Saturday, March 24, 2018

Publishers Lunch

 Today's Meal

Sourcebooks has appointed Moxie & Company as their brand licensing agency.

More changes to UK-based website Pottermore have resulted in some layoffs. BuzzFeed had suggested there were "significant" reductions, citing only a "well-placed source." A company spokesperson
told the site, "As a result of a reorganization at Pottermore, there have been a small number of job losses. These reflect the evolution of the business and are being handled as sensitively as possible." Pottermore tells the Bookseller the job cuts are related to an "exciting new strategy" they will unveil soon. According to their annual filings with Companies House, the workforce had grown from 35 people in fiscal 2016 to 47 in fiscal 2017.

Correcting Thursday's item, Rough Guides was previously distributed by Skyhorse, not Penguin Random House Publisher Services (announced erroneously in their press release).

Angie Thomas
won Waterstones' children's book of the year award for THE HATE U GIVE. Managing director James Daunt said, "Ours is a children's prize, but there is no upper age limit to being stunned by beautiful writing of this visceral power. It is an extraordinary achievement, and it triumphs in a year of wonderful quality and creativity in children's publishing."

From My Shelf Books & Gifts in Wellsboro, PA
will remain open "on a smaller scale" after an essay contest launched last month by its owners to find a new store owner failed to garner enough entries. "It was a little disappointing," co-owner Kevin Coolidge told Wednesday. "It just didn't take off like I thought it would." Instead Coolidge and his wife, Kasey will downsize the store and concentrate almost exclusively on selling children's books. Liquidation of stock other than children's books is underway.

Morgan Hill, CA-based bookstore Booksmart will close after more than 22 years in business. The bookstore had launched an Indiegogo campaign in 2016 to remain open and had moved locations, but as co-owners Brad Jones and Cinda Meister explained in
a note to customers, "The move to our Dunne location was very costly--financed with high interest and short term loans. Our effort to refinance this debt has been unsuccessful and, therefore we are unable to pay our bills."

Nanny Goat Books in Louisville, KY, co-owned by Sarah Gardiner and Josiah Davis, will
have its grand opening this weekend. The 750-square foot store takes its name from the alley next door, Nanny Goat Strut.

Latest from The Bookseller

Zoe Ball
A new TV book club hosted by Zoë Ball is launching on ITV in June.
Angie Thomas
US author Angie Thomas has been crowned the overall winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2018 for her debut YA novel, The Hate U Give (Walker Books).
Sally Rooney
Gail Honeyman, Sally Rooney and Preti Taneja are among the "powerful array of distinctive voices" on this year's Desmond Elliott Prize longlist. 
Pottermore has confirmed that there has been a "small number of redundancies" at the Harry Potter website as part of a shift in strategy for the site.
Bookshops are finding it harder to justify spots in prime retail locations, business chiefs have warned, as rising rents and business rates continue to be a scourge of the high street.
Imtiaz Dharker
The London Book Fair (LBF) has announced it is running a series of seminars on poetry at this year's event and its first ever “Poet of the Fair” will be Imtiaz Dharker.

Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant’s Honeyman period is nowhere near over: the novel racked up a sixth successive Weekly E-Book Ranking number one in the seven days to 10th March.
Catherine Simpson
4th Estate will publish writer Catherine Simpson’s memoir which explores the impact of her sister’s suicide and the posthumous discovery of her diaries.
A strong performance from Scholastic’s International division, including the UK, helped the company increase sales 3% in the third quarter.
Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey’s bestselling 2015 novel Elizabeth is Missing (Viking) will be adapted by "Swallows and Amazons" screenwriter Andrea Gibb into a 90-minute film for BBC One.
Katherine Rundell
Macmillan Children’s Books will this September publish a collection of stories, based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, by Katherine Rundell.
Emily Gravett
Emily Gravett has signed up to illustrate A F Harrold’s new novel, The Afterwards (Bloomsbury Children’s).

Thursday, March 22, 2018

M4 – AUT Masters Readings

Wednesday 28 March - 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Piko Cafe, 55 Wellesley Street East, AUT Campus
Piko Café
Free event
Join us for M4 - AUT Master’s Reading featuring a great line-up 
of celebrated Master of Creative Writing alumni and guests 
C. K. Stead
Mike Johnson
Elizabeth Allen,
Elizabeth Ho
Elizabeth (Libby) Kirkby-McLeod
Jacquie McRae
Kirsty Powell
Brendaniel Weir
and Jenny White
RSVP to Farina Ibnul: to secure your place. 
A cash bar and light snacks are available. All welcome

Out of the Wild

Out of the Wild
Charlie Paterson

Publisher: Charlie Paterson
RRP: $39.90
Release Date: 1 May 2018


Seven years in the Fiordland National Park –  one man’s tale of adversity and building a dream with little more than dogged determination.


Not the standard romantic wilderness survival tale, but an honest, warts and all account of one young man's unique journey, striving to survive for seven years in a very remote rainforest location inside New Zealand's Fiordland National Park, three days walk away from the nearest road end. A true story of isolation and loneliness, away from all the modern conveniences and comforts most take for granted, Charlie’s tale is one of adversity, building a dream with dogged determination. Battling against considerable and powerful opposition, bureaucracy, severe lack of money, unforgiving nature, himself and ultimately his own ill health; only to find the dream fulfilled will almost destroy him.

Out of the Wild is more than just a candid wilderness survival tale but includes some very interesting snippets of New Zealand's early pioneer history associated to the Fiordland National Park, the Hollyford Valley, Martins Bay, the beautiful deserted ghost town of Jamestown Bay and even the fabled "lost ruby mine" in the inaccessible Red Hills of the Southern Alps. For the outdoor and "back to basics" enthusiasts Charlie details his accounts of hunting red deer in the thick Fiordland rainforest around his wilderness home to using the old traditional methods to store his kills, through to trapping introduced predators destroying the special rainforest ecosystems, to living off the smell of an oily rag. Out of the Wild is a unique New Zealand wilderness tale.


Charlie Paterson was born to a farming family in Southland. Charlie has worked in a variety of roles from being in the NZ Army to stoking coal fired boilers on a tourist steam ship in Queenstown. He has managed seacage Salmon Farms at Stewart Island and he has run a charitable Outdoor Education Centre in Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, and he has also owned and operated his own motel. Most of Charlie’s working and recreational life has been spent in some very remote wilderness locations that few people get to visit, until getting married to his lovely wife Bronny in 2009. They have since had two young children and now live happily in Invercargill.

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Talofa, Everyone,

I’m giving a poetry reading at the THIRSTY DOG TAVERN, 469 Karangahape Road, Auckland, on Tuesday 3 April, starting at 8 pm. Musicians will also be performing.


Hope all is well with you.

Al Wendt


The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust has announced its 2018 list of the best children’s and young adult books published during 2017 by New Zealand authors and illustrators.
The Notable Book List, for the highest quality books in four genres, is compiled from more than 100 entries from publishers by expert panels of authors, teachers, librarians, academics and parents.

The annual list was begun by Storylines in 1999 and selection is eagerly sought by authors, illustrators and publishers. It provides a useful reading and purchasing guide to families, schools and libraries, and to young readers. 
The 2018 Storylines Notable Books list is:

Picture Books

What Are You Supposed to be? Paul Beavis (Scholastic NZ)

Torty and the Soldier, Jennifer Beck & Fifi Colston (Scholastic NZ)                                      

The Longest Breakfast, Jenny Bornholdt & Sarah Wilkins (Gecko Press)                             

Ng  Tae / Colours, Kitty Brown & Kirsten Parkinson (Reo Pēpi)                                           

Scarface Claw, Hold Tight! Lynley Dodd (Penguin Random House)

That’s Not the Monster We Ordered,            Richard Fairgray (Penguin Random House)

If I had an Elephant, Richard Fairgray & Terry Jones (Scholastic NZ)                                              

The Curious Ar-Chew, Sarah Grundy, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly (Scholastic NZ)                     

Inspector Brunswick: The Case of the Missing Eyebrow, Angela Keoghan & Chris Lam Sam

(Tate Publishing)                                                                    

Ambulance, Ambulance! Sally Sutton & Brian Lovelock (Walker Books Australia)              

It’s My Egg and You Can’t Have It, Kennedy Warne & Heather Hunt (Potton & Burton)     

Special mention
Tu Meke Tui: Koni atu kē ngā āhua o te manu rērere, Malcolm Clarke &Hayley King (Little Love)                                                                                   

Young Adult

The Severed Land, Maurice Gee (Penguin Random House)                         

Flight Path, David Hill (Penguin Random House)                                          

Zeustian Logic, Sabrina Malcolm (Gecko Press)                                                       

Pieces of You, Eileen Merriman (Penguin Random House)                                      

The Traitor and the Thief, Gareth Ward (Walker Books Australia)              

Junior Fiction

Flying Furballs: Most Wanted, Donovan Bixley (Upstart Press)          

Flying Furballs: Unmasked, Donovan Bixley (Upstart Press)

Helper and Helper, Joy Cowley & Gavin Bishop (Gecko Press)         

The Thunderbolt Pony, Stacy Gregg (HarperCollins)           

The Spaghetti Giraffe, Sarah Johnson & Deborah Hinde (Flat Bed Press)    

How Not to Stop a Kidnap Plot, Suzanne Main (Scholastic NZ)         

My New Zealand Story: Bastion Point, Tania Roxborogh (Scholastic NZ)     

Awatea’s Treasure, Fraser Smith (Huia Publishers)            

Miniwings #1: Glitterwing’s Book Week Blunder, Sally Sutton & Kirsten Richards (Scholastic NZ)

Special mention:

The Dragon Defenders - Book One, James Russell (Dragon Brothers)

The Dragon Defenders - Book Two: The Pitbull Returns, James Russell (Dragon Brothers)                                                                        

New Zealand’s Great White Sharks: How science is revealing their secrets, Alison Ballance (Potton & Burton)   

Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story, Gavin Bishop (Penguin Random House)

Whose Feet are These? Gillian Candler & Fraser Williamson (Potton & Burton)                

Collins Field Guide to the New Zealand Seashore, Sally Carson & Rod Morris (HarperCollins)

Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands, Maria Gill & Marco Ivancic (Scholastic NZ)  

Toroa’s Journey, Maria Gill & Gavin Mouldey (Potton & Burton)                                        

Sky High: Jean Batten’s Incredible Flying Adventures, David Hill (Penguin Random House)           

How to Mend a Kea + Other Fabulous Fix-it Tales from Wildbase Hospital, Janet Hunt (Massey University)
Nature Storybooks: Gecko, Raymond Huber & Brian Lovelock (Walker Books Australia)   

Cook Islands Heroes, David Riley & Michel Mulipola (Reading Warrior)                            

Explore! Aotearoa, Bronwen Wall & Kimberly Andrews (Kennett Brothers)                       

Special mention:

Powering up with Joseph Parker, David Riley (Reading Warrior)

Go Fiji, Go, David Riley (Reading Warrior)

The award certificates will be presented at the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and National Awards Day on Sunday 8 April.

For more information please contact:
Margaret Samuels, Publicity, Storylines,   mob: 027-417-7211