Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ENCLOSURES 2 by Bill Direen

ENCLOSURES 2 by Bill Direen
190 pp, soft cover 
ISBN: 979-10-91280-04-4 
R.R.P.: $(NZ)24.95.

Part 2 of a 3-part work in progress. This part is in five parts. Its published form is not intended to be seen as definitive.

Enclosures 2 is a collection of fiction, poetry, diary, utopia and zootopia. The partitions of Enclosures 2 take place in France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, in an imaginary future, in a poem, and on a (possibly human) surface. It continues a cross-genre approach favoured in the early novel Nusquama/Utopia Rag, and used in purer form in Enclosures (2008). The opening section 'Europe, New Zealand', contains entries from two decades of living in, and of going between, Europe and New Zealand.

Enclosures 2 is another emblematic cross-genre novel of composite novellas. The enclosures are partitions of real or imaginary places, such as a basement recording studio or a possibly

human, possibly geographical, surface. They are also (cross-) sections of writing. Cut-ups of periods living in and going  between places coexist with bits of a destroyed novel (sequel to Jules, 2003). You will find here a utopian vision of Direen's home town, Christchurch, post-quake, following hard upon a poisoner's auditory hallucination of an unclassifiable music album.

Enclosures 2 spreads the net wide, searching for valid sources while pushing at the limits of genres. 'Valid' applies to the author's productive work as a writer. The author takes it on himself to work independently of existing publishing structures. He is confident about some aspects of the work and diffident about others.

Better known as a musician who brought fictional narrative to insurrectionist rock, Bill Direen's novels reverse the process, bringing his compositional nous to the world  of the book. And yet his novels may be seen as “evolving improvisations over time'.

He lives on the outskirts of Dunedin City, New Zealand. His Enclosures novels use different genres for their effect . They go where the writer's mind goes, into intimate, realistic and imaginary places. They try to describe reality by new means, to understand it, to isolate important issues and to take us towards a better society.

Bill Direen will be touring nationally as musician and writer in October 2016.


PERCUTIO 2016, Number 10

is dedicated to recent explorations by Edward Jenner; edited by Bill Direen

Percutio 2016 contains the fruits of Edward Jenner’s recent researches into Ancient Greek gold leaves and Vanuatu rites. It contains a bilingual edition of existing Ancient Greek inscriptions on gold lamellae and Jenner's own poetic translations, along with a fascinating essay discussing Malakula (Vanuatu) rites of the dead with reference to Virgil's Aeneid and many Greek myths

76 pp, soft cover 
ISSN: 1953-1427 
R.R.P.: $(NZ)20.

Can Books Change the World?

From the NZ Book Council's Blog:

Can Books Change the World?
Books have started entire movements and schools of thought; impacted on society with views on racism, feminism, and individualism; examined politics, economics, and philosophy that have affected government; created characters and stories that have become ingrained in cultures around the globe. Books shape us, and we shape our world.

I can see it started years ago*…
Founder of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, Craig Sisterson, takes a look at fourteen New Zealand crime novels that were too early to have a shot at the Ngaios but may have given our international judging panel something to ponder.

Tickets for the Women's Bookshop 2016 Ladies Litera-Tea on sale now

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Sunday 30 October 1 - 5.30pm
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Tickets $65 (
includes lavish afternoon tea)

We are thrilled with the exciting line-up of authors this year – confirmed so far, in no particular order, are:

Catherine Chidgey with her long-awaited, stunning new novel The Wish Child
Helene Wong with her fascinating experiences of Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
Poet Paula Green taking you on enchanting travels in New York Pocket Book
Marilyn Jessen with creative women in
Her Space: She Sheds, Back Rooms and Kitchen Tables
Dunedin novelist & poet Emma Neale with her sensitive, beautiful new novel Billy Bird
Yael Shocket with gorgeous Mediterranean/Israeli food from her restaurant in Fort St,
Ima Cuisine
Poet Kerrin P Sharpe with her intriguing new collection
Rabbit Rabbit
Lindsey Dawson with her lively historical novel Scarlet & Magenta
Janice Marriott exploring the joys of being a nana or a poppa in Grandparents Talk
and finally - Comedian Urzila Carlson will have you
Rolling with the Punchlines.
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Exciting Author Events in the Shop

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Tuesday 13 September 6pm in the bookshop

The delightful Dick Frizzell has gathered a stunning range of NZ ‘celebrities’ to contribute to his marvellous charity project, Cooking 4 Change: 101 Famous Kiwis Share Their Favourite Recipes.
The aim of his amazing adventure is to make the world a better place through food. All Profits go to: Auckland City Mission, Starship Foundation, Paw Justice, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ. cooking200.jpgFull of fab photos & Dick’s unique design, this is a joyous book.
Can’t cook? This your book! Good cook? This is your book!
Enjoy an entertaining evening listening to Dick’s stories. He’ll be joined by a few of the 101 contributors, including Michele A’Court, Hamish Keith & Urzila Carlson.
We’ll be selling the book at full price on the night ($50) & giving 10% ($5 per book) to one of the charities.

Two Stunning International Guests 
Tuesday 30 August 6pm in the bookshop

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Visiting NZ for the WORD Christchurch Writers Festival – we are delighted to welcome Nadia Hashimi (USA, of Afghan descent) with her new novel A House Without Windows
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and Elizabeth Hay (Canada) with her latest novel His Whole Life.

Both are best-selling, award-winning authors renowned in their own countries & internationally.

Matt Vickers with Lecretia’s Choice:
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Thursday 1 September 6pm in the bookshop

We are honoured to host Matt Vickers, husband of Lecretia Seales, during his brief visit to Auckland. This brave & moving book is the story of his wife, a lawyer diagnosed with a brain tumour who chose to campaign for the rights & dignity of the terminally ill.


Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History

Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History
A Nautical History of the World

Ian Graham

Publication - 1 September 2016,
Exisle Publishing - RRP $34.99

The history of the world really came down to the passage of its most important ships. Here in one beautiful book, timed for Father’s Day, is the very essence of our seaborne evolution.

Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History is more than just a delight for lovers of the sea—it’s a virtual history of the world told through the boats and ships that influenced how and where people lived, with whom they traded, the ideas they exchanged, and how they won and lost the battles that set the course of later generations.

From the Stone Age to the present day, no technology has had a more profound impact on mankind than watercraft. Boats and ships made possible the settlement and conquest of new worlds. They determined the victors of history-changing wars and aided the spread of new philosophies, technologies, and religions. Even today, virtually everything we purchase and consume—from petroleum and consumer electronics to the clothes we wear and much of the food we eat—depends upon seaborne trade.

Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History contains not only maritime marvels from ages past, but also some of the most iconic Australian and New Zealand watercraft. Included are the likes of Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour and Greenpeace’s once flagship Rainbow Warrior. Beautifully illustrated with historic artwork and modern photography, it’s also a guide to how men and women went to sea or down the river in every age and place.

Girt by sea in our island home, this book will have a special resonance for New Zealanders keenly aware of the important role shipping played in our history and continues to play in our future.


Ian Graham was joint winner of the 2012 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize and shortlisted for the 2014 Educational Writers’ Award.

MISTER HAMILTON - new poetry collection from John Dickson

Mister Hamilton by John Dickson
Auckland University Press, $24.99

Mister Hamilton is John Dickson’s first collection of poetry in eighteen years.

For many years I lived in Southland.
In fact, I am from Southland.
Some people say my speech is slow
I say it’s deliberate, just.
And my soul runs dark
like Southland’s slow intestinal rivers
laden with manuka dust.
And my detachment from anything plain.

Descended from a mix of Irish, Scots and English ancestors, John Dickson was born in 1944 at Milton, South Otago. He attended Southland Boys’ High School and the University of Otago. John worked at The Bill Robertson Library in Dunedin for many years, and was Burns Fellow at the University of Otago in 1988.
He is the author of the poetry collections what happened on the way to Oamaru (1986) and sleeper (Auckland University Press, 1998), as well as an audio CD Plain Song (2009). In 2000, John Dickson was the Writer-in-Residence at the University of Waikato. Since 2007, he has worked as a kitchen hand and as an undertaker.

The Roundup with PW

John le Carré: A Most Wanted Author
As the master of the British espionage thriller prepares to release his memoir, we take an infographic look at his dossier.
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A Novelist, Self-Censored: Perumal Murugan's retreated from the public eye after his novel was attacked in his home state—and now he's back.

Redshelf Shakes Up Textbooks: The e-textbook company has raised $4 million to drive new product development.

The Fall Entertainment Generator: An experiment in media suggestions at 'Vulture' will generate reading and watching suggestions.

The Ancient Book Debate: The debate about e-books versus paper books dovetails with a similar debate in ancient Rome.

Neil Gaiman on Why We Read: In a lecture for an English charity, Neil Gaiman makes the case for what books do for the human experience.


Latest News from The Bookseller

Waterstones is set to open a bookshop in the North Yorkshire market town of Yarm this weekend.
Jackie McCann
Jackie McCann, previously editorial director for Campbell Books at Macmillan Children’s Books, is moving to Penguin Random House Children’s to take on the role of publisher at Ladybird.
Nine Arches Press
Independent poetry publisher Nine Arches Press has been awarded a grant of £49,550 from Arts Council England to further develop its business, audiences and publications.
Canelo imprint Abandoned Bookshop is on a quest to locate the surviving relatives of crime author Clifton Robbins as it prepares to republish two of his books which have been out of print for over 80 years.
Igloo Books
IglooBooks, part of Bonnier Publishing, will publish a series of books to accompany the upcoming "Trolls" film from DreamWorks Animation next month.
Francesca Hornak
Little, Brown has acquired two books by journalist Francesca Hornak for a "significant" five-figure sum.

HQ has signed a three-book deal with author Sarah Morgan to continue her From Manhattan with Love series.
School Library Association
Librarians from Devon, Dorset, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Edinburgh are in the running for this year’s School Librarian of the Year Award, given by the School Library Association.
Lesley Nneka Arimah
Tinder Press has acquired a story collection and debut novel from Lesley Nneka Arimah, winner of the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa.

The 'Human Google' at the NYPL

Shelf Awareness

Noting that "in an era of online searches, librarians at the New York Public Library are still the most-trusted source," CBS News reported that at the NYPL's Fifth Avenue branch, "the phones keep ringing for researchers," who have been called the "Human Google."

"One of the number one comments that we get from callers is, 'Thank God I've reached a human being,' " said Rosa Li, who manages the library's Ask Desk. "Even on chat sometimes people will say, 'Is this a robot or a person?' We have to laugh and say, 'I'm a real person.' "

The Ask Desk receives about 300 inquiries a day--via telephone, e-mail, chat and text message. "Facebook, Twitter, and even snail mail queries from New Yorkers and even people from around the world," Li said, adding: "We love the fact that more and more things are online. The computer is a tool for us, so the faster we can find an answer for somebody, the better."

CBS News also asked Li what she is able to discern after answering a question. "Gratitude," she replied. "Also, that moment--that 'A-ha!,' that 'A-ha!' moment is great to listen to. Hearing that joy in their voice. It's almost like a little checkmark goes off and it's like, OK, I've managed to accomplish that!"

Harry Potter 'could stop Donald Trump', says researcher into readers' views


JK Rowling has sung the praises of a recent study which found that reading the Harry Potter books lowers Americans' opinions of Donald Trump.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand



New Zealand publisher Freerange Press is about to launch a new book, Don't Dream It's Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand. The multi-authored book includes a chapter about the history of White Fungus by magazine editor Ron Hanson. The book will be launched this Sunday, August 30 on the closing night of WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.

Don’t Dream It’s Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand explores the changing nature of journalism in New Zealand: as it once was, as it is today, and as we might imagine it working in the future. The contributors include Peter Arnett, Brent Edwards, Mihingarangi Forbes, Toby Morris, Paula Penfold, Nicky Hager, Morgan Godfery, Murdoch Stephens, Simon Wilson, Cate Honoré Brett, Sara Vui-Talitu and many more.

The Flying Doctor - Dave Baldwin

For the first time, Dave Baldwin, known throughout the backcountry as The Flying Doctor, shares his tales from life lived at full-throttle.

From his early years struggling with dyslexia, to graduating from med school, learning to fly and joining the New Zealand Air Force, eventually working in cardiology at Palmerston North Hospital and setting up a general practice in Bulls, Dave’s early life was certainly a life less ordinary.

Dr Dave is no stranger to hard work. He believes that if you work hard doors will open, and he throws himself into everything he does. As well as his general practice, he started the ‘Not-So-Royal Bulls Flying Doctor Service’ for the rural aviation community based at remote airstrips and farms in the backcountry. The Not-So-Royal Bulls Flying Doctor Service performs medicals on pilots around the country to make sure they are fit for flying.

Dr Dave flies all over our beautiful country to provide this service, and while he is at it he combines his two biggest loves (other than wife Sandi and his children) high-country flying and hunting.
Dr Dave calls it like it is. Well-known for his eccentric personality, playful antics and colourful turn of phrase, Dave’s story is highly entertaining and truly unique. Yet it’s not without tragedy Dave lost his best mate and son Marc in a terrible incident where Marc took his own life in the same place they’d shared so many cherished father-son moments.

Dave has always been on a mission to help men’s health. With his Healthy Bastards book released in 2009, he worked hard to try to spread the message to get men to look after themselves and attend regular check-ups. Now after his son’s death he is even more passionate about the Healthy Bastards campaign and is focused on getting men to speak out, seek help and look after their health.
Ministry of Health statistics show that men are at much higher risk of suicide than women. Every year approximately 500 people in New Zealand take their own lives, with many more attempting suicide or experiencing levels of distress that places them at high risk of suicide. In 2011/2012 the recorded suicide rate was 549, with 404 of those men. And that rate is on the rise, with 569 suicides in 2014/2015.

Dr Dave has redefined what it is to be a Healthy Bastard —  it’s not just focusing physical health but also mental and spiritual health.
Full of hunting, hiking, flying and good yarns, this is a celebration of life and loss and what it takes to be a good Kiwi bloke.

A great read for anyone who has loved New Zealand’s wilderness and its wild people, Dave’s writing style has a humorous turn reminiscent of that good keen man of New Zealand humour, Barry Crump. 
Dr Dave is presently focusing his Healthy Bastards campaign on social media (Facebook and YouTube) as a way of getting good health messages to ‘unhealthy bastards’. Not long ago he won a landmark Advertising Standards Authority complaint (along with an appeal) relating to his Healthy Bastards radio advertisements, which has further fuelled his enthusiasm to keep the campaign going.
Dave is also the co-founder of the Healthy Bastards Bush Pilot Champs, that attracts what he calls the real oil of New Zealand, a precision landing, short take-off and landing competition held annually at Omaka Airfield in Blenheim.

Random House NZ - $40.00

New novel lfrom Lyndsey Dawson

In the 1880s, misbehaving wives were asking for trouble. Building a raw Bay of Plenty town was hard enough without free-thinking females upsetting local society. Violet comes to Tauranga from London with a scandalous past and an aching heart. She befriends a kindred spirit, Anna, and catches the eye of footloose Rupert - rival and rowing mate of Anna's husband. In pioneer towns, it doesn't do to speak your mind or seek unseemly delights. Angry words are soon flying in banks and bedrooms, with reputations and marriages at risk. There are secrets to keep and lost loved ones to find. Scarlet and Magenta vividly reveals the trials and pleasures of colonial life and explores the question of what lasts longest - blood ties or friendship.

             About the author:
Lindsey Dawson has written eight other books, including two novels (Lipstick in the Dust and Angel Baby) and four self-help titles. Scarlet and Magenta is her first historical novel. As a magazine editor she created a string of successful titles in New Zealand, including Next, More and Grace, and has also worked in newspapers, radio and television. She has a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NZ Magazine Publishers' Association. As well as writing her own material she enjoys helping others write theirs, offering mentoring, workshops and courses in person and online, and she loves speaking to crowds about stories and ideas. She lives north of Auckland and is currently working on gaining a diploma in art therapy.

OutLoud Press - $35.00


A Road Tiour of American Song Titles

A Road Tour of American Song Titles – From Mendocino to Memphis
by Karl Du Fresne

  Amarillo, Muskogee, San José, Wichita, Galveston ... these American place names are so ingrained in our cultural cache, even here in New Zealand.

   In A Road Tour of American Song Titles – From Mendocino to Memphis, author Karl Du Fresne takes a literal road trip through the towns and cities that feature in some of the most recognisable songs of the last century.

  He asks the question most of us have probably not thought to askwhy are so many songs written about or after places in America? He concludes that it’s three-fold. Firstly, in some cases, it’s as simple as the place name rhyming with a key word in the song titleAmarillo, pillowbut also, that some of the places are really quite off the beaten track and therefore lack the glamour of the classic tourist destinations of say, New York and Los Angeles (and indeed, Du Fresne covers five places in the state of California, none of them the expected pitstops). In fact some of the towns evoke a sense of isolation, decay, desolation which make fantastic material for songs. Thirdly, Du Fresne explains that there’s an “indefinable” mystique to these places, perhaps a kind of romance, even though not all of the songs have happy endings.

   The premise of a road-trip travelogue is not new, but what this book offers differs a little from the usual eating-and-drinking travel extravaganza. The author's research is impeccable and it’s hard not to become absorbed in the depth of this even from the first chapter, “Walking to New Orleans”. Here, as an example of that contextualising of the music, the author covers the influence of French and African culture on this city, and its proximity to the Caribbean too. The surprise fact in all of this is that the rock and roll (or thereabouts) music of Fats Domino pre-dates that of Bill Haley, who is widely accepted as the having performed the first rock and roll song. Du Fresne is also able to describe musical styles and instrumentation in some depth, but if that becomes all too much for a reader, he also describes some of the eateries and local fare and there's plenty of historical referencing too. There's also plenty of biographical detail about the artists.

   Du Fresne has given the book a real emotional centrehe loves these songs. He also hooks into the idea that aspects of American culture, and the lowbrow, anti-intellectual nature of the songs, reveals a really attractive, folksy side of an America that we don’t often see promoted.

   Who would like this book? Certainly, music buffs, or budding ones at least. Music, the writers, and musicians are the core of this work. Secondary to that it would appeal to would-be travellers who were keen to stay out of the main centres. It would also appeal to readers who want a fresh perspective on some of the greatest songs ever written. The overarching tone of the book is 'wide-eyed', as the author drinks in what make these songs tick.

FlaxFlower Review by Katherine Stewart
Title: A Road Tour of American Song Titles – From Mendocino to Memphis
Author: Karl Du Fresne
Publisher: Bateman
ISBN: 978-1-86953-938-2
Available: bookshops