Thursday, April 27, 2017

Top NZ Best Sellers This Week

From Booksellers NZ - The Read

Not much change for the bestsellers this week, though Surrounded By Spirit has taken the throne from Annabel Langbein in NZ Non-Fiction. There's still a healthy showing of healthy living (and delicious cooking) on the rest of that list. Those New Year Resolutions must be holding strong around the country... The feminist hit Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls has this week moved categories across to Children & Teens (international), where it sits firmly at #1. Click through to find the full chart.


Would you miss all the Hoopla? Poetry Series 2017 launch 

When: Thursday 4 May, 6pm-7.30pm
Takapuna Library
Cost: Free, courtesy Makaro Press

Hoopla 2017 launch featuring poets Johanna Emeney, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman and Elizabeth Morton.

The series will be launched by C K Stead and all three poets will read from their works.
Johanna Emeney will read from Family History, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman from Dylan Junkie and Elizabeth Morton from Wolf.

Copies of their books will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of Makaro Press and The Booklover.

 Light refreshments served from 6pm, author talk 6.30pm.

RSVP to or call (09)890-4903

Auckland Watercolour Society Exhibition Opening 

When:  Monday 8 May, 6pm
Exhibition runs to 20 May.
Takapuna Library
Cost:  Free

Join us for the opening of an art exhibition from the Auckland Watercolour society. The exhibition opens on 8 May and runs until 20th May. All the paintings are for sale and a percentage of proceeds will be given in support of the Takapuna Hospice.

RSVP is recommended.  

Please phone 890 4903 or email

New Zealand - Paradise Squandered? 

When: Monday 15 May, 6pm-7.30pm
Takapuna Library
Cost: Gold coin / donation

Author talk with John Hawkes

Fourth generation New Zealander and retired consultant rheumatologist John Hawkes gives his views on what New Zealanders face today, covering topics as wide ranging as healthcare, finance, trade and industry, land and property, education and sport. Has New Zealand squandered its potential and how can we best go forward?

Please RSVP to or call (09)890-4903

New Zealand's prime ministers : From Dick Seddon to John Key 

When: Wednesday 24 May
Takapuna Library
Cost: Gold coin / donation

Author talk with Michael Bassett

Launched in early April by the Prime Minister and David Ling Publishing, Michael Bassett's thoroughly researched book has already garnered much media attention and general interest. Copies of Michael's book will be available for purchase and signing.

Please RSVP to or phone (09)890-4903

Japanese language and culture sessions 

When:   Sunday 28 May, 1pm - 2.30pm
              Sunday 25 June, 1pm - 2.30pm
Takapuna Library, Rangitoto Room
Cost: Free

Want to prepare for travel to Japan, business socialising, hosting Japanese guests, the 2019 Rugby World Cup or the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

These simple conversation sessions are hosted monthly by Massey University Albany's School of Humanities. The first session will cover pronunciation and greetings, use and etiquette of chopsticks and present wrapping with furoshiki (Japanese cloth wrapper).

 Instructor Dr Mitsue Tabata-Sandom is from Japan and lectures in Japanese at Massey University, Albany. She has conducted similar successful sessions in Wellington and Honolulu. Come and spend some time on a Sunday afternoon 'experiencing Japan'.

RSVP is recommended. Email: or phone (09) 890 4903

Ngaio Marsh Award Events

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council, is running a series of thrilling events around Aotearoa New Zealand featuring local crime writers.

As crime writing has evolved from puzzle-like mysteries to novels delving deeply into people and places, it has continued to be the world’s most popular form of storytelling. But just what makes the genre so fascinating?

Latest News from The Bookseller

Night School
Lee Child has reclaimed his UK Official Top 50 number one, as Night School (Bantam) boomeranged back into the top spot, displacing Star Wars: Rogue One (Egmont).
Freight Books
Authors and agents have expressed concern about the future of Scottish independent publisher Freight Books following the departure of co-founder and director Adrian Searle earlier this week.
international prize for arabic fiction
A Small Death (Dar Al Saqi) by Mohammed Hasan Alwan has won the 10th International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF).
The Big Green Bookshop
The publishing industry has rallied round to help the independent Big Green Bookshop after one of its owners sent out a desperate tweet appealing for customers because they were “seriously skint”.
Sharjah Publishing City
At least three UK publishers have applied to have bases in Sharjah’s “Publishing City”, The Bookseller has learned.
Jane Harris
Stripes’ publisher Jane Harris is to step down from running the list after 12 years with the Little Tiger Group fiction imprint, triggering a restructure.

Creative Industries Federation
The Creative Industries Federation has urged the government to ensure that the creative industries and arts are a "priority sector" in Brexit negotiations, in its election manifesto which is being distributed to all political parties and Federation members. 
Danny Wallace
Danny Wallace is writing a comedic book about rudeness for Ebury Press, publishing on 15th June 2017. 
Clare Hall-Craggs
Nosy Crow has recruited Clare Hall-Craggs as senior PR and media relations manager. 
Quercus is publishing a new small-format "how to" series of books to help readers learn new skills for a more fun-filled and enriching life, called Little Ways to Live a Big Life.
Oneworld has acquired The Baghdad Clock by Iraqi author Shahad al Rawi, originally published in Arabic by Dar al-Hikma in 2016.

The Roundup with PW


Quarto USA Launches Two Picture Book Imprints
Quarto Publishing Group is launching two U.S. children’s book imprints this season. Seagrass Press will publish environmentally focused titles for young readers, while words & pictures—which debuted in the U.K. in 2012—has expanded across the pond.
more »

Rick Riordan Imprint Acquires First Three Titles
Yoon Ha Lee, Jennifer Cervantes, and Roshani Chokshi will be the first to publish novels with Rick Riordan Presents, Disney-Hyperion’s new mythology-based imprint, which launches in 2018.
more »

Alwan Wins Prize for Arabic Fiction: 'A Small Death,' Mohammed Hasan Alwan’s historical novel about a Sufi mystic and adventurer, takes $50,000 honor for "striking artistry."

Margaret Atwood Made Them Feminists: Mara Wilson, N.K. Jemisin, Jenny Han, and nine other authors talk about the first time they read 'The Handmaid's Tale.'

William Gibson's Brave New World: The science fiction writer who coined the term "cyberspace" reimagines the world after the 2016 election in his upcoming novel, 'Agency.'

Jeff VanderMeer, Meet Cory Doctorow: Two modern masters of speculative fiction talk biotech, climate change, activism, and how sci-fi genre sensibilities have changed.

A Life Transmuted Into Fiction: Pajtim Statovci grew up as a gay refugee in Finland. His first novel explores questions of identity with the help of a homophobic, immigrant-hating cat.

The Holiday When People Give Their Beloveds Books Along With Roses


It’s April 23, el dia de Sant Jordi (St. George’s Day), the Catalan counterpart to Valentine’s Day – except that it’s a book and not a box of chocolates that goes along with the bouquet for your true love. Natasha Lomas gives us a look at the celebration, for which €20 million worth of books are sold each year.

Off the Shelf


By Bianca Salvant    |   Wednesday, April 26, 2017
I was a teenager when I first read Octavia Butler and had recently begun rebelling against my mother. Deeply rooted in her Christian faith, she forbade me to watch certain movies, read certain books, or participate in certain activities. In her eyes, she was protecting me from temptation, showing me the path, and working toward keeping me focused on it. I, on the other hand, felt limited and emotionally abused. I wanted to read and watch everything she said would reserve me a one-way ticket to hell. READ MORE

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Rich Thomas will join HarperCollins Children's as vice president and publishing director, reporting to Kate Jackson. He was most recently associate publisher and editorial director for Disney Publishing Worldwide. At HarperCollins Children's, he will lead the Festival, I Can Read, and licensing programs.

Jane Starr Literary Scouts has been appointed US scout for Vigmostad & Bjoerke in Norway.


Granta has announced its Best of Young American Novelists list, released with a special issue every ten years. The list includes 21 names selected this year by Patrick deWitt, A.M. Homes, Kelly Link, Ben Marcus and Granta’s editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing. Among the winners are novelists with multiple books out, including Lauren Groff, Ben Lerner, and Jesse Ball, as well as a number of authors with recent debuts, including Emma Cline, Yaa Gyasi, and Garth Risk Hallberg. The accompanying issue of the magazine will be published May 4.

In Australia, Marija Pericic's novel The Lost Pages won the Vogel's Literary Award.

Nathaniel Philbrick won the George Washington Prize for
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution (Viking). The $50,000 prize honors the year's best book on the nation's founding era.

A Small Death by Mohammed Hasan Alwan
won the $50,000 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

Seven editors and agents from the U.S. and Canada have been named Zev Birger Jerusalem International Book Fair Fellows and will participate in special programs and seminars at the 28th biennial Jerusalem International Book Fair, June 11-15:

Anna deVries, Picador/Macmillan
Erin Edmison, Edmison Harper Literary Scouting
Noah Eaker, Random House
Alexander Littlefield, HoughtonMifflinHarcourt
Marleen Seegers, 2 Seas Literary Agency
Melanie Tortoroli, Viking/Penguin
Janie Yoon, House of Anansi Press

AWF - An Invitation

Auckland University Press warmly invites you
to come and raise a glass with us at
the Auckland Writers Festival!



Auckland University Press invites you to attend the launch of Ian Wedde’s Selected Poems, to meet the Press’s Ockham New Zealand Book Award Finalists and Festival speakers, and to take a look at the great books we have coming up in 2017.

Refreshments will be served and books available for signing.

3.30–5.00 p.m.
Friday 19 May
Air New Zealand Foyer
Level 5, Aotea Centre
Auckland CBD
RSVP not essential but helpful for catering.
Phone 09-373-7528 or email

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Landfall celebrates 70th anniversary with new prize for young writers

Landfall, New Zealand’s leading journal of arts and literature, has announced the winner of the inaugural Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition.

Named in honour of Dunedin poet and literary figure Charles Brasch, who founded Landfall in 1947, the new competition is an annual award open to New Zealand writers aged 16 to 21.

Landfall editor David Eggleton says the 48 entries received were an ‘immediately readable throng of lively, opinionated, argumentative essays: writing that brimmed with ideas’.

New Zealand student Andy Xie, currently studying at the University of Columbia in the United States, takes the $500 prize with his essay ‘The Great New Zealand Myth.’
‘A saga of migration and transformation, of landfall and then further wanderings, Andy Xie’s essay is also an exploration of idealism and its consequences, told as a personal narrative that describes his parents’ self-sacrifice for the sake of their offspring,’ says David Eggleton.
Second place went to Mia Rutledge for ‘We Are Nothing Without Our History’, a potted account of Taranaki’s provincial history intertwined with familial history that featured some wonderful imagery.

Third placegetter Alexandra McKendry adopted the persona of an elderly curmudgeon in her well-paced diatribe, ‘A Facebook Free Diet’, revisiting all the reasons why being on Facebook was a bad thing.

The following essayists were highly commended: Sariya McGrath, Jesse Austin, Ellena Khoo, Ioana Manoa, John Sibanda, James Fitzgerald and Heinrich Metzler.

David Eggleton says one recurring theme was ‘the reality of life’s imperfections and limited choices versus consumerism’s shimmering mirages and supposedly endless opportunities’.

‘Quite a number of the essays, too, dealt with or circled around the theme of self-identity, self-discovery –along with the ways that culture or society served to define it.’

The winning essay will be published in Landfall 233, a special 70th anniversary edition, published on 1 May.

As part of the 70th anniversary celebration, panel discussions on Landfall are being held during both the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival and the Auckland Writers Festival, in May 2017.

Featured Artists
Chris Corson-Scott, Heather Straka, Jenna Packer, Samuel Harrison
Featured Writers
Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor, Nick Ascroft, Claire Baylis, Miro Bilbrough, Victoria Broome, Iain Britton, Owen Bullock, Christine Burrows, Brent Cantwell, Marisa Cappetta, Joanna Cho, Stephanie Christie, Makyla Curtis, Doc Drumheller, Mark Edgecombe, Lynley Edmeades, Johanna Emeney, Riemke Ensing, Ciaran Fox, Michael Gould, S.K. Grout, Shen Haobo, Paula Harris, René Harrison, Stephen Higginson, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Amanda Hunt, Anna Jackson, Ted Jenner, Anne Kennedy, Erik Kennedy, Jessica Le Bas, Wes Lee, Michele Leggott, Carolyn McCurdie, Robert McLean, Fardowsa Mohamed, Kavita Ivy Nandan, Emma Neale, Piet Nieuwland, Claire Orchard, Bob Orr, Jenny Powell, Chris Price, Helen Rickerby, Ron Riddell, L.E. Scott, Iain Sharp, Charlotte Simmonds, Peter Simpson, Tracey Slaughter, Laura Solomon, Barry Southam, Matafanua Tamatoa, Philip Temple, Dunstan Ward, Elizabeth Welsh, Sue Wootton, Mark Young, Karen Zelas.

Featured Reviews
Paul Moon on Artefacts of Encounter, eds Nick Thomas et al.
Kristyn Harman on Mothers’ Darlings of the South Pacific, eds Judith A. Bennett & Angela Wanhalla Edmund Bohan on The Big Smoke: New Zealand cities 1840–1920 by Ben Schrader Chris Else on My Father’s Island by Adam Dudding James Norcliffe on Beside Herself by Chris Price and Fits and Starts by Andrew Johnston Airini Beautrais on Playing for Both Sides: Love across the Tasman by Stephanie Johnson and Late Love: Sometimes doctors need saving as much as their patients by Glenn Colquhoun Peter Bland on Selected Poems by Gordon Challis Murray Edmond on Shooting Gallery by Wes Lee Erena Shingade on Lucky Punch by Simone Kaho and This Explains Everything by Richard von Sturmer Jeffrey Paparoa Holman on The Collected Poems of Alistair Te Ariki Campbell
Landfall 233 70th anniversary edition
Edited by David Eggleton
Release Date: May 2017
ISBN 978-0-947522-52-0