Sunday, February 26, 2017

Auckland Libraries - What's on in March

What's On  March 2017


Pasifika 2017 is an opportunity to celebrate with our Pacific communities and their cultures and traditions! Celebrations include guest speakers, Pacific art exhibitions, storytimes, demonstrations and craft workshops across Auckland Libraries. Find a library near you to see what’s on to celebrate the rich culture of the Pacific region. 



Thursday 2 March


Wednesday 8 March
Wednesday 22 March




Author talks
Thursday 30 March // Epsom Library
Suzie Lennox travelled the length and breadth of Britain to dig up the untold stories of the 'resurrection men' - opportunists who exhumed corpses to sell to medical students. Join us for a grisly evening as Suzie shares stories from the dark side of medical advancement. 

Islands and Film


Islands and Film

A special issue of the refereed journal Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities

Guest edited by Ian Conrich, Kseniia Kalugina, Laura Sedgwick and Roy Smith

It is estimated that there are more than 100,000 islands in the world. The study of these islands is found predominantly within the sciences and social sciences – in disciplines such as Geography, Geology, Zoology, Ethnography, Anthropology, Sociology, Politics and International Relations – and with often a focus on regions such as the Pacific, Southeast Asia, or the Caribbean. With so much of the world’s populations found on islands – from Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan to Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Ireland and the United Kingdom – it is unsurprising that cinema has repeatedly turned to island life as a subject. Yet, film studies has largely ignored the geographical, spatial and cultural significance of the many island-set movies. This special issue of Post Script welcomes submissions on any aspect of the theme ‘Islands and Film’. Articles must, however, consider productions in which the island or island life is central to the narrative. Topics include films that depict castaways, warfare, prisons, pirates, horror and science-fiction, colonies, tourism and resorts, isolated rural communities, fishing communities, indigenous culture, beachscapes and seascapes, ocean-life, nature and wildlife. We will also consider non-fiction, relevant interviews and book reviews.

Post Script is a double-blind refereed journal and articles need to be between 5000 and 8000 words, double-spaced and in the MLA style. Deadline for submissions is 1 October 2017, with publication in 2018. Please submit articles and any enquiries to Ian Conrich

For questions regarding Post Script that are not related to this special issue, please contact the general editor, Gerald Duchovnay


Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Roundup with PW

Family Christian Stores to Close
Family Christian Stores, the largest retailer of Christian books and merchandise in the country, is closing all of its outlets. The chain, which went through a drawn-out bankruptcy proceeding in 2015, said changing consumer behavior and declining sales forced it to shut down.
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PRH Gives Pearson Profit of 129 Million Euros
Despite a decline in sales at Penguin Random House in 2016, the world's largest trade publisher delivered 129 million euros in operating profit to its parent company, Pearson. The sum marks a 43% increase over its profit contribution from 2015. more »

Bookstores Brace for Murakami Rush: Japanese bookstores are prepared for a torrent of fans hurrying to purchase Haruki Murakami's long-awaited new novel.

Joyce Whisperer Frank Delaney Dies At 74: The Irish-born author and broadcaster, whose passion was deconstructing James Joyce's 'Ulysses,' died in Danbury, Conn., on Tuesday.

Senators Defend NEH and NEA: A bipartisan group of senators is urging the president not to cut federal funding to the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

Poetry In the Detention Center: When Chinese immigrants were detained at Angel Island, in the San Francisco Bay, they wrote poetry on the walls.

A Literary Guide to the Oscars: The 89th Academy Awards will air this Sunday, and will once again prove that Hollywood would basically be irrelevant without books.

Latest news from The Bookseller

The British Book Awards
A record breaking number of submissions has led to the highest ever number of regional shortlisted bookshops at the British Book Awards’ Independent Bookshop of the Year category, sponsored by Gardners Books.
The Booksellers Association (BA) this week warned Treasury chief secretary David Gauke that planned increases to business rates bills this April will result in many booksellers’ businesses being “absolutely crippled”.
June Sarpong
Former Little, Brown chief executive Ursula Mackenzie, Front Row’s Samira Ahmed, television presenter June Sarpong and past Publishers Association c.e.o. Simon Juden are among the judges for the British Book Awards 2017.
Pearson has reported a massive statutory loss for the year of £2.6bn, including a goodwill impairment, following the challenges it has been facing in the US education market. The company, which in January delivered its fifth profit warning in four years, also reported a sharp rise in debt to £1,092m (2015: £654m).
Century is to publish the first Minecraft fiction books this summer.
The government is expanding the Public Lending Right (PLR) to include e-books and e-audiobooks, meaning their authors will be eligible for payment in the same way as those whose physical books are borrowed from libraries.

Head of Zeus
The full-year results of publisher Head of Zeus show that in 2016 its revenues increased by 31%, to £7m, up from £5.4m in its previous set of results.
The UK's public libraries are missing 25 million books, according to new figures from libraries body CIPFA, although the decline in books could be worse than the figures indicate due to discrepancies between computer audits and physical stock takes.
William Collins has acquired Senator Elizabeth Warren’s "important" new book This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save Working People for publication on 4th May 2017. 
The Collected Poems by Adrian Mole
Penguin is publishing The Collected Poems by Adrian Mole - in the character's own "imprint", Mole Press - to celebrate the 50th birthday of Sue Townsend's creation.
Donald Trump
Philip Roth, Zadie Smith, J M Coetzee and Anne Tyler are among 65 leading writers joining with PEN America in an open letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to reconsider his travel ban against visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Phillipe Sands
Philippe Sands and Ayelet Gundar-Goshen have been chosen as joint winners of the Jewish Quarterly Wingate literary prize (worth £4,000).


Oxford Dictionary Adds New Words (And Boy Are They Ugly)

“Additions including “clicktivism” (a pejorative word for armchair activists on social media), “haterade” (excessive negativity, criticism, or resentment), “otherize” (view or treat – a person or group of people – as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself) and “herd mentality” (the tendency for people’s behaviour or beliefs to conform to those of the group to which they belong) all emerged during the 2016 battle for the White House.”

We Love Leo: 12 Books Leonardo DiCaprio Brought to the Silver Screen

Off the Shelf
By Tolani Osan    |   Friday, February 24, 2017
I think we can all agree that Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2016 Oscar for Best Actor was hard-won. But even before he brought Michael Punke’s novel, THE REVENANT, to life, DiCaprio had a long history of delivering phenomenal performances in book-to-film adaptations. Though he’s noticeably absent from this year’s Oscar ballot, we’re still swooning over Leo. From his teen-heartthrob days to his most powerful performances, here’s a look a Leonardo DiCaprio’s career in page-to-screen adaptations. READ MORE