Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Public Talk at Waikato Museum

Public Talk at Waikato Museum
Te Whare Taonga o Waikato

Sunday 9 October 2016
4.30 – 7 p.m.
Waikato Museum Lecture Theatre
1 Grantham Street

Vincent O’Malley talks with Waikato-Tainui representatives about this landmark publication, which will be launched at the Waahi Poukai on 8 October.

 Spanning nearly two centuries from first contact through to settlement and apology, ​The Great War for New Zealand focuses on the human impact of the Waikato War, its origins and aftermath. The book arrives as the Government announces a national day of commemoration for the conflict and key sites are returned to iwi.

 Find out more at BWB books are available from all good bookshops

Patchy & Ruby - perfect gift for kids who love ponies


Patch and Ruby
Anouska Jones & Gwynneth Jones

Release date:  1 October 2016, RRP $19.99 HB
EK Books

          A gently humorous story about friendship and belonging that will appeal to any young child who feels they haven’t quite found their niche yet.

          A talented new author teams up with the illustrator of the highly successful Don’t Think About Purple Elephants.

Patch the pony is lonely. He has fun with his young owner, Sam, and the other farm animals are friendly, but sometimes it feels as if he still doesn’t quite fit in. Then one day Sam has an idea and something happens that changes Patch’s life forever. Patch and Ruby is a wonderful, often very funny tale about friendship and finding out where you belong.

Anouska Jones is a publisher, editor, book reviewer and writer. She is the Publisher for Exisle Publishing and EK Books, and is the Senior Editor of children’s literature website Kids’ Book Review. She lives on her rural property with her husband and daughter, three horses, eight chickens, three ducks, two dogs, one cat and one budgie.

Gwynneth Jones drew all through her maths book at school, so left to study art at TAFE and then majored in Plant and



9 Novels By Contemporary Jewish Writers for a Sweet New Year

Off the Shelf
By Wendy Sheanin    |   Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Next week I will fly to California to spend the High Holidays with my family. It’s a time of reflection and often a time to set an intention for the year ahead. Whether or not you’re Jewish, if your intention is to read more books by contemporary Jewish writers, here are 9 novels that are smart, funny, imaginative, thoughtful, compelling, and heartbreaking for your reading list. READ MORE


From the NZ Book Council:


2017 Grimshaw Fellowship appilcations close this Friday

2017 Grimshaw Fellowship applications close this Friday

Applications close this Friday, 30th September, for the 2017 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship .

This will mark the 30th year of the Fellowship, a national literary award offering published New Zealand writers, both here and overseas, the opportunity to focus on their craft full-time by providing an annual stipend of $20,000 and tenure at the Sargeson Centre in Auckland. More than 50 New Zealand writers have been helped since Janet Frame held the first Fellowship.

In 2016 the fellowship was awarded to Diana Wichtel and Breton Dukes. Other previous winners include Alan Duff, Michael King, Marilyn Duckworth and Sarah Laing.

The tenure is due to start on 1 April 2017. Download the application form here.

Further information on the Fellowship is available here. Any queries can be directed to Elizabeth Bennie at or on +64 9 375 2393.

Australia Rocks - remembering the music of the 1950''s to 1990's

Australia Rocks - Remembering the Music of the 1950s to 1990s
Lucy Desoto
1 October 2016, RRP $49.99 HB
 Exisle Publishing    

           Photographs, memorabilia and evocative text combine to create the perfect dance down memory lane for anyone growing up in the glory days of rock n’ roll.

           Includes all the lead artists and bands from the 1950s right up to the end of the 1990s, as well as the many independent, lesser-known performers who helped to shape the industry.

           Traces the evolution of the Australian rock music scene in the context of global events and the influence of American culture.

           Written by an author who’s truly lived rock ’n’ roll; Lucy Desoto is an internationally recognised performer and recording artist with a career spanning 30 years.

Australian rock music has a rich history of performers and bands that have created not just the soundtrack for Australian lives but have also shaped the international music scene. In the early days of the 1950s and ’60s, Australian rock saw performers like Johnny O’Keefe and The Easybeats. The 1970s saw Cold Chisel and AC/DC, among others, performing to packed halls locally. AC/DC turned this into international success, blasting through three decades of touring and performing. However, it was only in the 1980s and 1990s that Australian rock truly made its mark on the international stage with iconic bands such as Men at Work, Midnight Oil and INXS.

Australia Rocks brings the bands and the times to life through unique photographs and evocative text. Written by a rock musician, it also goes beyond the ‘big names’ to highlight the many independent, often lesser-known performers who played such an integral part in shaping the industry, and shines a light on how rock music was not only influenced by global events (the Vietnam War, for example) but also formed part of enormous cultural shifts (the Swinging Sixties, the protest movement, etc.). From the demure dance halls of the 1950s to the smoke-filled pubs of the 1970s and the packed concerts of the 1990s and beyond, Australia Rocks will have music lovers dusting off their vinyl collection and remembering the good times.


Lucy Desoto is an internationally recognised rock musician, who has sung and played keyboards with some of Australia’s leading musicians. Lucy has an honours degree in Media Arts and a Doctorate of Creative Arts. Now based in Alice Springs, Lucy continues to rock ’n’ roll. This is her first book

WOOF - A book of happinesfor dog lovers

WOOF - A Book of Happiness for Dog Lovers 
Edited by Anouska Jones
1 October 2016, RRP $29.99 hb
Exisle Publishing
Dogs have a way of making our lives feel complete. They’re there for us through good times and bad, with their wholehearted engagement in life a lesson to us all on living in the moment.

This book is a compendium of delightful quotes that capture the essence of our affection for these wonderful animals. Some are by famous people (Aldous Huxley, Mark Twain, Charles M. Schulz, Milan Kundera, G.K. Chesterton), others not; some are philosophical, others light-hearted — all are memorable. Accompanied by beautiful photography, and presented in a high-quality gift format, this is a collection of quotes to treasure.

Anouska Jones is a dog-loving book editor and publisher, who has worked in publishing for over twenty years. She compiled the quotes from a range of sources, in between teaching her two new puppies to behave nicely in her office.


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