Thursday, August 24, 2017

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Briefs: Clinton Excerpt Recalls Trump As "Creep," And More
Excerpts from Hillary Clinton's forthcoming What Happened were released to Morning Joe and played widely in the media this morning. Recalling the presidential debate shortly after the release of the Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trump, Clinton writes: "This is not OK, I thought. It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces.

"It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled. It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, well, what would you do? Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren't repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, 'back up you creep, get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.'"

At Random House Children's Noreen Herits rejoins the publicity team as executive director, reporting to Dominique Cimina. She was previously director of marketing and publicity at Workman. Jillian Vandall has been promoted to senior manager of publicity.

The LA Times looks at how local publisher Colleen Dunn Bates at Prospect Park Books found success with careful publication of selected cookbooks and is the area's "only independent publisher of cookbooks." They note, "While her non-fiction and fiction catalogue expanded from two to 13 titles annually, she publishes only one cookbook a year, always by a local chef (or, in the case of 'L.A. Mexicano,' multiple chefs) with a following."
Author Thomas Ricks writes in the Atlantic about how longtime editor Scott Moyers persuaded him to completely rewrite his recent book on Churchill and Orwell -- and Moyers was completely right

Latest from The Bookseller

Cartes Postales from Greece delivers a second week at number one
Victoria Hislop’s Cartes Postales from Greece (Headline) has once again voyaged into the Official UK Top 50 number one spot, selling 27,201 copies for £116,694—a 19.3% boost week on week.

Harrogate to host UK-exclusive Dan Brown event
Dan Brown is appearing in Harrogate for the exclusive UK launch of his upcoming novel, Origin (Transworld).

'Don't punish CUP over censorship U-turn', China urged
The International Publishers Association (IPA) has applauded Cambridge University Press' decision to reverse the censorship of hundreds of articles online from one of its journals, but has also urged Chinese authorities not to punish the press for rolling back on its decision.

Jim Broadbent's graphic novel to Fantagraphics
Fantagraphic Books has signed Dull Margaret, the first graphic novel from actor Jim Broadbent, illustrated by comic book artist Dix.

Chinese education publishers found UK-based Innova
Three major Chinese education publishers have joined together to co-found a UK-based English Language Teaching publishing house.

PRH scoops memoir of body activist Howard
Penguin Random House Children’s is publishing the memoir of model and body activist Charli Howard.


Liu made first BIBF Reading Ambassador
One of China’s most famous authors will embark on his tenure as the first Beijing International Book Fair-backed Reading Ambassador this week, with a remit to promote a love of reading for pleasure - particularly to students - across China.

Portobello wins auction for Japanese 'literary sensation'
Portobello Books has snapped up a prize-winning debut from Japanese author Sayaka Murata entitled Convenience Store Woman.

'Extraordinary' response to call for Corbyn illustrations
Independent graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero is to publish its comic-book anthology about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on the 25th September following an "extraordinary" response to its open call for submissions.

Foulds' novel on the 'perils of celebrity' to Cape
Jonathan Cape will publish Adam Foulds’ “stunning, terrifying” new novel about a self-obsessed actor and a deranged fan.

Yellow Kite title asks readers to re-think infidelity
Yellow Kite has acquired a book by couples’ therapist Esther Perel asking readers to re-examine their prejudices and assumptions about infidelity.

Bookspeed expands after sales grow to £9m
Specialist book and gift supplier Bookspeed has more than doubled its operational capacity to more than 25,000 sq ft by investing significantly in additional warehouse facilities.

Arts Journal - Words

Sometimes When Your Editor Yells At You, He’s Entirely Right (No Matter How Much It Hurts)

Sometimes When Your Editor Yells At You, He’s Entirely Right (No Matter How Much It Hurts)
Thomas Ricks labored over his new book, making it just so. When he was done, his editor hated the result, and harshly told him so. In completely rewriting it, Ricks discovered not only that his editor was right but that he could produce something much better…

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Read the story at The Atlantic Published: 08.22.17

Village Voice To Quit Print Publication

Village Voice To Quit Print Publication
The Village Voice was founded in 1955 by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher and Norman Mailer, and for decades it sold a weekly version thick with classified ads. Its mix of political and cultural coverage created a model for alternative weeklies around the country, many of which have since folded. In 1996, facing competition from publications like Time Out New York and The New York Press, it changed to free distribution to boost circulation numbers, but gradually it came to rely on ads for sex and escort services for revenue. Under its current ownership, the paper eliminated sex advertising and increased its print distribution to 120,000 copies.

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Read the story at The New York Times Published: 08.22.17

The Glossaries That Define Africa

The Glossaries That Define Africa
“When African writers get together on our own, we talk about glossaries. These additions to the main text, often vetted, if not entirely decided, by publishers, are crucial to how it will be received by readers. But when African writers talk about glossaries, we don’t just exchange tips. (How long? How comprehensive? By whom?) We talk about whether to include one at all, whether to offer glosses within the text or omit all glossing entirely. To gloss, or not to gloss? That is the question.”

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Read the story at New York Review of Books Published: 08.21.17

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

One of the oldest New Zealand books continuously in print for over 120 years

Yates Garden Guide
now in its 79th edition

First published in 1895, the Yates Garden Guide is one of the oldest New Zealand books in continuous publication. It remains the most comprehensive, reliable and practical source of advice for all New Zealand gardeners.
As our world changes, gardening habits change. Gardening fashions change, too. The Yates Garden Guide records, reflects and reacts to these changes, keeping each edition of the book new and up to date. The challenge over the last 122 years has been to keep the content fresh and relevant for succeeding generations.

While the Yates Garden Guide has grown and changed over the years, it remains a practical book that is of value to everyday homeowners, whether they garden on acreage, a small section, a balcony or a kitchen windowsill. This book offers value to all.

This fully revised new edition of the Yates Garden Guide includes hundreds of plant species, and everything you need to know about growing trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, vegetables, herbs and fruit.
New additions to the 79th edition include:

• New recommendations for pest and disease control and updated problem-solving charts
• How to establish a community garden
• Encouraging bees in the garden
• Growing microgreens
• Transplanting
• A new herb planting and growing chart
• Recommendations on keeping chickens
• New and revised hints from some of New Zealand top gardeners

Yates Garden Guide 79th edition
Publication Date 1 September 2017 | RRP $49.99
published by HarperCollins New Zealand

Sky High: Jean Batten’s Incredible Flying Adventures

Sky High: Jean Batten’s Incredible
Flying Adventures
David Hill & Phoebe Morris (illustrator)

This stunning picture book tells the true story of how Jean Batten became
an international superstar for her solo flights across the world.
The little plane has been flying across the sea for eight hours.
Huge black clouds surround it. Rain pours in. Wind slams.
The aircraft is tossed around like a leaf.

The pilot stares into the darkness. How much fuel is left? Is she flying in the right direction?
How long till she reaches land?
In 1934, Jean Batten set a world record for the fastest flight from England to Australia. Just
two years later, she made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand. Jean’s
fearless determination and flying skills helped her survive storms and crashes, as she
crossed great oceans and lonely deserts in her tiny plane.

This gripping true story with its dazzling illustrations is the third from the award-winning
creators of the picture books First to the Top and Speed King.

More about David Hill
David Hill is a prolific and highly regarded New Zealand writer, playwright, poet, columnist
and critic. Best known for his very popular and award-winning body of work for young
people, ranging from picture books to teenage fiction, his novels have been published all
around the world and translated into several languages, and his short stories and plays for
young people have been broadcast here and overseas.
David has won a number of national and international awards for his writing and was made a
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004. Most recently, Speed King was a 2017
Storylines Notable Picture Book and First to the Top (2016) won the HELL Children’s Choice
Award for Non-Fiction and was also a 2016 Storylines Notable Picture Book. Enemy Camp
(2016) won the 2016 HELL Children’s Choice Award for Junior Fiction. Brave Company
(2014) was also a Storylines Notable Junior Fiction book. My Brother’s War (2012), won
the Junior Fiction and the Children’s Choice Junior Fiction awards in the 2013 New Zealand
Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, as well as a 2014 IBBY Honour Award.

1 August
Picture Puffin
RRP $25.00

Latest News from The Bookseller

CUP backs down over China censorship
Cambridge University Press has back-pedalled on its decision to censor hundreds of articles from one of its flagship journals in China.

Tributes paid to 'extraordinary' Brian Aldiss
“Extraordinary” science fiction writer Brian Aldiss died on Saturday (19th August) after celebrating his 92nd birthday the previous day.

Australia to tax online overseas book orders
Australia will reportedly begin a 10% tax on books ordered online from within Australia and shipped from abroad.

Bloomsbury to launch China imprint; Charkin honoured in Beijing
Bloomsbury has announced the launch of an English language imprint in China next year, while its executive director Richard Charkin has been given a major honour in Beijing for his contribution to the promotion of Chinese publishing overseas. book sales up 46% in 2017, says report's book sales grew 46% to $3bn (£2.33bn) in the first half of 2017, while e-book sales increased 6% to $750m, making the book sector a "stable contributor" to the company's overall success.

Twitter will render children illiterate in 20 years says Jacobson
Novelist Howard Jacobson has said children may be illiterate in 20 years' time, thanks to the rise of smartphones and social media platforms such as Twitter.


Loop snaps up film rights to YA debut Birdy
Film rights have been sold for Birdy, a debut YA novel published by Hot Key Books in 2015, portraying a claustrophobic and menacing friendship between two young women.

Flower-pressed plants feature in Templar debut
Big Picture Press, an imprint of Templar Publishing, has acquired A Year in the Wild, a debut non-fiction title by illustrator Helen Ahpornsiri using nothing but pressed plants.

Comic novel on divorce and badgers to Sandstone
Sandstone Press has acquired a comic literary novel about divorce, mortality and badgers by Rob Palk.

ACE launches library podcast series
Arts Council England (ACE) is launching a series of podcasts to highlight the "positive impact" libraries have on the community.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

People, Etc.

Tina Pohlman left her position as publisher of Open Road in late July, the latest veteran executive to leave the company, which she joined in early 2012. Philip Rappaport is acting publisher, and Libby Jordan will join the company in the new role of executive director, marketing operations. Most recently she was vp, marketing at Bookshout, and has been an advisor to Open Road for many years.

The company's marketing department has been organized into three teams: marketing operations, audience development, and analytics, with Jordan and the other group heads reporting to Mary McAveney. Recent hires on the title marketing team under Jordan include senior director of marketing Hillary Tisman, digital marketing manager Andrew Chapell, and digital marketing coordinator Juliann Fiorentino.

In announcements from the Beijing Book Fair, Richard Charkin said in a speech that Bloomsbury China will launch next year, publishing English-language originals and works in translation, run out of the publisher's London office.

Europa Editions will move their distribution to PGW from Penguin Random House Publisher Services as of February 2018. The deal covers the US, Canada and the rest of the world, except for the UK, Ireland and Italy (with the Ferrante books a big draw in export markets). Europa has been with Penguin and then PRH for the past 10 years, prior to which they were distributed by Consortium. Editor-in-chief Michael Reynolds says in the announcement, "We made a decision based on what was best for our authors, their books, and our business. The Penguin Random House reps, some of whom have been selling our titles for almost 10 years, have done an amazing job getting us to this point, and we're indebted to them. Now, all of us at Europa are energized by the prospects for growth and the greater visibility that PGW and Ingram offer."

Separately, Penguin Random House Publisher Services will distribute children's publisher Holiday House starting May 1, 2018 for the U.S. and December 1, 2018 for Canada and all other territories.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Little Kiwi Has a Forest Feast

Little Kiwi Has a Forest Feast
Bob Darroch

An engaging new story in Bob Darroch’s bestselling Little Kiwi series.
Poor Little Kiwi. He has caught a cold, and all he wants to do is snuggle in his burrow and
eat worms. But words don’t quite sound the same when you’re all blocked up, and Little
Sister gets confused. Is Little Kiwi getting a colt, or has he got a cold?
And is he hungry. . . or ugly?
Soon all the forest friends have gathered to see what is going on. When they discover he’s
sick and hungry, they decide to cheer him up with a wonderful feast!
But will the treats they bring him be what he really wants?

Little Kiwi Has a Forest Feast is a wonderful new heart-warming story of friendship and
caring for others.

More about Bob Darroch
Bob Darroch has been drawing cartoons for most of his life. His work has appeared on
toys, jigsaws, souvenirs and postcards and in newspapers and magazines worldwide. He
started writing and illustrating his own books for children in 1999. In 2001, the first of the
popular Little Kiwi stories were published. Little Kiwi is Scared of the Dark has since been
awarded the Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book. Bob has illustrated
books for other authors, including for his wife, Ruth

1 August
Picture Puffin
RRP $18.99

The Roundup with PW

The ‘New York Times’ Books Desk Will Make You Read Again
Its chief critic took a buy-out. It's consolidating like crazy. But the Gray Lady's books team is neither flailing nor failing. Here's what it is doing. MORE »

Australia to Tax Online Book Orders Shipped from Abroad
In July 2018, Australia will begin collecting a 10% tax on books ordered from within Australia online and shipped from abroad. MORE »

Arts and Humanities Committee Resigns: Sixteen of the 17 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities have resigned en masse.

Cambridge UP Complies With Censorship: Some academics are vowing to boycott the press, which has accepted censorship of one of its journals by the Chines government.

Brian Aldiss Dies at 92: One of Britain's most respected science fiction writers and the author and editor of more than 100 books died at home on his 92nd birthday.

A Pass-Rusher's Passion for Fiction: New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard created a vibrant online book club this summer.

Rockport's Only Bookstore Will Close: Toad Hall, the lone bookstore in Rockport, Mass., will remain open through the early fall, but will close by the end of the year.


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Latest from The Bookseller

IPA calls on China to overturn 'assault' on academic freedom
The International Publishers Association (IPA) is calling on the Chinese authorities to overturn its decision to censor articles in a Cambridge University Press journal, calling the act a "retrograde assault on freedom to publish and academic freedom".

Audio download chart: Ronson's Butterfly Effect
A non-fiction title tops the digital audio download list for the first time, as TV tie-in titles flock into the top 20.

Waterstones to be 'transformed' ahead of Pullman release
Waterstones in Tottenham Court Road (TCR) is set to be “transformed into Lyra’s Oxford” the night before Philip Pullman’s first Book of Dust novel is published.

BIBF: Overseas visitors pounce on currency flux
The 24th edition of the Beijing International Book Fair (23rd–27th August) will have a record number of foreign trade exhibitors - including its biggest ever UK contingent.

Nosy Crow boosts team with raft of new hires
Children’s publisher Nosy Crow is expanding its team as it prepares to turn over £10m for the first time.

BIBF: Usborne campaign to highlight safety threats of pirated titles
Usborne Publishing and Jieli Publishing House will run social media campaigns to educate Chinese consumers over safety worries about fake Usborne titles printed in China.


Morpurgo and Riddell on Hay Children's line-up
Michael Morpurgo, Meg Rosoff and Chris Riddell are among the famous names who will be appearing at the inaugural International Children’s Literature Hay Festival Aarhus 2017.

Yiannopoulos responds to S&S in reissued lawsuit
Milo Yiannopoulos has reissued his $10m legal complaint against Simon & Schuster US for cancelling his book deal.

Buchan moves to Atlantic after auction
Elizabeth Buchan is moving to Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic Books, following a "hotly contested" auction for her next two novels.

Paul O'Grady's Country Life to Transworld
Transworld is publishing a new book from comedian and TV presenter Paul O’Grady on life in the country this November.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

People, Etc
Jason Wells has joined Rodale Children's as associate publisher, director of marketing and publicity. Most recently he was vp, marketing and publicity at Simon & Schuster Children's, after 14 years at Abrams Children's.

Frank Radell has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as sales representative for the trade division's office and school supply channel. He was previously at Norwood House Press.

Author Brian Aldiss, called the "Grand Old Man of British science fiction" by the Guardian, died on Saturday, one day after marking his 92nd birthday. (19th August) after celebrating his 92nd birthday the previous day.

Toad Hall bookstore in Rockport, MA, which has been open for 45 years, will close this fall.

Stirling Books & Brew reopened in Albion, MI under new ownership, despite an accident during renovation that left new co-owner Staci Stuart paralyzed from the waist down. The new owners aim to "stress diversity" and "reach all the demographics."

Lauren Groff's next book, FLORIDA, a collection of stories, will be published next year by Riverhead. The New Yorker has a story, Dogs Go Wolf, that will appear in that collection. She says in an interview: "The collection is a portrait of my own incredible ambivalence about the state where I've lived for twelve years. My feelings for Florida are immoderate, and I love the disappearing natural world, the sunshine, the extraordinary and astonishing beauty of the place as passionately as I hate the heat and moisture and backward politics and the million creatures whose only wish is to kill you. I wrote this collection very slowly and was surprised when it came together to find that the stories built into a ferocious protracted argument."

Arts Journal - Words

When Sue Grafton Started Her Series With ‘A Is For Alibi,’ Few People Knew She’d Get To The End Of The Alphabet

When Sue Grafton Started Her Series With ‘A Is For Alibi,’ Few People Knew She’d Get To The End Of The Alphabet
How did this all get started? Grafton says, “I was reading an Edward Gorey cartoon book called ‘The Gashlycrumb Tinies.’ And that’s little pen-and-ink drawings of Victorian children being done in in various ways. A is for Amy, who fell down the stairs. B is for Basil, assaulted by bears. C for Claire, who – you know, and on down the alphabet. I thought, what a keen idea.”

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Read the story at NPR Published: 08.20.17

The King Of Audiobooks Doesn’t Even Have A Near Rival

The King Of Audiobooks Doesn’t Even Have A Near Rival
George Guidall’s entire family was in the medical profession, and that was his parents’ plan for him. “But as a self-described ‘fat and antisocial’ child in New Jersey, he discovered acting when a high school English teacher recruited him to play Teddy Roosevelt in ‘Arsenic and Old Lace.'” More than 1300 audiobooks later …

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Read the story at The New York Times Published: 08.20.17

Monday, August 21, 2017

University of Waikato Writer in Residence

University of Waikato
& Creative New Zealand
Writer in Residence 2018
School of Arts
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Each year the University of Waikato invites applications for the position of Writer in Residence, tenable for twelve months from January. The salary is $52,000 jointly funded by the University of Waikato and Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.
The position is open to poets, novelists, short story writers, dramatists, and writers of serious non-fiction. Appointment will be made on the basis of a proven track record of publications of high quality, and on the strength of the applicant’s Residency proposal.

The Writer is expected to live in Hamilton during the tenure of the award. There are no teaching or lecturing duties attached to the award, the sole purpose of which is to give the Writer the freedom to write. It is expected the Writer will participate in the cultural life of the University. The Writer will be able to make use of the Michael King Writers’ Retreat in Opoutere for up to two weeks (current market value $3,000).

Enquiries can be made to Assoc. Prof. Sarah Shieff, telephone
07 838 4466 extension 8425 or email:
Closing date: 29 September 2017 Vacancy number: 370298
For more information and to apply, visit

Introducing Atlas - a Medical Literary Journal

Atlas is a journal of creative and nonfiction writing on medicine and the human body.
The publication aims to foster a greater appreciation of creativity in medicine. It hopes to shift our medical conversations from the rigid and prescriptive, to a form that reflects our complexities. Atlas also offers a space for critical discussion of issues faced by the New Zealand healthcare system, its patients and their doctors. Contributors range from doctors, sociologists, medical students, patients, writers and artists.

Issue 02 explores the relationship between the body and our social, historical and physical environments. Featuring writing on:
• The intersection between gender identity and mental illness.
• Why cultural identity matters in practice.
• How built environments can alter our bodily affect.
• The introduction of Western medicine in India as a tool of the British Empire.
• A collection of poems and prose on medical experiences including anxiety, Crohn’s disease and schizophrenia.

Atlas can be found at Unity Books in Auckland and Wellington and other bookstores (see website for more details).
Copies of the publication can also be purchased online at

The most read stories of the past week on The Bookseller:

Our round-up of the most read stories of the past week on The Bookseller:

1. Picador pre-empts essay collection by Muslim women
2. Why O'Reilly Media is no longer selling books online
3. Pressure mounts on book review coverage (£)
4. Firms look outside trade for senior appointments (£)
5. Quarto halts sale talks with mystery bidder
6. Trump tweet causes Amazon's stock to fall $5bn
7. Lion Hudson rescued from administration by AFD Group
8. Pan Mac celebrates 70 years with classics in technicolour
9. Biteback pulls 'true story' of Diana's fatal crash
10. Booker Prize director speaks out after Chaudhuri criticisms (£)

2017 CLNZ Contestable Fund Investments Announced

18 August 2017

Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) is delighted to announce the successful applicants in this year’s round of the CLNZ Contestable Fund. Introduced in 2014, the fund was established to support strategic projects that demonstrate New Zealand publishing growth and development, including within education. In 2017, total funds available, and allocated, were $75,000.

The 2017 CLNZ Contestable Fund recipients are:
• Oratia Media $5,000
• Gecko Press $5,000
• Academy of New Zealand Literature $10,000
• The Writing Bug Ltd $5,000
• The Sapling $15,000
• Toitoi Media Ltd $10,000
• Essential Resources $15,000
• Gillian Candler $10,000

Funding contributions will be made to Oratia Media for their young adult non-fiction project and Gecko Press receives funding towards an independent publisher’s roadshow. Academy of New Zealand Literature receive funding for international promotions of New Zealand writers’ work and The Writing Bug has a contribution to translate Te Reo Singalong books into the Samoan language. The Sapling will receive funding towards content development on their children’s books website and Toitoi Media receives funding to publish New Zealand student’s work in Te Reo. Essential Resources receives contributions towards developing print and digital resources for export and Gillian Candler receives funding towards ‘Nature Heroes’, a conservation-focused non-fiction project.

The selection panel were excited by the array of projects in the 65 applications received. They were particularly impressed with the range of material aimed at young people and in multiple languages that will help to respond to New Zealand's changing demographic. They also commented that it was great to be able to support both digital and physical projects.
The CLNZ Contestable Fund is a dynamic fund able to support projects that may not fit with other funding providers objectives. CEO of CLNZ, Paula Browning, said “We intentionally established the Contestable Fund with broad criteria and the variety of projects that have been funded in the past four years, endorses this approach. Investing in authors and publishers and supporting organisations that deliver value to the sector is what the CLNZ Cultural Fund (where this funding comes from) was set up for.”
Applications for the next round of the CLNZ Contestable Fund will be called for in mid-2018.

The Contestable Fund is part of CLNZ’s Cultural Fund, which derives revenue from CLNZ’s licensing activity in New Zealand. Other grants and awards made from this fund include the CLNZ Writers Aware, NZSA/CLNZ Research Grants and tertiary scholarships for creative writing students. Revenue generated through the licensed copying of copyright material is helping to fund the creation of new work.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Roundup with PW

Celebrities Are Changing the Book Game: Book publicists are working to get new hardcovers into celebrities’ hands in hopes of getting a profile-boosting post on social media.

Saving the 'Paradise Lost' Cottage: A British charity seeks to secure a lasting future for a museum in the home where John Milton completed his epic poem on the fall of man.

George Guidall, King of Audiobooks: The undisputed star of the audiobook world has made more than 1,300 recordings, and has a stack of new prospects sitting beside his bed.

Cara Delevingne Novel Gets Pub Date: The model and actress's debut novel, a coming-of-age YA entry, will be published by Harper on October 3.

Jeff VanderMeer Sees the Apocalypse: The writer dubbed the “Weird Thoreau” on ecological fiction and the cult of climate-change denial.

Still Breathing

STILL BREATHING, my elegy for Derick Burleson, poet / artist, presented here as a video poem, produced & read by the author. I would be most appreciative if you would post this video poem on your blog.

Stephen Oliver - Australasian poet / voice artist and author of 18 volumes of poetry. Lived in Australia for 20 years. Now NZ. Signed on with the radio ship The Voice of Peace broadcasting in the Mediterranean out of Jaffa, Israel in the late 70s. Free-lanced as production voice, narrator, newsreader, radio producer, columnist, copy and feature writer, etc. He has published widely in international literary journals and anthologies. Regular contributor of creative non-fiction and poems to Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian and New Zealand Literature. Poems translated into German, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian. Oliver’s poem cycle Deadly Pollen, Word Riot Press, USA (2003) translated into Spanish (Polen Mortal) by the Chilean poet, Sergio Badilla Castillo and first published in Nagari (Vol 7 2015). Represented in: Writing To The Wire Anthology, edited by Dan Disney and Kit Kelen, University of Western Australia Publishing 2016; Manifesto: A Political Anthology, edited by Emma Neale and Philip Temple, Otago University Press, 2017. Newly released: GONE: Satirical Poems: New & Selected, Greywacke Press, Canberra, 2016.
Kia ora koutou katoa
Thanks to you we’ve made it to middle age and we hope you can join us for some partying. We promise short speeches and long wine. The shop archive – featuring sober and hilarious stills of the shop story, including rare photographs of Alan Preston not engaged in lengthy dialogue – will have gone live by the time you get home. Our anthology of previously published staff-authored work Unity Books at 50 edited by Jane Parkin, will be launched at the birthday party.

Thank you for cheering us on, writing and publishing and buying the books, and making 3 current generations of booksellers happy.
All the best
Tilly Lloyd

Alan Preston (1932-2004) outside Unity Books 42 Willis Street, 1985

Writers Daring to Live Life Differently Take Top Awards

A social entrepreneur and a web developer are the winners of the 2017 Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards, with works announced this evening by the judges’ convenor, Adonia Wylie, as ‘accessible and profound.’

Wellington’s Scottie Reeve, who founded Georgia's and Stories, two container cafes which offer employment to young people, won the Book category for 21-Elephants: Leaving Religion for the Reckless way of Jesus.

Ms Wylie says Scottie Reeve is only thirty-one, yet has lived a full life and had his share of troubles. His aim through this book and his way of life, is to make a difference.

“He rails against the unfulfilled promises of living in the Western world with its commercial emphasis and the rapaciousness of society yet somewhat ironically brings entrepreneurial skills to his spirituality. He runs social enterprises giving work to young people in need and has set up a community with people of like-mind who provide food and comfort for the less fortunate. It is a life after the style of St Francis of Assisi – personal denial for the greater good, a courageous way to live a sacred, spiritual life.

“This book would be inspirational to anyone who values the life of the spirit.”

Jeremy Cole, who lives on the Kapiti Coast, won the Unpublished Manuscript Category with Divine Laziness: The Art of Living Effortlessly.

Ms Wylie says Jeremy Cole has the knack of making even his writing seem effortless as if to demonstrate that yes, being divinely lazy is a good way to live.

“His work’s original concept and title are a refreshing counterpoint for prevailing current wisdom that insists the only life worth living must be driven by goals and purpose.

“It is an original, profound and exemplary work.”

The judging panel comprising of Ashton Wylie trustee, Adonia Wylie, author and broadcaster Lindsay Dawson and writer Joan Rosier-Jones were unanimous in their overall choice of the winning works, which took the honours from a total of 10 finalists.

Each category winner received a $10,000 prize.

Awards director, Tim Eddington, says “the Awards always attract an eclectic and impressive body of work by New Zealanders writing in the genre. We very much hope that the calibre of the Unpublished Manuscript winners and their recognition with these awards will facilitate their publication.”
The Awards are unique in New Zealand for their encouragement of writing in the mind, body, spirit genre.

The 2017 Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards winners (in order) are:
Scottie Reeve 21-Elephants: Leaving Religion for the Reckless Way of Jesus
Cathryn Monro Spilt Milk Yoga: A Guided Self-inquiry to Finding Your Own Wisdom, Joy and Purpose Through Motherhood (Familius)
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Storylines National Festival StoryTour

Stacy Gregg, Darryn Joseph, Gavin Bishop, Sally Sutton
and Tessa Duder
tour Manawatu and Whanganui next week  
 21st August – 25th August


After 23 years of hosting Festival Family Days throughout New Zealand, the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand is this year bringing its Storylines National Festival Story Tour directly to schools and libraries throughout New Zealand.

The Storylines National Festival Story Tour will visit community venues and facilities in metropolitan and regional centres, smaller cities and towns, extending Storylines’ regional reach to communities that have not previously had access to their central city-based Family Days.

And from August 21-25, this inaugural, dynamic tour of presentations and storytelling, which has already entertained 12,000+ children in Northland, South Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty, is coming to Manawatu and Whanganui.

Taking part in this leg are well known children’s authors Tessa Duder, Stacy Gregg, Darryn Joseph, Gavin Bishop and Sally Sutton. These five storytellers will be entertaining school children at 30+ schools, and at Palmerston North and Feilding libraries as part of the six national Storylines events for adults in association with the New Zealand Book Council. After Manawatu and Whanganui, the tour moves onto schools and libraries in the Nelson/Blenheim and Queenstown/Invercargill regions

Dr. Libby Limbrick, Chair of the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand says “The Storylines National Festival Story Tour which started in May this year in Northland is proving very effective.  It’s been a joy to see how taking activities that promote young people’s active engagement with children’s literature directly into schools and community centres has been so well received, and we are looking forward to bringing this experience to many more children across New Zealand this year.”

The aim of the Storylines Festival Story Tour is to connect children's writers, illustrators, poets and storytellers with their readers and audiences, to enjoy books and reading, and to encourage literacy. The tour and programme is completely free to enable access to all to high quality New Zealand children's literature.

For details of author visit times/venues in your area, please contact

Monday 21 August

  • Palmerston North schools during the day.
  • Event at Palmerston North Central Library for adults, 5.30pm - 7.00pm. Gavin Bishop, Stacy Gregg, Sally Sutton and Darryn Joseph will discuss The Joys and Dramas of Writing for Children.

Tuesday 22 August

  • Bunnythorpe, Pahiatua, and Eketahuna schools.

Wednesday 23 August

  • Feilding schools
  • Event at Feilding Library for adults, 5.30 - 7.00pm. Gavin Bishop, Tessa Duder , Sally Sutton and Darryn Joseph will discuss The Joys and Dramas of Writing for Children.

Thursday 24 August

  • Whanganui schools.

Friday 25 August

  • Whanganui and Palmerston North schools.

For more information on the authors click here or please contact 
Darryn Joseph -  
Stacy Gregg – click
Gavin Bishop - click
Sally Sutton - click

Tessa Duder - click

Storylines is delighted that the Storylines National Festival Story Tour will expand its work into new regions, celebrate and promote writers and illustrators of New Zealand children’s literature, and continue Storylines’ aims of:

•    nurturing a love of reading and writing by young people of all ages in a range of genres: fiction, non-fiction, graphic, oral and digital;

•    supporting the work and professional development of New Zealand’s writers and illustrators of books for children and young people;

•    developing an appreciation of the power of children's literature in supporting the development of cultural identity and literacy in children and young adults throughout New Zealand.