Friday, August 29, 2014

Standing Room Only for Sunday 31 August 2014 on Radio New Zealand National

12:39 Variables and binaries

Artist Ash Kilmartin explains her fascination with the night sky, specifically astronomical equipment, and observatories like the one at Mt John in the McKenzie Country. She has an exhibition at the Physics Room in Christchurch called Variables and binaries, named for two types of stars whose behaviour is studied by observers at Mt John.

12:47 Christchurch Arts Precinct update

Updates on two crucial projects for the Christchurch arts sector – the green light recently given to a new Music Centre as part of the new Arts Precinct, and the soon to be unveiled restored Isaac Theatre Royal after its 40-million dollar makeover.

1:10  At the Movies with Simon Morris

1:34 Once in a lifetime

A new book of essays offers the first substantial critique of the Government’s Christchurch Recovery Plan. More than 50 essayists have contributed to Once in a Lifetime: City-building after Disaster in Christchurch. We have a round table discussion with co-editor and Gap Filler co-founder Ryan Reynolds, When a City Falls documentary maker Gerard Smyth – and the Director of the contemporary art space, The Physics Room, Melanie Oliver.

1:47 Audio Guides for children at Te Papa

Te Papa believes that all people regardless of age should have access to art, and that a child’s experience of art is equally as valid as that of an adults. In support of this, they have launched a new audio guide for children as part of Ngā Toi (an on-going and interchangeable exhibition of artworks) which features audio of children talking about selected art works.  

2:05 The Laugh Track

The director of the Christchurch Fringe Festival, Sam Fisher.

2:26 Nga Whaotapu o Tamaki Makaurau – The Sacred Chisels of Tamaki Makaurau

It’s a troubling time right now for Māori carvers. Only a small number of young artists are being trained and a lack of work sees many of them leaving the country and older carvers simply giving up. For Auckland carver Rewi Spraggon the situation came to a head last year when he spotted an adze for sale at a local market.

2.35 Crime writing

Craig Sisterton (right) is one of the judges of the 2014 Dame Ngaio Marsh Best Crime Novel Award, being announced at the Christchurch WORD Festival. How is crime writing defined these days? And who’s won this year’s award?

2:50 Allan Marriott

Christchurch novelist Allan Marriott talks about The Witzke Woman, based on the life of a Polish woman who migrated to New Zealand as a child.

3:05 The Drama Hour

Accountability by Roger O’Thornhill. A black comedy about the Gleiwitz incident and the start of World War Two.
Warning: This play may be upsetting to some listeners and we advise discretion

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THE BOOK SHOW - New NZ book programme on Face TV

Deb Faith Reports:

We are delighted to announce that we will be in production for THE BOOK SHOW in September.
It will be a weekly 30min programme, screening on Face TV (SkyTV83) on Wednesdays at 8.30pm, beginning September 17. There will be a repeat screening on Thursdays at 12.30pm.

Written and hosted by Carole Beu and Graham Beattie – each programme will feature book reviews, author interviews as well as book news and events.

The programmes will also be available online:

Our most grateful thanks to all of you who donated and made this possible. We hope you enjoy the series – and happy reading!

World War One Book Club

New Zealand Book Council:

We were thrilled to present Event 1 of the World War One Book Club on Tuesday this week. Thank you to all who joined us for stimulating discussion and debate about the war poets.
In the lead up to Event 2: Dispatches from the front we share the event reading list. Peruse the comments by our World War One Book Club panellists and add your own recommendations.
We have a host of thought-provoking features on Booknotes Unbound on World War One books and writing from the likes of Dave Armstrong, C. K. Stead, Nikki Hessell, Jane Tolerton and Kate Camp.
Check out our second World War One Book Club giveaway (we also announce the winner of the previous giveaway).

World War One Book Club - Dispatches from the front
The second World War One Book Club event, ‘Dispatches from the front‘, kicks off on Tuesday 2 September, 6pm at City Gallery Wellington – Harry Ricketts, Kate Camp, Jane Stafford and guest Kate Hunter will take a freewheeling look at literature from the front lines, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Testament of Youth, and We Shall Not Cease.
The third and final World War One Book Club event, ‘Great books about the Great War‘, will take place on Tuesday 9 September. Peruse the reading list here and add your own recommendations.

Saturday Morning with Kim Hill: 30 August 2014 on Radio New Zealand National

8:15 John Lanchester: speaking money
9:05 Stephen Nortcliff: soil and sanitation
9:45 Art with Mary Kisler: a restored Langot
10:05 Playing Favourites with Claire Murdoch
11:05 Michael Schmidt: the novel
11:45 Amie Lightbourne: flying discs

This Saturday's team:
Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineer: Brad Warrington
Auckland engineer: Alex Baron
Research by Anne Buchanan, Infofind

8:15 John Lanchester
British journalist and author John Lanchester is the author of award-winning novels, including The Debt to Pleasure, Mr Phillips, Fragrant Harbour, and Capital (which he spoke about on Saturday Morning in July 2012). He wrote about the financial crisis in the 2010 book, Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay, and his new book is How to Speak Money: What the Money People Say - and What They Really Mean (Faber & Faber, ISBN: 978-0-571-30982-5).

9:05 Stephen Nortcliff
Stephen Nortcliff is Emeritus Professor of Soil Science at Reading University, UK, was Secretary General of the International Union of Soil Sciences from 2002 to 2010, and was instrumental in making 2015 the UN International Year of Soils. Since retirement, Professor Nortcliff has been working with the charity Wherever the Need, which aims to provide sanitation for households and schools in parts of India and Africa using compost toilets. He is one of the guest speakers at Future Food for the Planet (AUT, 30 August at 12:00), an event at World Science Week New Zealand, in Auckland (25 August to 3 September).

9:45 Art with Mary Kisler
Mary Kisler is the Senior Curator, Mackelvie Collection, International Art, at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. She will discuss François Langot's engraving The Mocking of Christ, after Sir Anthony van Dyck, restored by conservators Ute Larsen and Camilla Baskcomb, and currently on show at the gallery. Images of the engraving, and comparative works by Titian, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony Van Dyck, and Schelte Adams Bolswert, can be seen on our website page.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Claire Murdoch
Claire Murdoch is Publisher and Multimedia Manager at Te Papa. The latest additions to the Te Papa Press catalogue are Berry Boys: Portraits of First World War Soldiers and Families, by Michael Fitzgerald and Claire Regnault (Te Papa Press, ISBN: 978-0-9941041-2-0), and Holding on to Home: New Zealand Stories and Objects of the First World War, by Kate Hunter and Kirstie Ross (Te Papa Press, ISBN: 978-0-9876688-5-1), both part of the museum's four-year Conflict and Identity programme. Last year's biography by Jill Trevelyan, Peter McLeavey: The Life and Times of a New Zealand Art Dealer, won the non-fiction category and best overall book this week at the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards, and last month won Best Illustrated Book at the 2014 PANZ Book Design Awards.

11:05 Michael Schmidt
Poet, novelist, translator and anthologist Michael Schmidt is founder and publisher of two of the UK's most illustrious and globally-minded poetry outlets, the Carcanet Press and the PN Review, and has for many years been Professor of Poetry at Glasgow University. His new book, The Novel: A Biography (Belknap Press, ISBN: 978-0-67472473-0) looks at how the novel made the modern world. Michael Schmidt is in New Zealand as a guest of the NZ Centre for Literary Translation, in association with International Institute of Modern Letters, and will be speaking at events on 1 September (Writers on Mondays at Te Papa, 12.15pm, and VUW Hugh McKenzie Lecture Theatre 5.30pm), and 10 September (VUW School of Languages and Cultures, 5pm).

11:45 Amie Lightbourne
Amie Lightbourne is Awards Manager at Booksellers NZ, a keen runner, and a member of the Wellington women's Ultimate frisbee team Artemis, which competed alongside four other men's and mixed New Zealand teams at the World Club Championships in Italy earlier this month.

On Saturday 30 August 2014 during Great Encounters between 6:06pm and 7:00pm on Radio New Zealand National, you can hear a repeat broadcast of Kim Hill's interview from 23 August with Helen Garner.

Next Saturday, 6 September, Kim Hill's guests will include Robby Robilliard and Alan Cooper.

Bones Never Lie - gripping new Temperance Brennan novel from world-class forensic anthropologist and Number 1 best-selling author Kathy Reichs.

Tempe is faced with the horrifying possibility that the killer who got away in Monday Mourning is back...

For a decade, Temperance Brennan has been haunted by the one who got away.
The killer of young women. The monster.
And the one who has now come back.
Feeding on fear, grief and rage.
Killing again. Killing girls.
Getting closer.
Coming for Tempe.

Kathy Reichs is vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists; a member of the RCMP National Police Services Advisory Council; forensic anthropologist to the province of Quebec; and a professor of forensic anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. 
Her first book, Deja Dead, catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times best-seller and won the 1997 Ellis award for best first novel. 
She has written 15 bestselling Temperance Brennan novels, the most recent include Bones Are Forever and Bones of the Lost.
She visited NZ in 2013 and pic right shows her in conversation with The Bookman

RRP: $36.99
Released: 5 September 2014
Imprint:  William Heinemann

Available in trade paperback & e-book
330+ riveting pages.

A message from Donald Kerr, Special Collections Librarian University of Otago

Peter Vangioni, owner-operator of Kowhai Press, Christchurch, has printed text and images by Michael Morley, experimental musician and visual artist, in the Otakou Press room, Central University Library. XXXXXwords is fabulous. Not only has Peter done a great job, but the University Bindery has done a superb job, binding it in black.

Although it might be beyond the usual financial spend of a library, please do consider the purchase of this work, with nine lyrics (poems) and 5 linocut images. It is printed in an edition of 100 copies only, and cost $140.00 (incl gst). A image suite of A-Z has also been done; each image signed by Morley. Each individual print cost $150.00

Here is the link to the excellent piece in the Otago Bulletin:

Dr. Donald Kerr 
Special Collections Librarian
University of Otago
P.O. Box 56
Dunedin, New Zealand
Phone: (03) 479-8330



From the Guardian:
Malorie Blackman: Racist abuse will not stop me seeking more diversity in children's literature. Click here
From the Guardian:
An Australian supermarket unshelves a Roald Dahl book over the word "slut." Click here
From School Library Journal:
Award-winning author Elaine Marie Alphin has died at 58. Click here
From NPR:
How to Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice, a discussion starring ShelfTalker blogger Elizabeth Bluemle. Click here
From Salon:
Watch Lois Lowry and Jeff Bridges explain to Stephen Colbert what a dystopia is. Click here
From ABC News:
A Cleveland pastor wants "demonic" books on vampires and the supernatural pulled from the public library. Click here
From the Guardian:
Marcus Sedgwick: "My next book is a response to 2001: A Space Odyssey." Click here
From 100 Scope Notes:
You may know your children's authors and illustrators, but can you name them from their Twitter bios? Click here
From the Onion:
Fourth-Grade Teacher Polishing Up Speech On This Not Being Grade Grade Anymore. Click here
From Bustle:
14 horrifying scenarios from beloved children's books. Click here
From the Boston Globe:
Illustrator Mary Engelbreit faces criticism for a Ferguson drawing she posted on her Facebook page. Click here
From Flavorwire:
A discussion on whether the word "slut" be included a children's book in 2014. Click here
Also from SLJ:
Librarians react to an Amelia Bedelia hoax on Wikipedia. Click here
From the L.A. Times:
Amazon greenlights pilots for 5 new kids' shows, including one based on Jim and Kate McMullan's I Stink! picture books. Click here
From the Scotsman:
J.K. Rowling honors teen activist Malala Yousafzai at the Edinburgh Book Festival. Click here
From NPR:
A talk with author Coe Booth about her new book for middle-graders, Kinda Like Brothers. Click here
From the Hollywood Reporter:
Lois Lane will star in a new novel for young adults, written by Gwenda Bond. Click here
From Book Riot:
Take the Quiz: Identify These YA Books By Their New York Times Best Seller List Description Alone. Click here
From the Guardian:
11 Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad First Days of School in YA Literature. Click here
From CNN:
15 classic children's books that even adults love. Click here

WRITERS ON MONDAYS PRESENTS Michael Schmidt - poet, novelist, translator and anthologist

Literary Lives - Michael Schmidt
In association with the NZ Centre for Literary Translation, the International Institute of Modern Letters is proud to present Mexican-born Anglophone man of letters Michael Schmidt. A poet, novelist, translator and anthologist, Schmidt is also founder/publisher of two of the UK's most illustrious and globally-minded poetry outlets, the Carcanet Press and the PN Review, and has for many years been Professor of Poetry at Glasgow University. Following his compendious Lives of the Poets (1998), Schmidt has just published an equally comprehensive and engaging look at how the novel made the modern world. The Novel: A Biography has been hailed as 'brilliant, intimate, assured, and almost unflaggingly interesting' (The Atlantic). Chaired by Gregory O'Brien.
DATE:   Monday 1 September
TIME:    12.15-1.15pm
VENUE:The Te Papa Marae, Level 4, Te Papa

(please note that no food may be taken onto the Te Papa Marae).
The Writers on Mondays Series is presented with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, assisted by support from the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation and National Poetry Day. The events are open to the public and free of charge.
There are two further opportunities to hear Michael Schmidt speak in Wellington:
 *Will you enter creation? Four writers talk about faith
Wellington poets Dinah Hawken, Gregory O'Brien and John Dennison (whose first book of poems will be jointly published by Carcanet and AUP in 2015) are joined by Michael Schmidt for a discussion on faith and its influence on their poetry. Jointly sponsored by the Anglican Chaplaincy at Victoria University and the Centre for Christian Studies.
DATE:   Monday 1 September
TIME:    5.30pm
VENUE: Hugh McKenzie Lecture Theatre 104, Kelburn Parade, Victoria University

*The Geographies of Translation: A conversation with Michael Schmidt
The New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation and the Spanish and Latin American Studies Programme in partnership with VILLA and the Embassy of Mexico in New Zealand cordially invite you to this discussion on place and the art of translation, chaired by geographer Warwick Murray and translator Marco Sonzogni.
DATE:    Wednesday 10 September
TIME:     5-6pm
VENUE: School of Languages and Cultures, Room 606, Von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn Parade, Victoria University.
For directions to Victoria University venues, download the Kelburn Campus map.
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Michael Schmidt's visit to Wellington is supported by the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation.  For further information: contact

Jo Nesbo claims first UK Number One with Police

Jo Nesbo has scored his first ever UK Top 50 number one with the paperback edition of Police (Vintage).

The Norwegian writer tops the chart after the mass market paperback edition originally debuted at number two last week but climbed to the top spot in its second week, selling 21,651 copies, up 36% in volume (week on week).

This is Nesbo’s 10th novel in the series of books featuring the police officer Harry Hole. Police has now sold over 40,000 copies in paperback in eight weeks, on top of nearly 39,000 copies in hardback and additional 12,076 in various trade editions. To date, the series has registered sales in excess of 2.3m copies through Nielsen BookScan with the seventh thriller, The Snowman, currently the bestselling installment across physical editions shifting just under 500,000 in the UK (496,475). To date, the series has been worth over £13.4m to UK booksellers.

With seven days of sales behind them, many recent new entrants to the chart jumped in sales week on week, with crime dominating the top three slots. Fall From Grace (Penguin) - Tim Weaver's fifth crime novel to feature journalist turned missing person's investigator David Raker - climbs nine places to take second spot with 13,803 copies sold, up 34% week on week. Peter May's latest thriller, Entry Island (Quercus) jumped from 17th place to third selling 12,980 copies. Meanwhile, Susan Lewis climbs 11 places into the Top 5 with her novel Never Say Goodbye (Arrow). Lewis also climbs with her latest hardback in the Original Fiction chart, Behind Closed Doors (Century) debuted at eighth place but climbs to number six on that chart this week selling 1,758 copies.

WWI category for Political Book Awards

28.08.14 | Rudy Katoch - The Bookseller

The Paddy Power Political Book Awards will offer a new award next year, to mark the centenary of the First World War.
A prize of £1,000 will be awarded to the best non-fiction book on WWI, with publishers asked to submit their books for this, along with titles for other categories, to the Political Book Awards website.

Other categories for the awards include Political Biography of the Year, Polemic of the Year and Political Humour and Satire Book of the Year.
The closing date for submissions is 17th October 2014. Judges for the awards will be announced shortly, and the winners will be announced on Wednesday 28th January at the BFI IMAX.

Earlier this year, Charles Moore won the Political Book of the Year for the first part of his authorised biography of Margaret Thatcher.

Meanwhile in 2013, the inaugural year of the award, Caroline Shenton’s The Day Parliament Burnt Down (OUP) beat titles from Alastair Campbell and Nick Robinson to win the top prize.

Does Where You Live Make a Difference in How and What You Write?

www­ - Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, Mohsin Hamid and Thomas Mallon discuss how where they’ve lived has affected their work. 

J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” might have read a little differently had he been a resident of Osaka instead of Oxfordshire.