Members News

Five Mile and Sally Rippin announce new partnership

Five Mile – the children’s imprint of Bonnier Publishing Australia – and Sally Rippin, Australia’s best-selling children’s author, today announce an exclusive new partnership to deliver a high-quality, accessible young readers list.
 
Under the new partnership, Rippin will once again work with Tash Besliev, Bonnier Publishing Australia CEO, after their close association on Rippin’s Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! series published by Hardie Grant Egmont.
 

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.
 

Keith Bitchener to retire from PRHNZ

The team at Penguin Random House NZ are saddened to inform the trade that Keith Bitchener will be retiring as our Wellington-based Rep at the end of April.
 
Keith has been a valued member of the Penguin Random House team for some 40 years.  A significant and impressive service record rarely seen these days, but one which our company is incredibly grateful for.
 
We wish nothing but the absolute best for Keith and will sadly now begin the heavy task of attempting to replace the irreplaceable.
 
A trade farewell and celebration for Keith will be planned for the end of April in Wellington — details to follow.

Covers for gift cards on their way

Booksellers NZ has this week sent out packs of 30 covers to each of their member independent bookstores that use the epay Gift Cards as a promotional tool. 

We hope you agree that this is an attractive way of covering our lovely gift cards, making them an even more attractive gift option for birthdays and other gift opportunities (like Valentines Day, perhaps!) The book covers featured will be changed out as regularly as we sell through our stock of the gift cards, so we have chosen titles that should stand the test of time. 

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.

Camino Island, by John Grisham

Hachette NZ is delighted to announce the acquisition of a new standalone thriller by John Grisham to be published in June 2017.
 
Camino Island is Grisham’s 30th novel. It opens with a daring heist to steal the five invaluable manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s only novels.
 

The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell – Please do not sell

Booksellers NZ has been informed by the Police, via Detective Brian Kennerley, that some of our member bookshops are selling a banned title.

This title is The Anarchist Cookbook, by William Powell. This is not to be confused withThe Anarchist Cookbook by Keith McHenry – though the covers are only distinguishable by the addition of a small bomb image with a hand holding a carrot; the contents are quite different.

The ISBN of the current issue of Powell’s book is 9780974458908. And the publication covers topics such as the manufacture of drugs, explosives and booby traps.  

Bookseller information: POS and the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017

DEADLINE FOR POS: FRIDAY 10th FEB
 
Order your Ockham New Zealand POS pack now!
 
In a little over a month, the finalists of one of the most important literary events of the year – the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards – will be announced. Rather than sending out packs to stores that aren’t able to use them, this year the organisers are requesting all bookshops that would like to make a feature of the finalist books in store, to place an order for POS materials. 
 

Jane Arthur to join Booksellers NZ

Former Gecko Press Editor and Time Out Bookstore Manager, Jane Arthur, is to join Booksellers NZ in February, in a newly created position of Membership and Marketing Manager.
 
Jane will join Media and Communications Manager, Sarah Forster and CEO Lincoln Gould in a newly structured association focussing on increasing the membership of the association and the services provided to existing members and the reading public. 

Farewell from Storytime, Whangarei

Thirty-five years ago a small group of new parents decided to pool resources in order to open a children’s store, a store that would stock quality books and toys essential to children’s growing needs. 

They believed (and still do!) that children need art and stories and poems and music and play.  And so they searched out the best art and stories and poems and music and play resources available.

And Storytime was born.

They say it takes a village to raise a child.  Well, the very same philosophy was applied to the growth of the business: the store grew and evolved with the avid support of the wider community.