Three-word story ideas unexpectedly complete

August 10, 2017
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Three-word story ideas unexpectedly complete

Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women’s Comics, edited by Rae Joyce, Sarah Laing & Indira Neville (Beatnik Publishing, RRP $49.99) If you happen to read the mainstream newspapers and magazines in this country (in fact, in most countries) you could be forgiven for thinking there were no women comic writers. Even at first glance...

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James Patterson announces beneficiaries

July 31, 2017
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James Patterson announces beneficiaries

Best-selling author and reading advocate James Patterson has announced the recipients of his cash injection to help get children reading. While touring Australia in May, Patterson announced plans to donate a total of $100,000 to bookstores throughout New Zealand and Australia, with individual story able to request up to $5000 each to spend on initiatives...

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On the bookshelves: August 2017

July 16, 2017
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New releases coming in August. FICTION The Way Back, by Kylie Ladd: A gripping psychological drama about a teenage girl who disappears for months. Whan a life has been shattered, how do you put the pieces back together? (Allen & Unwin, RRP $33). Off Reservation, by Bram Connolly: Australian Special Forces commander Matt Rix...

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Death row reprieve leads to intrigue

June 23, 2017
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Death row reprieve leads to intrigue

The Last Mile, by David Baldacci (Macmillan, RRP $37.99) Melvin Mars sits in a cell, awaiting execution for the brutal murder of his parents two decades. However, just hours before he is scheduled to die, he is granted an unexpected reprieve when someone else confesses to the crime. In this second “Memory Man” book...

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On the bookshelves: July 2017

June 19, 2017
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New releases coming in July. FICTION The Late Show, by Michael Connelly: A driven, young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD (Allen & Unwin, RRP $37) Half Wild, by Pip Smith: Based on the true lives of Eugenia Falleni, Half Wild is Pip Smith’s dazzling debut novel (Allen & Unwin< RRP $33). Forgotten, by Nicole Trope:...

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‘Snark’ makes NZ Book Awards shortlist

June 9, 2017
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‘Snark’ makes NZ Book Awards shortlist

Southern author and illustrator David Elliot has been named as a finalist for this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. He has been shortlisted for the Russell Clark award – the illustrated section of the awards –  for Snark: Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the...

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On the bookshelves: June 2017

May 18, 2017
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New releases coming in June. FICTION Sycamore, by Bryn Chancellor: A heart-wrenching, penetrating portrait of a small town with a mystery at its heart, and the yearnings, passions, and abiding need for human connection that animate it (HarperCollins, RRP $35). The Alice Network, Kate Quinn: Two women – a female spy recruited to the...

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Best-selling author to give cash for reading initiatives

May 16, 2017
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Best-selling author to give cash for reading initiatives

Author James Patterson announced a $100,000 donation to help get children reading in New Zealand and Australia. With sales in excess of 300 million copies around the world, Patterson is one of the biggest-selling authors of all time. He is prolific, talented and has an ability to write a variety of genres, from thrillers,...

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Lauren Child confirmed for Auckland Writers Festival

May 12, 2017
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Lauren Child confirmed for Auckland Writers Festival

There will be something for everyone with a wide range of authors on the books for the 2017 Auckland Writers Festival in May. HarperCollins has confirmed authors Lauren Child, Susan Faludi, Jay Rayner, and more for the festival, which will feature a star-studded array of literary guests from New Zealand and beyond. “We are...

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Winner’s essay a ‘saga of migration’

New Zealand student Andy Xie, currently studying at Columbia University in the United States, has won the inaugural Landfall Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition. It is published in Landfall 233. Landfall editor and competition judge David Eggleton described the essay as “a saga of migration and transformation, of landfall and then further wanderings … Andy Xie’s...

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