Books

DVF: My life in fashion

CATWALK: Models presenting Diane von Furstenberg's creations during New York Fashion Week this year.

Diane von Furstenberg doesn't love reality TV but has made a series about her fashion design company.

Wererhino erotica work 'weird'

"Yeah, the shapoeshifting stuff is pretty weird," Paul admits.

Aucklander "Elisabeth Ash" makes $1900 a month selling erotic fiction - but she's no lady.

Vape: Oxford's word of the year

"VAPE": To inhale and exhale the vapour of an electronic cigarette.

The old-fashioned smoko could soon be replaced by the more modern vapo.

Mystery cop writes crime

DOUBLE LIFE: An Auckland cop has gone from crime fighter to crime writer and launched a series of ebooks.

By day he's a cop, but after hours he is "Angus McLean - crime writer".

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From The Making Of The Princess Bride

As You Wish: The cover of Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.

It's inconceivable that the making of The Princess Bride hasn't been recorded until now.

Adult and teen fiction lines blurred

Will Kostakis a young adult author who is defending sophisticated content in young adult fiction.

Harry Potter started adults reading teen fiction. But are teens now reading content way beyond their understanding?

The outside edge

Each character in The Last Illusion is a version of herself, says Iranian-American author Porochista Khakpour.

Ancient myth and modern history converge in Porochista Khakpour's latest novel. She talks with Patricia Maunder .

Not so in love with data

OKCupid co-founder and president Christian Rudder says the “more time you spend with big data, the more it confirms your cynical intuition about people".

The chief data detective of OKCupid is oddly skeptical about algorithms and the science of prediction.

Poetry with purpose

GENERATION GAP: ‘‘A lot of the older Chinese generation don’t want to talk about the past, especially if it’s painful,’’ says poet Chris Tse, standing in Wellington’s Haining St, where  Chinese goldminer Joe Kum Yung was shot dead in 1905.

Lionel Terry's murder of Joe Kum Yung left the story victim's identity untold, leading Chris Tse to write a collection of poetry.

JK Rowling's real-life inspiration

REVEALING HER INSPIRATION: Author J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling has revealed who she has based the much-hated character Dolores Umbridge on.

Uncovering Kabul's chameleons

JENNY NORDBERG: Delves into the science of gender and ethnology to look at Afghan attitudes to women

A new book on the practice of young girls disguising themselves as boys is a compelling insight into Afghan society.

Atwood masters murder

MARGARET ATWOOD: Now in her 70s, the Canadian writer has lost none of her genius.

Margaret Atwood’s latest offering of short stories is wildly entertaining.

Batgirl gets a hipster makeover

Batgirl has a new look and a younger feel starting with issue number 35, which features a new creative team.

Gotham City just got a lot more colorful - and a little more hip.

Live like a wizard

GOTHIC FEEL: The chambers have "a gothic feel, very true to the spirit of Hogwarts, with four-poster beds, potion bottles and cauldrons, and unexpected wizardly details."

Pack your trunks, Potterheads. This hotel has a Harry Potter-themed suite.

GoT book: Bigger than anticipated

DRAGON MAMA: Emilia Clarke as Daenerys inGame of Thrones.

Martin's new book is 300 pages of back story and original artwork by the some of the world's top fantasy illustrators.

Tales of the red chair

CELEBRITY MAD: Irish-born comedian Graham Norton tells of meeting Madonna, Dolly Parton and Liza Minnelli - and reveals his own relationships - in his new book.

BBC entertainer Graham Norton is flummoxed as to why there seem to be so many Kiwis in his audience, and sitting in his red chair.

Tales of the red chair

CELEBRITY MAD: Irish-born comedian Graham Norton tells of meeting Madonna, Dolly Parton and Liza Minnelli - and reveals his own relationships - in his new book.

BBC entertainer Graham Norton is flummoxed as to why there seem to be so many Kiwis in his audience, and sitting in his red chair.

Tales of the red chair

CELEBRITY MAD: Irish-born comedian Graham Norton tells of meeting Madonna, Dolly Parton and Liza Minnelli - and reveals his own relationships - in his new book.

BBC entertainer Graham Norton is flummoxed as to why there seem to be so many Kiwis in his audience, and sitting in his red chair.

The death of a mutant

DEATH OF A MUTANT: Marvel has killed off a central character.

One of your favourite Marvel characters has been killed off, leaving fans of the comic series in disbelief.

Wellington writers scoop awards

Litbits

Two of the three winners of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement hail from the nation's capital.

The joy of text

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Beautiful books, passionate printers, cult-ish conservationists - the faith in literature is strong with these people.

The fantasy factory

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Defrocked memoirist James Frey's new book is apocalyptic tosh - and readers can win cash!

Al Brown, the emotional chef

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Chef Al Brown's tutor once told him his food was so leathery he should be a shoemaker.

Reading more than one book at a time

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To save time and get through my goal of reading at least a book a week, I should perhaps read more than one book at a time.

Apology for child porn remarks

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Novelist John Grisham has apologised for his controversial remarks about child porn.