Book news

Love Letter to Bookshops: ‘Gateways to a thousand other worlds’

Booksellers NZ is delighted to announce that the winner of the ‘Love Letter to Bookshops’ competition, held as part of the NZ Bookshop Day festivities, is Marcus Hobson, who wrote a love letter to Books a Plenty bookshop, in Tauranga. 

Australian Government leads the way on GST - Time for NZ to follow suit

The Australian Government has today introduced legislation to the House of Representatives that will require foreign retailers and online marketplaces to register for Australian GST, and Retail NZ says it’s time NZ’s National-led
Government followed suit.

A Tribute to Catriona Ferguson, from Peter Biggs

I and the Board of the New Zealand Book Council are very sorry that Catriona Ferguson has decided to leave the Book Council after four and a half years as CEO.
Catriona has done an exceptional job in advancing the New Zealand Book Council’s mission to promote and champion reading for everyone – because we believe the power of reading changes lives.

Publishers Association of New Zealand announces Association Director appointment

The Council of the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) today announced the appointment of Catriona Ferguson to the role of Association Director.

Catriona is currently the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Book Council and was previously a Literary Advisor for Creative New Zealand. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the Association, particularly in the areas of grants and funding – and equally a life-long passion for books, reading and outstanding creative content.

Literary Awards Offer $20,000 in Prize Money

Writers working in the Mind Body Spirit genre have until 31 March to enter the 2017 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literary Awards. 
The awards, which are now in their 14th year, have two categories, one for Books and another for Unpublished Manuscripts. The winner in each category receives a $10,000 prize. 
Spokesperson for the Trust, Adonia Wylie, says the judging panel is looking for fiction or non-fiction works that have the potential to uplift and enhance people, relationships and society. 

New Year, New Reading Routine

Anika Moa supports initiative to get books into homes and schools

Singer-songwriter, author and media personality Anika Moa is leading the chorus in a promotion that will see at least 20,000 new books enter local homes, schools and communities via Kellogg’s Free Books and Books for Schools programmes.

Scorpio’s Next Chapter

Next month Scorpio Books will be closing the doors of its Riccarton store, and combining with the store in the city.

Riccarton has been a wonderful home for Scorpio Books after the earthquakes forced the closure of our much-loved store in Hereford St. We are thankful for the support that both our customers and the local Riccarton businesses have given to us during this time.

Scorpio has committed to the CBD, with shops in the Re:Start Mall, and now our new store in the BNZ Centre. Now the time is right to make that commitment permanent. The central city is developing in leaps and bounds, and it’s exciting to be part of that redevelopment.

Sharks, mazes and tiny winged horses: Kids books for 2017

Children’s book publishing is where the action is right now. We’ve seen Virago open out its Virago Kids imprint, Lonely Planet’s Kids imprint grow and grow, and on the local front, the enlargement of children’s lists for the likes of Potton & Burton and Makaro Press. We’re also seeing a few more first-time authors being picked up by both larger and independent publishers, which is incredibly important for the health of the market.

Time Out Bookstore in Auckland recognised as one of the best in the world

Tiny Time Out Bookstore in Auckland was on 8 February 2017 announced a finalist in the London Book Fair’s Bookstore of the Year Awards. 
Winner of the New Zealand  2016 Nielsen Bookseller of the Year award, it is clear by this additional honour that what Time Out lacks in size, it makes up for in expertise and ambition.

Sarah Broom Poetry Prize open for entries

The Sarah Broom Poetry Prize is New Zealand’s most valuable poetry prize and aims to recognise and financially support new work from an emerging or established New Zealand poet through a $10,000 award.
The prize was established in 2013 in honour of the New Zealand poet Sarah Broom (1972-2013), the author of Tigers at Awhitu (2010) and Gleam (2013).
Entries open on 6 February and close on 2 March 2017.