Friday, October 31, 2014

Saturday Morning with Kim Hill: 1 November 2014 on Radio New Zealand National

8:15 Steven Pinker: writing and style
9:05 Sir Peter Gluckman: obesity and health
9:40 Marieke Hardy: letters and women
10:05 Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
11:05 Richard Louv: nature and children
11:40 Energy with David Haywood: solar photovoltaic part 2

This Saturday's team:
Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineers: Brad Warrington, Chris Keogh Auckland engineer: Brian Mahoney Christchurch engineer: Andrew Collins Research by Anne Buchanan, Infofind

8:15 Steven Pinker
Steven Pinker is a Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for many publications, and is the author of ten books, most recently The Sense of Style: the Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (Allen Lane, ISBN: 978-1-846-14550-6).

9:05 Sir Peter Gluckman
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman is the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor. He is known for his work promoting the use of evidence in policy formation and the translation of scientific knowledge into better social, economic, and environmental outcomes, and his research interests include the developmental origins of health and disease, epigenetics, and evolutionary medicine.

9:40 Marieke Hardy
Marieke Hardy is co-curator with Michaela McGuire of the monthly Women of Letters occasion in Melbourne, in which six well- known women each read out a letter to an audience on a topic received in advance, followed by a panel discussion. With a theme of Letter to my Unanswered Question, Women of Letters will be staged in Wellington on 16 November as one of the events at Lit Crawl, a weekend literary festival first staged in San Francisco in 2004, and taking place in New Zealand for the first time (15-16 November).

10:05 The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra 
The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra was formed in 2005, and currently comprises Age Pryor, Gemma Gracewood, Andy Morley-Hall, Bek Coogan, Carmel Russell, Daniel Yeabsley, Megan Salole, Steve Jessup, Sam Auger, Francis Salole, guest performer Amanda Billing, and (when available) Nigel Collins and Bret McKenzie. The Orchestra has released four EPs, completed a tour of China and Japan in October (click here to see an image gallery), and is about to embark on a New Zealand tour in support of the release of the debut full-length album, Be Mine Tonight, playing in Dunedin (8 November), Invercargill (9 November), Alexandra (10 November), Wanaka (11 November), Ashburton (13 November), Christchurch (14 and 15 November), Palmerston North (21 November), New Plymouth (22 November), Taupo (23 November), Napier (25 November), Tauranga (27 November), Auckland (28 November 10pm - 7pm show sold out), NZ Ukulele Festival, Auckland (29 November), Kerikeri (30 November), Wellington (5 and 6 December). A United States tour is planned for January 2015.

11:05 Richard Louv
Richard Louv is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network. He is the author of eight books which helped launch an international movement to connect children and their families to nature, most recently The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder (2011, Algonquin, ISBN: 978-1-616201418). He will visit New Zealand to speak at the national event A Place to Live, to be held in Whanganui from 16 to 19 November, building on themes from the 2012 Transit of Venus Forum.

11:40 Energy with David Haywood
David Haywood has a Ph.D. in engineering and lives in Dunsandel. He is currently contributing This Week in Parliament on his Southerly blog at Public Address, and is the author of the collection of humorous essays My First Stabbing, the children's book The Hidden Talent of Albert Otter, and The New Zealand Reserve Bank Annual 2010 (all He will continue his discussion of solar photovoltaic energy.

On Saturday 1 November 2014 during Great Encounters between 6:06pm and 7:00pm on Radio New Zealand National, you can hear a repeat broadcast of Kim Hill's interview from 25 October 2014 with penguin expert Spencer Lloyd Davis.

Patient photographic book images come to Auckland

Dr Chris Reid, author of the stunning book Patient is delighted that The Auckland Camera Centre will be showing a selection of large print images from his book. The exhibition is open to the public but on opening night Chris will be in attendance and there will be refreshments served so we would like to invite to come along and wander through the images at your leisure and if you have time stop and say hi to Chris.

Please feel free to bring a friend, colleague or partner, this is an open event.

If you are unable to come along on Friday 7th you are welcome to come and have a look at
anytime during the above dates. It will be available for viewing during The Auckland Camera

Centre’s normal trading hours which are: Monday to Friday  9am to 5:30pm + Saturday 9am to 3pm.

Doyle, Toibin, Norton, Keane up for Irish Book Awards& other news from The Bookseller

  • Compared to Frankfurt‘s imposing skyscrapers, the entrance to the halls containing the Frankfurt Book Fair is fairly unassuming. Once our group of 32 postgraduate publishing... Read more

Stephen King: ‘Religion is a dangerous tool … but I choose to believe God exists’

Blockbuster author reveals his spiritual side in lengthy Q&A to launch new novel that deals with a minister’s loss of faith

… Stephen King.
… Stephen King. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/Getty Images
Stephen King, whose forthcoming novel Revival features a Methodist minister who condemns his faith after a horrific accident, has described organised religion as “a very dangerous tool that’s been misused by a lot of people”.

In a rare and lengthy question and answer session published in the print edition of Rolling Stone, King laid out how he “grew up in a Methodist church”, but how he “had doubts” about organised religion ever since he was a child, and how “once I got through high school, that was it for me”.

Nevertheless, said the bestselling novelist, he chooses to believe in God “because it makes things better. You have a meditation point, a source of strength”. He told Rolling Stone: “I choose to believe that God exists, and therefore I can say, ‘God, I can’t do this by myself. Help me not to take a drink today. Help me not to take a drug today.’ And that works fine for me.”

Revival opens as its narrator, Jamie Morton, feels a shadow fall over him. It is his small town’s new minister, Charles Jacobs; the meeting sparks a connection that will reverberate through Jamie’s life, taking him to an ending the publisher is calling “the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written”.

King told Rolling Stone that he believed “in evil”, but that all his life he has “gone back and forth about whether or not there’s an outside evil, whether or not there’s a force in the world that really wants to destroy us, from the inside out, individually and collectively. Or whether it all comes from inside and that it’s all part of genetics and environment.”

The 10 greatest changes of the past 1,000 years

In Europe, the last millennium has been shaped by successive waves of change, but which shifts, in which centuries, have really shaped the modern world? Historian Ian Mortimer identifies the 10 leading drivers of change in his new book.

Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer is published by Bodley Head (£20)

Next BOOK CHAT meeting Wednesday 5 November


WHEN?   Wednesday 5 November at 6 p.m.

WHAT?    The topic is "HUMOUR".   Those attending are encouraged to share book/s that they have found humorous and that children/young adults have enjoyed.     

WHO?       Cilla was inspired to turn negativity (about quakes, road cones, insurance, EQC, traffic delays, flooding, etc) into using humour to activate the endorphins in the brain. She is starting this session by sharing some of the books and picture books that her students enjoyed.  What stood the test of time?  What invoked laughter?  Is it just books about bottoms?

AUDIENCE?   Teachers, Librarians, Parents, Booksellers, Publishers . . . in fact anyone who is interested in Children's Literature.
WHERE?    Children's Bookshop, Shop 5, Blenheim Square, 227 Blenheim Road, Christchurch


Author's '10 Favorite Things About Bookshops'

Shelf Awareness

British author Sara Sheridan, whose latest novel is England Expects, loves bookshops. "Everywhere I go I try to hunt out local bookshops," she wrote on the U.K.'s Books Are My Bag website. "Some are quite magical--almost as if the selection has been tailored for me. I'm a story adventurer always on the lookout for a book that will give me that intoxicating experience of removing me from the real world and sucking me between its pages....

"Still, what I like most about bookshops are the differences between them.... This makes it difficult to pick my top ten favorite things in bookshops. Quite apart from anything else it's difficult to restrict the list and ironically not all of my favorite things have much to do with books, per se, but here I go:

  1. A comfortable chair to curl up in.
  2. Somewhere to wander--shelves that go round corners or up stairs.
  3. The prospect of a cup of tea...
  4. ...and a scone.
  5. A relaxed atmosphere...
  6. which you can ask for recommendations or discuss something you've found.
  7. An unexpected section by which I mean shelves of books that have been curated by the shop--art books or Italian cookery books or a fan section for an unusual genre. I discovered Elizabeth Jane Howard's work this way--a joy.
  8. The smell of printed paper and hardback covers.
  9. A ticking clock. I have fond memories of being lulled in a second hand Wigtown bookshop by a ticking clock. It was raining outside and I spent the afternoon browsing around corners and coming across a chair now and then. The clock felt like a heartbeat and I came away with some very special finds.
  10. Last but not least, the clever and inspiring people behind the counter--those at the crossroads of our reading lives who give their time and will chat with kindness. Thank you for all the stories you have directed my way without judgment. That, without doubt, is the most important thing.

International Prize for Arabic Fiction winner leads literary masterclass

IPAF winner Bahaa Taher leads literary masterclass

·         Bahaa Taher is joined as mentor by shortlisted author Ibrahim Nasrallah and former judge Zhor Gourram
·         Nine emerging writers to take part in writers’ workshop
·         Former nadwa participants include 2014 IPAF winner, Ahmed Saadawi

Nine authors have begun an eight day workshop led by three of the Arab world’s leading writers, Bahaa Taher, Zhor Gourram and Ibrahim Nasrallah. This marks the sixth year of the prestigious IPAF nadwa, which brings together emerging writers from across North Africa and the Middle East and gives them the opportunity to hone their skills under the tutelage of IPAF winning and shortlisted authors.

The workshop, which takes place in the secluded Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, is sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region.

The nine participants have been identified by former judges of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction as ‘ones to watch’.  Aged 40 and under, they come from six different countries – the UAE, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Omanand a variety of writing backgrounds and professions.

The aim of the nadwa is to give the authors a retreat where they are able to work on a new piece of fiction, or to develop an existing, unpublished work. They will be mentored by three writers from the IPAF fold: inaugural winner Bahaa Taher (2008), judge Zhor Gourram (2014) and shortlisted author Ibrahim Nasrallah (shortlist, 2009; longlist, 2013 and 2014). They will also take part in daily discussions with their peers, critiquing each other’s work as well as discussing literature in more general terms.

The result of the nadwa will be nine new works of fiction which will be, in time, edited and published through the IPAF website: Two previous nadwa participants – Mansoura Ez Eldin and Mohammed Hasan Alwan – have gone on to be shortlisted for the prestigious prize; the latter for his 2012 novel, The Beaver, which began life in the IPAF nadwa in 2009. Ahmed Saadawi, who participated in the 2012 nadwa, won the prize in 2014 with Frankenstein in Baghdad.

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is the leading international prize for Arabic literature. Sponsored by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and run in association with the Booker Prize Foundation in the UK, the Prize aims to celebrate the very best of contemporary Arabic fiction and encourage wider international readership of Arabic literature through translation.

Further information on the Prize can be found at:


Would You Pay $5K For This Book?: Taschen is publishing a $5,000 collectors edition and a selection of $10,000 art editions of 'Rolling Stones,' which officially goes on sale in December.

Galway Kinnell Dies At 87: The poet, who was recognized with both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, died on Tuesday at his home in Sheffield, Vt.

New York Times Best Illustrated Books : Every year since 1952, the 'Book Review' has convened an independent panel of judges to select picture books on the basis of artistic merit. Here are the 2014 winners.

Florida Bookstore Seeks Nonprofit Status: The owners of Wild Iris Books, the last feminist bookstore in Florida, are pursuing a nonprofit status in order to keep the store open.

Trick? Or Treat?: Favorite books reimagined as candy wrappers.

Who Says You Can't Quantify Literature?

Book2Book Thursday 30 Oct 2014

The longest novels, the shortest stories, the number of kisses in Jane Austen's novels have been counted so you don't have to. So here's literature by the numbers, the big and small and in between.

Obituary Note: Galway Kinnell - Pulitzer Prize winning poet

Galway Kinnell, "who was recognized with both a Pulitzer Prize and an American Book Award for a body of poetry that pushed deep into the heart of human experience in the decades after World War II," died Tuesday, the New York Times reported. He was 87. His many books include Selected Poems, The Book of Nightmares and When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone.

A former Vermont Poet Laureate, "Galway wasn't afraid to explore the full range of emotion in his poems," Major Jackson, poet and University of Vermont professor, told the Burlington Free Press. "He expressed terror, he expresses profound awe at human existence, and regret. You can hear all of it in his work. It would be limiting for us to confine him merely as a protest poet or a poet of the heart or a Romantic poet. Maybe that's part of his allure, that he captures the full range of human emotions."

From his poem "Another Night in the Ruins":

How many nights must it take
one such as me to learn
that we aren't, after all, made
from that bird that flies out of its ashes, 
that for us
as we go up in flames, our one work
to open ourselves, to be
the flames?

Shelf Awareness

Kobo Adds Marvel Comic Book Titles

Shelf Awareness

Kobo has added Marvel comic books to its digital reading platform. The illustrated e-books can be viewed on Kobo devices as well as free reading apps for most tablets and smartphones.

"For more than 75 years, Marvel has been transporting comic fans to exciting new galaxies," said Santiago Melo, merchandiser, Kobo. "Tackling big issues with larger than life characters, these stories continue to be a constant source of enrichment in our popular culture and we couldn't be happier to welcome them to the Kobo family."

David Gabriel, senior v-p, sales & marketing for Marvel Entertainment, said the company "is excited about our partnership with Kobo and happy to have the opportunity to provide fans, new and existing, another great way to experience our legendary content.

In Praise of Literary Failure

In Praise of Literary Failure

I’ll be honest: I’m baffled by the contemporary mania for the slogan “fail better.” Sure, in context, I appreciate Samuel Beckett’s famous line, but I can’t shake the notion that it comes from a piece called Worstward Ho. “Ever tried,” he writes, “Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” The way it’s often used today, “fail better” implies that we’re lurching and stumbling, toddler-like, toward a better world. But the speaker in Beckett’s fiction isn’t moving toward success; he’s moving worstward. If we take the Oxford English Dictionary’s first-order definition of failure as a “lack of success,” we can appreciate that to fail better is to screw up more drastically, more spectacularly than ever before. To “fail better” is to lurch and stumble ever closer to the abyss. … Read More

Thursday, October 30, 2014

France's Hachette Expands Interests in Russia

Today's Feature Story:

Eileen Gittins, CEO of Blurb, says that even as the digital transformation takes hold, a series interest in high quality print remains.

Over the past two years Blurb has transitioned from small-scale custom publishing to a high-end, full service self-publishing operation.
More News:

Hachette Livre has extended its stake in Azbuka Atticus, Russia's ninth largest publishing conglomerate.

People queue up to toast the Donaldson family as they launch ‘The Vintner’s Table’

The launch of The Vintner’s Table was always going to be a special event, featuring award-winning wines, exquisite food, talented musicians, family and friends. The capacity crowd of 130 (20 more had their names on the waiting list!) gathered at historic Riccarton House, set in beautiful grounds in the middle of Deans Bush, on a perfect Spring evening to celebrate with and raise their glasses to remarkable wine-making family, the Donaldson’s of Pegasus Bay Winery.

To start, a fulsome selection of Pegasus Bay and Main Divide wines were served to guests along with a generous section of canapés from the book, prepared by Riccarton House Bistro’s Head Chef, Sebastian. The guests were entertained by a group of incredibly talented musicians – Hera, Jed and Mosus. Hera and Jed are about to head to Iceland to perform at a music festival there before going to play two shows in New York; they are part of an artistic and musical collaboration called Fledge

When it came time for speeches, Edward Donaldson was the first to speak and talked about the creative process in putting together The Vintner’s Table. He also spoke about each of the contributing chefs, their individual style of cooking and personalities. Ed was full of praise and gratitude for Random House, Nicola Legat and her team, for being so incredibly easy to work with. He also acknowledged photographer Aaron McLean and writer Adrienne Rewi. Chef James Stapley then spoke about his time at Pegasus Bay, remarking what a great experience it had been and that it was “the best place he’d ever worked.” Random House Publisher Nicola Legat responded and officially launched the book, talking about her reasons for approaching the Donaldson family to create a landmark food, wine and business book in one. Once the ribbon was cut, the Donaldson’s held a special draw where guests could win a case of Pinot Noir (six bottles) and another of Riesling; comprising six vintages of each in a special wooden box.

More entertainment, food and vino flowed, as the Donaldson family signed books and chatted to guests. For those lucky enough to have booked, a four-course degustation menu was served as part of the ‘after party’ dinner soiree. This was also a sell-out, with 55 people enjoying top food matched with a Pegasus Bay wine, including some aged gems form the cellar.

 Photos from top - Ivan & Christine Donaldson, publisher Nicola Legat, and happy gathering at launch.

Report by book publicist Sarah Thornton.- Thornton Communications Ltd

Review of book to follow.

Nicola Legat looks back on her career at Random House NZ

Nicola Legat leaves Random House NZ this week after over nine years as Publishing Director. She looks back on a career with the company during which Random House was voted best local publisher a remarkable seven times.

Story - The Read




    In 2014 over 4,000 intermediate and secondary students filled theatres at the Festival to see their literary heroes in action. In 2015, for the seventh year, the Schools Programme will again feature writers and performers from around the world in two jam-packed days of sessions and workshops to entertain and inspire young audiences.

    We are delighted to announce just a few of the wonderful writers joining us next year. From the UK, author of the Alex Rider teen spy series and one of the world's most celebrated writers for young people, Anthony Horowitz. Award-winning author of teen and historical fiction, Laurie Halse Anderson,  joins us from the US. From our own shores, we warmly welcome the return of Bernard Beckett with his new novel, Lullaby, and spoken word poet, Grace Taylor, with a new performance.
    Many more writers will be revealed in February!

    The full programme will be available, and bookings (which can only be made by schools) will open on 2 February 2015. For enquiries about the Schools Programme, please contact us.


    First ever adult novel from John Marsden, celebrated writer of young adult novels

    South of Darkness
    John Marsden

    Publication: 1 November 2014,Macmillan, RRP $44.99, Hardback

    Thirteen-year-old Barnaby Fletch is a bag-and-bones orphan in London in the late 1700s.

    Barnaby lives on his wits and ill-gotten gains, on streets seething with the press of the throng and shadowed by sinister figures. Life is a precarious business.

    When he hears of a paradise on the other side of the world – a place called Botany Bay – he decides to commit a crime and get himself transported to a new life, a better life.

    To succeed, he must survive the trials of Newgate Prison, the stinking hull of a prison ship and the unknown terrors of a journey across the world.And Botany Bay is far from the paradise Barnaby has imagined. When his past and present suddenly collide, he is soon fleeing for his life – once again.

    A riveting story of courage, hope and extraordinary adventure.

    About the author
     John Marsden grew up in three states of Australia, and now lives in Victoria. John loved school so much that he started his own. Or, he hated school so much that he started his own in 2006 so that other kids wouldn't have to go through the suffering he experienced. Candlebark is in a beautiful forest near Hanging Rock, and is John's proudest achievement.

    John has published more than 40 books, including the bestselling The Tomorrow Series. Tomorrow When the War Began was made into a highly successful movie in 2010. 

    Dear Neil Roberts - you are invited to the launch

    It is 18 November, 1982.
    Neil Ian Roberts is 22 years old.
    He walks up to the Police Computer Centre
    in Whanganui, at 12.35am.

    Victoria University Press warmly invite you to the launch of

    Dear Neil Roberts
    by Airini Beautrais

    on Thursday 20 November

    at The Guest Room, Southern Cross Garden Bar
    39 Abel Smith St

    Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Unity Books, p/b, $25
    Airini will be available to sign
    The Guest Room will operate a cash bar
    About Dear Neil Roberts
    Who was Neil Roberts? This is the search for the story of a quiet young man, an anarchist, a figure who moves differently, or vanishes altogether, in different versions of history. How are such people remembered; how are they forgotten?

    As much a work of documentary as poetry, this extraordinary book considers the uncomfortable event of Neil Roberts’s death, its significance in the context of 1980s New Zealand, and how this action has reverberated through others’ lives, including the poet’s own.

    About the author
    Airini Beautrais was born in 1982 and grew up in Auckland and Whanganui. She studied ecological science and creative writing at Victoria University, and worked for several years as a science teacher. Dear Neil Roberts is her third book of poetry. Her first book Secret Heart was published by VUP in 2006, followed by Western Line (2011). Secret Heart was named as the Best First Book of Poetry in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2007. Airini lives in Whanganui with her partner and two children.

    Antiquarian Book News

    PBA Galleries – November 6 – 11.00am
    Sale 545

    The Pamela Harer Collection of Rare & Antiquarian Children's Books – Part I

    Among the highlights:
    • The History of Little Goody Twoshoes. First Worcester Edition, printed by Isaiah Thomas in 1787. Estimate: $3,000/5,000. 

    • Early hornbook, stamped with the effigy of Charles II on Horseback. One of six lots of hornbooks included in this auction. Estimate: $1,500/2,500.
    * First English Edition of A Primer for the Use of the Mohawk Children. London, 1786. 
    • Exceedingly rare. Estimate: $15,000/20,000. 
    • The privately printed first edition of Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester. One of only 500 copies printed for the author in 1902. Estimate: $3,000/5,000. 
    • Curiöser Spiegel… Delightful hand-colored depictions of life from the cradle to the grave, printed from the 17th century blocks in 1824. Estimate: $7,000/10,000. 
    • Lewis Carrol's The Nursery Alice. One of only 12 copies bound as samples for the American market, 1889. Estimate $7,000/10,000. 
    • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. First edition of the author's best known work. The winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1964. Estimate $5,000/8,000. 
    • Cris de St. Petersbourg. 14 hand-colored cards depicting the tradesmen and tradeswomen of St. Petersburg, 1834. Estimate: $5,000/8,000. 
    • First edition of the Curiosities in the Tower of London (1741) the third of Thomas Boreman's miniature "Gigantick Histories", an unrecorded variant. Estimate: $5,000/8,000.

    Each lot illustrated in the online version of the catalogue.
    Bid directly from the site. Now available in the Bid Live Now section
    Please visit our website to view a select group of 187 lots of rare and antiquarian children's books and juvenile literature from the 17th through 20th centuries, Tom Thumb and Goody Two-Shoes to Dr. Seuss and Maurice Sendak. Included are seven original hornbooks, for early training in the alphabet; miniature books; abécédaires; alphabet books; almanacs; and much more. In addition, there are nearly 30 lots of Pamela Harer's reference books for children's literature, a key resource in forming her collection. Part II of the collection is scheduled for sale on February 19, 2015.


    Gutenberg Bible

    A copy of Europe’s first printed book, the Gutenberg Bible, is to form part of an exhibition at Cambridge University Library, charting the history of the first century of print, and how books were used by their owners.

    'Private Lives of Print' has just opened, and will include many rare books which have never before been displayed.

    To Contact Ibookcollector Ibookcollector © is published by Rivendale Press. 

    Special Agent John Puller returns in explosive, page-turning thriller

    The Escape
    David Baldacci

    Publication: 1 November 2014, Macmillan - RRP $34.99, Trade Paperback

    Military CID investigator, John Puller, has returned from his latest case in Florida to learn that his brother, Bobby, on death row at Leavenworth Military Prison for national security crimes, has escaped. Preliminary investigations show that he may have had help in his breakout. Now he's on the run, and in disguise, and he's the military's number one target.

    John Puller has a dilemma. Which comes first, loyalty to his country or to his brother? Bobby has state secrets that certain people will literally kill for. But blood is thicker than water, and the brothers are close although even John does not know for sure what Bobby really did for the government, nor if he's even guilty of his crimes. It becomes swiftly apparent, however, that Bobby's role was powerful and far-reaching.

    With the help of John's long-time friend and colleague, General Julie Carson, both brothers move closer to the truth from their opposing directions. And this case puts John Puller in a place he thought he'd never be, on the other side of the law, where even his skills as an investigator, and his strength as a fighter, might not be enough to save him. And his brother.

    About the Author
    David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling novelist. With his books published in over 45 different languages and in more than 80 countries, and with over 110 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. David is also the co- founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization, dedicated to eliminating illiteracy across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at

    Stellar writers spin true stories at LitCrawl event in Wellington

    Writers Nicky Hager, Mandy Hager, Phillip Mann, Lotta Dann, Danyl Mclauchlan and Paul Diamond are the stellar line-up at the New Zealand Book Council’s True Stories Told Live event on 15 November in Wellington.

    Presented in partnership with LitCrawl, True Stories Told Live puts a modern spin on the ancient art of storytelling. It will be an evening of unabashed storytelling, totally unscripted, where anything can happen.

    Our six imaginative and inspirational storytellers will each spin a true tale on the theme of ‘Moving on’ live at the Embassy Theatre. This free event will be part of a vibrant evening of New Zealand literature, with LitCrawl taking words to the streets of Wellington.

    The Book Council’s True Stories Told Live events have been exhilarating and entertaining audiences for years. Our latest event at the City Gallery brought Māori writers, artists, musicians and politicians together to entertain a packed audience with surprising, dramatic, funny and moving true stories.

    True Stories Told Live – ‘Moving on’ presented in partnership with LitCrawl
    When: 15 November, 7.15 – 8pm
    Where: Embassy Theatre, Kent Terrace, Wellington
    Free event, all welcome.

    For more information, please visit: