Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Aotearoa Māori book awards finalists

Judges have announced finalists in five categories in Massey University's Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards 2014.

The awards have been held annually since being initiated in 2009 to formally recognise Māori literature.

Massey University director Māori Associate Professor Te Kani Kingi says six years on it is even more important for the awards to be held given the recent announcement about the future of the New Zealand Book Awards being under threat.

This year 16 books are finalists in the arts, biography and history, fiction, non-fiction, and te reo Māori categories. “It is heartening to see such a strong line-up of finalists and also a growth in the number of publishers,” Dr Kingi says.

“Books by 12 publishers have been shortlisted this year including two universities, one in New Zealand – Otago – and one overseas, the University of Minnesota. Two of the books are self-published.”

The shortlisted books are on Māori topics published between July 2013 and March 2014. Dr Kingi says the four-member judging panel has been impressed both with the number of books published and in the quality and scope of them. The panel is headed by Te-Pūtahi-a-Toi (School of Māori Art, Knowledge and Education) senior lecturer Dr Spencer Lilley and includes kaihautū Māori (Māori library services manager) Sheeanda Field, Te-Pūtahi-a-Toi lecturer Dr Darryn Joseph and an external judge, Alexander Turnbull Library chief librarian Chris Szekely.

The winners of each category will be announced next Thursday. Winning authors and publishes will be invited to an awards celebration event to be held at Te Papa in Wellington on November 13.

Two books by Massey staff feature in the non-fiction category shortlist in this year’s Ngā Kupu Ora Awards. He Kōrero Anamata: Future Challenges for Māori edited by Massey Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori and Pasifika Dr Selwyn Katene and Massey Research Development Adviser Malcolm Mulholland. The spirit of Māori Leadership another book by Dr Katene is also a finalist. One book by Massey graduate Tina Dahlberg has been selected as a finalist in the fiction category.

Publishers in the finalists list this year are Aka & Associates, Anahera Press (two books), Common Ground Publishing, Fitzbeck Publishing, Hastings City Art Gallery, Huia Publishers (three books), MTG Hawkes Bay, Pearson, Pihopa Kingi, University of Minnesota, University of Otago Press and Vintage.

The short-lists in each category (with Massey student and staff denoted by an asterisk) are:

Te Mahi Toi – Arts

•    E Kata te rakau – Phil Belcher (Hastings City Art Gallery)
•    Fred Graham – Fred Graham and Maria de Jong (Huia Publishers)
•    Kia Ronaki – edited by Rachael Ka'ai-Mahuta, Tania Ka'ai and John Moorfield (Pearson)

Te Haurongo me Te Hītori – Biography and History

•    Inez Kingi – Pihopa Kingi (Pihopa Kingi)
•    Te Paruhi a ngā Takuta – Nigel Beckford and Mike Fitzsimons (Fitzbeck Publishing)
•    Ukaipo – Eria Migoto (MTG Hawkes Bay)

Te Pakimaero – Fiction

•    Between the Kindling and the Blaze – Benjamin Brown (Anahera Press)
•    Night Swimming – Kiri Piahana-Wong (Anahera Press)
•    Where the Rekohu Bone Sings – Tina Makereti* (Vintage)

Te Kōrero Pono – Non-fiction

•    Ara Mai he Tētēkura: Visioning our Futures – edited by Paul Whitinui, Marewa Glover and Dan Hikuroa (University of Otago Press)
•    He Kōrero Anamata: Future Challenges for Māori – edited by Selwyn Katene* and Malcolm Mulholland* (Huia Publishers)
•    Extinguishing Title – Stella Coram (Common Ground Publishing)
•    Living by the moon – Wiremu Tawhai (Huia Publishers)
•    The Fourth Eye – edited by Brendon Hokowhitu and Vijay Devadas (University of Minnesota)
•    The spirit of Māori Leadership – Selwyn Katene* (Huia Publishers)

Te Reo Māori – Māori language

•    He tuhi Marei-Kura – Pei Te Hurinui Jones (Aka & Associates)

Cookbooks in the news with PW

'Thug Kitchen' Publisher Talks Controversy
News that the once-anonymous authors of the popular Thug Kitchen blog 
and new vegan  cookbook are white has sparked outrage, with some 
calling the book and  its conceit an
example of cultural appropriation. PW talked to the title's publisher, 
Rodale's Mary Ann  Naples, about the book, the backlash, and how the 
company has hounded the duo about getting started on a second project. 
September's Bestselling Cookbooks
'Danielle Walker's Against All Grain' topped our bestseller list in September. Check out 
what other cookbooks made the cut. more
TV Show Cookbooks, the Fall Lineup
In October, three new cookbooks based on hit TV shows will help you
take your fandom to the next level—into the kitchen. more
5 Ways to Cook with Pumpkin, Besides the Pie
Move over pumpkin pie. There are so many ways to be creative with fall’s
favorite ingredient—pumpkin expert Averie Sunshine, author of 'Cooking 
with Pumpkin:Recipes That Go Beyond the Pie' (Countryman Press, Oct.),
offers five tasty alternatives  (and a recipe for making your own Pumpkin 
Spice Latte at home). more

A Closer Look

Baking Like the French: PW Chats With Dorie Greenspan
PW caught up with the James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, 
whose new book, 'Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to 
Your Home Anywhere' is out on October 28, to talk about why the
French don’t bake for fun, how women in France never say
 “non” to dessert, and one French take on a very American treat 

More below.


Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef
Despite its whimsical title, this eclectic and ambitious collection is all about serious cooking. Boturra, chef/owner of Osteria Francescana, challenges the culinary traditions of Emilia-Romagna, where the Michelin-starred restaurant is located.

Twelve Recipes
Cal Peternell, chef at Chez Panisse, offers an informal crash course in the “big 12” recipes “at the heart of home cooking.”

It Ain’t Sauce, It’s Gravy
Martorano was born into a family with mob ties in South Philadelphia, and the glamor of crime and easy money exerted a strong pull on him until he started his own sandwich business, which developed into a chain of successful restaurants.

The Vietnamese Market Cookbook
Tran and Vu have no formal culinary training, but they did have the good luck to be at the right place at the right time, specifically, London in 2009. When their Vietnamese food market, Bánhmì11, opened that year, it met a city hungry for bánh mì baguettes.

Wellington book launch - Tuesday 18 November

Victoria University Press warmly invites you to the launch of

How Does It Hurt?
by Stephanie de Montalk

on Tuesday 18 November

at Unity Books
57 Willis St, Wellington

How Does It Hurt? will be launched by Damien Wilkins.
Stephanie will be available to sign copies. Hardback, $40.
All welcome.

About How Does It Hurt?
‘It was pelvic pain and it started slowly in November 2003, two weeks after a fall. I slipped on the marble bathroom floor of a Warsaw hotel and bounced off the sharp edge of the bath, breaking three ribs on the lower left side. The pain was intermittent at first. It was also familiar. . . .’
In How Does It Hurt?, acclaimed poet and biographer Stephanie de Montalk tells the story of the chronic pain that has invaded her life for more than ten years. She considers how her early experiences have been cast into fresh relief by what she has endured, then goes back in time to investigate the lives and works of three writers who also lived with and wrote about pain: ‘the consolator’, English social theorist Harriet Martineau (1802–1876), ‘the vendor of happiness’, French novelist Alphonse Daudet (1840–1897), and ‘the imago’, Polish poet Aleksander Wat (1900–1967). Through these explorations De Montalk confronts the paradox of writing about suffering: where we can turn when the pain is beyond words?
A unique blend of memoir, imaginative biography and poetry, How Does It Hurt? is a groundbreaking contribution to the understanding of chronic pain, and a spellbinding literary achievement.
‘This is a wonderfully powerful, important, and beautiful piece of work which makes a major contribution to the understanding of the subject of pain. The success of the project lies in the fact that the author illuminates the ugly problem of pain, from so many angles, using so many light sources, with such beauty.’
–Mike Hanne, author of The Power of the Story: Fiction and Political Change
'How Does It Hurt? reminds us that some of the most notable and innovative intellectual and artistic figures were people with disabilities – and that the history of creativity and the history of living with suffering are inextricably intertwined. Stephanie de Montalk's own contribution is a riveting and compelling read.’
–Martha Stoddard Holmes, author of Fictions of Affliction: Physical Disability in Victorian Culture
Copyright © 2014 Victoria University Press, All rights reserved

A lunchtime literary event in Wellington this Friday

Writers Chosen for D’Arcy Residencies on Waiheke Island

Two essayists have been chosen for the 2015 D’Arcy Writers’ Residencies on Waiheke Island.
They are: Julie Hill, who will write a biography of Auckland’s historic Karangahape Road, in which she resides; and Dr Scott Hamilton, whose essay will cover the involvement of New Zealanders and others in 19th century South Pacific slave-trading.
The winners were selected from 21 applicants for the two residencies, each of whom submitted to a panel of judges writing samples and a synopsis for a 10,000-word essay. The judges were impressed by the quality of the applications.
Hill and Hamilton are the first D’Arcy writing residents and will each spend three months of next year in a house above Onetangi working on their essay projects. They will each receive a stipend of $3000 and a $500 transport allowance.

The judges were: Gordon McLauchlan, writer (chair); Graham Beattie, books blogger and former publisher; Virginia Larson, editor of North & South magazine; Hamish Keith, writer; Kirsten Warner, chair of the Auckland Branch of the NZ Society of Authors; Bruce Ansley, writer; John Campbell, broadcaster; Fiona Kralicek, Manager, Waiheke Community Library; Karren Beanland, Manager, Michael King Writers’ Centre. 

Carnegie and Kate Greenaway nominations announced

CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, today (20th October) announced its nominations for the 2015 Carnegie and Kate Greenawaymedals.

The institute nominated 91 books for the Carnegie, with last year’s winner Kevin Brooks in the running once more for The Ultimate Truth: Travis Delaney Investigates (Macmillan Children's Books). Also nominated are established authors such as Neil Gaiman (Fortunately, the Milk, Bloomsbury) and Sally Gardner (Tinder, Orion Children’s Books), and debut writers like Non Pratt (Trouble, Walker Books).

Books by American authors that are on the list include This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (Macmillan Children’s Books) and Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.
For the CILIP Kate Greenaway media, the institute has nominated 71 titles, including None the Number by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books), Song of the Golden Hare by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books), Use Your Imagination by Nicola O’Bryne (Nosy Crow) and The Great War: An Anthology of Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War, illustrated by Jim Kay (Walker Books).

A CILIP judging panel will now meet to discuss the nominations and will announce a longlist on the 10th February 2015. The shortlists will be announced on the 17th March, and the two winners on the 22nd June.
The winners of the 2014 awards were Kevin Brooks, whose book The Bunker Diary (Puffin) won the CILIP Carnegie medal, and Jon Klassen, who picked up the Kate Greenaway medal for This is Not My Hat (Walker Books)
However, some journalists criticised the decision to give the award to Brooks, saying the book was too dark and depressing.

Full lists of nominations for this year’s awards can be found on the Carnegie Greenaway website here  and here.

Two Novels that will Redefine Your Sense of Self

                                  By Maria Whelan | Monday, October 20, 2014- Off the Shelf

 My first encounter with Jhumpa Lahiri was through a college book program that encouraged all first-year students to read The Namesake, a book about forging an identity when one becomes lost amid the ebb and flow of social expectation. That novel, a perfect read for freshman students, was an odd choice for me, an orientation leader and a third-year who felt entirely knowledgeable about the conceptualization of my personhood. 
But sitting with fresh-faced women who were eager to define themselves in a way that the terrors of high school had not made me realize that the novel broadened not only the way I understood myself (and in fact, that I wasn’t sure of myself at all) but also the way I saw myself in relation to those around me.

It was the first time Jhumpa Lahiri impressed me, but it wouldn’t be the last. Her most recent novel, The Lowland, is an exceptional tale that spans the life of two young brothers, Subhash and Udayan Mitra, who grow up in a small village near Calcutta. Born fifteen months apart, the two brothers act more like twins: they are inseparable, playing together from the minute they wake up and lying down next to each other at night. Their appreciation for one another is beautiful, it projects the image of a perfect childhood, not filled with wealth and travel, but with the ease of companionship, a total lack of loneliness. - See more 

Dave Gibbons Named UK's First Comics Laureate

Press Release

Bestselling graphic novelist Dave Gibbons is to become the first Comics Laureate. The announcement was made by internationally acclaimed comics authority and graphic novelist Scott McCloud at the launch of new charity Comics Literacy Awareness (CLAw) at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on 17th October.

The role of Comics Laureate is to be appointed biannually to a distinguished comics writer or artist in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the field. Their role is to champion children's literacy through school visits, training events for school staff and education conferences.

Dave Gibbons has won universal praise for his comics and graphic novel work for Marvel and DC Comics including the ground-breaking Watchmen (with Alan Moore), as well as the UK's own 2000AD and Doctor Who. "It's a great honour for me to be nominated as the first Comics Laureate," he says. "I intend to do all that I can to promote the acceptance of comics in schools. It's vitally important not only for the pupils but for the industry too." Dave Gibbons takes up his position from February 2015.

Comics Literacy Awareness (CLAw) is a new UK charity formed by a group of passionate, highly experienced professionals from the fields of education and comics. Its primary aim is to improve the literacy levels of children and to promote the variety and quality of comics and graphic novels today, particularly in the education sector.

The Board of CLAw's trustees includes renowned graphic novelist Bryan Talbot, winner of the 2012 Costa Award for Best Biography for Dotter Of Her Father's Eyes (a collaboration with his wife, Mary Talbot). He says, "In many other countries, comics and graphic novels have been used extensively in literacy drives. The sheer accessibility of the medium, the way in which complex information can be easily absorbed through its combination of words and pictures, actively encourages reading in those intimidated by endless blocks of cold print."

Alongside the Comics Laureateship, CLAw will work closely with schools on a number of initiatives, including staff training events and classroom visits by comics professionals. They will liaise with museums and galleries on a variety of comics-related projects, and provide reading lists and general guidance to school staff and parents unfamiliar with the comics medium, demonstrating the wider educational benefits it can offer.

For further information about:
Comics Literacy Awareness (CLAw) - www.claw.org.uk

Poem of the week: Lament for Stinie Morrison by Kit Wright

The British poet tells the tale of a Russian-Jewish immigrant sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of an unpopular landlord in 1911

Brick Lane, Whitechapel, in 1907
‘These are the sharp and hungry streets of black Whitechapel’ … Brick Lane in 1907. Photograph: Alamy
Kit Wright’s work is a bracing reminder that rhythm is a limitless resource of language, and that poetry need not sacrifice verbal subtleties to raise its voice in song. Speakable and readable, his new collection ranges from the manic mock heroics of the title poem, Ode to Didcot Power Station, to the descriptive intimacies of the sequence Talking to the Weeds. Not by any means a routinely formal poet, Wright typically invents his own brand of rhythmic repetition, drawing out chimes and patterns as a source of comic intensification. This week’s poem, Lament for Stinie Morrison, is tragedy rather than comedy, deploying a semi-cumulative form, faintly reminiscent of The House that Jack Built, to build up a blaze of outrage and regret.

Stinie (sometimes Steinie) Morrison, originally Alexander Petropavloff, was a Russian-Jewish, East End immigrant and a convicted burglar. In 1911 he was found guilty, on thinly circumstantial evidence, of the murder of an unpopular local landlord, Leon Beron. His death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by Winston Churchill, the home secretary, and he died in Parkhurst prison in 1921 from the effects of a repeated hunger strike, having long given up hope of a retrial.

The Roundup with PW

Authors vs. 'Citizen Critics': Novelist Jennifer Weiner takes a look at the writer's relationship with Amazon reviewers, for the 'New Republic.'

The Endangered Bookstores of New York: A new set of drawings and stories from Bob Eckstein at the 'New Yorker.'

U.K. Names First Comics Laureate: Graphic novelist Dave Gibbons will become the U.K.’s first comics laureate, a position that will now be appointed biennially.

'Twin Peaks' Novel Coming: The show's co-creator Mark Frost announced that he has written a novel titled 'The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks,' which will be released by Flatiron Books next year.

Going Nonprofit is Good: Claire Fallon at the Huffington Post on why the McSweeney's decision to become a nonprofit is "great for publishing."

Naomi Klein Wins Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize For Nonfiction

Book2Book Friday 17 Oct 2014

The Writers' Trust of Canada has announced that Naomi Klein has won the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction for This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate published by Knopf Canada. The prize is the richest annual literary award for a book of nonfiction published in Canada.


Katha Pollit on Abortion and Her Controversial New Book ‘Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights’

Katha Pollit on Abortion and Her Controversial New Book 'Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights'

In Katha Pollitt’s new book Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, the longtime poet, essayist, and columnist for The Nation turns her eye towards the state of abortion today in 2014. What she finds is stark. 
Forty years after Roe Vs. Wade, abortion is under attack — from the erosion of state laws to the closing of clinics to the wishy-washy language used even by so-called liberals (i.e. “Safe, legal, and rare.) In Pro, Pollitt argues for a new framework for abortion where it’s normalized, safe, and a humdrum part of women’s lives, in a world where women’s health — physically and economically — is prioritized. It’s a challenging, smart book, and it will change what you think about and talk about when the topic of abortion comes up. Over a coffee on the upper west side, I talked with Pollitt about her book and why we need to pay attention to the political attack on abortion. … Read More

Four Reasons We All Love Waterstones At The Moment

Book2BookSunday 19 Oct 2014

Waterstones is nailing it on the social media, PR and customer services fronts


Playing to the Crowd: The Publishing Journey of a Rollergirl

Today's Feature Story:

Margot Atwell, ex-publisher of Beaufort Books, discusses the appeal of Rollerderby and her efforts to publish a book about the sport via Kickstarter.

Comparing international literature and translation in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
More News:

Daniel Handler suggests that authors should pick an independent bookstore close to where they live and sign books for them to sell.

From the world's largest book fair, Publishing Perspectives reported on the latest developments and interviewed publishers from around the world. Download each edition here.
Frankfurt 2014:

Working in multiple language and genres, twelve publishers from Morocco exhibited together at the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair.

Image of the Day: Stormy the Bookstore Dog

Shelf Awareness

stormy fenton's bookstore dog

While bookstore cats are wonderful as well as ubiquitous, Fenton's Open Book, Fenton, Mich., is the home of Stormy the bookstore dog, a Liver Dalmatian who "greets customers, checks them out and reads!" owner Karen Piacentini said.

Krugman Takes On Amazon

Publishers Lunch

You probably don't need us to tell you about Nobel Prize-winning economist and NYT op-ed columnist Paul Krugman's latest piece: "Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America."

Indirectly answering his NYT colleague Joe Nocera, who wrote, "Amazon plays rough, so what?" and noted "American antitrust law is simply not very concerned with the fate of competitors," Krugman asserts that for now Amazon is monopsonist rather than a monopolist. "In economics jargon, Amazon is not, at least so far, acting like a monopolist, a dominant seller with the power to raise prices. Instead, it is acting as a monopsonist, a dominant buyer with the power to push prices down." He adds, "Can we trust Amazon not to abuse that power? The Hachette dispute has settled that question: no, we can't."

To Nocera's point, however, Krugman's argument rests on principles rather than current interpretation and application of antitrust law, in saying "Amazon’s Monopsony Is Not O.K." He concludes: "Don't tell me that Amazon is giving consumers what they want, or that it has earned its position. What matters is whether it has too much power, and is abusing that power. Well, it does, and it is."

Tangentially, author and advice columnist Margo Howard complained in a New Republic piece about Amazon Vine reviewers who posted early, unfavorable reviews of her recent memoir. The interesting part of that piece is when Howard appeals to a friend who is on Amazon's board of directors: "She was sympatheticand surprisedby the whole Vine business...." Later, "After looking at my book's link on Amazon and reading the soi-disant 'reviewers,' my friend on the Amazon board wrote me, 'It's the wild west out there, isn't it?'" (Howard knows two board members and writes about the one who is a lawyer, making it likely she's talking about Jamie Gorelick.) 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Run THomas Run - launch invitation

Amazon’s Monopsony Is Not O.K.

Wellington Book Launch Invitation

Escalator Press
warmly invite you to the launch of

Janet Colson

“With its sharp sentences and luscious language, this seductive and psychological thriller is a rich and compelling read.”
               Michal McKay, author of Wanaka

6-7.30pm, Tuesday 11 November
Adam Art Gallery
Victoria University, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade

RSVP to colsonbook@whitireia.ac.nz by 3 November 2014

Impressive new NZ picture books

Square Eyes
Let’s think about this …
what else can be done?
Besides sitting inside
seated on your … CHAIR.
You don’t have to sit and stare at a screen all day – leap from your seat and laugh out loud with this high-energy, toe-tapping sing-along.

We Wish You a Kiwi Christmas
Find out how Little Kiwi’s friends
make her wish come true one
magical Christmas Eve night.
Sing along with iconic entertainer, Pio Terei,
for a sweet-as Kiwi Christmas – KA PAI!

The Farmer in the Dell
The farmer in the dell, the farmer in the dell,
heigh-ho, the merry-o, the farmer in the dell!
Swing and sing along with the incomparable Topp Twins!
Hilariously illustrated by Jenny Cooper

Go Home Flash
Follow playful puppy Flash
into more mischief and mayhem!
An adorable sequel to the much-loved story
Bad Dog Flash, by award-winning

author-illustrator Ruth Paul.
Also published in a Maori langauge edition

RRP - Square Eyes ,We Wish You a Kiwi Christmas and The Farmer in the Dell  (all with CD) are $21.00
while d Go Home Flash is $19.50.

2015 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship – last week for applications

Applications for the 2015 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship close in just a few days.

The Fellowship is a national literary award which offers published New Zealand writers tenure at the Sargeson Centre in Auckland along with an annual $20,000 stipend.

The Sargeson Fellowship was established in 1987 to commemorate Frank Sargeson and provide assistance to New Zealand writers, giving them the time, space and financial support to develop their craft.

The 2014 Fellowship was awarded to joint winners, Bianca Zander and Alice Miller, who each took up the residence for four months.

Applications are open to any published New Zealand writer living either in New Zealand or overseas. Applications close Friday 24 October 2014 with tenure due to start 1 April 2015.

Further information and an application form can be obtained at Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship or by contacting Elizabeth Bennie at Grimshaw & Co, by email elizabeth.bennie@grimshaw.co.nz or telephone +64 9 375 2393. 

Photo above shows:

2014 Fellows, Alice Miller and Bianca Zander, with Kay and Karl Stead and Bernard Brown at a Sargeson Trust event this month.