Thursday, April 19, 2018



Recognise which past New Zealand Book Awards-winning novel has the opening line: “He walks down the street. The asphalt reels by him.”? Know your Stead from your Smither, your Ihimaera from your Manhire?

The Auckland Writers Festival’s first Great NZ Lit Quiz celebrates the 50th anniversary of our very own national book awards. Gather your team together and get ready for a great night out.



We’ve designed the lit quiz to end all lit quizzes, traversing the rich and varied terrain of Aotearoa’s writerly landscape in a series of quick and quirky questions.
 The masterful AWF programming team


Supported by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust and hosted by Te Radar, the quiz includes six rounds about local literature and writers, with spot prizes between rounds for answers to questions relating directly to past book awards winners.

The Quiz takes place on Friday 18 May, 8.45pm in the Heartland Festival Room, Aotea Square. Find out more about the event, and how to sign up your team, here.

From The Booksller

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April 18, 2018
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Michael Kogge’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Dean & Son) has ascended into the UK Official Top 50 number one spot, selling 62,104 copies through Nielsen BookScan’s TCM.
Amazon shopping app
Amazon has launched an “international shopping experience” through an app which allows customers worldwide to browse and ship more than 45 million products from the US.
Jesper Stein
Mirror Books has acquired a five-book series by "Scandi noir sensation", Jesper Stein.
Gay's the Word
A window in London-based gay and lesbian bookshop Gay's the Word has been smashed.
A debut author has hit back after her novel was criticised in an Observer review, which has become the focus of a debate on social media.
Harper Lee
The Broadway producers of an adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird are counter-suing the Harper Lee estate, which last month brought a suit against them arguing the script differed too much from Lee's original book.

Louisa de Lange
Orion Fiction has acquired a psychological suspense debut at auction with "the mother of all high-concept twists".
Phillip Pullman
Pullman to judge Chinese-themed short story competition
Philip Pullman is to judge a new 500-word short story competition which is being launched ahead of the 2018 Liverpool Literary Festival.
Richard Herring
Sphere non-fiction is publishing comedian Richard Herring's book about "conversation-savers for any situation" this October.
Alys Conran
Weidenfeld & Nicolson has acquired a "bold" new novel by Wales Book of the Year winner and Dylan Thomas Prize shortlisted author Alys Conran. 
Octavia E Butler
Headline is publishing a new edition of Octavia E Butler's "ground-breaking masterpiece" Kindred with a foreword from Ayòbámi Adébáyò.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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April 17, 2018
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Feminist Fortnight
Over 25 radical and independent bookshops are taking part in a two-week long celebration of feminist books in a bid to add to the debate about diversity in publishing and showcase books by women writers.
Class Pay Gap
A report slamming representation in the arts has highlighted a "class pay gap" in publishing of up to £23,000 a year and found that people of working class origins make up just 12.6% of the sector.
Jon Wood
Jon Wood, Orion’s group publisher, is leaving the company after 18 years.
Ocean Vuong
Rights to T S Eliot Prize winner Ocean Vuong’s debut novel have been snapped up around the world, with Jonathan Cape clinching rights to publish it in the UK.
Matt Wright
Matt Wright, who has been running Hachette UK's distribution business as managing director, is being promoted to c.e.o. of Hachette UK Distribution.
Pulitzer Prizes
Novelist Andrew Sean Greer and poet Frank Bidart were among those awarded Pulitzer Prizes this year, alongside rapper Kendrick Lamar and the New York Times team which broke the Harvey Weinstein story.

Write | Now
PRH is opening its WriteNow scheme up to picture book illustrators to better serve and represent its youngest readers.
Walt Scott Prize
Jennifer Egan, Benjamin Myers and Paul Lynch are among the authors shortlisted for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment
Penguin Random House has bought a new children’s series, about a girl genius called Max Einstein, by James Patterson.
Wolfson Foundation
Allen Lane and Yale University Press (YUP) both have two books apiece on the £40,000 Wolfson History Prize 2018 shortlist, which recognises and celebrates books which combine excellence in historical research with readability for a general audience.
Elisa Offord
HarperCollins Children’s Books has appointed Elisa Offord as interim marketing director, covering Alex King's maternity leave.
Geovani Martins
Faber has acquired a debut book by 26-year-old Brazilian writer Geovani Martins.