Monday, November 20, 2017

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This week's stories


False River

In False River, writer Paula Morris takes us from the dark days of Hurricane Katrina to a witch burning in Denmark to very personal reflections on her remarkable mother. Paula told Lynn Freeman why some of the works in her latest collection are described as fiction that are now essays, while others were essays she now calls fiction.
Nov 19, 2017 02:25 pm

The Benefactor

When an older man takes in a struggling artist in New York City, tongues are bound to wag. But in Sebastian Hampson's novel The Benefactor Henry Calder's intentions really are kindly rather than sinister. The magazine editor has been widowed for less than a year and he's lonely, while at the same time at a crossroads in what's been a lucrative career.
Nov 19, 2017 01:50 pm

Screen Gems – Artists on celluloid

What is it about the movies and artists? We love watching people slapping that paint on - whether it's Timothy Spall as Turner, Colin Firth creating The Girl with a Pearl Earring, or Jack painting Rose on the Titanic. Clearly it's much more visually engaging than watching someone writing a book or composing a symphony. Irene Gardiner was inspired for this week's Screen Gems by a new film about Vincent Van Gogh - Loving Vincent. Irene's picks include Pollock and Colin McCahan I Am.
Nov 19, 2017 01:40 pm

An unlikely Kiwi Christmas

New Zealand film-makers certainly make a lot of genres - from Middle Earth spectaculars and horror spoofs to the experimental drama of Waru. But we do tend towards the dark side. It's very rare we go in for bright, family comedies. Until now... Simon Morris speaks to Tony Simpson, the writer and director of the unashamed family film Kiwi Christmas.
Nov 19, 2017 01:30 pm

Dick Frizzell and Johnson Witehira’s Art Ache

Art Ache is for the budding art-lover who wants to connect with New Zealand art, but isn't quite sure where to start. It's a twice-yearly exhibition started some five years ago in Auckland, and is now being rolled out around the country. The intention of director Aimee Ralfini is to make art affordable. With that purpose she's invited some established, and opinionated artists like Dick Frizzell and Johnson Witehira - to sell and chat about their works.
Nov 19, 2017 12:45 pm

Photographer Ans Westra’s digital drive

An Ans Westra exhibit at Suite Gallery marks the end of a 3-year project by the National Library to digitise and preserve her life's work. Ans is the photographer behind many famous images of life in New Zealand including the legendary Washday at the Pa series in 1963. There are 150,000 images in total documenting life since Ans arrived sixty years ago. The driving force behind both the exhibition and digitization project is her friend and agent David Alsop. Charlotte Wilson talked to him and Ans' half-sister Yvonne. Link to the National Library archive here:
Nov 19, 2017 12:30 pm

No Such Thing As A Fish live!

We need to talk about fish - or rather English podcast No Such Thing As A Fish. The researchers of quiz show QI have produced an online phenomenon, and are bringing it out to New Zealand. Simon Morris spoke to lead Fishman/Elf Dan Schreiber.
Nov 19, 2017 12:15 pm

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Curiously Good End of Year Party

The Curiously Good End of Year Party is just around the corner... Here is a kind reminder with the practical information:

WhenSaturday 25 November

3.00 pm to 5.00 pm: come along with your children for storytime, workshops with Juliette MacIver (from 3 yrs) & Paul Beavis (from 9 yrs),  do some Christmas shopping - The Children's Bookshop staff will give you their best advice!

7.30 pm to late: enjoy drinks (homemade Curiously Good Beer), music, artwork exhibition-sale and good company!

Where: Gecko Press, 9 Holland Street, Level 1, Wellington

Thanks to those of you who have sent an RSVP. For the other ones... you have still time to do it!

We are looking forward to see you on November 25.


Sydney Writers' Festival

Superstar children's author David Walliams is coming to town in December! Join David and special guests Julia Zemiro (City Recital Hall) and Jay Laga'aia (Riverside Theatres) for hijinks, laughter and storytelling. 
East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil  is not to be missed. Inspired by the music and stories that connected three key individuals in the Nuremberg Trials – academic Hersch Lauterpacht, prosecutor Raphael Lemkin and Hitler's lawyer Hans Frank – Philippe Sands’ acclaimed music and literary performance makes its Australian premiere on Saturday 17 February at City Recital Hall. 
On our podcast channel, writer Russ Rymer discusses an environmental crisis besetting classical music, and Natalie Haynes uses her unique combination of ancient history and stand-up comedy to reveal how the search for the meaning of life has stood the test of time. 

The Wonderful World of Walliams

Friday 8 & Saturday 9 December 

International bestselling children’s author David Walliams is coming to Riverside Theatres in Parramatta, and City Recital Hall this December with his brilliant new book, Bad Dad.
It’s been ten years since David Walliams’ debut The Boy in the Dress took the children’s book world by storm. Since then, the bestselling author, comedian and actor – dubbed ‘Roald Dahl of the 21st Century’– has won legions of adoring young fans around the world, sold more than 20 million books and had his stories translated into 53 languages. The author of the much-loved children's classics Ratburger, Awful Auntie, Billionaire Boy, Demon Dentist, Gangsta Granny and The World’s Worst Children has truly become a global phenomenon.

Walliams' next classic-in-the-making, Bad Dad, is a fast and furious, heart-warming story that will have readers on the edge of their seats, roaring with laughter and holding back the tears.
Join David Walliams with Jay Laga'aia (Play School) at Riverside Theatres on Friday 8 December at 6pm or with Julia Zemiro (Rockwiz) at City Recital Hall  on Saturday 9 December at 11.30am. You can expect lots of fun, as well as a reading of Bad Dad by the wonderful Walliams himself!

Friday 8 December at 6pm
Selling Fast!
Saturday 9 December at 11.30am

The Roundup with PW

Ridout Resigns From Head of Zeus: CEO Amanda Ridout has resigned from her position, and will be leaving the company at the end of the month.

Donna Tartt Drops Her Agent: The author has left agent Amanda “Binky” Urban after Urban landed Tartt a $3 million deal for the movie rights to 'The Goldfinch.'

St. Louis Publisher to Begin Again: After 200,000 books—the publisher's entire stock—burned in a warehouse fire in St. Louis on Wednesday, Reedy Press moves on.

Writers Watch the Tax Reform Bills: The proposed tax reform bills moving through Congress could help artists and writers in some ways—and hurt them in others.

Annie Proulx's NBA Speech: The writer gave one of the best speeches in recent memory, with a gleefully ironic conclusion and a gloom grounded in current events.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Michael King Writers’ Centre 2018 Residency Recipients Announced

Next year New Zealand’s largest writer-residency organisation will host its largest-ever number of residencies, offering opportunities to 15 emerging and established writers – historians, memoirists, essay writers, fiction writers, poets and dramatists.

Established writers include Courtney Sina Meredith (Early Summer), Fiona Samuel (Winter) Jacquie McRae (Māori residency), Tracy Farr (Spring) and Mark Broatch (Late Spring).

The six-month University of Auckland Residency at the MKWC has been awarded to acclaimed playwright Victor Roger who will work on a novel and a collection of short fiction. ‘Having written an essay last year for the Academy of New Zealand Literature about the state of Pasifika fiction,’ Victor says, ‘it’s very clear that New Zealand is lacking Pasifika novelists. One of the huge drivers for me to finish this work is the desire to add another voice to the canon.’

The newly established Pasifika residency will be held jointly by historian Trevor Bentley and poet Serie Barford who will each spend two weeks at the centre in Devonport.

The first recipient of a Pasifika residency for emerging writers is ‘radical accountant’ Pala Malisa, son of former Vanua’aku Pati cabinet minister Sela Molisa and civil servant and the writer Grace Molisa.

The first recipients of Māori residencies for emerging writers are fiction writers Helen Waaka and Kelly Joseph, and essayist Nadine Millar.

Other emerging writers awarded residencies are Alan Drew, Lawrence Patchett, and Rosetta Allan.

By winter Fiona Samuel will take up a four week residency to work on a novella – an imaginary memoir based on a significant event in the life of her grandmother and her great aunt.

Jacquie McRae will take up the Māori Writer’s Residency to work on a new work of fiction based on facts about the colourful history of the temperance movement in New Zealand and the resulting illicit trade of home brewed whiskey.

Tracy Farr been awarded the four-week Spring Residency to work on her latest project; her third novel – the story of three sisters, identical triplets born in an amusement park in the first decade of the twentieth century. The novel explores the sisters’ ability to describe the world and make it into sense, and to live lives filled with wonder. It is a novel that is deeply interested in voice and in identity – how they form, how they develop and change.

In the late spring, Mark Broatch will spend two weeks working on completing the final draft of a contemporary novel that has at its centre an exploration of modern relationships and male friendship.

The Early Summer Residency has been awarded to Courtney Sina Meredith. Courtney will hold a four-week residency. Her project is a work of creative non-fiction. Courtney says ‘this will be a book of creative non-fiction that plaits together stories of young creatives in Aotearoa with an emphasis on Pasifika, Maori and Queer voices. This book is inspired by the ‘real life’ stories I have been privileged enough to hear, receive and observe – as a writer, educator, arts administrator, and more recently as a feature writer and contributing editor’.

All of the residencies are available thanks to support from Creative New Zealand.

The Michael King Writers’ Centre thanks all applicants and wishes all our residency recipients the best of luck with their work.

Invitaton to instore event Unity Books Wellington

Author Signing | Daniel Falconer, Weta Workshop designer & author of Middle Earth: From Script to Screen | Saturday 2nd December, 1pm | In-store at Unity Books Wellington

Author Signing | Daniel Falconer, Weta Workshop designer & author of Middle Earth: From Script to Screen | Saturday 2nd December, 1pm | In-store at Unity Books Wellington

Unity Books is delighted to be hosting an author signing with

Daniel Falconer

Weta Workshop designer and author of Middle Earth: From Script to Screen

Saturday 2nd December, 1pm
Unity Books Wellington, 57 Willis St.

For the first time ever, the epic, in-depth story of the creation of one of the most famous fantasy worlds ever imagined, a richly illustrated compendium that reveals the breathtaking craftsmanship, artistry, and technology behind the magical Middle-earth of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogies, directed by Peter Jackson.
Middle-Earth: From Script to Screen tells the complete story of how J. R. R. Tolkien s magic world was brought to vivid life on the big screen in the record-breaking film trilogies The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy.
Drawing on resources, stories, and content from the archives of the companies and individuals behind the films, much of which have never appeared in print before, as well as interviews with director Peter Jackson and key members of the Art Department, Shooting Crews, Park Road Post, and Weta Digital teams who share their personal insights on the creative process, this astonishing resource reveals: how the worlds were built, brick by brick and pixel by pixel, how environments were extended digitally or imagined entirely as computer generated spaces, how the multiple shooting units functioned, how cast members and characters interacted with their environments.

Daniel Falconer takes fans from storyboard concepts to deep into the post-production process where the films were edited, graded, and scored, explaining in depth how each enhanced the films. He also discusses how the processes involved in establishing Middle-earth for the screen have evolved over the fifteen years between the start and finish of the trilogies. Going region by region and culture by culture in this fantasy realm, Middle-Earth: From Script to Screen describes how each area created for the films was defined, what made it unique, and what role it played in the stories.

Illustrated with final film imagery, behind-the-scenes pictures and conceptual artwork, including places not seen in the final films, this monumental compilation offers unique and far-reaching insights into the creation of the world we know and love as Middle-earth.
Daniel Falconer has been a designer at Weta Workshop for more than a decade, producing conceptual art as part of the design team on many of the company’s high profile projects. Daniel wrote and collated Weta’s first two books, The World of Kong and The Crafting of Narnia, art books showcasing the illustrative work of the entire design department on King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia movies. He lives in Wellington with his wife Catherine and two daughters.

From The Bookseller

Industry bodies are holding urgent discussions on tackling the issue of sexual harassment in the trade, following publication of the findings of The Bookseller’s survey on the issue last week.
Amanda Ridout
Head of Zeus c.e.o. Amanda Ridout has resigned from her position and will be leaving the company at the end of the month.
Tim Hely Hutchinson
Hachette UK’s new distribution centre will be named after retiring chief executive Tim Hely Hutchinson, it was announced at an emotional farewell party held at London's Tate Britain.
Daniel beer
British historian Daniel Beer has been named as the 2017 winner of the $75,000 (£56,820) International Cundill History Prize – the richest in non-fiction for a single work in English.
Chris Riddell
Author and illustrator Chris Riddell has accused retailer John Lewis of plagiarising his picturebook in its new Christmas advert.
How to Survive a Plague
David France has won the £30,000 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction for his account of the plague years of the AIDS epidemic, How to Survive a Plague (Picador).

Michael Connelly’s Two Kinds of Truth has stormed into the Weekly E-Book Ranking number one, displacing Dan Brown’s Origin.
Lydia Good
Lydia Good is joining HarperCollins from Ebury.
French Culture Minister and former publisher Françoise Nyssen has said that a national debate on reading will be held in France next March, and that she plans to turn libraries into cultural public service centres.
Independent publishers and small presses stormed this year’s British Book Design & Production Awards, claiming a staggering 16 of the 18 awards on the night.
Helen Wang
Helen Wang, a London-based literary translator and British Museum curator has been recognised on the international stage for her “special contribution” to children’s literature at the 2017 Chen Bochui International Children's Literature Awards in Shanghai.
The Big Idea Competition
Neil Blair, Barry Cunningham, Jen Campbell and MG Leonard have been revealed as the judges of next year's Big Idea Competition which seeks to uncover new talent in storytelling.