• BOOKS ALIVE CALENDAR IS LAUNCHED

    LIANZA AND NZ BOOK AWARDS TRUST LAUNCH 2020 NEW ZEALAND BOOK AWARDS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS BOOKS AND SHORTLIST New Zealand libraries have an association with the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults that stretches back to 1945, and in 2020 they are still playing a central role in sharing the […]

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  • Creative New Zealand announces its COVID-19-driven investment plan for the next 12 months

    Close on the heels of a heavily subscribed $29 million emergency response to COVID-19, Creative New Zealand has announced further funding to help the arts sector adapt in uncertain and unpredictable times. Creative New Zealand will devote the additional $25 million in new money announced by the Government in May, to a 12-month programme of […]

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  • Copyright review update

    Copyright review update   Jenny Nagle and Mandy Hager met with Kris Faafoi, the Minister responsible for the Copyright Review, last week. They were accompanied by Paula Browning (pictured) and Pat Walsh from CLNZ and Tom Rennie and Julia Marshall from PANZ. This meeting was our long-awaited opportunity to present the industry’s strong concerns regarding […]

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  • REPORT SHOWS KIWIS OVERWHELMINGLY PREFER PHYSICAL BOOKS

    WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE, 2020 A new report from the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) has revealed Kiwis still vastly prefer print books, with sales of physical books growing while demand for ebooks has shrunk.   Despite significant investment by publishers in digital formats, ebooks makeup just 7.2% of total trade and education sales in […]

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  • 45 International Orgs call for release of imprisonment of Kurdish journalist Nedim Turfent

    Today, the International Press Institute (IPI), PEN International, Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) and 42 undersigned organisations mark the 1,500th day of Kurdish journalist Nedim Türfent’s imprisonment with a renewed call for his immediate and unconditional release.   Türfent, who was predominantly reporting on the Kurdish issues, was detained on May 12, 2016, shortly […]

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  • CREATECH UK CEO, CogXspeech – The relationship between creative and tech is more important than ever…

    8 June 2020 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) Caroline Dinenage’s keynote speech at the CogX Createch Stage Thank you for that introduction, and many thanks for inviting me to speak here today. I’m delighted to be participating in Createch 2020 at CogX.  Let me start by saying two things: First, that […]

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  • Creative NZ announces a further $13million in its Covid 19 response

    MEDIA RELEASE 9 JUNE 2020 Creative New Zealand has dug deep to respond to the extraordinary volume of applications for its COVID-19 Emergency Response Package, investing an additional $13 million in its now closed first phase of arts funding. Arts Council leadership on Friday (5 June) approved the organisation drawing on further reserves to increase […]

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  • US ‘Publishing Day of Action’ Calls Out Book Industry’s Racial Disparities – from Publishing perspectives.

    In Feature Articles by Porter Anderson    June 9, 2020   The rising tide of protest over racial injustice reached publishing in the United States on Monday, as #PubWorkers4BlackLives took to social media for solidarity. #PubWorkers4Justice Following the forthright statement of condemnation made a week ago by the US Association of University Presses (AUP)—in which they condemned “the white supremacist structure upon […]

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  • How the Government forces authors to give books to people with disability, but refuses to pay for them

    Jun 02 2020   OPINION: The Government this year signed an international treaty to give free access to books for people with a disability who can’t handle print copies. Few would argue about increasing opportunities for those with a disability. But, Kiwi authors won’t be compensated for taking their work and giving it away free. […]

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  • New chair heads Institute of Professional Editors – ANZ

    The Institute of Professional Editors has a new chair, Ruth Davies AE. Ms Davies replaces Kerry Davies AE (no relation) who has been the IPEd board’s chair for more than five years. Ruth Davies has been a freelance editor with her business, centreEditing, since 2007. She has had a wide range of roles with IPEd […]

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  • Toward a More Just World: A PEN America Statement

    June 1, 2020 We wanted to share with you a statement on behalf of PEN America reflecting on the killing of George Floyd and the outrage and sorrow we have experienced in recent days. We welcome your questions, comments, and insights. In solidarity, Jennifer Egan, PEN America President Suzanne Nossel, PEN America CEO   As […]

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  • BookBubble podcast: Elizabeth Knox

    Nicky Pellegrino and Stacy Gregg continue their Book Bubble podcast series with an interview with Elizabeth Knox. Wellington’s Elizabeth Knox describes herself as a modestly-sized totara in this country’s literary landscape and her most recent best-selling novel, an arcane thriller called The Absolute Book, has been snapped up by publishers in the US and the UK. […]

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