Tuesday, March 19, 2019

NZ Booklovers Awards Winners Announced

18 March 2019
NZ Booklovers Awards 2019 Winners Announced
Fiona Kidman, Jo Seagar and Kimberly Andrews are winners in the inaugural NZ Booklovers Awards announced today.

‘These are books that all families in New Zealand will enjoy,’ says NZ Booklovers Director Karen McMillan. ‘Between the three winners, there is a novel that is an excellent piece of storytelling that takes the reader back in time to New Zealand in the 1950s, a lifestyle book that will be used repeatedly for family celebrations, and a children’s book that is likely to become a favourite and foster a love of reading.’

This Mortal Boy by Fiona wins the NZ Booklovers Award for Best Adult Fiction Book 2019.

The judges say, ‘This novel is a portrayal of a real event in New Zealand, one of the last times the death penalty was invoked. Set in the 1950s, the social climate of the time is beautifully portrayed – conservative, prejudiced against immigrants, and suffering from an upsurge in juvenile delinquency. It is very easy to engage with the characters, especially the central figure, Arthur Black. In 1950s Auckland Arthur’s unfortunate liaisons lead him to a situation which gets out of control. Is he a victim of prejudice and a miscarriage of justice? A well-crafted story that perfectly fits our brief of a book that celebrates the best in storytelling, a book we couldn’t put down.’

Better than a Bought One by Jo Seagar wins the NZ Booklovers Award for Best Lifestyle Book 2019.

The judges say, ‘Better than a Bought One is not a regular recipe book – it is a valuable addition to any Kiwi home! This is New Zealand’s beloved cook Jo Seagar’s best book yet. Sharing her love of entertaining, Jo inspires readers to celebrate life’s milestones at home. Her focus is on easy, economical ideas to mark everything from birthdays, backyard weddings, baby showers and other life celebrations to Matariki and a casual Kiwi Christmas. Jo deftly shows readers how to create special occasions with minimal effort and maximum impact. Jo’s trademark writing is accompanied by intoxicating photography that ensures readers will repeatedly refer to the book for memorable ideas. A highly pleasurable read that hits our criteria of a book that enriches people’s everyday lives.’

Puffin the Architect by Kimberly Andrews wins the NZ Booklovers Award for Best Children’s Book 2019.

The judges say, ‘As Puffin the Architect leads her difficult-to-please clients through her past designs – the homes she has planned for Platypus the Baker, Painter Goose and Pilot Moose, amongst others – they see and hear about her wonderful creations, but none are right for them. What is required is a cottage specifically designed for puffins, and “a home built by the sea” is underway. A detail with special appeal that comes at the end of the story is that the architect is their mum. Cleverly written in verse and with wonderfully detailed illustrations, this is a great read-aloud book and one that children will also enjoy reading alone for both the intricacies of the drawings and the ideas of planning a “custom-built” house. A picture book which can be read over many times and used as a creative discussion point for children’s own choices about house designs, Puffin the Architect has a richness, depth and complexity of concepts that will appeal to kids over a wide range of ages.’
Entries for the NZ Booklovers Awards 2020 are already open at www.nzbooklovers.co.nz/awards
‘We are passionate about supporting the many talented authors we have in New Zealand, so we are delighted to be offering the NZ Booklovers Awards for a second year,’ says Karen McMillan. ‘We welcome traditionally published authors and self-published authors to submit their books throughout the year. This year we were delighted to see a mix of well-known names and new talent and trust we will see a similar variety for the 2020 Awards.’

The Best Adult Fiction Book Award is judged by writer and literary editor Marcus Hobson, publishing professional Rachel White, and NZ Booklovers Director and author Karen McMillan.

The Best Lifestyle Book Award is judged by journalist and author Andrea Molloy, NZ Booklovers Director and author Karen McMillan, and publisher, home renovator and foodie Iain McKenzie.

The Best Children’s Book Award is judged by author and creative writing teacher Paddy Richardson, editor and writer Heidi North, and early childhood kaiako and journalist Rebekah Fraser.

About NZ Booklovers
NZ Booklovers is an online home for books and for those who enjoy reading them. It is a bookworms’ hub, dedicated to bringing New Zealanders everything they need to know about reading and the world of literature. Working alongside publishers, NZ Booklovers showcases both New Zealand and international titles. It provides a platform for sharing articles, author interviews, reviews, and book-related stories, as well as book news, competitions, and reading and writing advice.

Director Karen McMillan heads up a talented team of contributors and reviewers, fellow readers and writers who are passionate about books and who believe books inspire and enhance people’s lives. The NZ Booklovers Awards are the brainchild of Karen McMillan, with the aim of supporting the local publishing community and New Zealand authors.








For more information, interviews or book covers, please contact NZ Booklovers Director Karen McMillan, 027 693 9044, karen_m@xtra.co.nz, www.nzbooklovers.co.nz


For the Love of Books: Collectors and Collections


Q. What constitutes Special Collections?

A. The entire book and manuscript collection within Special Collections, University of Otago Library, numbers some 28,000 items. The topics and formats are wide, ranging from medieval manuscripts, early printed pre-1501 books, and 18th century travel accounts, to scientific expedition reports, pulp and science fiction, and limited edition private press publications. Some of the books and manuscripts have been generously gifted to Special Collections; some have been made on site; others have been purchased over time. 


For the Love of Books: Collectors and Collections is an exhibition that offers a very selective overview of all the types of materials within Special Collections. It highlights the type of books amassed by collectors such as Willi Fels, Esmond de Beer, Charles Brasch, and the Rev. William Arderne Shoults, as well as those discrete collections such as the Scientific Expedition Reports, and the Pulp Fiction Collection. In essence, the exhibition is a taster. A brief but illuminating glimpse into what makes up Special Collections. And in 2019, on the sesquicentennial (150 years) celebrations of the establishment of the University of Otago, it is fitting to acknowledge the generosity of both past and recent benefactors to Special Collections. Importantly, we encourage use, and it is pleasing to acknowledge that the different collections that form Special Collections are used regularly by students and staff of the University, by national and international scholars, and by individuals from the wider community.


Special Collections is a treasure trove, and the books and manuscripts on display highlight just some of the delights that are in Special Collections. There are some real strengths; others tantalise. Collectors and collections represented include the John Evelyn and John Locke Collections amassed by Esmond de Beer; the Italian books collected by Willi Fels; the Charles Brasch Collection of some 7,200 books; the ecclesiastical books owned by the Rev.William Arderne Shoults; the James Hogg Collection from the Gilkison family; the Truby King ‘Melrose’ Library; Professor Fastier’s Science Fiction, and Hal Salive’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Collections. And much, much more. All are welcome.

A great library contains the diary of the human race. - G. Dawson

Exhibition Times: 22 March to 14 June 2019

Venue: de Beer Gallery, Special Collections, 1st floor, Central Library, University of Otago

Hours: 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday


For further information, contact Dr Donald Kerr (Donald.kerr@otago.ac.nz; or Romilly Smith (Romilly.Smith@otago.ac.nz)

Phone: 03-479-8330

Illustrations can be supplied for media purposes

Leading military historian seeks photographs from WW2

Professor of War Studies, Glyn Harper, is compiling a major book that brings together images of New Zealanders in the Second World War. It will be a sequel to his highly regarded Images of War (HarperCollins NZ), which brought together almost 1000 photographs of New Zealanders in the First World War and was published in 2008.
This book will also be based on the archives of the armed forces and other institutions. While compiling the previous book, Professor Harper was amazed at the quality and quantity of photos in private collections, and he is keen to explore what might be available for this new publication.
Glyn Harper is Professor of War Studies at Massey University and Massey Project Manager of the New Zealand and the First World War Centenary History Project.

If you have images in reasonable condition, either as prints or in digital format of New Zealanders in the Second World War, and with relevant information about the photographs, please contact Professor Harper at G.J.Harper@massey.ac.nz.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

5 Must -Read Novels About Blended Families

March 12, 2019
Bonnie Kistler


5 Must-Read Novels About Blended Families
My new novel HOUSE ON FIRE is about a perfectly blended family—Leigh and Pete and their five combined children, aged ten to twenty. They all get along like a house on—well, you know the expression. Until one rainy night, when a teenage party followed by a road accident leaves Leigh’s daughter dead and Pete’s son charged with vehicular manslaughter. Instantly the fault lines open up and the foundation of their perfectly blended family crumbles. Novelists have long plowed fertile fields when it comes to complicated family situations. Those fields can be even more fertile in a blended family. To (badly) paraphrase Tolstoy, all blended families are happy and unhappy in their own way. Here’s a sampling of some of the many novels that have treated this subject.

Publishers Lunch

Thames & Hudson's publishing director Sophy Thompson will be promoted to ceo and publisher as of April 12, when Rolf Grisebach departs.

Anne Speyer has been promoted to senior editor at Ballantine Bantam Dell.

Nichole Argyres has been promoted to senior publishing manager, St. Martin's publishing group.

At Tom Doherty Associates, Megan Barnard has been promoted to adpromo assistant creative director; Julia Bergen has been promoted to adpromo associate marketing manager; and Kristin Temple has been promoted to assistant editor.

Maria Gomez has been promoted to executive editor at Montlake Romance.

At Chronicle Books, Aubrey Rojas has joined as social media manager, adult trade. Previously, she worked in integrated marketing at Gymboree. Julia Patrick has been promoted to editor, entertainment, and Sahara Clement has been promoted to assistant editor, entertainment.

The Book Industry Study Group has nominated Andrew Savikas of getAbstract US to serve as chair, starting July 1. Also nominated for two-year board positions are: Andrea Fleck-Nisbet, Ingram Content Group; David Hetherington, knk Software; Dan Kok, Crossway; Kempton Mooney, NPD Group; and Patricia Simoes, Rakuten Kobo.

Micawber's Books in St. Paul is closing for good on April 14, after owner Tom Bielenberg slipped on ice and badly injured himself. Bielenberg, who has owned the bookstore since 2003, broke his pelvis and two ribs and dislocated several vertebrae, and will need months of rehab. He said, "I'm realizing it's a long haul. I can't just not take in money for three or four months. People volunteering is great, but it would be hard to put together."

Hopkins Fulfillment Services will distribute Central European University Press starting in April.

NewSouth Books will be Independent Publishers Group's trade distribution partner in Australia starting August 1. Also at IPG, Trafalgar Square Publishing will begin distributing Koenemann in April, and Ice House Books, Muswell Press, and Pan Macmillan Australia in July.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Annual Young Enterprise Donation Appeal

It's the annual Young Enterprise Donation Appeal and on behalf of our Chairman Norm Thompson, CEO Terry Shubkin and myself, I would like to ask for your support.  

 You might not know that the organisation behind the NZ Business Hall of Fame is a charity called Young Enterprise (YES). Our "day job" is working with high school students to get them excited about business and enterprise. 

We are completely reliant on donations and sponsorship to fund the work we do with secondary students across all of New Zealand.  Any help you can give would be appreciated.

By donating you'll be supporting the next generation of young leaders, disruptors and changemakers.  Like the young students you saw speaking on the night.

Thank you in advance for considering us in your annual giving plans.

As a registered charity, any donation you make is tax deductible.


Jaime Hayden
Head of Partnerships
022 509 1791
Level 2, iPayroll House, 93 Boulcott St
PO Box 25 525, Wellington 6140

Hudson & Hall:s:The food of love - shorlisted

Otago University Press is proud to have Hudson and Halls: The food of love by Joanne Drayton as a finalist for the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, say OUP co-publishers Rachel Scott and Vanessa Manhire.

Hudson and Halls: The food of love is a riveting account of the legendary New Zealand TV chefs in 1970s and 1980s, a groundbreaking gay duo in a socially conservative era, by an internationally acclaimed author.

The book was launched in Auckland last year by chef, restaurateur and writer Peter Gordon.

Hudson and Halls is described as an ‘engaging, fast-paced and moving account’ and ‘a valuable and very welcome addition to New Zealand’s cultural history and gay history’ by Chris Brickell, award-winning author of Mates and Lovers: A history of gay New Zealand (Random House, 2008).

Joanne Drayton is author of New York Times bestseller The Search for Anne Perry (2014), which was a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards, the subject of a 60 Minutes documentary, and a cover story in the New Zealand Listener.

Her critically acclaimed Ngaio Marsh: Her life in crime (2008) was a Christmas pick in the UK’s Independent newspaper in 2009. Joanne has written three other groundbreaking biographies. In 2007 she was awarded a National Library Fellowship, and in 2017 she received a prestigious Logan Nonfiction Fellowship at the Carey Institute in Upstate New York. She lives in Auckland with her partner and three cats.

The winners of the 2019 Ockham Book Awards will be announced on 14 May at the Auckland Writers Festival.

Victoria University Press dominates book awards

Victoria University Press (VUP) titles dominate the list of finalists for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, announced today.

 Titles by VUP authors make up half of the total shortlist, with a mix of debut writers and some of New Zealand’s finest established writers.

Victoria University of Wellington Emeritus Professor Vincent O’Sullivan and International Institute of Modern Letters Master of Creative Writing teacher Kate Duignan both have novels shortlisted for the Acorn Foundation Prize—the top prize worth $53,000.

The shortlist for the Poetry Award consists entirely of VUP titles: There’s No Place Like Internet in Springtime by Christchurch-based poet Erik Kennedy, Are Friends Electric? by Helen Heath, The Facts by Therese Lloyd and Poūkahangatus by Tayi Tibble.

Tayi Tibble’s debut Poūkahangatus has received popular and critical praise since its release last year. Tibble says the response to her work encouraged her as a writer and as a young wahine Māori. “The recognition of Poūkahangatus also acknowledges the lives and experiences of the women who came before me, so being shortlisted is very significant to me in that sense.”

 Maurice Gee’s memoir, Memory Pieces, and debut memoir by Chessie Henry, We Can Make a Life, are up for the General Non-Fiction Prize.

Henry’s memoir traces the aftermath of the Christchurch and Kaikōura earthquakes, both of which affected her family. “There are so many writers across all of the categories that I'm absolutely in awe of ... it’s totally beyond what I ever would have expected for my first book,” she says.

VUP publisher Fergus Barrowman says he is thrilled by today’s announcement. “To have debut authors like Chessie and Tayi alongside New Zealand’s finest established writers like Vincent and Maurice as finalists is a great illustration of the robust health of New Zealand writing, and exactly where VUP wants to be in that picture.”

The winners of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Auckland on Tuesday 14 May.