Friday, July 29, 2016

Word Christchurch - Spotlight on Caitlin Doughty



Already proving to be one of the most popular speakers appearing at the festival, Caitlin Doughty talks and writes with wit and wisdom about the one thing that is certain about life: death. Her memoir Smoke Gets in Your Eyes about working in a crematorium is peppered with the history of death in Western culture and other cultures, and is a New York Times bestseller. She will make you look at death in a new light and should not be missed.

READ: a recent interview with Caitlin in Sunday magazine
LISTEN: to a fascinating and moving interview with Kim Hill
WATCH: a selection of videos from Caitlin's weird and wonderful web series Ask a Mortician

For a full list of all of Caitlin's events, visit her bio page on our website.



Tea & Cakes with Josephine Moon

Do you like cake? Josephine Moon is the first Australian novelist to make a commercial career out of writing foodie fiction… with three novels published internationally.
Treat yourself and a friend to an afternoon tea with Cakes by Anna while Josephine talks about her books, and the strong creative women characters making their mark on the world that she portrays.

Thursday 25 August, 2-3.15pm, The Piano                 More here


Applications open for Janet Frame Memorial Award


 29 July 2016


Applications open for $3,000 NZSA Janet Frame Memorial Award 2016

Calling all authors of poetry, literary and imaginative fiction

The New Zealand Society of Authors Janet Frame Memorial award has run biennially since 2008, thanks to a gift from the Janet Frame Literary Trust, to support a mid-career or established writer. This prestigious award is open to authors of poetry, literary or imaginative fiction.

In 2014 the award went to poet Elizabeth Smither who commented “It has been a great personal pleasure to have held this award. I don’t think of it being finite or confined to merely one year: I am sure the benefits will last through my whole career as a writer”.

This is the final award in a series of five.

Deadline for applications: 5pm 28 October 2016
For more information

 To apply for the award you need to be a member of the NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc). Membership is open to all developing and established writers. NZSA provides: literary sector news, a mentorship programme, manuscript assessment, manuscript services, contract advice, advocacy and representation for writers, information on the publishing industry, grants and other opportunities, along with affiliation to international PEN.

For more information go to

Writers on Mondays

The Playmakers: Nina Nawalowalo & Victor Rodger
Two of the country’s most exciting and accomplished theatre makers join Ken Duncum to discuss their careers to date and forthcoming work. Nina Nawalowalo is a Wellington theatre director with a reputation for making memorable pieces of theatre that reflect her Fijian whakapapa and European theatre training. Her work Marama premiered in the Auckland Arts Festival this year, where it was described by reviewer Raewyn Whyte as ‘memorably climactic’ and ‘heartstopping’. Victor Rodger produces plays that explore and challenge racial and cultural stereotypes, and are grounded by vivid characterisation and complex relationships. As Metro reviewer Simon Wilson wrote, ‘he knows how to write funny, and he knows how to write on the edge’. Rodger’s Black Faggot has toured nationally and internationally, and won awards in both Auckland and Melbourne.
DATE:   Monday 8 August
TIME:    12.15-1.15pm
VENUE:  Te Papa Marae, Level 4, Te Papa

Writers on Mondays is presented with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, National Poetry Day and Circa Theatre.
These sessions are open to the public and free of charge.

Author Talks - Auckland Libraries

Author talks
Author talk: Jeremy Scott
Saturday 20 August // Waitakere Central Library

Jeremy Scott's book, The long road from a broken heartis the result of his challenging mission to cycle from England to New Zealand.

Latest news from The Bookseller

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
The newly announced Man Booker longlist has had an enthusiastic reception from booksellers, who say the contest for the prize looks wide open this year.
Man Booker Prize 2016
J M Coetzee, A L Kennedy and Deborah Levy are among the 13 writers in this year's "Man Booker Dozen" competing for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize.
Independent publishers say they are "extremely vulnerable" to the uncertainty caused by Brexit, with currency fluctuations putting pressure on tight margins and forcing many to consider raising the prices of their books.
Steve Smith
Steve Smith, the former president and c.e.o. of John Wiley, has died at the age of 61.
Elsevier's business trends "remain positive", with underlying revenue growth of 2% for the first half of 2016, parent company RELX Group has reported.
Stephen Hawking
Transworld is launching an interactive app for Professor Stephen Hawking’s 1988 book A Brief History of Time, including new updates from its author.
Gemma Cairney
Radio One presenter Gemma Cairney is writing a guide to life for young adults, which will be published by Macmillan Children’s Books in March next year.
Derby city council
Derby city council intends to transfer 11 libraries over to volunteers in a bid to save £648,000 - but campaigners say this is the same as “destroying" them.
Simon & Schuster UK
Simon & Schuster UK has acquired The Neuro Plan, a nutrition and lifestyle plan for helping to prevent Alzheimer’s and building a healthier brain, to be published in spring 2018.
Roger McGough
Simon Armitage and Roger McGough are amongst the line-up for this year’s Winchester Poetry Festival.

The Roundup with PW

Manga at Comic-Con 2016: Pokemon, Titans, Sci-Fi Take Charge
Manga and anime aren't the main focus of Comic-Con, but the show featured an abundance of Japanese pop culture for manga and anime fans including a visit by the Pokemon manga creators, an all-star anthology based on Attack On Titan, and a new edition of a classic work of manga SF.
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James McPherson Dies at 72: James Alan McPherson, the first black writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, died on Wednesday in Iowa City.

How to Host a Potter Reading Party: Plays are meant to be performed. Short of staging a full production, the best option may be to host your very own reader’s theater.

The White Man's Man Booker: There have been signs that U.K. publishing is seeking to embrace writers of color. The Man Booker longlist is not such a sign.

Ladies In the Fictional Workplace: The last two decades have seen a boom in workplace novels written by and mostly marketed to women.

Women Writing Brazil: As the eyes of the world turn to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, PEN America's Glossolalia journal focuses on Brazilian women writers.


From the Guardian:
Happy birthday, Beatrix Potter: the author's legacy 150 years on.
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From the Hollywood Reporter:
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Franchise Is Rebooting with a New Cast.
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From Book Riot:
How to Host a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Reading Party.
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From People:
Curious George Creators' Incredible Escape from Nazi Germany Revealed in New Documentary.
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From the New York Times:
What's Sophie Blackall reading, listening to, and watching these days?
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From Book Riot:
Children's Books Set in the White House.
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From Brightly:
14+ Books for Kids Obsessed with Pokémon Go.
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From the Huffington Post:
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Was Self-Published.
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From Variety:
Oprah Winfrey Joins Adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time.
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From Den of Geek:
Dr. Seuss's Cat Throws His Hat into the Presidential Vat.
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From Lilith:
Children's book editor Susan Rich transformed being "bored in shul" to a lifelong love of words.
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From the Creators Project:
Have a Quiet Adventure Through Carson Ellis' Narrative Illustrations.
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From Mental Floss:
10 Facts About Author Lois Duncan.
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From Romper:
The One Thing You Never Knew About Strega Nona.
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Dubray's 'Refurbished Flagship Shop' in Dublin


Irish bookseller Dubray "has opened the doors to its newly refurbished flagship shop on Dublin's Grafton Street

Best Book at PANZ Book Design Awards a "desirable contemporary classic"

28 July 2016
Media Release

The standout book at the 2016 PANZ Book Design Awards was James K. Baxter: Complete Prose. Shortlisted for Best Cover and Best Typography, it won the Upstart Press Award for Best Non-Illustrated Book for cover designer Spencer Levine, interior designer Fergus Barrowman, and publisher Victoria University Press. James K. Baxter: Complete Prose went on to win the coveted Gerard Reid Award for Best Book sponsored by Nielsen Book against competition from finalists in other categories.

“It is the complete package – an object of beauty that holds the eye and interest, and demands closer attention,” said convening judge Odessa Owens, Programme Leader for the Whitireia Publishing Programme. “The purple ribbons and foiling work in an unlikely – but extremely satisfying – pairing with the buttery three-quarter binding, which holds the gorgeous full-bleed images and tidy internal page layout. The design not only serves the content, it elevates the work of this literary hero, creating a desirable contemporary classic.”

Owens was joined on the judges’ panel by Arch MacDonnell, Founder and Creative Director of Inhouse Design; and Rowan Sommerset, Illustrator and Book Designer for Dreamboat Books. All three judges were singularly impressed by 101 Works of Art, winner of the HarperCollins Publishers Award for Best Cover. “The cover is breath-taking and the unique folding of the dust jacket is genius, revealing triangular details of highlights from the collection. It’s also completely reversible allowing a different composition of alternative images,” said MacDonnell.

The judges appreciated the elegant and skilful design of Have You Seen Elephant?, which won the Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book. “It achieves a sought-after – but not often found – harmony, particularly in the relationship between its illuminated illustrations and restrained, considered handwritten type,” said Sommerset.

The Edify Award for Best Educational Book was won by See What I Can See, which was commended for introducing New Zealand photography to a young audience in a compelling way. MacDonnell noted “the book is brimming with ideas and the design supports the broad spectrum of work presented”.

The four finalists for the 1010 Printing Award for Best Cookbook all had a confident and functional design, but it was the strong voice and sense of place that set the winning title The Game Chef apart. “The Game Chef's design and photography speaks directly – not only to its intended audience, but to the story of the food”, said Sommerset.

Newcomer boutique publisher The Private Three took the PANZ Book Design Awards ceremony by storm, with their book Little Gems winning the Mary Egan Publishing Award for Best Typography for its “joyful and expressive celebration of letterforms and type”. Little Gems went on to win the hotly contested Penguin Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book, one of the most debated by the judges due to the breadth of visually stunning entries. Sommerset commended Little Gems’ “harmonious mosaic of design, illustration and typography”.

The Allen & Unwin Young Designer of the Year Award was also awarded, and this year the recipient was Anna Egan-Reid, announced as the unequivocal winner. Owens was impressed by Egan-Reid’s “skill in dealing with a wide range of texts, images and audiences. May she continue to make books for many years to come.”


28 July 2016
Auckland University Press are delighted to announce the foundation of the Gerrard and Marti Friedlander Creative Lives Series. This series represents an outstanding act of philanthropy by Gerrard and Marti Friedlander, who have contributed so much to the arts in New Zealand over the years. In a world where funding is precarious, this sort of philanthropic support for New Zealand publishing is hugely appreciated.


The Press has now launched the first book in the series, Peter Simpson’s Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch1933–1953.
Press Director Sam Elworthy commented: ‘Publishing first Leonard Bell’s book on Marti Friedlander’s photography and then Marti’s own powerful memoir Self-Portrait, we loved working with Marti and she enjoyed her relationship with the Press. Out of that relationship, we are just thrilled that Gerrard and Marti decided to support a new Creative Lives Series. That support will enable us to create a whole line-up of beautifully produced books that chronicle the creative spirit in this country. Kicking off with Peter Simpson’s Bloomsbury South, we look forward to many great lives and many great books in the years to come.

 Marti & Gerrard Friedlander

Peter Simpson addresses the launch gathering with AUP Publisher Sam Elworthy in background