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April highlights from New Holland

March 16, 2016
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Coming up over the next month from New Holland publishers: FOR THE FOODIES Superfoods for Kids by “superfood expert” Rena Patten, who reckons she has found a way not only to get kids to eat superfoods (think quinoa and kale). The book includes recipes for breakfasts, school lunches, dinners, special treats and even baby...

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New name for publisher

March 6, 2015
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Craig Potton Publishing is having a wee name change  (to Potton & Burton), in a move the company says reflects the increasingly diverse range of New Zealand books it publishes. The change happens on today and marks the end of a 25-year era for the original name. Photographer Craig Potton founded Craig Potton Publishing in 1989...

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Run-down truck inspired success story

February 26, 2014
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Run-down truck inspired success story

An old truck on their family farm inspired sisters Margery Fern and Jennifer Somervell to produce a book that has received rave reviews from clients of Invercargill’s Wee Nippers Early Childhood Centre and a mention in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. Margery is deputy principal at Waitetuna Primary School, while Jennifer writes for New...

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Holy crap, Batman. It’s December!

December 6, 2013
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Some Christmas gift ideas for your book-tacular friends and family. Please excuse the dodgy video quality (filmed with my webcam because I was too lazy to get my camcorder from the other room). Happy shopping … books are way better than socks, and much easier to wrap. 🙂

And yes, I have just tweaked this video a little … it needed to be uploaded again at a slightly higher quality.

New book on turning around lives

August 22, 2012
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Boxer Billy Graham has paired up with journalist Phil Gifford to produce a guide for parents of teenage boys. It will be available in bookstores next month. Graham says he would have been born on the wrong side of the tracks in Naenae “but my mates had already stolen them.” His book is said to...

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No half measures

July 22, 2012
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No half measures

Scholar, critic, writer and activist Betty Gilderdale has her memoir (My Life in Two Halves) coming out next month. She became  a household name for her Little Yellow Digger books, which have sold more than 350,000 copies, and was also The New Zealand Herald’s children’s book reviewer for 25 years, a lecturer in English at Colleges of...

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Poems from the abbatoir

December 23, 2011
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Poems from the abbatoir

Writing poetry probably is not a common pastime for blokes working on the chain at the meatworks – but Terry Lynch is not most blokes. In an interview in The Press in 1995, the meatworker said he was almost scared to go back to work after coming out as a poet. However, his workmates...

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Artist’s book simply stunning

December 22, 2011
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Artist’s book simply stunning

Grahame Sydney’s Central Otago (Penguin, RRP $95) A stunning collection of photographs of Central Otago from artist Grahame Sydney provides a new perspective on the beautiful and varied landscape of the region. Over the last decade, since shifting to live in the heart Central Otago, Sydney has captured the unique beauty, austerity and seasonal...

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RIP: Frank McCourt

July 20, 2009
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Frank McCourt died today, just a week after his brother Malachy confirmed he was in a New York hospice after contracting meningitis. The 78-year-old was best known for his best-seller and Pulitzer prizewinner Angela’s Ashes.

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The master speaks …

February 6, 2009
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Stephen King has got the teeny-boppers abuzz after sharing his thoughts on JK  Rowling (y’know, the Harry Potter guru) and Stephenie Meyer (yawn, Twilight … dammit, I’m so over hearing about Twilight every 2 minutes).  Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people. … The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a...

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