Sunday, February 19, 2017

Standing Room Only

Standing Room Only for 02/19/2017

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

Screen Gems: Award-show highlights and low points

Irene Gardiner remembers some memorable award-show moments - from the notorious Goftas and the great Miss New Zealand debacle, to Anna Paquin's breath-taking moment, receiving her Oscar for The Piano.
Feb 19, 2017 02:49 pm

The Little Cloud is finally published, 60 years on

An illustrated manuscript for a children's book lay forgotten for almost 6 decades. It's just been published by Makaro Press, with a couple of tweaks to update the text and a lot of work to disguise yellowed paper and watermarks on the original pages.
Feb 19, 2017 02:40 pm

Pacific Arts Trust Internships

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust is an organisation that champions arts in New Zealand's Pacific Island community. It runs an internship programme funded by Creative New Zealand that matches promising people with organisations in the field they want to pursue.
Feb 19, 2017 02:25 pm

Artist Freeman White at Napier's Art Deco Festival

This weekend Napier is transported back to the Art Deco era of the 1920s and 30s - 86 years after the earthquake that leveled the city and lead to its rebuild in the deco style.
Feb 19, 2017 01:49 pm

Choreographer Mapihi Kelland's new work Whare

A young choreographer is comparing the differences between urban youth and rangatahi who have a more traditionally collaborative lifestyle. Mapihi Kelland's created the work Whare after talking to Cook Island Maori and New Zealand Maori youth about issues ranging from depression and domestic violence to homelessness. Whare premieres in Wellington as part of the Putahi Festival of new work.
Feb 19, 2017 01:35 pm

The New Zealand Film Awards

Lynn Freeman and Simon Morris talk to some of the winners of the New Zealand Film Awards - the Moas.
Feb 19, 2017 12:46 pm

Archaeologist Mary O'Keefe looks for hidden treasure

Mary O'Keefe from Heritage Solutions is a treasure hunter - though in her case treasure might be an old poster or pieces of an old ceramic plate. Mary's an archeologist with the eternal optimism and boundless patience that are prerequisites for the job.
Feb 19, 2017 12:16 pm

Todd Saunders

A group of small buildings on Fogo Island off the Newfoundland coast has helped to revive the island's culture and economy. They were commissioned from Canadian architect Todd Saunders and his Berlin-based firm, and featured in the 2014 film Strange & Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island. Lynn Freeman talks to Todd, who is in New Zealand to speak at the Institute of Architects conference. He's also one of the New Zealand's Home of the Year competition judges.
Feb 12, 2017 02:50 pm

Patricia Langford: writing up a storm

We tend to hear about young up and coming writers being discovered, but Patricia Langford was in her early 70s when she took up creative writing and caught the eye of her tutors. Award-winning poet and creative writing tutor Dr Johanna Emeney runs workshops for older people, as well as youth writing programmes. Johanna tells Lynn Freeman how impressed she was by the calibre of Patricia's writing and her speed at putting her thoughts on paper.
Feb 12, 2017 02:40 pm

Theatrical Revolt

Auckland's Silo Theatre is about to stage its first show of the year: UK playwright Alice Birch's Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. A discordant series of "hilarious and horrifying vignettes", Revolt rages against the status quo and reaffirms the power of women and language in a so-called "post-feminist world". Shaun D Wilson met with sound designer Claire Duncan (currently i.e. Crazy formerly Dear Times Waste) and Director Virgina Frankovitch to talk about the show.
Feb 12, 2017 02:27 pm

The Laugh Track - Mike McKeon and Sameena Zehra

The New Zealand Fringe is that exciting theatrical space where anything goes - from high art to low comedy. The 2017 Fringe Festival in Wellington ranges between shows like Doctor Blue - Nothing But The Blues and Tea with Terrorists, the story of pacifist Irish Jimmy and the epic Fiery Tongues. All of these shows feature Laugh Track guests - performer/musician Mike McKeon and director/performer Sameena Zehra.
Feb 12, 2017 02:05 pm

The Moas

The New Zealand Film Awards (the Moas) are about to return after a year off. Last year was a banner year for New Zealand movies - smash hit documentaries like Poi E and Richie McCaw Chasing Great, new films from veterans Lee Tamahori and Alison McLean - Mahana and The Rehearsal, and towering over them all, our biggest local hit ever, Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Simon Morris talks to Moa organiser Hugh Sundae and critic Graeme Tuckett.
Feb 12, 2017 01:47 pm

One Thousand Ropes

Tusi Tamasese's new film One Thousand Ropes is about to have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Tusi's last film - the acclaimed and touching The Orator - was set in Samoa. One Thousand Ropes takes place in urban New Zealand where a Samoan father reconnects with his youngest daughter, and together they put to rest the ghosts that haunt them. Lynn speaks with Tusi and to his producer Catherine Fitzgerald.
Feb 12, 2017 01:30 pm

Michael Parekowhai's The Lighthouse

Michael Parekowhai's controversial Lighthouse is a lifesize sculpture resembling a 1950s statehouse on Auckland's Queens Wharf, beaming light over the Waitemata Harbour from neon constellations inside. With a housing crisis in Auckland it's had to put up with years of criticism. But now at last we can go along and make our own minds up. Arts and Culture manager for Auckland Council Kaye Glamuzina was on site with Michael every step of the way, and arts commentary website Pantograph Punch Visual Arts Co-Editor Francis McWhannell took a look at The Lighthouse for Standing Room Only.
Feb 12, 2017 12:48 pm

Luigi Bonino: Roland Petit

Roland Petit was without doubt one of the great choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Among the legends he worked with were Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev...and Fred Astaire. Artistic Director of the Roland Petit repertoire, Luigi Bonino became the maestro's assistant after dancing in many of his ballets. He tells Lynn Freeman how he now has overall responsibility for the staging of Petit's works and the preservation of his artistic legacy, including the Royal New Zealand Ballet's staging of L'Arlésienne and Carmen which premiere in Christchurch.
Feb 12, 2017 12:32 pm


Older stories

Classic Comedy Debate: You Don't Know How Lucky You Are
Visual Language Games - 101 years of artist Michael Nicholson
Authors and family in the 19th century
When dating gets theatrical
The Laugh Track - Brynley Stent
Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions

Saturday, February 18, 2017

ALA Launching Book Club Central with Sarah Jessica Parker

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Sarah Jessica Parker
The American Library Association is creating Book Club Central, an online platform of reading resources that will include recommendations, expert book lists and other content for book clubs and their readers. Actor, producer, designer, library supporter and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker will serve as the honorary chair of the initiative. She recently launched SJP, an imprint at Crown's Hogarth line.
Parker, who will recommend titles for Book Club Central throughout the year, is unveiling her inaugural pick June 24 at the official launch during the President's Program at the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

"I can't think of anyone more perfect than Sarah Jessica Parker to be the American Library Association chair of Book Club Central," said ALA president Julie Todaro. "Ms. Parker is an advocate for libraries and literacy issues, has served on a Presidential Task Force to integrate literature and drama into schools, has experience starting a book club, is the editorial director of a new line of books and is--most importantly--a lifelong reader who shares her love of reading with others. The ALA is lucky to be able to share Ms. Parker's passion and expertise with book clubs and readers everywhere."

Parker commented: "From an early age, books were my constant companions and my local library a place I could find a new friend on every shelf... I'm thrilled to help champion original voices for dedicated readers as well as for a new generation, supporting libraries in what they do best."

L:atest News from The Bookseller

CILIP has responded to criticism about the diversity of its Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal longlists - which feature no BAME authors - saying that while it "acknowledges and respects the concerns expressed", the longlisted books were "judged on merit and on an equal playing field".
Clare Smith
Little, Brown Book Group has made two "key" promotions within its editorial team: Clare Smith has been promoted to fiction publisher at Little, Brown/Abacus, while Lucy Malagoni has been promoted to publishing director for Sphere Fiction.
Cold Earth
Paula Hawkins reclaims her crown at the top of the Weekly E-Book Ranking chart, while Ann Cleeves' latest Shetlands title Cold Earth moves into second place. 
Mick Jagger
Publisher John Blake has claimed to have the manuscript for the memoirs of Mick Jagger - but is unable to publish them.
The last general bookshop in Wokingham is to close tomorrow (18th February) due to a decline in sales combined with increasingly high rates and rent.
Aitken Alexander Associates
Chris Wellbelove has joined Aitken Alexander Associates in the role of agent from Greene and Heaton, while Lesley Thorne has been appointed managing director of the agency.

Born to Run
Simon & Schuster UK saw a marginal boost to profits in 2016, driven by Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run and its children’s division.
Arabic Fiction Prize
Mohammed Hasan Alwan has been shortlisted for a second time for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF).
Harry Sidebottom
Author and Oxford academic Harry Sidebottom is moving to Bonnier Zaffre to publish two new Roman-set historical thrillers.
Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) chairman James Chao says “The Taiwanese Book market is in crisis,” due to rival forms of entertainment, including Facebook. 
Stephanie Marland
Trapeze has acquired two books in a new police procedural crime series by Stephanie Marland, pitting a group of true crime enthusiasts against a police force.
London Book & Screen Week
A Soho awards night with David Nicholls and a "very special" Harry Potter screening at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London lead the "eclectic" line-up of this year’s London Book & Screen Week.

Meet Greg Hurwitz at Unity Books

The Roundup with PW

Obama Book Deals Getting Close
Book proposals from former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama are making the rounds among the Big Five trade publishers in New York, while a book by one of the Obama administration's highest profile cabinet members has already been acquired.
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Why Backlist Matters to Bookstores
A solid backlist can make a bookstore's selection stand out, and also help shape a store's identity.
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A World of Voices in the Age of Trump: The PEN World Voices Festival will shift its focus this year to gender and power in the age of President Trump.

All-White Carnegie Longlist Sparks Anger: Philip Pullman is among authors speaking out against the "appalling" exclusion of acclaimed books by writers of color.

Talking With the Book Critic: A conversation with Laura Miller, the books and culture columnist for 'Slate' and co-founder of 'Salon.'

Taking a Look at Library Hand: Examining the uniform, fastidiously neat penmanship style made specifically for card catalogs.

Authors Jump Into the Defense Fray: Why are famous writers attending the Munich Security Conference, the world's most important security gathering?


Off the Shelf

By Taylor Noel    |   Friday, February 17, 2017
I love living in New York, but sometimes I need a little fix of Southern comfort. Books are cheaper than airfare, and there is no shortage of nationally acclaimed literature from the South. Of course y’all have all heard of the classics—GONE WITH THE WIND, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, UNCLE TOM’S CABIN, or BELOVEDbut the well of amazing and provocative Southern novels runs much deeper. So go pour yourself an ice cold sweet tea, sit back in your rocker, and crack open one of these lesser known novels set below the Mason Dixon line. READ MORE


Fiction, Non-Fiction, New Horizons, Opera Prima
It was great to see that there were so many entries this year : 1354 books from over 42 countries.
The four traditional categories were judged by a prestigious international jury of Marwa Obaid Rashid Al Aqroubi, Julia Eccleshare, Paula Jarrin, Guido Scarabottolo and Tomáš Klepoch – who met on the 10th and 11th of February at the BolognaFiere offices.
Special Section Children’s Book on Art
Art books for children: the special category of BRAW 2017, looks at titles published in the last decade by the exhibitors of BCBF on the discovery of art, its history, and its present.This award category highlights the attention and commitment that many publishers around the world have placed in this kind of books. Art is universal, and the children's publishing industry has the great honour of protecting, preserving, spreading the knowledge of the artistic heritage of humanity.
Special Section Books & Seeds
The Bologna Children's Book Fair in collaboration with FICO Eataly World has decided to make permanent the Books & Seeds category. Originally, a special section of the prize presented in 2015 on the occasion of Expo Milano, it recognizes excellence in international publishing for books devoted to natural world and biodiversity. It will also establish a large library for young readers from around the world who can then come to Bologna and visit a large theme park dedicated to the culture of food too. The park will open its doors to the public this Autumn.Discover the winner of the 2017 Books & Seeds Prize
For all of us at the Bologna Children's Book Fair this special time was full of emotion and adrenaline, particularly for the jurors who had the difficult task of selecting the winners and honourable mentions and had to “fly around the world” of tables filled with many books and diverse cultures.

Check out this photo gallery that captures some of the most important moments of the selection process

We asked members of the three juries to talk about their BRAW experience and tell us about the books that they remember most from their own childhoods.Come and meet them