Sunday, September 23, 2018

News, books and events from AUP

Anne Salmond shortlisted for £25k British Academy prize
Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds by Professor Dame Anne Salmond has been shortlisted for the 2018 Nayef Al-Rodhan prize—awarded by the British Academy for a book that makes "an outstanding contribution to global cultural understanding". The Award ceremony will take place at the British Academy in London on the evening of 30 October. Dame Anne Salmond was also the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award this year.

Recent Events: Authors Greg Ryan and Geoff Watson kick off their new book Sport and the New Zealanders: A History in style in Christcurch at Scorpio Books.

Sat 15 September: Book Launch at Going West Writers Festival
Attend the launch of C. K. Stead's new poetry collection at Going West Writers Festival. C. K. Stead will read from and sign copies of his new book That Derrida Whom I Derided Died: Poems 2013–2017 (available for purchase at the event). Drinks and nibbles provided. Find out more information here.
• 5.30–7pm, Saturday 15 September
• Going West, Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Rd

 Tue 25 September: C. K. Stead with Kevin Ireland at Devonport Library
Devonport Library Associates Author Event: In conversation with poet and writer Kevin Ireland, C. K. Stead will be discussing his new collection That Derrida Whom I Derided Died: Poems 2013–2017 (available for purchase at the event). Drinks and nibbles available. 
• 7–9pm, Tuesday 25 September
• Devonport Library

The fully te reo Māori book He Kupu Tuku Iho: Ko te Reo Māori te Tatau ki te Ao written by Tīmoti Kāretu and Wharehuia Milroy sold out within just two weeks of publication in July! But we're pleased to announce that new stock has arrived in stores just in time for the beginning of this year's Te Wiki o te reo Māori (Māori Language Week).
AUP is especially proud of the scholarly works about Māori culture, language and history that we have published for decades, but if our recent books are anything to go by we reckon we're just getting warmed up. Kia kaha te reo Māori!

That Derrida Whom I Derided Died: Poems 2013–2017
C. K. Stead
Paperback, $29.99
A new collection from New Zealand’s most distinguished living poet. In his eighty-sixth year, C. K. Stead’s That Derrida Whom I Derided Died leads us deep inside the life of the poet. He looks back at his younger self, remembering old loves, cringing at his ‘lugubrious rhyming’ and takes us with him on the poetical life: from Dogshit Park in Budapest to a Zagreb bookshop to the Christchurch Word Festival.

Social Science Research in New Zealand: An Introduction
Eds. Martin Tolich and Carl Davidson
Paperback, $69.99
How do we make sense of Aotearoa New Zealand’s diverse and changing society? This new tertiary level textbook introduces readers to the range of theories, approaches and techniques that we will need to understand this country in the twenty-first century. For anyone coming to the many paths of social research for the first time, Social Science Research in New Zealand is the perfect introduction.

'To say that this book adds considerably to the literature about the monarchy in New Zealand would be an understatement. For those interested in the position of the Queen (and her successors) with respect to New Zealand, as well as in possible alternatives, this is an indispensable work.' – Stephen Levine, NZ Books - A Quarterly Review

'Tse presents himself ironically as a "self-loathing poet" whose vocation estranges him from his family. He is also Asian, gay and a lover (not to mention a bandleader, a figure in a selfie, a rock star, a king or queen, a hitman, a local celebrity and ... Chris Tse). The number of proposed identities destroys the notion of a stable and circumscribed self.' – John Horrocks, NZ Books - A Quarterly Review 

Publishers Weekly


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From some of the smallest bookstores in the country to the biggest indie stores, six booksellers shared their views on recent developments in the middle grade landscape, as well as their approaches to getting books into the hands of young readers. more


For librarians, reference work today is increasingly about community service. more


Executives at Reed Exhibitions confirmed that senior v-p Ed Several will be leaving the company this fall, and that for the foreseeable future Jenny Martin, event manager for BookExpo and BookCon, will lead both events. more


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Ian Buruma Resigns from 'NYRB': The editor of the 'New York Review of Books' has stepped down amid uproar over a #MeToo essay penned by an alleged abuser.

Amazon Eyeing 3K Cashierless Stores: The e-tailer is considering opening 3,000 new AmazonGo cashierless stores by 2021.

Trump Powers Boom Time for Publishers: President Donald Trump may not be much of a reader, but he’s been a gift to the book business.

A 'Tattooist of Auschwitz' Adaptation: Heather Morris's book 'The Tattooist of Auschwitz' is set to be turned into a "high-end" international drama series.

The Most Unread Book Ever Acclaimed: Are the caveat lectors surrounding Margurite Young’s 'Miss MacIntosh, My Darling,' a 1198-page novel from 1965, fair to the book?

Publishers Lunch

Eamon Dolan will join Simon & Schuster Publishing Group as vice president and executive editor starting October 1. Dolan was most recently with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where he ran his own imprint, Eamon Dolan Books, which was shut down in July. Simon & Schuster president and publisher Jonathan Karp says, "Eamon will continue to do what he has done so brilliantly for years: Identify, edit, and publish some of the best writers and thinkers in the culture – authors whose works are relevant to understanding our times and how they are changing, and capable of being just as meaningful in the future as they are today."

Tamar Brazis will join Viking Children's as editorial director, picture books, reporting to Ken Wright. She will develop her own list of picture books and work more broadly on expanding the imprint's picture book list. She was editorial director at Abrams Children's, where she worked for nearly 15 years. Wright says: "I have followed Tamar's career from the sidelines for years and hoped for many of them that she and I would one day work together. I am really very excited that Tamar will bring her immense talent and her instinct for what makes great commercial and literary picture books to Viking and Penguin Young Readers."

Alice Tassel has been promoted to director of the French Publishers' Agency in New York. Lucinda Karter is leaving to become a full time agent with the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.

Devin Ross has been promoted to literary agent at New Leaf Literary & Media.

Longtime Reed Exhibitions executive, senior vp Ed Several, who led the energetic "reimagined" Book Expo that nonetheless drew fewer booksellers and librarians, is leaving the company in October for another job after 14 years with the company. Event manager Jenny Martin "will be stepping into the leadership role for the foreseeable future" at Book Expo. Reed Pop Global president Lance Fensterman and vp Michael Kisken will continue to oversee the event.

At Open Road, Megan Buckman has been promoted to director of production.

Editor and publisher Tim Duggan will receive the Biographers International Organization's editorial excellence award.

The National Book Foundation will award Isabel Allende with its Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a lifetime achievement award. Allende is the author of The House of Spirits and 22 other titles, as well as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN America. NBF board of directors chairman David Steinberger says, "Able to forge profoundly emotional connections with readers around the world, Isabel Allende has offered generations of fans multilayered and deeply felt narratives that illuminate the rich lives and histories of her characters. Allende pulls from her own experiences to offer a global audience access to geographically and culturally specific stories that might otherwise never reach them." Luis Alberto Urrea will present Allende the award at the NBA ceremony on November 14.

Writers on Mondays

Short Sharp Script : Circa Theatre
More exciting work in progress from the second group of IIML scriptwriters, at Circa Theatre. This week the spotlight falls on work from Matasila Freshwater, Dylan Conen, Julia Ludbrook, and Ralph McCubbin Howell. Introduced by Ken Duncum.
DATE:  Monday 24 September
TIME:   12.15-1.15pm
Writers on Mondays is presented by the International Institute of Modern Letters, Circa Theatre and Te Papa Tongarewa.
These events are open to the public and free of charge.

Applications Invited for Randell Cottage Writers Residency


                                                                                                                        21 September 2018 


Applications Invited for Randell Cottage Writers Residency

Applications are now open for the 2019 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writers Fellowship. The fellowship comprises a stipend of $22,000 and six months’ rent free accommodation in one of Wellington’s oldest colonial buildings  

Built in Thorndon in 1867, the Cottage has been painstakingly restored and is close to the National Library, the Turnbull Library and the National Archive. It’s provided an inner city base for writers from a range of genres: novelists, poets, biographers... The first New Zealand resident was Peter Wells, in 2002. He’s been followed by Tim Corballis, Michael Harlow, Renée, Beryl Fletcher, Whiti Hereaka, Jennifer Compton, Kirsty Gunn, Pat White, Peter Walker, Vivienne Plumb, Denis Welch, Tina Makereti, Witi Ihimaera, Owen Marshall, Stephanie Johnson, and Stephen Daisley. 

The current writer in residence is Christchurch poet James Norcliffe.

The Randell Cottage Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence is selected by a Trust -appointed committee to work on an approved project from July to December each year. The deadline for applications is Friday, 2 November 2018. The successful applicant will be announced in December.

Applications from mid-career and Māori and Pasifika writers are particularly welcome.

Application forms and further information can be found at and

ok the Books - Author Event

A very special author event. 

Always Delicious with Lauraine Jacobs & Sam Mannering - Monday 1 October.
Ever since Lauraine started writing the FOOD column in the NZ Listener it has been a go-to weekly resource for reliable recipes which champion seasonal ingredients. Now, in association with Potton & Burton, those favourite recipes are being published in one gorgeous book - ALWAYS DELICIOUS. Accompanied by tips, tricks & food chat, each recipe is beautifully photographed by Liz Clarkson.

To celebrate the launch, we are absolutely delighted to welcome Lauraine to our kitchen for an evening of food chat with Sunday Magazine Food Editor, Author & Restaurateur Sam Mannering. 
While she really needs no introduction, Lauraine Jacobs is the FOOD COLUMNIST for the NZ LISTENER magazine. Trained at the London Cordon Bleu School she has been writing on all matters culinary for more than 25 years.
A passionate cook and lover of simply presented fresh food, she has won many food and recipe writing awards including two Gold Ladles at the World Food Media Awards. She is a tireless champion of the New Zealand fine culinary scene, especially small artisan producers, regional specialty foods and farmers markets throughout the country.
Lauraine was very proud to accept an MNZM in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in 2009 for services to the food industry.
Booking Information

An Evening with Lauraine Jacobs & Sam Mannering.
From 6.30pm. Monday 1 October 2018.
Cook the Books
19 Williamson Ave

Cost per person $5.
*This is fully refundable on the purchase of a copy of Always Delicious

All bookings must be made via Book for Always Delicious with Lauraine Jacobs

Our sincere thanks to Lauraine Jacobs, Sam Mannering, Potton & Burton, St Clair Family Estate & Ora King Salmon for making this event possible.

If you are unable to join us but would like to order a signed copy of Always Delicious, please click below. We will deliver FREE anywhere in NZ. Just select "free local delivery" no matter where you live x
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