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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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‘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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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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Happy birthday HarperCollins

March 8, 2017
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Happy birthday HarperCollins

Publishing giant Harper Collins is marking its 200th anniversary. The company yesterday announced a worldwide campaign to celebrate two centuries of publishing, with a website hc.com/200 showcasing HarperCollins’ history and influence on readers of all ages, preferences and nationalities as the centrepiece of those celebrations. HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray says the publisher’s goal is unchanged from...

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Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss

March 1, 2017
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Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss

March 2 marks 113 years since the birth of the inimitable Theodor Seuss Geisel, who of course found fame with his pen-name, Dr Seuss. He died in 1991 but his legacy lives on in the well-loved books that have entertained generations of readers and changed the way children’s books were written. He continues to...

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Deborah Challinor takes No 1 spot again

January 26, 2017
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Deborah Challinor takes No 1 spot again

Hamilton-based author Deborah Challinor has done it again: Neilsen Book Scan numbers for overall sales over the past calendar year show she is our No 1 bestselling New Zealand novelist for 2016, the second year in a row. Challinor has a PhD in history and has penned 13 bestselling period history novels. Her first...

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New competition for young writers

November 10, 2016
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New competition for young writers

An essay competition for young writers is being held to mark the 70th birthday of New Zealand’s longest-running arts and literary journal. Landfall will celebrate 70 years this year and editor David Eggleton and Otago University Press have launched the Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition, open to writers aged between 16 and 21. The...

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Unusual names prove a winner

November 5, 2016
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Unusual names prove a winner

Airini Beautrais has taken out the 2016 Landfall Essay Competition, ahead of 50 other entries. Competition judge David Eggleton says her essay, Umlaut , stands out being “written by someone unwilling to be boring, willing to take risks, and enough of a seasoned practitioner to carry it off with sustained verve”. Umlaut is a...

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