Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Libraries of the future are going to change in some unexpected ways


Jay Walker
Your idea of a library might be a musty, carpeted room with outdated technology, but don’t ditch your library card just yet.

According to David Pescovitz, co-editor at Boing Boing and research director at the Institute for the Future, a Palo Alto-based collective that makes forecasts about our world, it’s likely in the coming decades that society’s traditional understanding of a library will get completely upended.

In 50 years’ time, Pescovitz tells Business Insider, libraries are poised to become all-in-one spaces for learning, consuming, sharing, creating, and experiencing — to the extent that enormous banks of data will allow people to “check out” brand-new realities, whether that’s scaling Mt. Everest or living out an afternoon as a dog.


Miles Franklin Award 2016 won by debut novel


Established in 1954, the Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, named for author Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin.

At an announcement made on the opening night of the Melbourne Writers Festival, A.S. Patrić took home the $60,000 prize money, for his début novel Black Rock White City. All shortlisted applicants, which this year featured three first time nominees (including Patrić), received $5,000.
The award celebrates uniquely Australian works, with the 2016 prize focusing on identity struggles. According to Franklin’s own criteria, works must be “of the highest literary merit,” and “show Australian life in any of its phases.”

Patrić’s novel is described as a fresh and powerful exploration of the immigrant experience and Australian life that explores the damages of war, the constraints of choice, the possibility of redemptive love and social isolation amid suburbia.


The Roundup with PW

Beijing Book Fair: Market Opportunities for Everyone
At the just-concluded Beijing Book Fair, which ran from August 24 to 28, overseas exhibitors were happy to see that the huge Chinese book market remains positive and open with business opportunities for everybody from different segments of the industry.
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Pearson Retained Its place as the World's Largest Publisher
Despite a drop in revenue in 2015, to $6.6 billion, the U.K.-based publisher was the world's largest book publisher in 2015. Last year was not an easy one for the biggest global publishers as digital disruptions and weak economies presented challenges. more »

Ursula Goes to the Library: Ursula K. Le Guin will get the Library of America treatment—a rare honor for any living author, let alone one pigeonholed as a "genre writer."

Langston's New Harlem Renaissance: Will poet Langston Hughes's brownstone on 127th Street in Harlem have a second life as an arts center?

Claudia Rankine's Ambivalence: An interview with the author of 'Citizen' on what she sees when she looks at the work she has made.

The Game That Turns Players to Poets: A new video game, 'Elegy for a Dead World,' takes inspiration from Romantic poetry—and asks its players to write their own poems.

What's In a Rare Book?: A humorously sardonic take on the rare book market rounds up some hypothetical titles.


Penguin Random House Provides Free Digital Reads to NYC Subway Riders

Publishers Lunch

For the next eight weeks, New York City subway riders can download free short stories and 175 book excerpts offered by Penguin Random House. It's part of PRH's "Subway Reads" promotion, in partnership with the MTA, "cel

PRH ceo Markus Dohle added: "For millions of New Yorkers, having a few minutes to get lost in a great book is one of the true pleasures of riding the subway. This fun promotion provides commuters with a new twist on that classic – and classically New York – pastime, with great short fiction, and the chance to access extensive samples of some of the very best, and most entertaining books in the world ebrating the installation of free wireless connectivity in more than 175 underground subway stations." The NYT notes that, "Transit officials approached Penguin Random House...because it had run a similar e-book promotion in the London Underground last year, celebrating Penguin’s 80th anniversary. Transit officials said they were open to other platforms from publishers, and platforms for more than books — anything to draw passengers to the Wi-Fi service" that is being rolled out to all 278 underground subway stations by the end of 2016.

The five available short stories include Lee Child's Jack Reacher novella High Heat, F. Scott Fitzgerald's A Diamond as Big as the Ritz, and Edgar Allan Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Book excerpts available include Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem, Beloved by Toni Morrison, and Hamilton by Ron Chernow, as PRH selected "as many titles by New Yorkers – or about New York – as possible." To optimize the commuter reading experience, Penguin Random House has also created a feature for excerpts called 'read time' that enables customers to sort the short stories and samples by the amount of time it would take the average reader to complete them.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said in the announcement: "New York's transportation network must continue adapting to the changing needs of its ridership and a key part of that is delivering the amenities that have become essential components of everyday life. Bringing Wi-Fi into underground stations helps riders stay connected throughout their commute, allowing them to check in with friends or family and access news or entertainment. We've made tremendous progress in modernizing the system and Subway Reads is a fun way to introduce riders to the new Wi-Fi experience."

How A Writer Of Gay (And Wildly Silly) Erotica Became The Standard Bearer For What’s Good In Science Fiction


“If you could pick a single writer to make an effective, compassionate statement about identity politics to a divided literary community, who would you pick? Would it be a schizophrenic, autistic person who’d authored an e-book called Space Raptor Butt Invasion?”

A Modern Classic About Friendship Formed Over Vodka and Tang

Off the Shelf
By Julianna Haubner    |   Monday, August 29, 2016
On my Goodreads shelf, you can pretty distinctly divide the books I’ve read into three categories. The first is the classics (Austen & Co.). The second, contemporary hits (yay, publishing!) that I’ve got to stay on top of to know what’s what. The third is a bit harder to define: they’re the ones published in the last fifty years or so by masters like Junot Díaz, Jay McInerney, Joan Didion, and Toni Morrison. They’re books that have lasted, but we can’t yet predict where they’ll be in a century (though if they’re not on our bookshelves, we’ve done something terribly wrong). I call them “the modern classics,” and one of my favorites is Meg Wolitzer’s THE INTERESTINGS. READ MORE

WORD Christchurch Festival bigger and brighter than ever

Sarah Thornton reports:

The biennial WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival returned to the centre of Christchurch at the weekend (August 24-28), and increased attendance by at least 25 percent compared to previous years. It also captivated audiences and breathed life back into the CBD.

Connecting the local community with a feast of home-grown and international talent, WORD attracted some 150 local and international writers, who took part in more than 80 events across the central city. Newly minted auditorium The Piano was the focal venue and proved itself to be a valuable addition to Christchurch’s future performing arts precinct.

Featuring fiction, poetry, storytelling, free children’s events, comedy, live music, debates, discussions, performances and fringe events, WORD Christchurch embodied the theme of 'the planet and its people,’ and delivered.

 The jewel in the Isaac Theatre Royal’s crown was the Gala Night event ‘The Stars are on Fire’, which saw seven of WORD’s star performers – Sir Tipene O’Regan, Steve Hely, Tusiata Avia, Caitlin Doughty, Stephen Daisley, Tiny Ruins and Ivan E. Coyote – take to the boards and dazzle the crowd.

The environment, gender issues, politics and sex proved incredibly popular events with audiences, who flocked to sessions where these issues were foremost, including: The State of America; Ask A Mortician: Caitlin Doughty; 2050 (what the planet and its people will like like in that year); and The Great New Zealand Crime Debate & Ngaio Marsh Award, at the conclusion of which, bestselling Christchurch author Paul Cleave won the 2016 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. Hear My Voice saw what many described as the most electric energy they’d ever experienced in a room of spoken word performance, and Flying Nun musicians appeared alongside label founder Roger Shepherd to a sell-out crowd.

Audiences couldn’t get enough of sell-out Canadian storyteller Ivan E. Coyote who provoked tears, laughter and a standing ovation; LA-based mortician, author and You Tube star Caitlin Doughty; television comedy writer (30 Rock, The Office. American Dad) Steve Hely; Canadian novelist Elizabeth Hay; ITV science correspondent Alok Jha; Afghan-American physician and novelist Nadia Hashimi; author and human rights advocate Tara Moss, and local writer and resilience expert Lucy Hone, all of whom took part in a variety of panel and individual events throughout the four days.

WORD Christchurch literary director, Rachael King, says “WORD 2016 has exceeded our expectations. Putting together a programme which at times pushed boundaries was not without risk, so I’m delighted to see that it paid off. Bringing such a stunning array of talent to the people of Christchurch was always my main objective, and judging by the feedback I’ve had from audiences, mission accomplished.”

WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival warmly thanks its major funders Creative New Zealand, Christchurch City Council, the Rata Foundation and The Press; festival and session sponsors Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, PwC, Boffa Miskell, Duncan Cotterill, Environment Canterbury, The Royal Society of New Zealand, Kate Sylvester, Ballantynes, Antarctica New Zealand, UC Science and Harcourts Gold; our festival patrons and supporters, partners and supporting publishers. 


Monday, August 29, 2016

Brighton - another great crime novel from Michael Harvey

Brighton, 1975: a Boston neighbourhood where racial tensions run high and gangs jostle for dominance in the trades that matter - drugrunning, book-keeping and theft. Fifteen-year-old Kevin Pearce knows his best hope is to get the hell out before its bloody streets get a grip on his dreams. Bitterness and brutality stalk the hard-drinking generations of his Irish immigrant family. But when an act of violence tears their home apart, Kevin is forced to leave for New York, changing the course of his life forever.

Twenty-seven years later, in 2002, Kevin wins the Pulitzer Prize for an investigative article on the wrongful conviction and death of a man from Brighton, and decides to visit his old neighbourhood for the first time in decades. But his past has long shadows - shadows which have taken on a life of their own. And when Kevin's prosecutor girlfriend Lisa asks his advice on a murder case, he is plunged into a web of deception and bloodshed that will test his loyalties to the limit and place the life he has built at risk.

Grittily realistic, razor-sharp and darkly compelling, Brighton is about the meaning of family, the price of friendship, and survival in a world where one misstep can cost everything.        

About the author:

Michael Harvey is the author of The Chicago Way, The Fifth Floor, The Third Rail, We All Fall Down, The Innocence Game and The Governor's Wife, as well as a journalist and documentary producer. His work has won numerous national and international awards, including multiple news Emmys, two Primetime Emmy nominations, and an Academy Award nomination. He holds a law degree with honors from Duke University, a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in classical languages from Holy Cross College. He lives in Chicago.


ISBN: 9781408878033
Publisher: Bloomsbury - $29.99

Pablo Escobar My Father - the most infamous drug lord of all time

Pablo Escobar: My Father
Juan Pablo Escobar

Until now, we believed that everything had been said about the rise and fall of the most infamous drug lord of all time, Pablo Escobar – from books to film to the cult series ‘Narcos’. But these versions have always been told from the outside, only capturing half the truth, and never from the intimacy of his own home. Now, more than two decades after the full-fledged manhunt finally caught up with Escobar, his son brings us the dramatic truth as never before.

Here we find a man of contradictions – generosity and infinite love for his family; yet capable of the most extreme acts of cruelty and violence. In a deeply personal exploration of his father, we see the inner world of a man who was celebrated by some as a benevolent Robin Hood figure and by others, as a dangerous leader of the most ruthless mafia organisation in human history, reaping vengeance and death on anyone that might stand in his way.

When Escobar died, his then teenage son vowed revenge. But Escobar Jr. quickly recognised that meant following in his father’s footsteps - something neither of them had ever wanted. With his change of heart, he denounced the Pablo Escobar legacy.

This is far from the story of a child seeking redemption, but a shocking look at the consequences of violence and his attempt to come to terms with it.

About Juan Pablo Escobar
Son of Pablo Escobar, the leader of the Medellín cartel, Juan Pablo Escobar is an architect, lecturer, drug policy reform advocate, and writer. He was a subject of the award-winning documentary Sins of My Father and lives in Argentina.

Published - 1 September 2016
Ebury Press
RRP $38.00

The Kiwi Pair - the story behind our world-beating rowers

The Kiwi Pair
Hamish Bond & Eric Murray

Within hours of crossing the line in their gold medal race at the Rio Olympics, Hamish Bond and Eric Murray were putting the finishing touches to their autobiography, The Kiwi Pair, which goes on sale on Friday 26 August.

 A candid insight into their unique sporting partnership, The Kiwi Pair details the graft and sacrifices that have underpinned Bond and Murray’s success on the water over the past eight years, the intense demands competition and training places on them physically and emotionally, and how their chalk and cheese personalities have actually worked to keep them at the top level of their sport.

The Kiwi Pair provides an insight into the extreme training regime that has kept them at the top ever since, and their shared motivation to make rowing history.

 Despite their different personalities, Bond and Murray boast an incredible work ethic and common competitive streak. “There was never a day when I thought, ‘I might not work hard today’,” says Bond. “I didn’t always like training, and sometimes I straight-up hated it — climbing into the boat and slipping my feet into shoes still wet from the last row, or coming down the lake on a long stretch into a blasting headwind, my hands numb and blistered. We called those our ‘championship rows’, they were the ones we believed our opponents would be either physically or mentally not up to.”

Winning in Rio, the pair say, was a different feeling to securing their first Olympic gold medal in London four years ago. They admit to being ‘more relieved than anything else’.

Reflecting on their victory in the book they consider what it is that makes their partnership special. Murray says: ‘For the last eight years, every decision Hamish has made has prioritised his rowing. There was not a day when I didn’t think to myself that he could probably do all of this with someone else in the boat. I’m glad he didn’t exercise that option.

“We spoke about that, too. He said the one thing he knew was that no matter how hard he went, I would be able to follow, and we both knew that there was never a time when I would let him down in that boat .”

Five times Olympic gold medallist, Sir Steve Redgrave, has written the Foreword for The Kiwi Pair, which Bond and Murray worked on with Sky sports reporter Scotty ‘Sumo’ Stevenson.
More about the authors:

Eric Murray was born in Hastings, 1982, and is one half of the New Zealand coxless pair that took six seconds off the world record and won gold at the London Olympics. In 2011 Murray set a new world record on an indoor rowing machine, 18,728m in one hour on a Concept 2 Dynamic Rowing Machine. On 17 January 2012 Murray raced five-time men's single scull world champion Mahé Drysdale in the single scull event, winning by less than half a second. Murray was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 New Year's Honours, for his services to rowing. He is also a registered marriage celebrant.

Hamish Bond was born in Dunedin, 1986, and is one half of the New Zealand coxless pair that took six seconds off the world record and won gold at the London Olympics. In the same year he graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Business Studies degree (majoring in finance) and a Graduate Diploma in financial planning. Bond is also a big fan of cycling, and in 2009 he raced at elite level alongside fellow Olympian Sam Bewley, competing in the six-day Tour of Southland for the Zookeepers-Cycle Surgery team. Bond was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 New Year’s Honours, for his services to rowing.

 Published - 26 August 2016
Penguin NZ

New Zealand Society at War 1914-1918

The social history of First World War New Zealand is a multifaceted subject, the result of a conflict which, more or less, involved entire societies.

James Belich once argued that in New Zealand the ‘grand themes of world history are often played out more rapidly, more separately, and therefore more discernibly than elsewhere’, and this is certainly applicable to the Great War. New Zealand in 1914 was a leading liberal democracy with modern infrastructure and institutions, high average living standards and a populist disposition, whose sense of national identity was developing alongside an increasing orientation towards Britain: ‘the smallest and most isolated of the white Dominions was also the most effusively loyal to Britain and the most determined to prove its worth to her.’ This attitude was not universal, however, and despite New Zealand’s astonishing commitment to the war, social consent to the demands of mobilisation were neither unconditional nor uncontested. New Zealand traded heavily on its cohesiveness and social capital during the war, but wartime upheavals and stresses also fragmented communal ties.

This book conveys some of the complexities of a small land in a world war, by examining individual facets of New Zealand society. Its 18 investigations, researched and written by specialist contributors, of particular social institutions, associations and groups – including the rugby club, the pulpit, the union meeting, the voluntary association, civilian and military leadership, Maori, women, children, German immigrants, and pacifists – give us a richer, more detailed understanding of how New Zealanders thought and acted during the First World War. With a foreword by Hew Strachan.

Dr Steven Loveridge (ed.) was born and raised in New Zealand, resides in Wellington, and spends altogether too much time in the past. He graduated with a PhD in history from Victoria University of Wellington, has taught courses on the First World War, and has written several scholarly publications on aspects of New Zealand’s experience of the war. His first book, Calls to Arms: New Zealand Society and Commitment to the Great War, was published by Victoria University Press in 2014.

Victoria Uni9versity Press - $40.00
ISBN                       9781776560608


Published by HarperCollins New Zealand  |  August 2016  |  RRP $36.99  trade paperback
America had Captain Kidd, the Caribbean had Captain Morgan, the Mediterranean had Barbarossa, and Blackbeard cruised the Atlantic. The Pacific only had whalers and explorers – until the flamboyant Captain William Henry ‘Bully’ Hayes arrived on the scene in the mid-nineteenth century.
As Bully Hayes navigated his ship throughout the Pacific he was accused of every kind of crime from seduction, bigamy, blackbirding, horse-stealing, cheating at cards, and even the murder of his own family. He was notorious for sailing away from ports without paying his debts, a dishonesty so common in the days of sail that it became known as ‘paying with the foretopsail’.
Reports of his activities were many. ‘Thief, pirate, plunderer, kidnapper as he is there can be but one termination in the eternal fitness of things to such a career as this!’ blared one Honolulu paper in 1859. ‘The Notorious Captain Hayes’, shouted another paper in Australia described with relish, ‘one of the most systematic and unmitigated scoundrels who had ever dropped anchor in the colony’.
By all accounts Bully Hayes certainly looked like a pirate. At around six feet tall, hefty in physique, with a bluff and hearty manner, and a soft persuasive voice, he was an impressive man. He bragged like a buccaneer and dressed like one too. And he loved women.
Hayes’ eventual gory demise in 1877 did not bring respite. He has been the inspiration for writers from Robert Louis Stevenson to James A Michener and Frank Clune. Rousing films have been based on his life, and his name adorns bars, hotels and museum exhibits all over the Pacific.
Who was Bully Hayes really? Is there any truth behind the headlines of the day? Leading New Zealand nautical historian Joan Druett tells his fascinating story in her new book, The Notorious Captain Hayes. ‘Whatever aspect of Pacific history I might have been looking up over the years, whether it was blackbirding, smuggling, trading or piracy, the name of Bully Hayes cropped up,’ says Druett.  ‘It was irritating because I did not believe a word of the sensational yarns so I decided to fossick about for the truth.’
As Druett sifts the facts from the fantasy, an amazing true story of a genuine rogue and adventurer, set against the backdrop of the great age of sail and trade in the Pacific, is revealed.
About the author:
In 1984, while exploring the tropical island of Rarotonga, Joan slipped into the hole left by the roots of a large uprooted tree, and at the bottom discovered the long-lost grave of a young American whaling wife. It was a life-changing experience. 
Since then her life has been devoted to researching the more unusual voyagers under sail, including women, children, the Polynesians the captains picked up in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, and a variety of seafaring rogues and adventurers.
Many books of maritime history have been the result, including the bestselling Island of the Lost, and a biography of the Polynesian star navigator, Tupaia, which won the general non-fiction prize in the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards.


Fictional flesh on real bones

Napoleon's Willow
by  Joan Norlev Taylor

This is a delightful historical novel set mainly in New Zealand in the first half of the nineteenth century, as Europeans with different backgrounds and conflicting loyalties attempt a land grab. The author has methodically researched historical facts and characters. By blending this with fiction and superstition she has created a story that makes history come alive and takes us on an emotional journey into the founding of the Akaroa settlement in what is now known as Banks Peninsula.

    The story evolves through two characters. The first is a French artisan from a lowly background fired with enthusiasm for the Napoleonic values of liberty, equality and fraternity. After Napoleon's defeat he has been forced to watch France and Europe slip back into a hierarchy that required ignorance and poverty to survive. Determined to plant the shoots of enlightenment in the new world, he joins a whaling ship.

    The second lead character is part English and part French. She is pregnant, dumped and a potential victim of prudish British social attitudes. Misfortune follows her escape to sea and Australia. But she finds work as a nanny and dreams of working with the Catholic church and buying a plot of land to start a school. But the new land isn't a clean sheet of paper where people can write their own future. It is a molten alloy of European prejudice, religious intrigue and traditional Maori values.

    The book is well written and presented. I recommend it to anyone interested in an intriguing insight into the formation of our nation. 

Flaxflower Review by Peter Thomas
Title: Napoleon's Willow
Author: Joan Norlev Taylor
Publisher: RSVP Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9876587-8-4

Why A West Coast Software Company is Getting into Book Publishing


NationBuilder Books

When former Farrar, Straus and Giroux editor Jesse Coleman was looking to get back into publishing after spending years building a freelance editorial business, he found himself weighing opportunities at Big Five houses against a job at a software company. Hoping to get away from the isolation he felt as a freelancer, Coleman jumped at the chance to create a book division for a Los Angeles–based software company called NationBuilder. The company’s goal? To create the kind of nonfiction books that have consumer appeal, and extend the company’s brand.
NationBuilder, Coleman explained, sells software that helps organizations more efficiently communicate with people in their network. Particularly popular among political organizations and nonprofits, the company’s clients include schools such as Columbia University and various political candidates in the U.S. and much of Europe. (Both sides of the Brexit campaign, for example, used NationBuilder.)
That a software company would be interested in a book division seems, as Coleman acknowledged, a bit odd. But the idea for the book unit was something that began brewing when Coleman was hired as a freelance editor to work on a book that Jim Gilliam, NationBuilder’s cofounder and CEO, had written.   MORE

How To Sell Nearly a Half-Million Copies of a Poetry Book


Poetry Blockbuster

Andrews McMeel Publishing has long been known primarily as a humor and gift book publisher, but the Kansas City–based company could currently be the country’s hottest publisher of poetry books.
The publisher has a major hit with its third poetry book, Rupi Kaur’s originally self-published Milk and Honey. The 2015 title has sold, SMP said, 450,00 copies to date and continues to move around 30,000 copies per week. Its release comes after a foray into a genre that SMP has rarely dabbled in.   MORE

The Love/Hate Relationship Authors Have With Their Own Books


“I am so excited when I begin a book. All of that possibility! All of that vision! Then the book hits me in the head with the work ahead of me.”

Standing Room Only for 08/28/2016

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


Artist Judy Millar's bright, bold colours span 30 years

Two canvases by Judy Millar painted around 30 years apart but similar in many ways, are being brought together for the first time. Judy has represented New Zealand at the Venice Bienale and since 2005 has divided her time between Berlin and Auckland. Her canvases tend to be large and abstract, using bright bold colours and strokes. As Lynn Freeman discovered, it was while Judy was working on a group of new paintings that she had a flashback to another abstract work she had painted in 1987. Judy Millar's exhibition Turning the World Inside Out: 30 Years a Painter opens on Wednesday at Auckland's Gow Langsford Gallery.
Aug 28, 2016 02:48 pm

Sue Younger - Days Are Like Grass

Sue Younger swapped a career in documentary-making for the life of a novelist. Her debut, Days are Like Grass, is set in part at Starship Children's Hospital, the workplace of paediatric surgeon Claire Bowerman. Claire's reluctantly returned to New Zealand from London - and she's got secrets that are affecting her relationships with her Israeli partner and her teenage daughter. Lynn Freeman talks to Sue about the often thin line between fact and fiction.
Aug 28, 2016 02:36 pm

Escaping the advertising rat-race?

What do ad men do when they escape the pressures of the well-designed commercial? If they can draw whatever they like, what do they choose to do with that freedom? A group of Devonport artists who are in - or have just left - the advertising industry, want to show what they create in their spare time at the Depot gallery in an exhibition called Escape Artists. Lynn Freeman talks to to escapees, Tony McNeight and Scott Wilson.
Aug 28, 2016 02:23 pm

Getting our young opera singers export-ready

This weekend young New Zealand opera singers with their eye on an international career are starting a new programme aimed at equipping them with crucial skills that are nothing to do with singing and performing. Media training is on the programme, as well as negotiating, budgeting, legal and marketing skills. The Kiri te Kanawa Foundation has invested $200,000 in a new programme helping six singers become 'export ready' - Lynn Freeman talks to two of them. Bass-baritone James Ioelu has had four years of support from the Foundation, and he's currently working on NZ Opera's production of Sweeney Todd. Mezzo-soprano Bianca Andrew is in her final year of studio at the Guildhall School of Music in London.
Aug 28, 2016 01:46 pm

Winners - Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel

Announced at the 2016 WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival, the 7th Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel had a record number of entries this year, and a brand new award for debut authors: the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. Lynn Freeman speaks to the winners.
Aug 28, 2016 01:34 pm

Revered - and occasionally feared - reviewer Peter Calder calls it a day

Auckland Cinema managers and restaurant owners can sleep a little easier after this week. Peter Calder, the highly respected - but often ruthless - movie and food critic for the New Zealand Herald is about to hang up his pen - his poison pen, some might say. But is he as bad as he's painted, or is he, as Monty Python would put it, "vicious but fair"? Simon Morris was keen to find out...
Aug 28, 2016 12:46 pm

Restoration of the silent classic Moana

90 years ago American filmmaker Robert Flaherty decided to follow his hugely successful Inuit documentary Nanook of the North with another one set in faraway places - this time in exotic Samoa. Moana followed the life of the young son of a tribal chief, and captured on film the villagers' daily lives - fishing, making garments, singing and dancing. Originally Moana was a silent film, with a soundtrack added later by Robert and Frances's daughter Monica. Now it's undergone a massive restoration project. Lynn Freeman talks to Samoan-New Zealand film-maker Makerita Urale and to Diane Pivac from Nga Taonga Sound and Vision on the eve of the restored Moana's first public screening. She also talks to film restorer Bill Posner about the process of reviving such and old film.
Aug 28, 2016 12:16 pm


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