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.
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?



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Read the story at The New Republic Published: 08.16.17


The ‘Voice Of Choice’ For Audiobooks



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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

Arts Journal - Words


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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Read the story at New York Review of Books Published: 08.17.17

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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IN THE MEDIA

From the Hollywood Reporter:
YA Movies Get Real: Black Lives Matter, Activism Explored in New Projects.
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From the Washington Post:
An assistant principal wrote a picture book about alt-right mascot Pepe the frog. It cost him his job.
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From the New Yorker:
How to Talk to Kids About Death, According to Picture Books.
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From the New York Times:
How to Talk to Your Kids About Charlottesville.
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From PBS NewsHour:
Grace Lin: What to do when you realize classic books from your childhood are racist.
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From the Atlantic:
Reading Racism in Dr. Seuss.
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From Scoop News:
David Elliot wins 2017 Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award in New Zealand.
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From Real Estate Weekly:
Manhattan children's bookstore Books of Wonder will open a second location later this summer.
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From Brightly:
Reading in the Shadow of Sendak, by author-illustrator Elisha Cooper.
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From NPR:
In Children's Storybooks, Realism Has Advantages.
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From the Guardian:
Read like a girl: how children's books about inspirational women are booming.
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From Mashable:
Sabaa Tahir title/cover reveal.
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