This year’s Booksellers’ Choice Award winner was Shelter from the Storm. However, the selection of the top 4 finalists, and the subsequent winner came about thanks, in no small part, to a long list of books being loved, talked about and sold by booksellers countrywide. In the end 39 considerably varied books were nominated by booksellers.
We received news yesterday that the publication Into the River has not been restricted by the censor, instead being given an unrestricted M sticker, meaning that booksellers are able to use their discretion when selling the book.
Please see this link for a PDF of the ruling page.
If you need to order Book Tokens urgently, please do so today!
We are very excited that the New Zealand Post Book Awards are just days away. We will be going to Auckland to celebrate these awards, and consequently Amie Lightbourne, Cherie Arnott, Fiona Stewart, Lincoln Gould and Sarah Forster will not be in the office on Wednesday or Thursday. Amie, Cherie, Fiona and Lincoln will be travelling on Tuesday.
All of our phone lines will be diverted to our cellphones, and we will be answering emails where possible over these days. Megan Dunn will be working from home. The only day-to-day business activity that we will not be able to do, is order and redeem Book Tokens.
All staff will be back in the office on Friday 30 August.
The winners of the New Zealand Post Book Awards gather to talk about their books and their writing at a free public event in Auckland next Thursday. Hosted by judged Guy Somerset and held at the Auckland Central Library, the lunchtime event gives the public a chance to ask those burning questions and hear about the lives of award-winning authors. Visit here for more details.
Shane Williamson has represented Hachette NZ in the Lower North Island for over 20 years. If you would like to help to send him off, please head along to the Southern Cross next Thursday, per details below:
Thursday 22 August, 6.00 – 8.00 p.m
At: The Lounge at The Southern Cross Bar & Restaurant, Abel Smith St. Wellington
Cost: Approx $10 per head for food platters, breads, cheeses etc. Please pay to Capital Books as bar will charge us for all food; pay for your own drinks
All booksellers, publishers, librarians etc welcome.