Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
International literary agents to attend October hui for Kiwi writers and illustrators
Two international literary agents, from Australia and USA,
are to attend the Storylines National Children’s
Writers and Illustrators’ Hui, to be held in
Auckland 6-8 October.
Pippa Masson from Curtis Brown in Sydney and Kendra Marcus from Bookstop
Literacy Agency in California.
Trust chair, Dr Libby Limbrick, says that the two literary agents’ five-day
visit to New Zealand is being supported by Creative
New Zealand's Te Manu Ka Tau: Flying Friends international delegates
programme.They will attend the 2 ½ day
Storylines hui in Auckland, later meeting others from publishing and
are highly regarded internationally,’ says Dr Limbrick, ‘notably as specialists
supporting the careers of writers and illustrators of children’s and YA books.
is delighted to be able to offer the Hui participants, who include many leading
and promising New Zealand authors, the chance to meet two experienced agents,
and learn more about the role of literary agents in the international literary
scene, and how agents help to create and maintain a literary career.’
registrations are still open, but only a limited number of places remain,
bookable through www.storylines.org.nz.
Pippa Masson, Sydney
is one of five agents working in Sydney with the leading international literary
agency Curtis Brown, the oldest and largest literary agency in Australia. Their
clients include Nick Earls, Libby Gleeson, Markus Zusak, Tom Kennelly, Andy
Griffiths and several Kiwi authors. Pippa has worked in publishing, principally
at Curtis Brown, for more than ten years. She has appeared at many writers’
festivals in Australia, talking about the role and benefits of agents in
Kendra Marcus, California
Marcus’s Bookstop Literacy Agency includes the very popular Megan McDonald’s
‘Judy Moody’ stories among many other successful books by prominent authors.
Founded by Kendra in 1984, the agency represents authors of picture books
through to young adult fiction.