Sunday, June 26, 2016

Standing Room Only - Art Stories

Standing Room Only

Standing Room Only for 06/26/2016

Standing Room Only is literally radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment and music – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living.
Full programme details are available on the Standing Room Only webpage

Marianne Schultz

Performer and academic Marianne Schultz looks at how Maori extravaganzas - both here and overseas - helped to shape New Zealand's identity in her new book, Performing Indigenous culture on stage and screen.
Jun 26, 2016 02:48 pm

The last time we spoke - Fiona Sussman

Crime stories regularly dominate what the news media offer us, as well as TV , movies, and most of all, bookshelves full of crime stories. But writer Fiona Sussman takes a step back in her new novel, The last time we spoke, which examines the full stories and emotions of a family and the young man who destroys their lives.
Jun 26, 2016 02:40 pm

Sing Street - John Carney

Irish writer-director John Carney sprang to fame in 2007 with the surprise hit movie Once, about two struggling musicians in Dublin. He hit again with the more star-studded Begin again. Now he's back to his indie roots with another not-quite musical called Sing Street.
Jun 26, 2016 02:30 pm

Designer Tom Dennison - The Potato Stamp Megalomaniac

Creating a synthesiser with potatoes as the main ingredient is one of the recent challenges jazz composer, bass-player and sound designer Tom Dennison set himself.
Jun 26, 2016 01:50 pm

Jason Te Kare - Glimmer

Twenty years ago Jason Te Kare was a nervous new actor making his debut in Hone Kouka's play, Waiora - Te-u-ko-pai. Also in the cast was the hugely experienced Rawiri Paratene. Fast forward to now and Waiora is being restaged in Christchurch, Jason's new script Glimmer is about to open and Rawiri will perform in both Te Reo Maori and English in the Briar Grace Smith play, Purapurawhetu. Justin Gregory got the two together to talk about the state of Maori theatre in 2016 and to take them back to Waiora.
Jun 26, 2016 01:35 pm

Jason Te Kare and Rawiri Paratene

Twenty years ago Jason Te Kare was a nervous new actor making his debut in Hone Kouka's play, Waiora - Te-u-ko-pai. Also in the cast was the hugely experienced Rawiri Paratene. Fast forward to now and Waiora is being restaged in Christchurch, Jason's new script Glimmer is about to open and Rawiri will perform in both Te Reo Maori and English in the Briar Grace Smith play, Purapurawhetu. Justin Gregory got the two together to talk about the state of Maori theatre in 2016 and to take them back to Waiora. (topics) arts, te ao maori (regions) Auckland Region, Canterbury (tags) Maori theatre, Waiora -Te-u-ko-pai, Christchurch
Jun 26, 2016 01:30 pm

Ashken Drawbridge Lindsay Wild 3 Generation Family Survey

One of New Zealand's artistic family dynasties is about to showcase the work of three generations of painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers, architects and jewellers. In all, 10 members of the Drawbridge, Ashken, Lindsay and Wild family tree are showing their work in a survey show....we have a big gallery of images for you to look at on our webpage. It co-incides with the publication of a book documenting more than half a century of Tanya's sculptures, silversmithing and jewellery. The Ashken//Drawbridge/Lindsay/Wild 3-Generation Family Survey show opens on Thursday the 7th of July at Parliament's Exhibition Space in Wellington.
Jun 26, 2016 12:50 pm

Four Finger Fandango

The whole point of technology and robots - you'd think - is to achieve tasks much faster than people. But Wellington artist James Gilbert-Maine is building a robot that's deliberately slowing down the ultra- fast process of inkjet printing. His first solo exhibition, Four Finger Fandango, opens on the first of July at Toi Poneke Gallery in Wellington.
Jun 26, 2016 12:40 pm


Older stories

Christchurch Cathedral Choir
Danyl McLauchlan's Mysterious Mysteries of the Aro Valley
Everything Anyone Ever Wanted
The Laugh Track - Tomás Ford
Sir Richard Taylor on concept designer Gus Hunter
Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions

The Roundup with PW

B&N Stakes Its Future on Bricks and Mortar Biz
In a presentation to investors Thursday morning, company execs unveiled more details about the expanded cafes that will be the centerpiece of its new concept stores; plans to grow both physical and online sales; and a strategy to continue to shrink Nook losses.
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U.K. Book Industry Prepares for Brexit: After the "Leave" camp's victory in the E.U. referendum, industry figures have vowed to take a positive approach to the challenges ahead.

Cynthia Ozick’s Long Crusade: Considered one of the greatest fiction writers and critics alive today, at 88, she shows no signs of slowing down.

James Baldwin House Association: A nonprofit to protect, acquire, and renovate Baldwin’s home in Provence and create a residency for artists and writers has launched.

64 Hours of Sherlock Holmes: A Spotify playlist of Sherlock Holmes stories, with performances by Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson, and more.

'Little House' and Hiding Your Feelings: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s popular book series 'Little House on the Prairie' championed emotional restraint, for better and worse.

A Dishy and Witty Novel Perfect for Your Prada Bag


Off the Shelf
By Erin Flaaen    |   Friday, June 24, 2016
As a fourteen-year-old with plans of becoming a journalist or a publishing professional and a love for Anne Hathaway, it’s not surprising that I watched "The Devil Wears Prada" many, many times. Then, as is my habit, once I discovered it was based on a novel, I bought what is now an incredibly beat-up movie tie-in edition with Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep’s faces on the back cover.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA by Lauren Weisberger is still the book I turn to when I need an amusing, lighthearted read with quirky, entertaining characters and a side of dish. READ MORE

Invitation from Unity Books Wellington and Bridget Williams Books

Unity Books Wellington and Bridget Williams Books

warmly invite you to


Barbara Brookes: ‘Generations of Change’

Talking about A History of New Zealand Women

Chaired by Megan Whelan

7 July 2016, 6 p.m.

Royal Society, 11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon, Wellington

What would a history of New Zealand look like that shifted the angle of  vision, and looked at the past through the eyes of women?
Barbara Brookes, Professor of History at Otago University, offers some powerful answers as she outlines the transformational changes that have taken place in women’s lives throughout New Zealand’s history.
Journalist Megan Whelan, from  Radio New Zealand and the award-winning Radio New Zealand programme The Wireless, brings a contemporary perspective to question time.
All welcome
57 Willis Street, Wellington 6011
04 499 4245

Vintage Book Covers and Illustrations for Baudelaire’s ‘Les Fleurs du mal’

June 25, 2016

What Paved The Way For Modern Secularism? 16th-Century How-To Books

“There was a good reason why technical manuals were so often titled ‘books of secrets’. Not only did they reveal closely guarded trade practices, they assumed a world in which there no longer are ‘secrets’ in the sense of mysterious hidden forces in nature.”

So Barnes & Noble Might Close… And That’s A Very Bad Thing

“There’s more than a little irony to the impending collapse of Barnes & Noble. The mega-retailer that drove many small, independent booksellers out of business is now being done in by the rise of Amazon. But while many book lovers may be tempted to gloat, the death of Barnes & Noble would be catastrophic—not just for publishing houses and the writers they publish, but for American culture as a whole.”

Saturday, June 25, 2016

BREXIT - What does it mean for the book trade ?

EU referendum: keep calm and expect change
Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, on how the decision to leave the EU will affect UK publishing...
Publishing's nightmare scenario has come true: at about 4am this morning the major media outlets confirmed that the UK population had voted in favour of taking the UK out of the European Union.
The shock today is palpable, as The Bookseller's surveys have shown the book trade was overwhelmingly against 'Brexit' and pro Europe, as were its heartlands of London, Edinburgh, Oxford and Bath. One author said it was like waking up in a badly written dystopian novel. If only. One publisher chief executive simply tweeted: "Forgive the people because they know not what they've done! The leaders of the politics of hatred have triumphed over our children's futures."
As pre-warned, yesterday's out vote has resulted in economic and political turmoil the likes of which few of us living today will ever have seen. Project fear has become project reality.
This will pass, of course. As of today nothing about the economy has changed, and it is to be hoped that wise heads prevail over the next few weeks and months as the UK government works out the best approach to re-negotiation.

Upstart Press announce what may become the bihggest-selling NZ title in 2016

148 tests

131 wins

110 times captain of the All Blacks

2 Rugby World Cup triumphs

12 successful Bledisloe Cup campaigns

7 Tri-Nations titles

3 Rugby Championship titles

A career so impressive that it could not possibly be chronicled in an ‘ordinary’ book. This lavish retrospective is something special. It features over 500 photographs, close to 50,000 words and weighs in at around 3kgs.
The book devotes two pages to each of the 148 tests Richie played. To complement the stunning array of images, Richie has added his own thoughts and memories of each game — from the nerves before that very first test in 2001 to the triumphs at Rugby World Cups in 2011 and 2015; from the highs of three World Player of the Year awards to concussions and other injuries that kept him from playing; from the great homes of rugby such as Twickenham and Ellis Park to the atmosphere of the All Blacks’ only visit to Apia Park Stadium or Soldier Field in Chicago.

McCaw has been part of rugby like no other player and led a team that dominated world rugby in his era. This book illustrates the pride McCaw and the All Blacks feel in the black jersey, the lengths they are prepared to lay their bodies on the line for their country, and the satisfaction of a job well done. It is a fitting tribute to a man regarded by many as the greatest player of all time.
On sale August 11, $69.99 RRP, Mower (An imprint of Upstart Press) I Twitter: @UpstartPressNZ I Facebook: /UpstartPress

A new Cold War is coming, and Liz Carlyle is about to find herself on very thin ice.

Back in London after a gruelling operation in Paris, Liz Carlyle has been posted to MI5's counter-espionage desk. Her bosses hope the new position will give her some breathing space, but they haven't counted on the fallout from Putin's incursions into the Ukraine. Discovering that an elusive Russian spy has entered the UK, Liz needs to track him down before he completes his fatal mission - and plunges Britain back into the fraught days of the Cold War.

Meanwhile, following the revelations of whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the intelligence services are in the spotlight. In response to the debate raging around privacy and security, they hire Jasminder Kapoor, a young and controversial civil rights lawyer, to explain the issues to the public. But in this new world of shadowy motives and secret identities, Jasminder must be extra-careful about whom she can trust .

Gripping, nail-bitingly tense and drawn from her own experience as Head of MI5, Stella Rimington's latest thriller brings the new Cold War vividly to life

Bloomsbury - $30.00


Latest News from The Bookseller

Amid a mix of shock, dismay and jubilation at the "Leave" camp's victory in the EU referendum, senior industry figures have vowed to hold off on taking any steps in response until the implications of the result become clear, and to take a positive approach to the challenges ahead. But there have also been warnings of an "enormous amount of work" in the future.
Jenny Todd
Canongate Books returned to profit in 2015, after a poor performance led to losses a year earlier. The result comes after a restructuring of the business which saw Jenny Todd right promoted to publisher, the launch of separate live events business Letters Live and a breakout year for author Matt Haig.
Sarah Crossan and Chris Riddell
Rebecca McNally, publishing director of children’s books at Bloomsbury, said she was “over the moon” after two of her authors, Chris Riddell and Sarah Crossan, picked up the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and Carnegie Medal earlier this week.
Bloomsbury has acquired a new book by Peter Frankopan, the author of The Silk Roads (Bloomsbury).
Jonathan Cape has signed an award-winning debut American poet to its list, Ocean Vuong, tipped to be "an important new voice" after making "huge waves" in the US.
Roma Backhouse has been appointed as the new director of Free Word, an international organisation dedicated to literature, literacy and free expression, to succeed current director Rose Fenton in September.

Jonathan Coe
Jonathan Coe has been awarded prestigious French honour Officier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Order of Arts and Letters) from the French Ambassador, who named him "France’s favourite British writer".
Kate Atkinson
The line up for the tenth annual Wimbledon BookFest has been announced, boasting headliners poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, cookery writer Ella Woodward and multi-award winning novelist Kate Atkinson in her only UK event this year.