Adele Broadbent

Emerging NZ writers to receive manuscript guidance

NZ Society of Authors is delighted to announce this year's CompleteMS recipients.
Thirteen writers with manuscripts that include memoir, historical fiction, young adult fiction, mystery NZ fairy tales, supernatural romance and adult fiction have been chosen to receive a full manuscript assessment of the MS they submitted. The selection panel commented: "We were impressed with the quality of the applications and humbled by the amount of work that writers had put into the manuscripts". The selection panel was made up of writers Chris Else, Janet Hunt and Phillip Mann.

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.

Community Service: The Benefits of Bookshop Book Clubs

Book Clubs are big business in the book world, so how can we tap into them to boost sales and connect with our communities?

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)

Celebrating 20 years of Storylines

Wellington Children’s Bookshop owner Ruth McIntyre is looking forward to the buzz and excitement of Storylines Wellington Family Day at the Michael Fowler Centre on Saturday 17 August. “There’s a lot of preparation for it, making sure there’s stock of all the guest writers’ books. But I have a wonderful time on the day. People are really impressed because it is free and so it has a really good vibe,” says Ruth.

The event is obviously good business for the store, who will have at least three staff members on hand as well.

Beattie & Forbes: There’s a Grand Piano in my bookshop

Capable go-getters Megan and James Landon, who have owned Napier’s Beattie & Forbes since 2005, now have a new attraction in the store: a grand piano they are looking after for the Hawke’s Bay Museum while it is closed for a three year rebuilding programme.