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. 

NZSA New President of Honour: Bernard Brown

"Like most writers, I would not know what to do if I did not write. "

New Zealand to join Marrakesh Treaty

The Government will join an international treaty to improve access to written materials for blind and visually impaired New Zealanders, Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jacqui Dean say.
The Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled is an international framework that will enable the reproduction and distribution of books and other literary works in accessible formats.

Students contribute to Victoria’s creative legacy

A project at Victoria University of Wellington has students building their creative thinking and research skills while writing stories about the University’s creative legacy.
Writing in their own voices, students have produced stories on topics ranging from Victoria’s art collection, the Classics Museum and Māori taonga (treasures) to ones about items with special significance. These include New Zealand author Janet Frame’s writing desk, Victoria alumni and chemist Alan MacDiarmid’s Nobel Prize medal and  works of art that are displayed across the University and in exhibitions at the Adam Art Gallery.

WORD Christchurch and Christchurch Arts Festival team up for Shifting Points of View

WORD Christchurch, in association with Christchurch Arts Festival, is pleased to announce Shifting Points of View, a series of events designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.

The National Library is calling for nominations for the next New Zealand Poet Laureate

The Award of Poet Laureate recognises an outstanding New Zealand poet, who receives $80,000 and is supported by the National Library to concentrate on their own work, take part in literary events, and utilise the Poet Laureate blog.

The Laureate also receives a tokotoko created by Jacob Scott  and a stipend of wine from Te Mata Estate Winery (who began the Laureate Award in 1996 and supported it until 2007 when the National Library assumed responsibility for it).

Nominations close on 11 August, and the new Laureate will be announced on National Poetry Day, Friday 25 August 2017.

For further information and a nomination form:

Tales for Tykes: The art of Storytelling in bookshops

by Baz Macdonald
Vic Books storyteller Baz Macdonald explores the ways children’s performers throughout New Zealand keep kids engaged.
I am half-way through reading Margaret Mahy’s classic The Witch in the Cherry Tree with 15 shining young faces glued to Jenny Williams’ lovely illustrations.
I cackle my way through another of the pesky witch’s temper tantrums, gauging how attentive the kids are as I do.

Riddling music of Manhire and Meehan launches Writers on Mondays

Writers on Mondays 2017, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), brings together a line-up of new and established talent to showcase what’s happening in the world of New Zealand writing and beyond. 

Dynamic New Zealand writers to feature at Edinburgh’s prestigious literary festival

New Zealand writers making waves at home and abroad will present their work and participate in the prestigious Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.
A new partnership between the festival, WORD Christchurch and Creative New Zealand has resulted in the talented line-up of New Zealand writers, all with acclaimed books, set to make an impression at the renowned literary event. 

New CEO for New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc)

A warm welcome to new Chief Executive Jenny Nagle.
The New Zealand Society of Authors is pleased to announce the appointment of its new CEO, Jenny Nagle. Jenny's tenure in the post began Monday 12th June 2017.
Jenny has an extensive literary arts background, including working on behalf of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and with the Children's Book Council and Storylines. She has also worked closely with authors and media to promote literary arts and reading ventures.