Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mentorships announced


 24 March 2017

2017 Mentorships' announced for writers and graphic novelists 

Recipients have been selected for the New Zealand Society of Authors Mentorship Programme 2017 with fourteen chosen from a pool of sixty-four applicants. With a high level of commitment shown by the applicants and a wide variety of fascinating projects the judges had quite a task making their selection.

The mentees of 2017 are a dedicated group of emerging writers who cover a diversity of genres including creative non fiction, suspense/crime, literary fiction, speculative SF, children's fiction, poetry, memoir, contemporary fiction, steampunk/fantasy and graphic novel.

Writers are able to create stories anywhere as proven by the widespread locations of our 2017 mentees - Whangarei, Auckland, Carterton, Havelock North, Waikanae, Porirua, Wellington and Christchurch, with one writer calling Falease’ela in Samoa home and another spending many of her days at sea.

The 2017 recipients are: Helen Caldwell, Paul Chapman, Makyla Curtis, Michelle Elvy, Joy Fu, Rachel Honey, Caoimhe McKeogh, Nadine Millar, Wendy Nolan, Alex Stone, Judith Stanley, Simon Thomas, Jane Va’afusuaga, and Gareth Ward. They will spend the remainder of 2017 honing their skills and developing their craft under the mentorship of some of New Zealand’s finest professional authors and comic / graphic novelists.

Selection panel convener Philippa Werry commented that “the successful writer's projects were well thought out and had creative merit with a few showing astonishing originality".

Mentorships are offered by the NZSA every year with the intent of fostering and developing emerging writers with the support of established practitioners. The NZSA has run a highly successful mentoring programme for writers since 1999 and it is supported by funding from Creative New Zealand.
Pictures and short bios of our 2017 mentees.

The Roundup with PW

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'1984' and 'The Handmaid's Tale' Get Hardcover Reissues
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish new hardcover editions of the classic dystopian novels next month. The move is an attempt to capitalize on the cultural zeitgeist, as well as a recent surge in sales.
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New Bill Would Let Trump Pick the Next Register of Copyrights
A bill introduced this week would move the authority to appoint the Register from the Librarian of Congress to the president. In a statement, the Library Copyright Alliance urged Congress to reject the bill.
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'The Handmaid's Tale' Readies for Hulu: The full trailer for Hulu's television adaptation of the novel shows the rise of Margaret Atwood's dystopia.

Beat Poet Joanne Kyger Dies at 82: Kyger, a poet of the San Francisco Renaissance and a rare female voice of the male-dominated Beat generation, died at home on March 22.

Patti Smith's Poetic New Home: Smith has bought the reconstructed home of one of France's most beloved poets, in a hamlet with a population of 90.

Political Book in Poster Form: A Yale scholar’s how-to guide for resisting authoritarianism is about to be released as a series of posters on London’s streets.

Hachette U.K.'s Future Bookshelf: Hachette UK has launched a new diversity initiative, a creative writing hub called The Future Bookshelf.


BolognaFiere launches a new copyright trade show in New York

BolognaFiere launches a new copyright trade show in New York 

The new event, scheduled for June 2018, will include publishers and agents; official announcement at the Bologna Children's Book Fair (3-6 April)

BolognaFiere S.p.A, owner and organizer of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, will make an official announcement at its fair, April 3-6, 2017, that it will create a new professional trade show dedicated to publishing and international rights and licensing scheduled for June 2018 in New York.

At that time it will also announce key strategic partners creating a truly global event that will include publishers and agents. Franco Boni, president of BolognaFiere, says "New York is the hub of publishing in the U.S. and is the obvious choice to hold our first event"

BolognaFiere S.p.A. is a leading European exhibition organizer, with over 75 events. As a world leader in trade shows across a number of different sectors - including art, children's publishing, cosmetics, construction and design - BolognaFiere has developed a cutting edge portfolio of international exhibitions in key Russian, North America and Asia markets including China with 8 exhibitions already established.

Bologna Children's Book Fair is the most important professional trade show dedicated to publishing and content for kids. This upcoming edition in 2017 (3-6 April) will host 1,300 exhibitors from 75 countries.

Bologna, 21st March 2017

Reading Carrie Fisher’s Last Memoir

Off the Shelf
By Kerry Fiallo    |   Friday, March 24, 2017
There are certain characters that are so ubiquitous that it’s hard to imagine our lives without them. Princess Leia is one such character for me.
To avoid this review becoming a diatribe of Leia’s significance in my life, I will simply say that there has been no character that has inspired, strengthened, and just plain wowed me as Princess Leia has. READ MORE

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Inside Mirriam-Webster’s Version Of The 21st Century Dictionary


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How English Has Created A New Caste System In India

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Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

At Chronicle Books, Viniita Moran has been promoted to senior web manager. Alina Buevich has been promoted to designer of marketing communications.


The New York Public Library announced the five finalists for the Young Lions Fiction Award:

Clare Beams,
We Show What We have Learned (Lookout Books)
Brit Bennett, The Mothers (Riverhead)
Kaitlyn Greenidge, We Love You Charlie Freeman (Algonquin)
Nicole Dennis-Benn, Here Comes the Sun (Liveright)
Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs (Penguin)

winners of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards are:
Fiction: Peter Ho Davies, The Fortunes (HMH)
Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs (Penguin)
Nonfiction: Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures (Morrow)
Poetry: Tyehimba Jess,
Olio (Wave Books)
Lifetime Achievement: Isabel Allende

Friday, March 24, 2017

Unity Books Wellington Book Launch Invitation


Join Unity Books & Victoria University Press for the launch of
The Chiming Blue: New & Selected Poems
by Marilyn Duckworth

In-store at Unity Books
Thursday 6th April, 6-7:30pm
57 Willis Street
You love the secret hush of trees.
Sleep soundly when the weather’s warm.
And in your wondering gaze I see again
your lovely rage at being born.

—‘For Amelia Fleur’

These new and selected poems by critically acclaimed novelist and short-story writer Marilyn Duckworth meditate with wit and warmth on love, memory, the writing life, and disorder. This is Duckworth’s first poetry collection since Other Lovers’ Children, published in 1975.

William O’Rourke Clarifies: What I Meant By “Fatal Lack Of Talent”


Let us be reasonable here. I am too old and have published too much to be thought ignorant enough not to be aware of the objections put forward by the miffed 13. But, I contend, writers who publish are always writing at the top of their form. No one writes down. It’s difficult, almost impossible. Writers cursed with too much “talent” are unable to stoop to conquer.

Publishers Lunch


Today's Meal

The Whiting Awards were announced in a ceremony Wednesday evening. The ten winners of the $50,000 prize are:

Jen Beagin (Pretend I’m Dead, Triquarterly Books)
Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman, Algonquin)
Lisa Halliday (Asymmetry, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in 2018)
Tony Tulathimutte (Private Citizens, Morrow)

Francisco Cantú (The Line Becomes a River, forthcoming from Riverhead in 2018)

Simone White (Of Being Dispersed, Futurepoem)
Phillip B. Williams (Thief in the Interior, Alice James Books)

Clarence Coo
James Ijames
Clare Barron

In People news, Allison Devlin will join F+W Media as vp, director of sales and marketing for books on April 10, based in New York and reporting to ceo Tom Beusse. Most recently she was associate publisher, director of marketing at Time Inc Books, after working at Running Press and Potter Craft/Watson Guptill.