Tuesday, December 01, 2015

VUP staff summer reading picks

Kyleigh Hodgson
This Christmas I want to read the Neopolitan trilogy by Elena Ferrante (having heard so much about it in the office this year), and if I have any reading time left over, The Chimes by Anna Smaill, and Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter. Then, depending on how much brain power I have left, I will finally get around to reading either Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty or Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

Kirsten McDougall
I try to read an old book each summer. Last year, Portrait of a Lady – brilliant, although I'm still mad at Henry James for what he did to Isabel. This year, Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence. Steve Braunias's The Scene of the Crime is on my list, Steve writes the dreary horror of New Zealand small town drama so well. And My Lunches with Orson by Peter Biskind in which the reader gets to drop in on intimate conversations between Welles and friends.

Ashleigh Young
First on my list is my hero Diana Athill’s new (and probably final) memoir Alive, Alive Oh! Others I’m excited about are Kim Kardashian’s Marriage by Sam Riviere, Dean Young’s Bender, the short stories We Don’t Know What We’re Doing by Thomas Morris, and my two annual treats, Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015 and Best American Essays 2015. Also: I’m finally getting around to a cycling memoir called The Escape Artist by Matt Seaton.

Craig Gamble
My summer reading will involve some rather obscure books on shipbuilding and airframe manufacture in Southampton in the 1920s and 30s. But apart from those I’m keen to read many books from the Costa Prize shortlists especially The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books) and Jessica’s Ghost by Andrew Norriss (David Fickling Books). I’ll probably add to that David Almond’s Guardian Prize winning A Song for Ella Grey, as his book Skellig is an all time favourite of mine.

Fergus Barrowman
Sport submissions. Proofs of Damien Wilkins’ new novel Dad Art, Claire Orchard’s debut poetry collection Cold Water Cure and Tracey Slaughter’s short stories Deleted Scenes for Lovers. The Visiting Privilege: New and Collected Stories by Joy Williams and The Complete Stories: Clarice Lispector. Roberto Calasso’s memoir The Art of the Publisher. Lean meat with minimum connective tissue. 


Vasanti Unka

When Tiger and Leopard disagree, the jungle turns to mayhem. How can peace be restored? A fabulous new picture book from Vasanti Unka, award-winning author of The Boring Book.
Tiger claims that stripes are best. Leopard insists that spots are tops. Their squabble turns
into a quarrel; the quarrel becomes a battle; and, by lunchtime, the jungle is a complete
mess. Monkey calls a meeting of the Jungle Council and all the animals put their heads
together to come up with a plan. Their cunningly stylish way of resolving matters will bring
out the best in everyone . . . well, almost everyone.

Stripes! No, Spots! is a gorgeously colourful, fabulously fashion-conscious and shrewdly
funny new picture book from the award-winning author of The Boring Book, which is sure to
delight and entertain children ages 3 –10 as well as grown-ups with great taste.

About the author
Vasanti Unka is an acclaimed designer and illustrator based in Auckland, New Zealand. She is the illustrator of The Bean's Story by Tatiana Aslund, which was a 2008 Storylines notable book, and Hill & Hole by Kyle Mewburn. Hill & Hole was shortlisted for the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, won the LIANZA Russell Clark award the same year and also won the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book at the PANZ Book Design Awards. Vasanti's most recent title, The Boring Book (Puffin 2013), which she both wrote and illustrated, won the Picture Book category as well as the supreme award, the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year, at the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2014 and was listed in the 2014 White Raven Catalogue of best children's books published around the world.

Puffin - Hardback- RRP $25.00

50 Leaders Who Changed History

The greatest leaders in politics, religion, business, art and sciences.

What qualities enabled George Washington-celebrated as the 'father of his country'-to lead a sometimes ramshackle army to victory in the American Revolutionary War and then serve with distinction as the first US President in 1789-97? How did Winston Churchill succeed in inspiring the British people in the darkest days of World War II, when the struggle against the power of Nazi Germany might have seemed hopeless? What made Queen Elizabeth I-hailed as 'Gloriana' by her people-such a triumphantly successful leader, who oversaw the defeat of the mighty Spanish Armada and the flowering of literary geniuses such as William Shakespeare?

In the modern era, natural authority and honed leadership skills drove Martin Luther King Jr, Fidel Castro, Margaret Thatcher, and Nelson Mandela to make history. The sports teams of British soccer manager Sir Alex Ferguson, baseball coach John McGraw, and Vince Lombardi in American Football, galvanized by brilliant leadership, played on to unprecedented success. While creative powerhouses such as William Morris and Pablo Picasso harnessed their huge talents to change the way people saw the world.

About the author :
Charles Phillips is a graduate of Oxford University and the author of more than 35 books. He was a key writer on Time Life's Myth and Mankind series, 1001 Battles that Changed the Course of History and The Military History Book. His successful histories include An Illustrated History of the Crusades, The Crusader Knights and Royal Britain, and The Lost History of the Aztec and Maya

Murdoch Books - NZ$27.99 

Impressive first novel is being launched at UBS, Dunedin on Thursday

This most impressive first novel is being launched at UBS, Dunedin on Thursday of this week by its publishers, Rosa Mira Books & Makaro Press
I was captivated, reading it in several long sessions over two days. I guess you could call it a cross between crime fiction and family drama.No matter how you define it, it is a superb piece of writing.
I hope the author is already at work on her next novel and that she will keep Detective Senior Sergeant Leo Judd as her protagonist in future titles.

Dunedin, in the grip of an unseasonal flu, is a city under siege. Then after five damaging days of rain, a twister rips through, exposing the body of a missing schoolgirl in Ross Creek. Detective Senior Sergeant Leo Judd is the only one who can lead the investigation, despite unresolved sorrow over the disappearance of his own daughter nine years earlier. 
Sultry weather broods over the beleaguered city as suspects are sifted and pressure mounts for Judd to solve the crime. Meanwhile his wife, Kate, tries to find the courage she needs to tell him the secrets she's been nursing for too long – including one about the disappearance of their beloved Beth. 

About the author:

Jane Woodham moved to Dunedin from London in 1998. Her work has twice been shortlisted for the BNZ Literary Awards, and published in both New Zealand and the UK. In 2014 the New Zealand Society of Authors granted Jane a mentor-ship with local crime writer Paddy Richardson, who worked with her on the final draft of Twister. Jane likes to swim, garden and cook, and is a fair-weather surfer. 
Twister is her first novel.

Print edition - Makaro Press - ISBN 978 0 9941299 3 2   $30.00
E-book  - Rosa Mira Books - eISBN 978 0 9941017 9 2  $13.00

e-book cover



Te Whenua Press - Hardback - $70.00
ISBN 978 0 90868 992 7                                                                     
Jocelyn Carlin has been a photographer for close to 40 years.

She has travelled extensively, exhibited frequently and has always had projects on the go, documenting events, telling stories and celebrating life.

Born in the Bay of Plenty, Carlin lived in Wellington during the early years of her photographic career and moved to Auckland in 1987 where she established Minnie Street Studio as a purpose-designed studio for hire to photographers and film makers, and a place where she could live and work.

In 2011 Carlin contracted a relatively rare neurological condition known as MSA, Multiple Systems Atrophy. Today she has little control over movement and speech, she is confined to a wheelchair and to her bed, and no longer able to hold a camera.

Despite this huge challenge, Carlin has collated and prepared all the material for EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY controlling every aspect of its production with the characteristic creativity and clarity she has brought to every project. It is a fascinating and inspiring story of her life of a photographer; good for dipping into, educational and totally inspiring. Carlin has made a beautiful book, where photography is the hero and the writing is informative and entertaining.
Available from selected bookshops or for further information please                  contact:
Paula Yeatman, Visibility, 027 4830021,

A small selection of shots from the many delightful pictures in this most            appealing book:


Exploring the changing world of literary translation

Nearly three weeks ahead of graduation and Victoria University of Wellington’s Sally-Ann Spencer has already won an international prize and secured a publishing deal for her PhD research.

On 10 December, the graduand will receive a Doctor of Philosophy in literary translation studies for her research into German-English literary translation in the digital age.

Sally-Ann turned her PhD research into a book proposal, which earlier this month won her the Women In German Studies Book Prize. The prize from the United Kingdom and Ireland-based organisation has led to a publishing deal with academic press Peter Lang.

Sally-Ann says her research is the first comprehensive study of the industry since 2000, during which time the book trade has undergone extensive changes, moving from traditional print medium into the digital space that includes e-books, online retail, literary blogs, new support schemes and digital marketing platforms.

Sally-Ann, who is a published German-English translator, wanted to draw on her practitioner’s experience as she investigated the industry’s transformation, its new technologies, strategies and subsequent challenges.

“First, I looked at German-English translation in a global context. I charted how publishers around the world are producing German-English translated books in new formats such as e-books and MP3 across a wide variety of genres,” she says.

The second part of her research investigated the new economics of digital German-English translation. “The translation industry relies on subsidies from cultural institutes and foreign governments. But at the same time translators have gained prestige and the official rates for literary translation are going up. My research shows this funding model lacks stability and isn’t sustainable in the long-term.

“Moreover, digital publishing brings with it new business models that ask the translator to take a greater share of the financial risk. There’s the potential for greater earnings, but at the expense of guaranteed payment.”

Sally-Ann also identified and evaluated new publishing models. For example, she noted internet retailer Amazon now publishes more literary translations annually than almost any other English-language publisher.

“But Amazon’s dominance isn’t stifling the market. By contrast, there’s a renewed attachment to printed books and live events in certain sectors. Some of the most successful models for publishing translations combine old and new technologies, such as beautiful print books published through crowd-funding.”

School of Languages and Cultures senior lecturer Dr Richard Millington says Sally-Ann’s research has the potential to be a valuable reference for literary translation and publishing professionals.

“Sally-Ann has not only analysed the challenges and opportunities of literary translation in the digital age, her thesis draws together useful information for practitioners from sources that are otherwise widely dispersed,” he says.

Latest news from The Bookseller

Nicola Solomon
The Society of Authors is seeing a number of "once well-known authors" apply for assistance to its Pension Fund, intended to help those who have fallen on hard times - when with fairer contracts allowing rights reversion they could be making an income from their backlist, SoA chief executive Nicola Solomon has said.
Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction
The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction has struck a new five-year sponsorship deal with Baillie Gifford and will seek to extend its reach to the US.
Mitzi Angel has acquired a biography of eight women who worked in Mecklenburgh Square, London, during the interwar period as her first acquisition for Faber.
Jon McGregor
The format of literary festivals, which “privileges those from a specific cultural and educational background”, is hampering diversity, author Jon McGregor argued yesterday at the Cambridge Literary Festival.
Lord George Weidenfeld
British publisher Lord George Weidenfeld is helping to fund 2,000 Christian Syrians fleeing ISIS to repay a personal debt.
Portico Prize
Benjamin Myers has won the £10,000 Portico Literature Prize 2015 for Fiction while Richard Benson won the £10,000 Portico Prize for non-fiction.

Amazon UK
Amazon UK said Black Friday this year was its busiest day ever, as it sold around 86 items per second.
Oleg Novikov, a Russian billionaire and general director of AST Eksmo, one of Russia’s leading publishing houses, has acquired full control of Ventana-Graf, a major Russian publisher of educational literature and textbooks.
Jeff Bezos
Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos made the Guardian Media 100, in a quiet year for publishers and authors on the list.

The Roundup with PW

Publishers, Booksellers Feel the Force
The new Star Wars movie is driving a mini boom in publishing, with dozens of tie-ins and licensed products queued up to hit before, and after, the film's Dec. 18 release. more »

Amazon Shows Off Drones Via Video: The retailer released a promotional clip on Sunday showing a family receiving a product from one of its unmanned delivery drones.

BBC Offers Racy Take on Tolstoy: A serialized TV adaptation of 'War and Peace' on the British network--one of the plot lines involves incest--is raising some eyebrows across the pond.

UK Pub Biz Bashed for Lack of Diversity: Author Nikesh Shukla, who is among a group of authors raising the issue, asked: 'Where are the brown people?'

Obamas Hit D.C. Indie on Small Biz Sat.: President Obama swung by Upshur Street Books, which opened just over a year ago.

Black Friday Winners...and Losers: 'Forbes' looks at how major retailers--among them Amazon, Walmart and Apple--fared on the biggest shopping day of the year.

Poem of the Week: Straight Up by Owen Gallagher

A playful and euphemistic poem about masculinity and the festering, phallic fear of sexual inadequacy

Tape measure being used
The erectile death warrant: “Is that it?” Photograph: Getty Images/Image Source
Straight Up
When she grasped what I considered big,
stuttered Is that it?
I fumbled with the zip.

For a decade I thought myself unfit,
destined to drift
with lads unable to get onto the pitch.

Until I was referred to a page-turner
for the inadequate,
What men can do with or without it.

which I believe is strapped on like this.

This week’s poem comes from Owen Gallagher’s third collection, A Good Enough Love, recently published by Salmon Poetry.

Advice For The Winner Of This Year’s ‘Bad Sex’ Award, From One Who Knows

artsjournal -   

“First, be sure to send an immediate message to the head of your workplace, if you have one, to initiate damage control. Because the coverage will soon be explosive: Photos of your face will appear on websites from Vietnam to the Czech Republic. I hope you didn’t opt for that fashionably roguish author photo, because the ‘bad sex’ headline will make it seem like the mug shot of an international sex criminal.”

Read the story at The New York Times

Mervyn Peake Collection Put Up For Sale

Book2BookSunday 29 Nov 2015

The collection, worth at least £100,000, is being sold by Kent-based bookseller Michael Kemp.
Mr Kemp said it took 30 years to build the collection, which he began after being given the Gormenghast trilogy for his 18th birthday.


Samuel Johnson Prize Sets Sights Globally Under New Sponsorship Deal

Book2Book Monday 30 Nov 2015

The Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction has announced that Edinburgh-based investment management partnership Baillie Gifford is to become primary sponsor of the UK's leading prize for non-fiction books. The agreement with Baillie Gifford will provide substantial support over an initial period of five years, which will enable the prize to build its profile and impact, both nationally and internationally. The award will be renamed 'The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-fiction'. It will continue to advance the idea that 'all the best stories are true', and will now set its sights on becoming the most pre-eminent solus non-fiction book award in the world.

Press release

Whoa: Dangdang to Open 1,000 Bookstores in China

Shelf Awareness

Chinese e-commerce company Dangdang.com plans to open 1,000 bookstores over the next three yeas, in "shopping malls, supermarkets and towns," according to China Retail News.
The first store opens in December in Changsha, Hunan, and will be have almost 13,000 square feet of space. The stores will offer the same prices as the company offers online.

China Retail News said that according to OpenBook, a Chinese book retail market research firm, bricks-and-mortar bookstores in China had sales gains of less than 5% from 2008 to 2010, then a gain of 6% in 2011, and then decreases in 2012 and 2013.

In other Chinese bookselling news, Taiwanese bookseller Eslite opened its first store in the People's Republic yesterday, Cihan reported. The four-story flagship store in Suzhou City is open 24 hours a day and stocks 500,000 books, handicrafts, jewelry and kitchenware. It also has a cooking studio, visual lab, tea house and a lecture room.
Eslite has 43 branches in Taiwan and one in Hong Kong

Obamas Shop at Upshur Street Books

Shelf Awareness

Again celebrating Small Business Saturday by shopping at a bookstore, President Obama and his daughters, Sasha and Malia, visited Upshur Street Books, which opened just over a year ago in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The 800-square-foot store emphasizes children's books, art books, literature and poetry, and local authors. (See our profile of the store here.)

The Obamas spent some time with manager Anna Thorn and bought nine books, a mix of adult and YA titles, the Washington Post noted. Afterward, the Obamas continued the Small Business Saturday celebration with a visit to Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market and Cafe in Adams Morgan. For the last three years, the president and family members have visited Politics & Prose on Small Business Saturday.

photo: Reuters/Mike Theiler
Here, according to the White House, are the books the Obamas bought at Upshur Street Books:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Book 8 by Jeff Kinney
Dork Diaries 1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renée Russell
Elske: A Novel of the Kingdom by Cynthia Voigt
Jackaroo: A Novel of the Kingdom by Cynthia Voigt
On Fortune's Wheel by Cynthia Voigt
Purity: A Novel by Jonathan Franzen
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloy
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel by Salman Rushdie

The Art of Writing and the Art of Life

Off the Shelf
By Sarah Jane Abbott    |   Monday, November 30, 2015
I have two confessions to make. First, my greatest aspiration is to someday be a novelist. Second, Stephen King is my favorite writer—but this is not really a confession, as I’m proud of it and everyone who knows me knows this (and probably wishes I would stop talking about him already). 
Given these facts, it is nonsensical that I had not read Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft until now. I dove into the book a couple of weeks ago and when I finished, I wiped a couple tears from my eyes and started again from the beginning, hoping to soak in every word. That is not exaggeration or melodrama; that is how affecting this book is. 


The Radical Sex and Spiritual Life of William Blake


SmTheJealousyofLosThis weekend marks the 258th birthday of English artist and poet William Blake. We celebrate Blake’s radical vision today, but his mystical, idiosyncratic views on religion, philosophy, and sex made him a target of criticism during his time.
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The Madeleine L’Engle YA Canon, Ranked

mad leng


Beyond her canonical novel A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L’Engle, who would have celebrated her 77th birthday yesterday, created one of the most complex, interconnected literary universes committed to paper. The author was a religious Christian, but unlike C.S. Lewis adhered to an ultra-liberal strain of her faith that, as manifested in her novels, has gotten her books in hot water with school boards across the country.

Books News with Publishers Lunch

This year on American Express Small Business Saturday, the Obama family visited Washington's recently-opened Upshur Street Books. They purchased Purity, by Jonathan Franzen; Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, by Salman Rushdie; Elske, On Fortune's Wheel, and Jackaroo, by Cynthia Voigt; A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd; Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli; Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, by Jeff Kinney; and Dork Diaries 1, by Rachel Renee Russell.

In other news, the NYT Book Review named its 100 notable books of 2015.

In the UK, where book prizes get named for their sponsors, the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction has landed a five-year sponsorship deal with an investment firm and will rename itself the Baillie Gifford Prize.

In Italy, as Mondadori awaits government sign-off on their purchase of Rizzoli's publishing assets, head of RCS Media's Bompiani Elisabetta Sgarbi has left the company and will start a new house, The Ship of Theseus, set to launch in May 2016. Leaving Bompiani to join her at the new company are Mario Andreose, Eugenio Lio, and Anna Maria Lorusso -- and authors including Umberto Eco and Sandro Veronesi have already said they will move with Sgarbi (and seem to be investors in the company as well). The new house will be distributed by Feltrinelli, which will provide other support services as well.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Kieran Read - Tribute to a Great Eight

Kieran Read
Tribute to a Great Eight

By Matt Elliott

Bateman - Hardback - RRP $39.99

‘I suppose you could say he was fearless. If you looked at him back then, there wasn’t much to him — he was pretty lanky. He wasn’t the type to get into fights. You can play some pretty rough teams at times around here … but he was more the type to tell the hot-headed guys to pull their heads in.’ — James Fraser, coach of the young Kieran Read.

In an era of some of the greatest All Blacks the game of rugby has ever seen, Kieran Read counts as one of the best. Stepping up to the role of captain in the absence of the legendary Richie McCaw, Kieran Read exhibits a rare blend of leadership, fearlessness and outstanding skills and game smarts on the paddock, and is hugely popular with players, coaches and administrators alike.

Writing on Read’s age-group rugby, right through to captaining the All Blacks and playing in the Rugby World Cup, and including chapters on the Canterbury earthquakes, and Read’s bouts of concussion, Matt Elliott offers a tribute to this world-class number eight for his fans in New Zealand and around the world.

About the author
Matt Elliott is best-known for his award-winning and critically acclaimed book Nice Day for a War: Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in World War I, based on his grandfather’s wartime diaries. Among other titles, he is also the author of biographies on early All Black Dave Gallaher, and comedian Billy T. James.

Potton & Burton have another accolade to celebrate

PANZ News release

And the winner is…Emma Radcliffe – Recipient of the W.E and M.L Forde Scholarship to Yale announced
The competition was fierce with 14 of New Zealand’s top publishing executives in the running for a coveted place at the Yale Publishing course next July. 
The scholarship of NZ$13,000, to cover course costs, flights and accommodation is thanks to the generosity of the late Margaret Forde.

The selection panel had a tough decision to make; made all the more difficult by the sheer calibre of the applicants, and the discussion was challenging and robust.

PANZ is delighted to announce that the candidate who stood out both with her experience and for her application and the recipient of the W.E and M.L Forde Scholarship is Emma Radcliffe, Managing Director of Potton & Burton.  
Emma comes from a varied and diverse background in sales and marketing overseas and is responsible for Potton & Burton’s day-to-day operations and the on-going relationship management for distribution partners.  She has been with the company for more than seven years and works in conjunction with the company’s owners, Craig Potton and Robbie Burton, to develop the strategic direction of the company.

Emma says “I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen as the recipient of the W.E & M.L Forde Publishing Scholarship for 2016. My attendance will really enhance my own career progression, as this kind of training is obviously difficult to find in New Zealand and Yale provides the perfect opportunity to immerse myself in a programme designed to encourage new strategies and ways of thinking about publishing. It will also allow me to benchmark Potton & Burton against other international publishers and enables me to bring their best practices back to New Zealand.”

About the scholarship:
W.E and M.L Forde Publishing Scholarship to the Yale Book Publishing course.

Margaret Forde left a legacy to fund a publishing scholarship which PANZ has been asked to administer for the next 4 years. Margaret Forde and her husband Ted worked for William Collins & Sons from the late 1950s and Margaret also worked proof-reading and editing for David Bateman in Auckland.

The scholarship of NZ $13,000 is available to one publisher to attend the Yale Book Publishing course held annually in mid-July on the Yale University Campus. The scholarship is to be awarded  annually from 2016-2019 inclusive. 

The Yale Publishing Course (YPC) is a week-long intensive classroom-based course for mid- to senior-level book professionals in all areas of publishing: management, editorial, business development, digital strategy, design and production, advertising, sales, and marketing. With a challenging and timely curriculum, YPC focuses on introducing attendees to new strategies and ways of thinking in a highly intimate seminar environment. The YPC experience exposes attendees to an international network of peers and an expert faculty composed of Yale faculty and thought leaders in the industry..

New Zealand publishers who have previously attended the course have found it immensely beneficial.

Sam Elworthy, Director AUP writes;

I’d been in publishing more than a decade when I did the Yale Publishing Course and I learned a whole lot—from outstanding Yale Business School lecturers; from major figures, young and old, from US publishing who were the presenters; and from other participants in the course, from the US and around the world, from Random House to Elsevier to independent and university presses. You live in, you talk publishing 24/7, you gain a bigger vision.”

The Great Summer Read

When: Monday 7 December - Monday 1 February
Where: All Auckland Libraries
Who can take part: All Auckland Libraries members aged 14 and over
How:  The reading challenges are listed below, or you can pick up a Great Summer Read log book at your library.

Heat up your reading by taking part in The Great Summer Read! We’ve set 15 fun reading challenges for you. Complete one or more and be in to win books, vouchers and other prizes.

The more challenges you complete, the more chances you have to win a prize, but even if you’ve just got time to read or listen to one book this summer, you could be a winner! 
Every time you complete a challenge, record it using our online reporting form. You’ll be entered into our prize draw automatically every time you report a completed challenge, plus our bonus draws for completing five different challenges, or all 15. Challenges may be completed in any order.

Summer in Auckland is even better with a book! Try it and you’ll see!
If you are going on holiday and won’t be near one of our 55 libraries, download some of our free e-books onto your e-reader or mobile device.


1. Read a book
2. Read a book to another person
3. Check out a book bundle at one of our libraries and discover a new author
4. Share your read on social media using the hashtag #ALGreatSummerRead and tag us in (Twitter and Instagram @auckland_libs, Facebook Auckland Libraries)
5. Reread a childhood favourite
6. Read a graphic novel or manga
7. Read an eMagazine from Zinio
8. Read a book by an Aotearoa writer
9. Watch a movie or TV programme based on a book
10. Read a classic (at least 50 years old)
11. Read a collection of short stories
12. Read a non-fiction book
13. Read an eBook
14. Read a book from the Auckland Libraries Top 100 list
15. The #BFF challenge: get a friend to take part in The Great Summer Read along with you. If your friend isn’t a member yet and joins now, we’ll double your entries to the draw! Enter your friend’s name in the comments box.
Note: Listening to an audiobook counts as reading a book.
With a long, hot summer stretching out before you, there is no better time to find a shady spot and get reading!

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