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Love Letter to Bookshops: ‘Gateways to a thousand other worlds’

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. 

Retail NZ Publishes Election Wishlist

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 secondary school writers win mentorships with professional authors

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.  

Landfall celebrates 70th anniversary with new prize for young writers

Landfall, New Zealand’s leading journal of arts and literature, has announced the winner of the inaugural Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition.
Named in honour of Dunedin poet and literary figure Charles Brasch, who founded Landfall in 1947, the new competition is an annual award open to New Zealand writers aged 16 to 21. 
Landfall editor David Eggleton says the 48 entries received were an ‘immediately readable throng of lively, opinionated, argumentative essays: writing that brimmed with ideas’.

The write course: the place of writing classes in the NZ book trade

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.
What do writers get out of them?

New Children's Press to Launch in NZ

We are delighted to announce the launch of OneTree House, an exciting, lively and fiercely independent publisher and marketer of quality literature for children and young adults.
New titles will publish under the imprint OneTree House, while UnderLeaf Press will publish specialist projects.
Publishing industry stalwarts and founders Christine Dale and Jenny Nagle say:

Long-time literary agent and a brand-new publisher return triumphant from Bologna Children's Book Fair

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.’ 

Happy Easter, everybody!

Booksellers NZ will be closed for the stat holidays over Easter. We are back in the office from 8.30am, Tuesday 18 April. 

Happy Easter to everybody, and please stay safe on the roads, or preferably (given the storm warnings), close to home. 


- Lincoln, Sarah and Jane

Tapping an Audience: From Blog to Books

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 ( and respectively) sparked us to investigate the blog/book relationship in New Zealand.

Jo Cribb appointed New Zealand Book Council CEO

The New Zealand Book Council Te Kaunihera Pukapuka o Aotearoa has appointed Jo Cribb as its new Chief Executive. 
She was most recently Chief Executive of the Ministry for Women (2012-2016) and, before that, Deputy Children’s Commissioner. 
“We are delighted to have appointed someone of Jo’s calibre to the CEO role,” Peter Biggs, Chair of the Book Council said. 
“Jo is a proven leader and, very importantly, she has vast experience in delivering and executing transformation strategies and driving social change.