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.
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.
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.
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.