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.

Published
1 August
Picture Puffin
RRP $25.00

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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.

Distribution
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

Published
1 August
Picture Puffin
RRP $18.99

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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.

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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.

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Bookselling
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."

Forthcoming
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: sarah.shieff@waikato.ac.nz
Closing date: 29 September 2017 Vacancy number: 370298
For more information and to apply, visit www.jobs.

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 www.atlasliteraryjournal.org

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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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeaudYVjay8



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. https://www.amazon.com/Gone-Satirical-Poems-New-Selected/dp/0473360047
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:
BOOK CATEGORY
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)
Stephanie Harris Death Expands Us: An Honest Account of Grief and How to Rise Above It (Lion Crest Publishing)
Emma Farry Beloved (Be Loved Press)
Sangeeta Sharma Reality in Reflection: a Journey Towards Holistic Living (Blurb Inc)

UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT CATEGORY
Jeremy Cole Divine Laziness: The art of living effortlessly
Hugh Major Out of the Mouths of Fishes
Terence Green Wisdom's Lament: A History of God and Science in the Modern Age
Ellaine Millard A New Mystic's Teaching & Testimony on Holistic Faith: Integrated Healing of Body, Soul & Spirit through Information Theory
Caryl Haley The Splendour of light

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What should we do with books we just don't understand ?



What Should We Do With Books We Just Don’t Understand?



What Should We Do With Books We Just Don’t Understand?
Could the book that initially seems plain wrong to us be precisely the one that allows us to understand something new about other people?
Read the story at New York Review of Books Published: 08.17.17


Study Says There’s More Swearing In Novels Now? So What Does That Actually Mean?



Study Says There’s More Swearing In Novels Now? So What Does That Actually Mean?
“On a broader level, there is no one-to-one correspondence between the art of a culture and the psychology of the society that produced it. Furthermore, noting word frequency in published writing does not have a one-to-one correspondence with spoken language in everyday life. Further furthermore, without any contextual information about how these words are used, we just have semantic fragments floating in history’s void, free of any of the things that turn them into actual language.”
Read the story at The New Republic Published: 08.16.17


The ‘Voice Of Choice’ For Audiobooks



The ‘Voice Of Choice’ For Audiobooks
“Mr. Guidall is the undisputed king of audiobooks: more than 1,300 so far, with a stack of new prospects beside his bed awaiting his attention. … He’s a bit disdainful of some of his competition in the audiobook world. ‘They’re just reading out loud,’ he said. ‘They don’t have an emotional underpinning. There’s a rhythm to speech in terms of what’s implied. If it’s raining in the book, there’s got to be something about the voice that evokes the rain.'”
Read the story at New York Times Published: 08.17.17


Fairy Tales As Useful Caution



Fairy Tales As Useful Caution
“I’ve been asked in interviews, in classrooms and by audiences, if I think fairy tales are feminist. I think they are, but not by our modern definition of feminism. Traditional fairy tales were created long before any such notion existed, and I’d say they help women, rather than lift up women. They warn, rather than extol. They’re useful, which is a much older kind of feminism.”
Read the story at LitHub Published: 08.11.17

Still Breathing / poem video for Derick Burleson written & read by Stephen Oliver

STILL BREATHING, my elegy for Derick Burleson, poet / artist, presented here as a video poem, produced & read by the author.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeaudYVjay8



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. https://www.amazon.com/Gone-Satirical-Poems-New-Selected/dp/0473360047

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What Should We Do With Books We Just Don’t Understand?



What Should We Do With Books We Just Don’t Understand?
Could the book that initially seems plain wrong to us be precisely the one that allows us to understand something new about other people?


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Off the Shelf







 
Why A GAME OF THRONES Fans Should Read Beyond the First Book
 
"Game of Thrones," the hit HBO show that everyone has been talking about for years, is based on George R. R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Of the seven planned novels, five are currently published. It’s arguably the greatest fantasy series of the century so far. However, many readers stop after the first book, A GAME OF THRONES. I just want to let you know that this is a huge mistake!


Publishers Lunch

 
Today's Meal
 
 
Pauline Riccius has joined HarperCollins Nordic in the newly created position of sales director starting October 2. She is currently sales and marketing director and deputy ceo for Verbum.

Laura Leichum has been hired as the University of Chicago Press's first director of intellectual property. Most recently she was digital publishing & rights manager and intellectual property manager at Georgetown University Press.

Former publishing director at HarperCollins in Australia and New Zealand, and recently book scout for Lingo Pictures, Shona Martyn has
returned to Fairfax Media as editor of the Sydney Morning Herald's Spectrum magazine.

Sixteen of the 17 members of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities -- including novelist Jhumpa Lahiri -- resigned Friday in a letter to Trump: "The false equivalencies you push cannot stand.... Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions." George C. Wolfe is the only committee member who did not sign the letter.
Separately, authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman posted a letter "to our fellow Jews" on Medium:
"First he went after immigrants, the poor, Muslims, trans people and people of color, and you did nothing. You contributed to his campaign, you voted for him. You accepted positions on his staff and his councils. You entered into negotiations, cut deals, made contracts with him and his government. Now he's coming after you. The question is: what are you going to do about it? If you don't feel, or can't show, any concern, pain or understanding for the persecution and demonization of others, at least show a little self-interest. At least show a little sechel. At the very least, show a little self-respect. To Steven Mnuchin, Gary Cohn, and our other fellow Jews currently serving under this odious regime: We call upon you to resign."

Friday, August 18, 2017

Storylines National Festival StoryTour


         
STORYLINES NATIONAL FESTIVAL STORY TOUR
  
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 lorraine@lighthousepr.co.nz.

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 lorraine@lighthousepr.co.nz 
Darryn Joseph -  
click
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.

     

Writers on Mondays


WRITERS ON MONDAYS

Best New Zealand Poems 2016

Best New Zealand Poems is published annually by Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters. Get ready for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day (on 25 August) by coming along to hear thirteen of the best read work chosen by Best New Zealand Poems 2016 editor Jenny Bornholdt – and be sure to visit www.bestnewzealandpoems.co.nz to view the full selection.
Poets Nick Ascroft, James Brown, John Dennison, Adrienne Jansen, Bill Manhire, Bill Nelson, Claire Orchard, Kerrin P. Sharpe, Oscar Upperton, Marty Smith, Tim Upperton, Airini Beautrais and Ashleigh Young are introduced by Jenny Bornholdt.

DATE:   Monday 21 August
TIME:    12.15-1.15pm
VENUE:  Te Papa Marae

The Writers on Mondays events are open to the public and free of charge.
 

Lunchtime Event Unity Books Wellington - an invitation

Lunchtime Event | Chris Brickell author of Teenagers: The Rise of Youth Culture in NZ | Weds 30th August 12-12:45pm | In-store at Unity Books          


Join Unity Books for an author talk with Chris Brickell as he discusses his book

Teenagers: The Rise of Youth Culture in New Zealand



Wednesday 30th August
12-12:45pm
Unity Books,
57 Willis St, Wellington

Teenagers is a ground-breaking history of young people in New Zealand from the nineteenth century to the 1960s. Through their diaries and letters, photographs and drawings, we meet young New Zealanders as they transition from children to adults: sealers and bushfellers, factory girls and newspaper boys, the male ‘mashers’ of the 1880s and the female ‘flappers’ of the 1910s and ’20s, schoolgirls and rock’n’rollers, larrikins and louts.

By taking us inside the lives of young New Zealanders, the book illuminates from a new angle large-scale changes in our society: the rise and fall of domestic service, the impact of compulsory education, the movement of Pākehā and then Māori from country to city, the rise of consumer culture and popular psychology. Teenagers shows us how young people made sense of their personal and social transformations: in language and song and dress, at dances and picnics and social clubs, in talking and playing and reading.

Teenagers provides an intimate and evocative insight into the lives of young people and the history of New Zealand.

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