Booksellers NZ is delighted to announce that the winner of the ‘Love Letter to Bookshops’ competition, held as part of the NZ Bookshop Day festivities, is Marcus Hobson, who wrote a love letter to Books a Plenty bookshop, in Tauranga.
Lower income taxes, greater controls on council rates, a review of GST and more national consistency on regulation are top of Retail NZ's wishlist for the election, in a policy statement published today.
'The retail sector is a huge contributor to the New Zealand economy. With an annual turnover of $83 billion, it employs more than 209,000 New Zealanders across 27,000 businesses. However, retail firms and jobs in the sector are under pressure, and the new Government will be in a positon to help support consumer spending, and make it easier for retailers to do business,' Greg Harford, Retail NZ's General Manager Public Affairs said today.
Four talented secondary school students have been selected as winners of the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) Youth Mentorship Programme 2017. This year NZSA has awarded four youth mentorships rather than the usual three writers as each of these finalists are at the perfect stage to hone their writing skills and develop their craft under the mentorship of four of New Zealand’s finest professional authors.
This week, The Read investigates writing courses and writing qualifications in Aotearoa; what they do for the Kiwi book ecosystem and what the book industry thinks of them.
We spoke to a selection of writers, publishers, writing course directors and booksellers Catherine Robertson, Paula Morris, Fergus Barrowman, Adrienne Jansen, Mary-Jane Duffy, Jemma Pirrie, Damien Wilkins, Thom Conroy, Thomas Koed, Ashleigh Young and Bronwyn Wylie-Gibb.
A regular at Bologna Children's Book Fair, long-time literary agent Frances Plumpton, worked with brand-new award-winning publisher and author Sophie Siers of Millwood Press to promote the rights sales of over 100 New Zealand children’s and young adult titles at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this month.
‘Bologna is the major international children’s book fair,’ says Frances, who has just returned home. ‘Thirteen-hundred exhibitors from 75 countries were there to sell the rights to their books, seeking publication in new territories and different languages.’
The publishing of blogs in book form is not a new phenomenon. Internationally every year hundreds of blogs, ranging from recipe, to humour, to comics, to personal are converted and published into books. But the recent successes of Emily Writes’ Rants in the Dark, and Ashleigh Young’s Can You Tolerate This?, two books with connections to blogs (emilywrites.co.nz and eyelashroaming.com respectively) sparked us to investigate the blog/book relationship in New Zealand.