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Time to move: why bookshops decide to quit their premises

The decision for a bookshop to move premises is never taken lightly and, natural disasters aside, often takes years of planning. Rent increases, accessibility, shop ambience and diversified revenue streams are the main reasons given for wanting to move premises. But is the grass always greener?
The Read set out to find out how the move to new premises had worked out for a number of New Zealand booksellers and why they decided to move in the first place. We thank Beattie & Forbes, The Booklover (pictured mid-move below), Penny's Bookstore, Take Note in Mairangi Bay and Scorpio Books for their time and contributions.

University of Waikato/Creative NZ Residency Applications Sought

An award has been set up to enable a New Zealand writer of fiction, poetry, drama or serious non-fiction to become Waikato University’s Writer in Residence in 2016.
This award was created to foster New Zealand writing by providing a full-time opportunity for a writer to work in an academic environment.  It is sponsored jointly by the University of Waikato and Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and is administered by the University of Waikato and should always be referred to as the University of Waikato/Creative New Zealand Residency.

NZSA Book Week 26 October - 1 November

The National Council decided, in the absence of a NZ Book Month, the NZ Society of Authors would instigate NZSA Book Week. The mission is to promote New Zealand writers and writing as much as possible in this concentrated time period.
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The dates are set and plans are underway at a Branch level to create activity around Book Week and to work in with Booksellers NZ on NZ Bookshop Day.
NZSA Book Week Oct 26 – Nov 1

Shades of Self-Publishing: no longer a DIY challenge.

Self-funded publishing is no longer a DIY challenge, thanks to the wide range of options available now, both on- and off-shore. The quality of self-published books is also consistently rising, thanks to the professional agencies that have been set up to support writers who wish to be published under their own steam. 

Global Ed publisher Tracy Strudley a Finalist in NEXT Woman of the Year

It has just been announced that Global Ed publisher Tracy Strudley is a Finalist in the Education category of the NEXT Woman of the Year Awards 2015, in association with Pandora.

EIBF Strongly Opposes any form of Censorship and supports its New Zealand Colleagues

To the astonishment of the book community, the Film and Literature Board of Review in New Zealand has prohibited the sale and distribution of Mr. Dawe’s book, Into the River, under penalty of a fine valued up to 10,000 Euro.
Mr Dawe wrote and self-published his novel in an attempt to encourage boys to pick up reading. He observed at his local high school, that many students were unable to relate to the classical literature put in front of them. His strategy seemingly worked, as the book was well-received by his young audience and more and more teachers were picking up the books, to be read in class.

New bookshop to open in Upper Hutt

Writer’s Plot Readers Read is a new bookshop opening in Upper Hutt on 2nd October 2015, with an innovative approach.
There is a wealth of talented storytellers in New Zealand that rarely come to the attention of the general population because they’re published by small to mid-sized presses or, in some cases, self-published. Many of these authors are left to promote themselves or are only promoted in the country they are published in, often that country is not New Zealand. Writer’s Plot Readers Read has been established to provide an outlet for these authors and let the readers of this country discover new and exciting works of fiction.

The recipe for successful bookshop events

With NZ Bookshop Day happening next month, it seems timely to look at what makes an excellent bookshop event. As part of the Lighthouse PR team, I’ve had the pleasure of being involved in many successful functions. So what are the secret ingredients to hosting a great event?
I spoke to some other publicists that I have the pleasure of knowing, to gather their thoughts on what makes a really fantastic bookshop event: publicist  Sarah Thornton, Writers Week Programme Manager Kathryn Carmody, my colleague Lorraine Steele, Jacquetta Bell from the Nelson Media Agency and Raewyn Davies from 24/7 PR.

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The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015 shortlist is revealed

Marlon James, Tom McCarthy, Chigozie Obioma, Sunjeev Sahota, Anne Tyler and Hanya Yanagihara are today, Tuesday 15 September, announced as the shortlisted authors for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
The six names were announced by Chair of judges, Michael Wood, at a press conference at the offices of sponsor Man Group.
The judges remarked on the variety of writing styles, cultural heritage and literary backgrounds of the writers on the shortlist, which includes new authors alongside established names. Two authors come from the United Kingdom, two from the United States and one apiece from Jamaica and Nigeria.