Sunday, February 25, 2018

Bookends with Good Reads

·         Your turn to pick a book? Here are this month's most popular bookclub novels!
·         DO GOOD: See how you can help the nonprofit group Girls Write Now. And discover more literary nonprofits.
·         One man's trash is a reader's treasure: Here are five famous books saved from the Dumpster.
·         Want some diverse must-reads? Tomi Adeyemi, author of one of 2018's hottest YA fantasy debuts, shares a list that will rock your world.
·         Looking for a fantastic fantasy series? Check out eight highly rated (and complete) series to escape to.

Public History Talks resume on 14 March at National Library

Kia ora koutou and welcome to the 2018 series of monthly public history talks convened jointly by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and the National Library of New Zealand.

To commence the series we’re delighted that noted author Redmer Yska is to be our first speaker on Wednesday 14 March

How does a city make a writer? In 'A Strange Beautiful Excitement, Katherine Mansfield’s Wellington, 1888-1903’, Redmer Yska explored how the late Victorian capital left an indelible mark on her.

Moving between grubby Thorndon and the green valley of Karori, Yska, himself raised in Karori, retraced Mansfield’s old ways: the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood. He tried, as he put it, to ‘catch a glimpse of her in the open air: striding through the gale, long hair flying’

His research into Thorndon’s festering, deadly surroundings also led him to propose a new theory for the family’s 1893 move to Karori: a long running epidemic of infectious disease that killed her baby sister.

Redmer Yska is a Wellington writer and historian and author of many works of New Zealand history, including a 2006 commissioned history of Wellington City:  Wellington: Biography of a City.  At this talk the author reflects on the book’s key conclusions.  

Time and place:

Wednesday 14 March at 12.10pm. The talk will conclude at 1pm approximately. Please come to Te Ahumairangi (on the ground floor), National Library Building, corner of Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington. 

These free public history talks are a collaboration between the National Library of New Zealand and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

No need to RSVP but space is limited so please be seated shortly after midday
in time for a prompt start.  We look forward to seeing you.

Note: talks are recorded and will be available online at

Childrens Books in the Media


From School Library Journal:
Unpacking Anne Ursu's Survey and the Fallout. Click here
From Vulture:
Keira Drake on The Continent and Its Twitter Backlash. Click here
From the Guardian:
Playwright and author Paul Zindel's estate says The Shape of Water used his work without credit. Click here
From the New York Times:
How Much Magic Can Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Make on Broadway? Click here
From Variety:
Will A Wrinkle in Time Be the Film That Dethrones Black Panther? Click here
From NPR:
Piecing Me Together Novelist Renée Watson Says She Writes to Help Kids Feel Seen. Click here
From the New York Times:
Brian Selznick on the books that made him a reader. Click here
From the Cut:
I Think About This a Lot: When Stuart Little Went on a Date. Click here
From Deadline:
Jeff Daniels to Head Aaron Sorkin's To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway. Click here
From School Library Journal:
2018 Notables, American Indian Youth Lit, and More Awards Announced. Click here
2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults List. Click here
From Brightly:
17 Books That Kids Say Have Helped Them Find Their Own Voice. Click here
From the Pacific Standard:
How Will Publishing Deal with Lemony Snicket Amid #MeToo? Click here
From GQ:
The Bright Future of Queer Literature Is the Young-Adult Novel. Click here
From the Telegraph:
Work has begun on the TV adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. Click here
From the Los Angeles Times:
Tahereh Mafi on her next book, about a Muslim American teen after 9/11. Click here
From the Guardian:
Only half of preschool children are being read to daily, U.K. study finds. Click here
From Book Riot:
How Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are Helped Me Understand My Son. Click here
From Entertainment Weekly:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer's first-ever picture book. Click here
From the Star Tribune:
Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt is coming to Netflix. Click here
From School Library Journal:
30 Realistic and Historical Fiction Books with Black Main Characters. Click here
From Brightly:
Finding the Space Between Words and Images: Inside an Illustrator's Process. Click here
From Literary Hub:
Before There Was YA, There Were Horse Books. Click here
From Brightly:
Making Our Voices Heard: Books About Activism for Kids.
Click here

Words with Douglas McLennan


The Roundup with PW

A Playwright's Estate vs. Hollywood: Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Paul Zindel's estate has accused the film 'The Shape of Water' of plagiarizing his work.

Michael Chabon's Instagram Impersonator: There are at least two social media accounts pretending to be the novelist.

A New Native American Writers Generation: A new wave of indigenous writers has been trained in a program that rejects the standards of white academia.

A Literary Look at What’s In the Bag: Writer Kaitlin Phillips shares her favorite books, pairing them with this season’s most covetable pocketbooks.

Buffy the Picture Book: The first-ever 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' picture book has arrived from Quirk Books.

Off the Shelf

February 23, 2018
Off the Shelf Staff
Readers' Choice: The Top 10 Most Shelved Books in February

Many of our longtime Off the Shelf subscribers have already discovered “Your Shelf” on our website. If you’re new here, you can create your own reading list from books you find on with our “Your Shelf” feature. To start building “Your Shelf,” simply sign up for an Off the Shelf account. Then, when you see a book you want to add to your reading list, click “Add to Your Shelf” below the book cover, and we’ll save your favorites for you. These are the 10 “most shelved” books on Off the Shelf right now.

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