• Good news – NZ Bookshop Numbers on the Rise

    Since January 2018, Booksellers NZ has gained seven brand new members from everywhere from Vulcan Lane in Central Auckland, through to Twizel in South Canterbury, as well as online store Five Dogs Books. ‘We have seen a decided increase in the number of new bookshops over the past year’ notes Booksellers NZ CEO Lincoln Gould. […]

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  • 2019 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literary Awards

    2019 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literary Awards Writers working in the Mind Body Spirit genre have until 31 March to enter the 2019 Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literary Awards. There are two award’s categories, one for Books and another for Unpublished Manuscripts. The winner in each category receives a $10,000 prize. Spokesperson for the Trust, […]

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  • New Year’s Honours – congratulations to our literature sector recipients

    Our poet laureate, Associate professor Selina Tusitala Marsh, past NZSA president Rosemary Wildblood, author and academic Dr Paula Morris, author and historian Edmund Bohan, poet and academic Dr Karlo Mila and staunch book industry supporter Carole Beu from the famous Women’s Bookshop have all received New Year’s Honours for services to literature.  Our hearty congratulations […]

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  • NZSA Oral History Podcast Series – Final 2018 Episode with C.K. Stead

    Christian Karlson Stead was deeply involved in the New Zealand Society of Authors for many years. So why did he stand up one day, read out a statement and leave for good? In the final episode for 2018 of our NZSA Oral History Podcast Series, Christian Karlson (C.K.) Stead and Michael King talk, challenge each […]

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  • 2019 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellow will explore stigma and stereotypes

    The 2019 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship will help a playwright challenge Asian stereotypes and a poet press against the silence and stigma connected to New Zealand’s history of forced adoptions. Chloe Honum, a poet from Auckland currently living and working in Texas, will use her fellowship to write a collection of poems, based around the practice […]

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  • ‘Scalp-prickling dazzler of a novel’ wins Adam Foundation Prize

      A sharp, funny, ‘white-hot burn’ of a novel has been awarded the 2018 Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing by Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML). Laura Southgate wrote the winning book, The Boyfriend, as part of her 2018 Master of Arts (MA) at the IIML.   The Boyfriend tells the story […]

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  • Paula Morris is the 2018 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship

      The French Riviera and New York –Two Game Changing Destinations for Three Prolific NZ Artists Time, space, and inspiration are what dreams are made of. But this week, dreams turn into reality for three New Zealand artists who will be awarded two of New Zealand’s most coveted international residencies: the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship […]

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  • Children’s book boom drives growth for New Zealand publishers

     Heading into Christmas, sales of New Zealand-published children’s books are on a roll — helping the domestic publishing industry to reach more readers with local stories in 2018.   In the 11 months to the end of November, sales of New Zealand books were up +1.6% by volume compared to the same period last year. Children’s […]

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  • Michael King Writers Centre launches 2018 SIGNALS

      Signals 2018 – Supporting emerging young NZ writers   The Michael King Writers Centre launched the seventh issue of Signals, its literary journal for young writers, on Saturday 8 December at the National Library in Parnell. The journal features the work of senior secondary students who took part in this year’s Young Writers Programme, as […]

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  • Randall Cottage Writing Fellow 2019 is Paddy Richardson

    Randell Cottage Writers Trust  The selection panel has selected and the Trustees have agreed: the 2019 Creative New Zealand Randell Cottage Writing Fellow is Dunedin writer Paddy Richardson. Paddy will be working on an historical novel: ‘The Green of Spring’. The sequel to 2017’s ‘Through the Lonesome Dark, it’s set in WWI New Zealand, and […]

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  • Episode 6 of the NZSA Oral History Podcast Series Now Available

    In the latest episode of our NZSA Oral History Podcast, Dame Christine Cole Catley shares stories of dancing with ‘Jimmy’ (J.K.) Baxter on crushed grass in summer, starting her own publishing house and keeping her PEN (later NZSA) membership active for over half a century. Known for her commitment to writing and publishing in New […]

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  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks out FOR Freedom of Speech and AGAINST Fake News for PEN AMERICA

    There is a Western idea that wickedness, when committed by a certain kind of person and in a certain kind of way, is worthy of being engaged with. And there are certain things that people said would never happen in this country. But they are in fact happening. It is at times like these that […]

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