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Buzz and Inspiration to Read the Focus for Finalist Authors' Tour

Twenty passionate and entertaining authors, excited children, more than 70 events, and a tons of fun and inspiration mark this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Finalist Authors’ Tour.

The Value of Book Sales Reps

by Louise Ward

When we bought our bookshop two and a half years ago we had no idea what meeting with publishers’ reps would be like. As the shop had been running its stock down, reps didn’t call anymore and we had no opportunity to see a meeting in action in the handover period. What we really didn’t expect is that we would come to look forward to these meetings, to put the kettle on in anticipation, to think of it as a friend calling in. If you watch too much television you could be forgiven for thinking that sales people of any kind are cut-throat characters who’ll try and sell you their own grandmother. Turns out, in the book trade at least, it’s not like that at all.

Carla Sy is PANZ Young Designer of the Year - and Wins Exciting New Prize

Three top notch young Kiwi book designers contested the PANZ Young Designer of the Year Award for 2015 at Auckland’s Sapphire Room this evening (16 July 2015). 

Cardboard Cathedral wins Major Book Design Prize

The book that ruled them all at the PANZ Book Design Awards 2015 was Cardboard Cathedral by Andrew Barrie which won the best illustrated and best typography categories of the awards for designer Janson Chau and publisher Auckland University Press.

Contemporary fiction in Aotearoa

Elizabeth Heritage - This week, The Read investigates the place of contemporary fiction in Aotearoa. What is it, how important is it, and how does it sell. And do sales matter for this category? 
I spoke to publishers Fergus Barrowman (VUP), Clare Needham (Giant Sparrow Press), Rod Fee (Eunoia Publishing), and booksellers Marcus Greville (Otago University Bookshop), Anna Hunt (Marsden Books) and Karen McLeod (Unity Books Wellington NZ buyer), as well as Anna Hart from Nielsen Book, and author Catherine Robertson about this topic. 

What is contemporary fiction?

Methamphetamine Survivor a Finalist in Literary Awards

Former meth. addict Janet Balcombe’s autobiographical novel is a finalist in this year’s Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards. 
Works by a former methamphetamine addict, a university professor, a monk, two vicars, a documentary film maker and a mental health commissioner are among the finalists of this year’s Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards, announced today. 

2015 Ernest Scott Prize Winners Announced

The Faculty of Arts, in conjunction with The Australian Historical Association, is excited to announce the joint winners of the 2015 Ernest Scott Prize are Alan Atkinson and Tom Brooking.
Alan Atkinson, The Europeans in Australia: Volume 3: Nation, UNSW Press, 2014

'Tremendous' response to NZ film about creative children's struggles

Shona Hammond Boys QSM says she has been overwhelmed by the response of the international creative audience at the Fifth World Children’s Festival to her book and an associated short film.
Shona was the winner of the World Children’s Award at the 5th World Children’s Festival hosted by International Child Art Foundation, held on the Presidents’ Park in Washington D.C. 30 June 30 - 3 July.
As the founder and director of the NZ Children’s Art House Foundation, said she was excited by the recognition accorded her work and that of the foundation during the festival held in Washington D.C.