Monday, October 23, 2017

Ten x Ten : Art at Te Papa

Ten x Ten: Art at Te Papa
Edited by Athol McCredie
Published by Te Papa Press
ISBN: 978-0-9941362-5-1
300 pages, paperback with flaps, $45.00

 Just ahead of the opening of the much-anticipated gallery revamp that will enhance the art experience at Te Papa, an exciting new book by the museum’s press offers a fresh approach to art appreciation.

Ten x Ten invites ten of the institution’s curators to each pick ten of their favourite works from the national collection, and explain why they find the works interesting, resonant or significant. The result is a novel behind-the-scenes look at New Zealand’s national art
collection by those who know these paintings, prints, photographs, applied art objects and sculptures better than most.

 Ten x Ten’s editor, Te Papa Curator Photography Athol McCredie, says the texts are generally more informal and personal than is conventional in collection books. “We hope to make art appreciation less of a mystery and to allow viewers to connect with work by
seeing it through the eyes of curators, handing them the confidence to reflect on their own responses in turn.”

Striking images of the curators were photographed for the book in the museum’s art stores by highly regarded portrait photographer Jane Ussher. Their commentaries are accompanied by reproductions of the works, roughly sequenced by the period of history covered by their portfolio. Balancing New Zealand and international art, the selection covers a vast time period, from a circa 1300 BC finger ring gifted to the Dominion Museum by the Egypt Exploration Society, through to one of the central works from

Simon Denny’s 2015 Venice Biennale project.

Full biographical details on each artist, from the instantly recognisable to the lesser known, are included at the back of the book, making it an excellent resource for art history students.

When it opens in March 2018, Toi Art, the new gallery at Te Papa, will increase the amount of space dedicated to art by 35 percent. McCredie says Ten x Ten, along with new forms of digital access, will complement the expansion of exhibition space, offering increased ways of showcasing and engaging with Te Papa’s collections.

 “The thrust of the renewal is not only to show more of the collections but also to make art accessible to as broad a spectrum of the public as possible,” he says. “This book works in parallel, aiming to draw back the intimidating screen of anonymous authority that tends to surround museum exhibitions and publications.”


Athol McCredie is Curator Photography at Te Papa, where he has worked since 2001. Prior to that he was curator and acting director at Manawatu Art Gallery (now Te Manawa), and he has been involved with photography as an author, researcher, curator and photographer since the 1970s. His most recent book, New Zealand Photography Collected (Te Papa Press), was shortlisted for the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.


Charlotte Davy – Head of Art; Mark Stocker – Historical International Art; Rebecca Rice – Historical New Zealand Art; Lissa Mitchell – Historical Photography; Chelsea Nichols – Modern Art; Justine Olsen – Decorative Art & Design; Megan Tamati-Quennell – Modern & Contemporary Māori & Indigenous Art; Athol McCredie – Photography; Nina Tonga – Pacific Art; Sarah Farrar – Contemporary Art

Poetry Collection Launch Invitation

Otago University Press warmly invites you to celebrate the launch of   Surrender, a new collection of poetry by Janet Charman.

When: Friday 10 November, 7.15–7.45 pm

Where: Ellen Melville Centre, Freyberg Place, Auckland City

Please RSVP to 

This event is kindly supported by the New Zealand Poetry Conference and Festival 2017.

Big Pacific

Big Pacific
An incredible journey of
exploration and revelation

Rebecca Tansley

Publication date: 16 October 2017, rrp: $59.99,
978 186953 963 4, hardback 235 x 292 mm, 240 pp
Full colour illustrations throughout. Bateman.

The companion book to the spectacular National History NZ-produced four-part series to screen on Prime Television.
It crosses boundaries between land and sea to present the Pacific Ocean, its many wild and wondrous inhabitants, and the people who live on and around it as you’ve never seen them before.

The Pacific Ocean covers one-third of Earth’s surface — greater than all of the planet’s landmasses combined. It contains half of the world’s water, hides its deepest places, and is home to some of the most dazzling creatures known to science. Illustrated in full colour throughout, Big Pacific blends a wealth of stunning Ultra HD images with spellbinding storytelling to take you into a realm teeming with exotic life yet rarely witnessed up close — until now. Providing an unparalleled look at a diverse range of species, locations, and natural phenomena, Big Pacific is truly an epic excursion to one of the world’s last great frontiers.

Rebecca Tansley is a New Zealand-based writer and director with a strong interest in the marine world. She has written several internationally published books and her feature documentary film, Crossing Rachmaninoff, screened at film festivals around the world.

Natural History New Zealand (NHNZ) makes ground-breaking factual television about people, nature, adventure, history and science for global broadcasters, .

Main features:

  • companion book to the spectacular Natural History NZ-produced four-part Prime TV series
  • illustrated in full colour with stunning Ultra HD images from the television series
  • spellbinding storytelling of a realm teeming with exotic life, rarely seen up close
  • a window on some of the wonders of the Pacific Ocean and the interactions people have with it
  • it looks at the Pacific in the context of what’s happening today, the longstanding interactions with people and the much greater impact people are having on the Pacific today
  • as New Zealanders, we live in the middle of the Pacific, we play on the Pacific, we holiday around it, we harvest its bounty and sometimes we abuse it

BATEMAN :  RRP: $59.99 | OCTOBER 2017s

How to pack for the perfect bookish vacation

October 19, 2017
Taylor Noel


How to Pack for the Perfect Bookish Vacation
My best friend and I have a running bit about packing for vacation. Whenever one of us asks how many books to pack, the other says to keep adding books until you’re physically unable to lift your suitcase. We say this in jest, but there is an embarrassing degree of truth to our approach. Every time I go on vacation, I end up lugging way too many books along and still neglect to bring that perfect combination of genres to satiate my literary appetite on any given day. But not this time. This time I have a plan. This time I’m making a list of bookish packing guidelines guaranteed to work for any vacation. Here goes.


The Roundup with PW

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Lit Pubs Get Mixed Diversity Reviews: A new survey finds male writers substantially outnumbering women in literaery outlets such as the 'Atlantic' and the 'Paris Review.'

Emma Cline on Harassment in Publishing: The author of 'The Girls,' a novel about gendered violence, recounts her harassment and assault in the book industry.

NYC Courts Amazon: Every public landmark and venue in the city was lit orange last night in an effort to woo the e-tailer to set up shop in the Big Apple.

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Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Daniel Nayeri, Nathalie Le Du, and Colleen AF Venable are leaving Workman Children's to start a new imprint at Macmillan Children's. They will serve as publisher, editorial director, and creative director, respectively. Nayeri says, "Our new imprint will be a collaboration of makers in the communal pursuit of creating art objects for great and terrible children." (That line, which sounds cute but doesn't actually mean anything, is a direct repeat of what he said when he joined Workman in 2013 -- though at the time, he said it in both English and French.) He will report to Macmillan Children's president and publisher Jon Yaged, with Le Du and Venable reporting to him.

Kara Cesare has been promoted to vice president, editorial director for Ballantine Bantam Dell.

Erin Crum has been promoted to senior vice president of corporate communications at HarperCollins and joins the global executive committee.

Sarah Bedingfield has been promoted to agent at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.

Carel Halff will take over as CEO of Luebbe in Germany. He was chairman, managing director and general manager at Weltbild, and is on the board of Ravensburger.

At Putnam, Katie McKee has been promoted to executive publicity manager.

Kathleen Scheibling has been promoted to executive editor for Harlequin.

America's Test Kitchen and Sourcebooks are partnering to develop and publish a line of co-branded books for kids of all ages. America's Test Kitchen Kids will launch in fall 2018, and expects to publish 6 to 10 titles a year. Chief creative officer at America's Test Kitchen Jack Bishop and editorial director for children's nonfiction at Sourcebooks Kelly Barrales-Saylor will lead the creative teams. The books aim to "create new ways for children to connect with food, from baby's first foods and STEM-based picture books, to cookbooks that bring the test kitchen experience to kids of all ages."

Mission to Motherhood

Mission To Motherhood
by Amira Mikhail

The desire for motherhood is a very strong emotion in the majority of women. It is innate and part of the desire to procreate thus ensuring the survival of the species. That’s just the way it is and as it was for our author Amira Mikhail.
   Mikhail was suffering from endometriosis at the top end of the scale and as she grew older she was confronted with many obstacles and problems that were making her end goal, the desire for motherhood, more and more difficult to accomplish.

    As each problem arose the author faced up to them with intelligence, determination and good sound medical knowledge.
 Through Mission to Motherhood we accompany her through her journey of the horrors of fibroids causing massive blood loss and accompanying problems: the pain of endometriosis, and a miscarriage at 12 weeks.
   The book then leads us through the emotional highs and lows of IVF and finally surrogacy. This story has a happy ending but one can’t help being moved as we read about her miscarriage and the difficulties of her first surrogacy attempt.

    As a retired Registered Nurse with a vast amount of experience in the gynaecological area I have witnessed the agony of miscarriage, prenatal deaths, and endometriosis, and so had an excellent understanding of the medical terminology used throughout the narrative; and I could appreciate the emotional roller coaster that is felt by women, and their suffering, during these times. There were occasions when I was moved to tears at the raw emotions that were experienced by the author – but, as I have said, this story has a happy ending and the delight of the happy parents and the extended family is obvious at all.

    The book is well written and could be used as a textbook for those who are considering surrogacy as it gives in great detail the emotional and legal ramifications for those who are embarking on this journey.
  I wish this delightful family every happiness and thank them for sharing their story through the pages of Mission to Motherhood.

Flaxflower Review by Merilyn Mary
Title: Mission To Motherhood
Author: Amira Mikhail
Publisher: Calico Publishing
ISBN: 978 1877429 20 0
RRP: $40
Available: bookshops

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