Gavin Bishop

Teen Fiction Sneaks An Extra Title In The LIANZA Young Adult Finalists

The release of the 2014 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards finalists

Free events, with Writers Week guests popping up all around town

Book fans will be spoilt for choice with free events this Writers Week, including the 2014 Janet Frame Memorial Lecture.

2014 Janet Frame Memorial Lecture

Celebrated and much-loved children’s author and illustrator Gavin Bishop (ONZM) delivers the 2014 Janet Frame Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the New Zealand Society of Authors in association with the New Zealand Festival and City Gallery Wellington.

For over 30 years, the lives of children and grown-up children have been shaped by the books of Gavin Bishop.  His literary “state of the nation” lecture entitled The Mouth of the Whale (The Power of Pictures) will focus on illustration and its place in literature.

Dunedin artist David Elliot wins Storylines Margaret Mahy Award 2014

Dunedin illustrator, writer and exhibiting artist David Elliot has been announced by the Storylines Children’s Literature Trust as the 2014 winner of its top award, the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal.

This award is given annually for lifetime achievement in the genre of children’s writing and illustration.  

Down Under Illustrators showcase in Europe

New Zealand’s well-known illustrators will feature an international combined exhibition near Frankfurt from 18th January. Hosted by the Darmstadt Illustrators Guild the selected artists on display include multi-award winners such as Gavin Bishop (right), Dylan Horrocks, Donovan Bixley, David Elliot (below), Robyn Belton and Chris Slane. New Zealand Embassy representative James Anderson will open the event along with Germany’s Guild Chairman Tim Weifenbach.

The Listener's Top 50 Kids' Books for 2013

These are The Listener's Top 50 Kids' Books for 2013

This list will be published in Issue 3837 of The Listener, online on Thursday 14 November, and in print on Friday 15 November.

This list is exclusively available to bookseller and publisher members of Booksellers NZ, to ensure stock of the appropriate titles will be available as your regular customers request them. All books are arranged alphabetically by author's last name, this is not indicative of how they will be arranged in the publication. The kiwi symbol indicates a kiwi author or publisher.

New School Journal provider to mentor new Kiwi authors

Lift Education (Lift), a division of South Pacific Press Limited, has been named as the new provider of publishing services for the Ministry of Education’s instructional series, which includes the School Journal, Ready to Read and Connected.
Neale Pitches, CEO of South Pacific Press (and former CEO of Learning Media) is excited about working on this series with the Ministry, who will be the publisher. “We will continue to support the Ministry to tell New Zealand stories and to build the School Journal community of excited readers and Kiwi talent,” said Pitches.

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.

Winners announced for New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards

A teen novel that begins its dramatic journey on New Zealand’s East Coast has picked up the top prize at this year’s New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.

Ted Dawe’s book Into the River won the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and was also the winner of the Young Adult Fiction category.  This engaging coming of age novel follows its main protagonist from his childhood in small town rural New Zealand to an elite Auckland boarding school where he must forge his own way – including battling with his cultural identity.

Into the River was the book that stood out for us,” says Chief Judge and author Bernard Beckett.

“Traditionally, books aimed at the top end of the young adult market [ages 15+] have not been a strength of ours here in New Zealand, with most books aimed nearer the junior fiction boundary. We were delighted to see a book that both engaged and respected older readers, with material as subtle as it is honest and provocative.

“We congratulate Ted for his superb book, as well as the other winners and finalists who have shown the calibre of children’s books in New Zealand to be well above par.

“It was great to see new talent emerging to line up alongside more established authors and illustrators,” Bernard Beckett said.

The judging panel also comprised children’s literature expert and author Eirlys Hunter and presenter of Radio New Zealand’s Arts on Sunday programme, Lynn Freeman. Together, the panel handpicked 19 finalists from a field of more than a hundred children’s book entries.

The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards promote excellence and provide recognition for the best written and illustrated children’s books published by New Zealand authors each year.

As the winner of both the Young Adult Fiction category and the New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year, Mr Dawe received a total of $15,000 in cash prizes.

The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards winners for 2013 are:

Best Young Adult Fiction and New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year

Into the River*
by Ted Dawe
Mangakino University Press
ISBN 9780473205089

Best Non-Fiction

100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa
by Simon Morton & Riria Hotere
Te Papa Press
ISBN 9781877385797

Best Junior Fiction

My Brother's War
by David Hill
Penguin Group NZ
ISBN 9780143307174 (paperback)
ISBN 9781742532653 (e-book)

Honour award, Junior Fiction

The Queen and the Nobody Boy: A Tale of Fontania series
by Barbara Else
Gecko Press
ISBN 9781877579493

Best Picture Book

Mister Whistler
by Margaret Mahy & Gavin Bishop
Gecko Press
ISBN 9781877467929

Best First Book

Reach
by Hugh Brown
HarperCollins
ISBN 9781869509569

Children’s Choice

Melu
by Kyle Mewburn, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly, Scholastic NZ
ISBN 9781775430278

NB. Into the River by Ted Dawe is aimed at young adult readers. Given that the book contains some explicit material we advise parental discretion.