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.
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.
The Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust is pleased to announce the 2014 Storylines Notable Books List (for children's and young adult novels, picture books and non-fiction published in 2013).
The list was announced at the Storylines annual Margaret Mahy Day in Auckland on Saturday 29 March.
Storylines Notable Picture Books 2014
Books for children and/or young adults where the narrative is carried equally by pictures and story. A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt, illustrated by Sarah Wilkins (Gecko Press)
The Sunday Seminars are an initiative we came up with to keep our name in front of the literary community, and to connect with those who want to become writers and illustrators.
Ruth and I had been discussing the challenges booksellers face, and the opportunities there were to go into areas we haven’t previously been involved in.We knew from the number of people who call on us with their ideas/manuscripts/printed books that there is a huge thirst for information to learn how to write, and the process involved in becoming published.