Sunday, August 20, 2017

Arts Journal - Words

What Should We Do With Books We Just Don’t Understand?

What Should We Do With Books We Just Don’t Understand?
Could the book that initially seems plain wrong to us be precisely the one that allows us to understand something new about other people?

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Read the story at New York Review of Books Published: 08.17.17

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Off the Shelf

Why A GAME OF THRONES Fans Should Read Beyond the First Book
"Game of Thrones," the hit HBO show that everyone has been talking about for years, is based on George R. R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Of the seven planned novels, five are currently published. It’s arguably the greatest fantasy series of the century so far. However, many readers stop after the first book, A GAME OF THRONES. I just want to let you know that this is a huge mistake!

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal
Pauline Riccius has joined HarperCollins Nordic in the newly created position of sales director starting October 2. She is currently sales and marketing director and deputy ceo for Verbum.

Laura Leichum has been hired as the University of Chicago Press's first director of intellectual property. Most recently she was digital publishing & rights manager and intellectual property manager at Georgetown University Press.

Former publishing director at HarperCollins in Australia and New Zealand, and recently book scout for Lingo Pictures, Shona Martyn has
returned to Fairfax Media as editor of the Sydney Morning Herald's Spectrum magazine.

Sixteen of the 17 members of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities -- including novelist Jhumpa Lahiri -- resigned Friday in a letter to Trump: "The false equivalencies you push cannot stand.... Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions." George C. Wolfe is the only committee member who did not sign the letter.
Separately, authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman posted a letter "to our fellow Jews" on Medium:
"First he went after immigrants, the poor, Muslims, trans people and people of color, and you did nothing. You contributed to his campaign, you voted for him. You accepted positions on his staff and his councils. You entered into negotiations, cut deals, made contracts with him and his government. Now he's coming after you. The question is: what are you going to do about it? If you don't feel, or can't show, any concern, pain or understanding for the persecution and demonization of others, at least show a little self-interest. At least show a little sechel. At the very least, show a little self-respect. To Steven Mnuchin, Gary Cohn, and our other fellow Jews currently serving under this odious regime: We call upon you to resign."

Friday, August 18, 2017

Storylines National Festival StoryTour

Stacy Gregg, Darryn Joseph, Gavin Bishop, Sally Sutton
and Tessa Duder
tour Manawatu and Whanganui next week  
 21st August – 25th August


After 23 years of hosting Festival Family Days throughout New Zealand, the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand is this year bringing its Storylines National Festival Story Tour directly to schools and libraries throughout New Zealand.

The Storylines National Festival Story Tour will visit community venues and facilities in metropolitan and regional centres, smaller cities and towns, extending Storylines’ regional reach to communities that have not previously had access to their central city-based Family Days.

And from August 21-25, this inaugural, dynamic tour of presentations and storytelling, which has already entertained 12,000+ children in Northland, South Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty, is coming to Manawatu and Whanganui.

Taking part in this leg are well known children’s authors Tessa Duder, Stacy Gregg, Darryn Joseph, Gavin Bishop and Sally Sutton. These five storytellers will be entertaining school children at 30+ schools, and at Palmerston North and Feilding libraries as part of the six national Storylines events for adults in association with the New Zealand Book Council. After Manawatu and Whanganui, the tour moves onto schools and libraries in the Nelson/Blenheim and Queenstown/Invercargill regions

Dr. Libby Limbrick, Chair of the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand says “The Storylines National Festival Story Tour which started in May this year in Northland is proving very effective.  It’s been a joy to see how taking activities that promote young people’s active engagement with children’s literature directly into schools and community centres has been so well received, and we are looking forward to bringing this experience to many more children across New Zealand this year.”

The aim of the Storylines Festival Story Tour is to connect children's writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers with their readers and audiences, to enjoy books and reading, and to encourage literacy. The tour and programme is completely free to enable access to all to high quality New Zealand children's literature.

For details of author visit times/venues in your area, please contact

Monday 21 August

  • Palmerston North schools during the day.
  • Event at Palmerston North Central Library for adults, 5.30pm - 7.00pm. Gavin Bishop, Stacy Gregg, Sally Sutton and Darryn Joseph will discuss The Joys and Dramas of Writing for Children.

Tuesday 22 August

  • Bunnythorpe, Pahiatua, and Eketahuna schools.

Wednesday 23 August

  • Feilding schools
  • Event at Feilding Library for adults, 5.30 - 7.00pm. Gavin Bishop, Tessa Duder , Sally Sutton and Darryn Joseph will discuss The Joys and Dramas of Writing for Children.

Thursday 24 August

  • Whanganui schools.

Friday 25 August

  • Whanganui and Palmerston North schools.

For more information on the authors click here or please contact 
Darryn Joseph -  
Stacy Gregg – click
Gavin Bishop - click
Sally Sutton - click

Tessa Duder - click

Storylines is delighted that the Storylines National Festival Story Tour will expand its work into new regions, celebrate and promote writers and illustrators of New Zealand children’s literature, and continue Storylines’ aims of:

•    nurturing a love of reading and writing by young people of all ages in a range of genres: fiction, non-fiction, graphic, oral and digital;

•    supporting the work and professional development of New Zealand’s writers and illustrators of books for children and young people;

•    developing an appreciation of the power of children's literature in supporting the development of cultural identity and literacy in children and young adults throughout New Zealand.


Writers on Mondays


Best New Zealand Poems 2016

Best New Zealand Poems is published annually by Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters. Get ready for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day (on 25 August) by coming along to hear thirteen of the best read work chosen by Best New Zealand Poems 2016 editor Jenny Bornholdt – and be sure to visit to view the full selection.
Poets Nick Ascroft, James Brown, John Dennison, Adrienne Jansen, Bill Manhire, Bill Nelson, Claire Orchard, Kerrin P. Sharpe, Oscar Upperton, Marty Smith, Tim Upperton, Airini Beautrais and Ashleigh Young are introduced by Jenny Bornholdt.

DATE:   Monday 21 August
TIME:    12.15-1.15pm
VENUE:  Te Papa Marae

The Writers on Mondays events are open to the public and free of charge.

Lunchtime Event Unity Books Wellington - an invitation

Lunchtime Event | Chris Brickell author of Teenagers: The Rise of Youth Culture in NZ | Weds 30th August 12-12:45pm | In-store at Unity Books          

Join Unity Books for an author talk with Chris Brickell as he discusses his book

Teenagers: The Rise of Youth Culture in New Zealand

Wednesday 30th August
Unity Books,
57 Willis St, Wellington

Teenagers is a ground-breaking history of young people in New Zealand from the nineteenth century to the 1960s. Through their diaries and letters, photographs and drawings, we meet young New Zealanders as they transition from children to adults: sealers and bushfellers, factory girls and newspaper boys, the male ‘mashers’ of the 1880s and the female ‘flappers’ of the 1910s and ’20s, schoolgirls and rock’n’rollers, larrikins and louts.

By taking us inside the lives of young New Zealanders, the book illuminates from a new angle large-scale changes in our society: the rise and fall of domestic service, the impact of compulsory education, the movement of Pākehā and then Māori from country to city, the rise of consumer culture and popular psychology. Teenagers shows us how young people made sense of their personal and social transformations: in language and song and dress, at dances and picnics and social clubs, in talking and playing and reading.

Teenagers provides an intimate and evocative insight into the lives of young people and the history of New Zealand.

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The Roundup with PW

HCCP Launches a Self-Publishing Imprint
HarperCollins Christian Publishers has announced the launch of Elm Hill, a new self-publishing imprint created in collaboration with Accurance, a digital production company.
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Electric Literature Serializes Joe Meno’s ‘Star Witness’ Online
The serialized story is part of Electric Literature's ongoing experiments with distributing literary works online, as well as an effort to grow its paying membership.
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Australian Authors Start Online Marketplace
The Australian Society of Authors has launched a digital marketplace, showcasing and selling the work of writers to publishers, agents, and literary scouts throughout the world.
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Chinese Novelist Charged With Murder: Liu Yongbiao has been arrested on accusations of bludgeoning four people to death 22 years ago.

ABA Deal Brings U.K. to the U.S.: The American Booksellers Association, Ingram, and Gardners will bring a range of British titles to U.S. independent bookstores.

True Crime Gets Literary: Once trashy and compelling, true crime is now the realm of credentialed literary writers. Is that an improvement?

D.C. Small Presses Make Their Mark: Such indies as Strong Arm Press and Barrelhouse Books have found a literary niche in the political landscape of the nation's capital.

The Joys of the Silent Book Club: Reading alone, together, at a table of introverts can help bring some readers back to the reading life in an era of distraction.



From the Hollywood Reporter:
YA Movies Get Real: Black Lives Matter, Activism Explored in New Projects.
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From the Washington Post:
An assistant principal wrote a picture book about alt-right mascot Pepe the frog. It cost him his job.
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From the New Yorker:
How to Talk to Kids About Death, According to Picture Books.
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From the New York Times:
How to Talk to Your Kids About Charlottesville.
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From PBS NewsHour:
Grace Lin: What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist.
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From the Atlantic:
Reading Racism in Dr. Seuss.
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From Scoop News:
David Elliot wins 2017 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award in New Zealand.
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From Real Estate Weekly:
Manhattan children's bookstore Books of Wonder will open a second location later this summer.
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From Brightly:
Reading in the Shadow of Sendak, by author-illustrator Elisha Cooper.
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From NPR:
In Children's Storybooks, Realism Has Advantages.
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From the Guardian:
Read like a girl: how children's books about inspirational women are booming.
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From Mashable:
Sabaa Tahir title/cover reveal.
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