Words of the Day: Wednesday, 15 January




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Book reviews
Booksellers NZ Book Review: Boats, and Trains, by Catherine Foreman

Creative Inspiration: Wearable Wonders by Fifi Colston. Review by Nikki Slade Robinson.

I Am Pilgrim is a cracking crime thriller”, says @SouthlandTimes. “It’s a big read but very much worth the effort.”

Save some money around the house with this @dstitutegourmet giveaway

Help Te Papa transcribe 60 years worth of historical diaries by Horowhenua farmer & photographer Leslie Adkin

Book News
Fantastic opportunity for our awesome illustrators

The indie bookstore resurgance

Melbourne indie bookstore has expanded to become five stores ‘It made us strong’

@geckopress Here’s what we’ve been making lately! Our first four releases for 2014. We luuuuurve them.

@RHNZ Hot off the press! Our super talented designer Megan illustrated these cute children’s collections – out in March.

From around the internet
Publishing Perspectives’ 5 trends for trade publishing in 2014

(Vic Books blog post) A Bookish Canvas Bag Collection

Dom Post: Today’s short story, The boy who ate bugs, is by Avi Duckor-Jones. Enjoy. 

Bernard Beckett on what reading brings humanity @nzbookcouncil 

What books do you think have made you a ‘better person’ (and what, exactly, do you mean by ‘better’?)?

Live stream from the 6th World Summit on Arts & Culture   #artsummitchile

Radio New Zealand has an Eleanor Catton page.


Words of the Day: Monday, 13 January 2014





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Book reviews
Book Review: The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd

Hairy Maclary has been loose in Te Papa! Can you find what he’s been looking at in our Hairy Maclary Hunts?

Save money on food with our destitute gourmet prize pack, featured in The Read this week

Book News
The Women’s Bookshop boomed this Christmas

Vanda Symon disappears into her summer reads

Applications for the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship close today.

A trio of advance copies at VUP to kick the year off.

Nielsen bestsellers for the past three weeks

From around the internet
Apparently there is a secret to writing a best-selling novel – trust the science…

Ebooks you can share.. 

Can you remember the first time you fell in love with a writer?

So many books, so little time.

Winner of today’s Most Misleading Book Cover prize (and what on earth is Daisy doing to his lapel?!)…

GREAT READ about the state of publishing and how Hugh Howey would change things if he were in charge

James K Baxter has joined the poetry animations.

Words of the Day: Monday, 6 January 2014


Book reviews
Book Review: Built for Caffeine, by Ben Crawford

Book Review: I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai

Book Review: Barracuda, by Christos Tsolkias

Book review: New Zealand’s Lost Heritage, by Richard Wolfe

Author interviews
Author Markus Zusak reflects on the journey he’s taken with The Book Thief:

Armistead Maupin: San Francisco’s chronicler calls time on his saga | Observer

Our events calendar is looking a bit empty. Who out there has some great 2014 events to fill it with? E: info@booksellers.co.nz

Book News
Congratulations to all the book industry stars who were named for New years’ Honours

Ooh here’s a good ticket – the bookmark pass for entry to 15 events @ the @nzfestival Writers & Readers week

From around the internet
Print books as objets d’art?  As a lover of good design, I think this is a great trend

Fan fiction writers rejoice – Sherlock and Watson are now free reign

Do you stock up on self-help books in the new year?

Wherein Helen Rickerby asserts that this year is going to be awesome, and announces her big news

Words of the Day: Monday, 9 December

words_of_the_day_graphicBook reviews
Book Review: The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown

Book Review: Tragedy at Pike River Mine: How and why 29 men died, by Rebecca Macfie

 “There is much to admire and contemplate” in Landscape Paintings of New Zealand. A great review in January’s @homenewzealand.

Fab review of Dust by Patricia Cornwell on @ninetonoon

“We Kiwis love our houses and this book feeds that obsession very nicely indeed.” @nickypellegrino on Modern.

Dec 07, 2013: Poetry Live *Last night for 2013* – 8PM Dec 10 – Open Mic all night long – The Thirsty Dog 469 Karangahape Road Auckland

Join me for a spot of christmas children’s book quizzing?

Book News
We have a wee Christmas poll for y’all. You can win many books. 

The 100 best books of 2013. @GuySomerset and The Listener’s team of reviewers on the year’s reading highlights

Great news for Harry Potter fans: illustrated editions are on their way.

Henry the pig a hit in the States. This is a very neat book @RHNZ

Booksellers’ pay in the UK makes it hard to retain good staff.

Awards News
Welcome back to Amie Lightbourne, our Awards Executive! Amie has been with the Tutus on Tour for the past 7 weeks, but is now back in her role and open for questions!

From around the internet
The poetry books that hooked us in 2013

Who is your New Zealander of the Year for 2013? Have your say

Vote for quote of the year…

Bookshop advent calendar from the UK – next year…shall we do Kiwi bookstores?

‘when you’re shopping for gifts, try getting a recommendation from an actual human expert at your local bookstore.’

Pantograph Punch: The importance of Sport, @Gawker’s snark vs smarm debate and NZ’s weirdest pyramid scheme yet.

Ever considered a book tree instead of an evergreen? Our Maiko celebrates Christmas with literature and lights!

Words of the Day, Wednesday 4 December 2013


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Book reviews

Book Review: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell

Book Review: Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy, by Helen Fielding

Author interviews
Children’s author and language expert @MichaelRosenYes, on the story behind the 26 letters of our alphabet.

A beautiful beginning from Vincent O’Sullivan – presenting Jennifer Compton

Dec 11 – Auckland launch of NZ Poetry Society 2013 Anthology. 6PM One 2 One Cafe 121 Ponsonby Rd

Hear from New Zealand’s remotest family at 3pm this Sunday and learn about their life on Gorge River

Book News
We’re thrilled to announce you can now buy Unity vouchers and @BooksellersNZ tokens online through the Unity Books website.

Our Radio NZ December book review schedule is up now

Wondering who has won the bad sex in fiction award?

GoodReads announces its Choice Awards winners – lots to yay about here. Particularly excited about the Jim Henson biography winning best in ‘History and Biography’ (our review)

From around the internet
The greatest wingmen in classic literature

Here it is!! The City Lights Gift Guide for Book Lovers!

(Cook the Books) Things we love! Here are Amanda from The Vintage Table’s thoughts about one of our current fave cookbooks…

Oprah’s top book picks of the year

Matchbooks in the shape of tiny little books!

Helvetica now has its own perfume – and it smells like nothing.

This courtesy @cphowe about book reviewing

‘Niche publishing has never been so successful’

Words of the Day: Wednesday, 20 November 2013

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Book reviews
‘Botanical illustration is alive and flourishing despite a world full of gadgetry.’ @Te_Papa

Book Review: Jim Henson: The Biography, by Brian Jay Jones

Author interviews
Something for paranormal fiction fans

Come on folks, tell us what should be on the PM’s Summer Reading List here   #nzpmsrl

Book News
Booksellers – check out some christmas collateral at http://www.indiebound.co.nz/ . It’s free, festive and fun.

The perfect gift for him, her and them…

The Indie Christmas Catalogue has landed…

The Australian PM’s think tank has made his summer reading list. What should be on @johnkeypm‘s?

From around the internet
Dystopian fiction fan?

Introducing The Hungry Games: Catching Fur. May the cookies be ever in your flavor.

‘I want a girl that reads’ @markgrist

Today in 1969, the first episode of Sesame Street premiered on TV. Pictured is one of Jim Henson’s designs of Big Bird.

George R.R. Martin shows no mercy. Every death in the series is tabbed (see pic).

The 10 Most Notorious Parts of Famous Books | PWxyz

Words of the Day: Tuesday, 19 November

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Book reviews
Book Review: A photo album, a scrapbook and World War 1

New Releases
Look at these handsome devils! The Penguin Horror series, curated by Guillermo del Toro, just landed.

New Release: Union Jax, by Jax Hamilton (Bateman)

Giveaway: Who Killed Scott Guy? by Mike White @AllenAndUnwin

Booksellers: get in touch with John McIntyre if you want to go to the Wellington Book Trade Christmas Do this Sunday at the Southern Cross.

Book News
Buying an e-reader this Christmas? Go to your local indie & buy a Kobo. They get a cut from books too!

At last the showdown: Eleanor Catton versus Dan Brown.

From around the internet
Publisher BURN! (But not the books. Don’t burn the books, guys). @samelworthy @FergusVUP

Neil Gaiman’s advice to aspiring writers  #NaNoWriMo

What is the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year and how is it chosen?

“I’m never clear on how ‘self-help’ differs from ‘help.’ Books help.” Andrew Solomon, By the Book

@vicbooks Living Among the Stacks: the Dream vs. the Reality

Book discovery problems in the e-world…

Please, Will Somebody Re-Design These Covers? | ShelfTalker