter author Prue Leith: 'After my 12th cookbook I started to feel stale'

Prue Leith

The former restaurateur and cookery school founder has written 12 cookbooks and seven novels from her home in Oxfordshire. She tells Rachel Hosie about her life in books.

Growing up in Cape Town, I didn’t read much. When I was filling in my university application form, I got to the ‘hobbies’ section and my father said, ‘I wish we could write “books” here but I think “boys” is more accurate.’ I was insulted – but he was right.
I went to the Sorbonne in Paris for two years and read all the classics by authors like Victor Hugo and Guy de Maupassant. I was supposed to read them in French but I cheated and used the English versions instead.  

It was in Paris that I realised I wanted to cook. Before that, I’d tried out drama and art school – but only because I hadn’t know what I wanted to do. I began writing a food column in the Daily Mail, but if I’m honest I was more interested in being a restaurateur than a writer back then. 

Is This The Golden Age Of Playwriting?

“Or … is something else true? Is it actually a bear market? Is our theatre in a moment of peril?”

When Margaret Atwood Rewrites Shakespeare

“Shakespeare refuses to be boxed in. Not only do we know very little about what he really thought, felt and believed, but the plays themselves are elusive. Just when you think you’ve got a meaning nailed down, your interpretation melts like jelly and you’re left scratching your head. Maybe he’s deep, very deep. Or maybe he didn’t have a continuity editor. And Shakespeare will never turn up on a talkshow and be asked to explain himself, the lucky devil.”

Standing Room Only for 09/25/2016

Arts stories for 09/25/2016
Standing Room Only


Standing Room Only is literally radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment and music – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living.
Full programme details are available on the Standing Room Only webpage

A maverick art club in Tonga is winning over its critics

The Se-le-ka Club started in Nuku'alofa back in 2008. It's now turned into a safe haven for vulnerable young people, and a place for young artists to experiment with techniques and materials.
Sep 25, 2016 02:49 pm

Thriller set during the famous waterfront dispute of 1951

The thriller brings together a private detective, Johnny Molloy, an ambitious journalist and some shady politicians and unionists.
Sep 25, 2016 02:40 pm

Literary copyright in the age of the internet

Michael Wolfe tells Lynn Freeman the last decade has changed everything for writers.
Sep 25, 2016 02:26 pm

Cabaret star Sheridan Harbridge

Songs for the Fallen is coming to New Zealand as part of an Internationl Cabaret Season. Sheridan Harbridge tells Lynn Freeman cabaret is hard to define.
Sep 25, 2016 01:49 pm


Lynn Freeman asks Toi Whakaari Head of Costume Kaarin Macaulay, and aspiring costume-maker Monique Bartosh how the industry's changed over the past decade.
Sep 25, 2016 01:33 pm

Gender inequality in New Zealand theatre

A hui this week held on Suffrage Day brought together around a hundred people to kick around some ideas. Lynn Freeman talks to two of the speakers, Kate JasonSmith and Hannah Banks.
Sep 25, 2016 12:50 pm

New Zealanders on the Western Front

Lynn Freeman talks to Military historian Dr McGibbon, and also to 92-year-old Hilary Haylock, whose father's letters home made up some of the book. Dr Ian McGibbon's New Zealand's Western Front Campaign describes not only the battles but also life for the soldiers in trenches and in specialist units.
Sep 25, 2016 12:33 pm

The Great Depression and the Broken Decade

Swaggers, sugarbags, special constables and the Queen Street Riots - The Depression of the 1930s were grim years in our history, remembered in a comprehensive new book. Malcolm McKinnon takes us back to what he calls The Broken Decade.
Sep 25, 2016 12:16 pm


Older stories

"Culturally clueless" in Aotearoa
Lindsay Dawson's new novel Scarlet and Magneta
Stone jeweller Craig McIntosh
The NZ Secondary Students Choir is looking for new talent
Rachel Laing, Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Dirty Laundry
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