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. 

2017 Mentorships announced for writers and graphic novelists

Recipients have been selected for the New Zealand Society of Authors Mentorship Programme 2017 with fourteen chosen from a pool of sixty-four applicants. With a high level of commitment shown by the applicants and a wide variety of fascinating projects, the judges had quite a task making their selection.
 
The mentees of 2017 are a dedicated group of emerging writers who cover a diversity of genres including creative non fiction, suspense/crime, literary fiction, speculative SF, children's fiction, poetry, memoir, contemporary fiction, steampunk/fantasy and graphic novel.
 

Courtney takes us on a trip to WI12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Courtney Smith spent part of her summer enjoying winter in Minneapolis, thanks to being one of our Kobo Booksellers NZ Scholars for 2016, alongside Rochelle from Paige's Book Gallery in Whangarei. She has written about her time at the politically charged Winter Institute conference, and her week working in an LA bookshop for this week's The Read.

Veteran Coromandel author wins Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal 2017

Veteran children’s novelist Des Hunt has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal.
 
The Margaret Mahy Medal has been given since 1991 for an outstanding contribution and lifetime achievement in the field of New Zealand children’s literature and literacy.  
 

WORD Christchurch announces Autumn Season in association with AWF

Following the overwhelming success of their 2016 Writers and Readers Festival in August, WORD Christchurch has teamed up with the Auckland Writers Festival to keep the momentum going by bringing six top quality international writers to the city in May.

Shortlists announced for Storylines Joy Cowley Award and Tom Fitzgibbon Award

Nine New Zealand writers have been shortlisted from nearly 200 submissions for the annual Storylines awards for unpublished manuscripts: the Joy Cowley Award for a Picture Book Text and the Tom Fitzgibbon Award for a Children’s Novel.

For the Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award, the shortlist is:

Elise De Silva (Auckland) for Quantum Timeline

Victoria Hathaway (Auckland) for The Elephant in the Room

Laura Hunter (Auckland) for Spacesliders

Fiona Jordan (Auckland) for Donato and the Cartege Blade

Christine Walker (Christchurch) for The Short but Brilliant Career of Lucas Weed

New Zealand’s Largest Literary Festival Launches Its Most Expansive Programme Yet

The 18th Auckland Writers Festival takes to the sea, the pavement, festival halls and a glittering pop-up venue in its most ambitious programme yet, which sees a record 42 international writers, historians, scientists, radicals and thinkers team with the world’s largest showcase of New Zealand literary talent in Auckland city from 16-21 May. 
 

Eleanor Catton's third novel Birnam Wood sold

Caroline Dawnay at United Agents LLP is delighted to announce the sale of Eleanor Catton’s third novel, Birnam Wood.
 
New Zealand rights have been sold to Fergus Barrowman at Victoria University Press; Canadian rights to Jared Bland at McClelland & Stewart; US rights to Jonathan Galassi and Jenna Johnson at FSG, and UK & Australian rights to Max Porter at Granta Books. Translation rights are being handled by Margaret Halton at United Agents.
 

Exciting changes for New Zealand Books Awards for Children and Young Adults

Better exposure for New Zealand authors is the vision behind changes being made this week to some of the format of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
 
The visits of finalist authors to a range of schools and libraries across New Zealand is being replaced by three high profile events attended by large numbers of children, ensuring that more children will meet New Zealand writers.
 

Storylines Announces Notable Books 2017

The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust is delighted to announce the 33 outstanding New Zealand children’s and teens’ books selected for its Notable Books listings for 2017.  
 
The 2017 Notable Books (published during 2016) are:
 
Junior Fiction 
Barking Mad
by Tom E Moffatt, illustrated by Paul Beavis
Scholastic NZ