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.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
What's New at Massey University Press
Happy New Year Ngā mihi o te Tau Hou. Welcome to our first
newsletter of 2019, featuring a peek at our February and March titles — a
strong and exciting line-up of books to kick-start the year.
50 Years Young: A history of the Young
Farmer of the Year
The Young Farmer of the Year has tested the knowledge and
skills of rural men and women for 50 years. In this lively
book winners, finalists and organisers share the history of rural
New Zealand’s most prestigious competition, dubbed ‘the challenge second
only to the land’.
The 10 Question Q & A with 50 Years Young author Kate Taylor — read it here.
Auckland Architecture: A walking guide
In this handy pocket guide, well-known architecture writer
John Walsh teams up with architectural photographer Patrick Reynolds to
offer a self-guided walking tour of 50 significant Auckland buildings,
from the Victorian era to the brand new, including the Northern
Club, West Plaza and Ironbank. The sparkling and informative text is
accompanied by maps for each of the six routes.
The 10 Question Q & A with John Walsh — read it here.
COMING IN MARCH
Hazel and the Snails
Six-year-old Hazel tends her colony of shoebox snails
while observing, with varying degrees of understanding, her father’s
illness and final decline. Impending loss forms the heart of this story,
but it’s charming and funny, too. Richly rewarding and cleverly layered,
adults will be as drawn to it as children; seldom has the world of a
young child been so delicately or acutely observed. Hazel and the Snails
takes you straight to the heart of childhood’s mysteries and delights.
The 10 Question Q & A with Nan Blanchard — read it here.
John Scott Works
This handsome book is a rich and loving tribute to the
work and cultural significance of one of New Zealand’s most influential
but least well-documented architects, John Scott (1924–1992). Over 40
projects, from Scott’s famous Futuna Chapel and the Werry House to the
Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre and the Martin House, are beautifully
photographed by David Straight. With essays by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins,
Hana Scott, Bill McKay and Julia Gatley, and Gregory O’Brien.
The 10 Question Q & A with David Straight — read it here.
Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2019
Poetry New Zealand, this country’s longest-running poetry
magazine, showcases new writing from New Zealand and overseas and
presents the work of both talented newcomers and established voices.
Issue #53 features 130 new poems — including work by this year’s featured
poet, Stephanie Christie — essays, and reviews of 30 new poetry
The 10 Question Q & A with Poetry New Zealand Yearbook editor Jack Ross — read it here.
New Year Honours
Congratulations to Massey University Press author Professor Peter Lineham, whose Sunday
Best: How the Church Shaped New Zealand and New Zealand shaped the Church
was published in 2017. We are thrilled that so many from the literature
sector were also acknowledged: novelist and short story writer Dr Paula Morris; owner of The
Women’s Bookshop Carole Beu; current New Zealand Poet Laureate Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh, and former National President of PEN Rosemary Wildblood.
Public Lending Right
A note to all our authors to register for the Public
Lending Right. Registration is available here
and closes 1 March 2019.