Jillian Ewart

Wellington’s Arty Bees Books

When a small bookshop in Cuba Street became available in 1988, accountant Robert Burch “took the plunge”, and launched his new career  He changed the name to Arty Bee’s Bookshop and six months later purchased a second shop in Cambridge Terrace. Both shops have relocated several times over the last 22 years, in each case to larger or better locations.

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Boldness, bravery and hard graft – how Dunedin became a City of Literature

Q: What does it take to get a City of Literature designation?
A: Get a keen team of four together, and work for as many years to prove you have the goods in a  20,000 word submission
 
Dunedin has just become a UNESCO  City of Literature. This is an accolade not easily come by – in fact there are only eleven cities in the world which can claim that distinction.
 

Keeping the reins on the Christmas chaos behind the scenes

“Storage! It is a problem I deal with day by day at this time of year,” says Simon Grant. “This year it feels like much of the stock has all arrived in a two week period.”
 
But that is just one of the Christmas stock issues the Paper Plus Merivale owner is currently facing. “Every day at this time of year I look at the volume coming in and think ‘holey moley, what have I done?’ Delivery seems to have been early this year – too early for some stock I think.”
 

WORD festival a phoenix rising for Christchurch

Here’s a shout out to those intrepid Cantabrians – brave, resilient people who saw their recent writers festivals crumble in earthquakes one and two. Now they have dusted themselves off for a fantastic new festival, WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival in association with The Press from August 27-31 2014.
 

Pt Chev Bookshop & Resource Room is a suburban asset

Something of a destination bookshop – except for those who live on Auckland’s Point Chevalier – the Pt Chev Bookshop and Resource Room is small but book-filled, with a good selection of adult and children’s books, plus their extensive Languages and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) specialist section and a range of other textbooks for various school subjects.
 

Selling Books to Schools: a changing market closes some doors and opens others

The advent of the ‘think global – buy local’ mindset has seen a lot of communities becoming aware of supporting their bookshops. For school libraries, the trend is to buy locally if the bookstore in question has a good range of the children’s, young adult and non-fiction resource titles needed for their shelves. (Pictured: Children's Bookshop Kilbirnie's fantastic range) 
Children's Bookshop Kilbirnie
 

Selling books at the speed of wind at Auckland and Dunedin Writers festivals

One is the new kid on the block – the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival, held May 6 – 11. The other, Auckland Writers Festival, will host book lovers for the fourteenth time from May 14 – 18. But bright, inventive and appealing author events and programmes are something both Festivals share. 
 

The positives and pitfalls of self-publishing for bookstores

Success stories in self-publishing are much more rare than media hype would suggest; realistically an author must know their market and fill reader expectations.

With the publishing industry taking fewer risks and trying to contract rather than expand their lists, this is the time when self -publishers can find gaps in the market to fill. Many of those authors turning to self-publishing were initially published by some of the big imprints, but now find themselves creating their own audiences, their own customers.

Rotorua’s Atlantis Books Opens

Atlantis Books, one of the few New Zealand Bookshops carrying both new and used stock, opened in Rotorua on April 5. More than 300 people checked the store out on its first day, attracted by a More FM crew dressed as superheroes broadcasting from outside the store.