Riddles make the books go round

Gollum's riddle warfare in The Hobbit, as depicted in Peter Jackson's 2012 film adaptation.

From the King James Bible to Bilbo Baggins, books are alive with some rule-shaking riddles, the kind to dispel your boom-tish phobia.

'Icon of NZ literature' remembered

William Taylor, an icon of New Zealand literature', died in Taumarunui, aged 77. He is pictured in 2010, when he released his memoir.

William Taylor was a mayor and primary school principal when he started writing in the 80s.

Book commemorates Aucklander's tale of survival

Alma and Gordon Mar are now able to hold 90 years of history in their hands thanks to author Maria de Jong.

An elderly Auckland man has recorded his life story in print. It follows his incredible journey, from growing up in a war zone in China, escaping to Fiji and eventually coming to New Zealand.

Kiwi comic hero Terry Teo takes a dark turn

The Terry Teo TV series cast. From right: Kahn West as Terry Teo, Drew Brice Ford as Caleb, Hanna Tevita as Polly, and Manon Blackman as Penelope Butterworth.

The beloved "Maori Tintin" of the 1980s shakes off his wholesome past for gang life.

Memories from the darkness

Cormac McCarthy's The Road was always good for a few existential dilemmas.

Let's recall the dystopian novels which made childhood great.

Potter fans try to 'free' Dobby

A statue of Dobby the house elf at Warner Bros Studios in London.

Harry Potter fans visiting London's Warner Bros Studio are sacrificing their socks in an attempt to 'free' Dobby.

Top kids' author in town

Andy Griffiths signs his books for 8-year-old Chloe Gallacher at Whitcoulls in Lambton Quay on Thursday.

Visiting Australian writer Andy Griffiths is now more popular in NZ than JK Rowling.

Michael Robotham wins Gold Dagger crime-writing award

Michael Robotham: "I truly believe that Life or Death is the best one I've written."

Michael Robotham joins a long list of illustrious winners of the Gold Dagger crime-writing award.

Pharrell donates 50,000 books

Pharrell says every child 'deserves to experience the joy of reading'.

Singer helps book-loving kids in low-income families get happy ahead of his own picture book launch.

The Best Books I Never Wrote: Eka Kurniawan

Indonesian author, and Franz Kafka fan, Eka Kurniawan.

Indonesian author Eka Kurniawan reveals his favourite books.

Banned novel wins US deal

Author Ted Dawe with a copy of his banned book Into the River.

Into the River may be facing an R14 restriction and interim ban in NZ but the US has a big appetite for it.

Haruki Murakami revisited

The republication of Wind and Pinball is a unique opportunity to explore the back catalogue of Haruki Murakami in search of signs of the present.

REVIEW: A blend of the mundane and the surreal mark the reissue of two of Haruki Murakami's novels.

Writing the New Zealand war

Wellington poet and co-editor of The Penguin Book of War Writing, Harry Ricketts.

REVIEW: A new book on New Zealand War Writing is distinguished by the quality of its contributors.

Making movies and influencing people

Pioneering filmmaker Geoff Murphy has led a life as quirky and colourful as his best-known film, Goodbye Pork Pie.

Filmmaker Geoff Murphy on begging, borrowing and stealing to build a film industry, DIY style.

NZ history of violence published

War Writing co-editors Harry Ricketts, left, and Gavin McLean.

Harry Ricketts’ and Gavin McLean’s War Writing collection combines fictional and historical works to paint a complete picture.

The Holocaust and Hitler's home decor

Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler in 1942 at the Berghof, Hitler's home in Bavaria, Germany. Hitler's propaganda machine used interior design to transform his image from tyrant to gentleman.

The Nazi leader's propaganda machine to used interior design to remake his image from tyrant to gentleman.

Calls to investigate chief censor

Ted Dawe's book Into the River has sparked huge debate over censorship.

The conservative lobby group who had Into the River temporarily banned now want the deputy censor investigated.

Monster on the page

The Back of the Head is a black comedy about literary reputations.

A new novel explores the madness of writing.

What your library says about you

The way books are organised can reveal a lot about a person.

Are your books shelved alphabetically or stacked on the floor?

The remarkables of NZ

Tim Finn

What do cricketer Sir Richard Hadlee, political activist Hone Harawira and musician Tim Finn have in common?

Amy aims for the bookshelf

Actress Amy Schumer.

Amy tweets confirmation of Gallery Books book deal.

Historian who led momentous New Zealand biography project

Historian and poet Bill Oliver's works included The Oxford History of New Zealand and The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.

WH Oliver spent seven years editing an immense collection of New Zealand biographies, a major achievement in the country's historical scholarship.

Amy takes on the paperbacks

Amy Schumer answering #SmartGirlsAsk questions on the Emmys red carpet.

Comic darling Amy Schumer is reported to be quids in to pen an autobiography after a fierce bidding war for the publishing rights.

Famed critic to pen Black Panther series

The Black Panther will be tested by a new superhuman terrorist group the People in the new comic series written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates will write a new Black Panther comic for Marvel.

Life as a romance novel model gallery

Jason Baca on the cover of Eliza Knight's A Kilted Christmas Wish.

Meet Jason Baca - he's been on 414 covers, tries to live up to women's fantasies, and says "things get a little weird" on shoots.

The Book of Love

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Aspiring romance author, Sapi Heald.

Romance fiction is big business, and Kiwi authors are getting a piece of the action

In short: book reviews

Piri's Big All Black Dream by Jared Bell.

Brief book reviews.

A final farewell from Terry Pratchett

The late, great, Terry Pratchett.

REVIEW: The Shepherd's Crown, Terry Pratchett's final book, is a fitting end to a remarkable literary career.

Pat Barker's Noonday takes us to the Blitz

Pat Barker is one of the finest chroniclers of war.

Pat Barker's Noonday is an impressive conclusion to her trilogy of war novels.

When a writer loses his son

Adri Van Der Heijden, who lost his son in a bicycle accident.

Winner of the 2012 Libris Literature Prize, Tonio is a powerful meditation on grief and love.

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