Monday, December 11, 2017

Round-up of the most read stories of the past week on The Bookseller




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This week's stories

Rainbow Rosalind

Rosalind Manowitz has spent the year working on an ambitious, interactive and educational orchestral concert specifically for children, as the SOUNZ Community Commission winner for 2017. Her stage name is Rainbow Rosalind and she dresses as a fairy when performing around the country, as part of her mission to introduce children to the world of classical music. As well as the SOUNZ commission, Rosalind took out the APRA Best Children's Music Video Award 2016 for her original music video Aotearoa, Home of our Hearts, and has released her debut album of original children's songs, Kia Ora.
Dec 10, 2017 02:50 pm

The meaning of Atamira

The deaths of two people close to members of Atamira Dance Company felt like a sign to choreographer Kelly Nash. So Kelly did her research which revealed the word 'Atamira' is historically associated with the process of caring for those who have died.
Dec 10, 2017 02:35 pm

John Cranna: taking the Creative Hub to Kaitaia

It's hard for some parts of the country to cut a break. Northland, for example, is usually in the news because of stories about poverty, ill health, violence and most recently kauri dieback. But children at Kaitaia College and a small village school were given the chance and the tools to express themselves through writing when an invitation was made to the Auckland-based Creative Hub.
Dec 10, 2017 02:25 pm

BWB Books

Dire predictions about the death of books and of publishing in this country with the advent of e-books and the amalgamation of big publishing houses have proved to be way off the mark. One of the standout publishers to have emerged is Wellington's BWB - Bridget Williams' Books - with its focus on New Zealand non-fiction and championing of the topical essay. Titles in their popular BWB text series include The New Zealand Project by Max Harris, Holly Walker's The Whole Intimate Mess, and Antibiotic Resistance by Dr Siouxsie Wiles. Their latest publications include The Expatriates by expat Martin Edmond, and Paul Gorman's take on the Canterbury Earthquakes - Portacom City.
Dec 10, 2017 01:40 pm

Funding Katherine Mansfield Birthplace

The Katherine Mansfield Birthplace in Wellington is Mecca for adoring fans of the New Zealand short story writer. It's also in need of some serious work on the exterior and the gardens. Lynn Freeman went to visit and to find out about fundraising efforts from Jen Boland (Director of the Katherine Mansfield House & Garden).
Dec 10, 2017 01:35 pm

The plethora of NZ film in 2017

2017 has been an extraordinary one for New Zealand films. Say what you like about the quality of 2017, the sheer quantity of titles has been extraordinary. It's across the board too - documentaries, dramas, comedies. Even that rare thing in this country; family movies. But it still seems hard to get New Zealand audiences along to a local film - or at least one not made by Taika Waititi. What are they missing out on? To look over the year's riches Simon Morris is joined by James Robins (The Listener), and Sarah McMullen (Nine To Noon with Kathryn Ryan).
Dec 10, 2017 12:45 pm

Bless the Child

Who killed baby Ara? It could be another headline to another news story about another child killed by a family member or step parent. Which is very much the point of Hone Kouka's new play Bless the Child. The mother of Ara is charged with her murder - but what is the truth? Bless the Child was a co-winner of the Adam Play Award in 2015 and it will be directed by his partner Miria George.
Dec 10, 2017 12:30 pm

Kaikoura’s New Normal

Kaikoura residents are sharing their own stories of life since the November 2016 earthquake altered the seaside community in so many ways. They come up with all kinds of ways to describe their experiences within the confines of a box. There are about 30 boxes in the exhibition called New Normal representing a big cross section of the Kaikoura community and beyond. It's been a collaboration with Kaikoura's new Museum which invited locals to share their stories for future generations.
Dec 10, 2017 12:16 pm

Older stories

Symposium on the Future Imaginary
All Our Secrets
Taking The High Ground
Sian and Makyla make art!
Le Moana at the Measina Festival
Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin celebrate their theatre scenes
Mimedian Trygve Wakenshaw
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Tuesday 12th December

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Lit Hub Weekly

Lit Hub Weekly
December 4 - 8, 2017

TODAY:  In 1595, Shakespeare's Richard II is possibly acted at a private performance at the Canon Row house of Sir Edward Hoby, with Sir Robert Cecil attending.
·         “It all boils down to this: America values women less than men.” Gillian Flynn on our society’s endemic sexism. | TIME
·         “Good writing and good reading will break down barriers. We may even find a new idea, a great humane vision, around which to rally.” Kazuo Ishiguro calls for cultural and generic diversity in his Nobel lecture. | Nobel Prize
·         Lorin Stein has resigned from his roleas the editor of The Paris Review amid an investigation into his inappropriate conduct with female writers and employees. | The New York Times
·         “I am really good at missing deadlines. My secret to this is overcommitting to projects because of a profound inability to say no.” Roxane Gay on how she works. | Lifehacker
·         Emma Cline has filed a countersuit against a former boyfriend who alleged that she had plagiarized his work—and whose lawyer included her private sexual activity in a public court filing, seemingly to shame her into settling. | The New Yorker
·         Truth, Chaos, Violence, Belief: Writers (Margaret Atwood, Roxane Gay), politicians (Hillary Clinton, John McCain), and others reflect on the words that defined 2017. | Medium
·         A series of recent bans and library shutdowns in Egypt have “turned something as simple as reading into a dangerous act.” | The Atlantic
·         Read new work by Ottessa Moshfegh, David Shields, Jamie Quatro and more in VICE’s 11th annual fiction issue. | VICE
·         “As I read her words, I experienced a feeling previously unknown to me: recognition.” On reading (and meeting) Maxine Hong Kingston. | Catapult
·         Eater’s cookbook of the year is Julia Turshen’s Feed the Resistance, which continues a tradition of progressive recipe collections reaching back to the women’s suffrage movement. | Eater
·         “Joanna Newsom was only five years older than me, but she seemed wiser than I’d ever be.” Chelsea Hodson reflects on—and releases—her 13-year-old interview with Joanna Newsom. | Fanzine
·         Intensity, but an attractive tone: On the “public, choral, odic” poetry of Marianne Moore. | Poetry Magazine
·         “I hope that 40 years from now, gender disparity isn’t so prevalent that I have to be writing about it.” Speaking with Amanda Gorman, the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate. | Broadly
·         Sarah Gailey on Homer’s Sirens, Andersen’s little mermaid, and our pervasive cultural fear of the female voice. | Tor
·         Why it’s time for a sexual harassment reckoning in the publishing industry—and why it hasn’t happened yet. | Bitch Media