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How to book a table at the 2016 Business Meetings

When:     Saturday, 2 July 2016 Hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Where:    Heritage Auckland, Robert Laidlaw 1 & 2

Cost:       $390.00 (ex GST) Trade Associates and PANZ Members
                $690.00 (ex GST) Non-Members

The Business Meeting Day is a unique opportunity to meet face to face with over 60 Booksellers in one place. Use the day to promote your titles and products.

Also included as part of your table booking are two further opportunities at no extra cost.

Celebrating Literary Greats: Shakespeare, Dahl & Cowley

As Donovan Bixley introduces his brilliant Much Ado about Shakespeare, “There's never been a period when [Shakespeare] has been out of fashion.” There are bound to be 10,000 conversations happening worldwide right now, inspired by one of Shakespeare’s plays. At the moment in the UK, Shakespeare 400 is well underway, but what is happening for New Zealand’s Shakespeare-lovers? 

Children’s Books for Christmas – the best gift

I am probably not alone in this industry in saying the single most exciting present I unwrapped from beneath the Christmas tree each year was the rectangular one: especially if it looked like it had more than one book in it. Mum was a bit iffy with her clothes choices for my Christmas gifts, but she was pretty spot on with books that would appeal to me. My very first Terry Pratchett was a Christmas present, age 14, which made me aware of a whole different branch of publishing. Imagine how excited I was when I realised that Maskerade was book 18 of a whole, and ongoing, series.

'Families Reading Together' the theme for Travelling Books

Literacy Aotearoa and New Zealand Post are celebrating five years of Travelling Books with more than ten thousand brand new books to be given away for free next week.
From Saturday, volunteers from Literacy Aotearoa will be out on the streets in towns and cities around the country promoting adult literacy and handing out books to members of the public. No money changes hands, but readers are asked to enjoy the books and pass them on to another reader.

All Distributors, Great and Small

Distribution – do you think of giant Australian distribution warehouses like Penguin Random House’s United Book Distributors? Or the other extreme, author and publisher Paul Little dispatching his recent titles from the basement of his wife’s suburban Auckland store? 
They are the two ends of the spectrum of book distribution serving this country. 
United Book Distributors is definitely in the heavyweight corner of the boxing ring. It distributes titles for Penguin Random House, Allen & Unwin, Hardie Grant, Simon & Schuster, Phaidon, Pearson Education, Text, Scribe – and Kiwi nonfiction publisher Awa Press.

Small Publishers, Big Achievements

Booksellers know the big hitters of the publishing world, the major international players based in London, New York and other world capitals. But spare a thought for the small guys, the Kiwis who are successful publishing exporters or who believe enough in their books to take major commercial risk. 
The Read talks to Gecko Press, Potton & Burton, David Ling, Makaro Press and Bridget Williams Books, just some of our local publishers succeeding with their different ventures despite the odds.
Gecko Press buying and selling rights

The LIANZA Children’s and Young Adult’s Book Awards Winners for 2015

On Tuesday night the children's literary world came together at the National Library in Wellington to celebrate the New Zealand writers, illustrators and translators who made it into the finals of the LIANZA Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards. With Hell Pizza as the main sponsor, and Hataitai School Year 7 & 8 students on hand to deliver over 50 pizzas to the 150 guests, attendees were well fed before the ceremonies began.

2015 Finalists: PANZ Book Design Awards and PANZ Young Designer of the Year

‘Kiwi vernacular’ strong in Book Design
Every book needs a cover, and that is where the imagination, ideas and skills of New Zealand’s book designers are on display. But delve deeper and you realise design doesn’t end with a cover. Designers must demonstrate their skills in all areas, including typography and layout, to attract the judges’ attention in these awards.

Storylines 2015 Notable Books List

The 2015 list is for books published in 2014.
Storylines Notable Picture Books List 2015
Recognising books for children and/ or young adult where the narrative is carried equally by pictures and story
  • Blackie the Fisher Cat by Janet Pereira, illustrated by Gabriella Klepatski (Craig Potton Publishing)
  • Have You Seen a Monster by Raymond McGrath (Penguin)

Like a Pub Crawl for Books: the Book Wellington Map

Have you ever visited 18 bookstores in a day? The map is a Booklover’s guide to the capital and features an eclectic mix of 18 stores from Weta Cave in Miramar, to second hand specialists like Arty Bees, The Ferret Bookstore and Pegasus in the Cuba Quarter, right down to the small but perfectly formed Vic Books Pipitea.