Harry Potter returns for 8th book

The cover of the 8th Harry Potter book.

Harry Potter fans, this is not a drill, an eighth edition is really happening.

Hannah August: Best books I never wrote

Writer Hannah August

Hannah August shares her favourite books

Reviews: Beside Myself, Landfall 230, Daughter of the House

Beside Myself Ann Morgan Bloomsbury, $33

Finding Walt's wisdom amid the jakes

A daguerreotype of Walt Whitman is displayed at the New York Public Library.

OPINION: Auden last week, Whitman this. Sorry. It must be the time of year.

Extract: Ocean Notorious

The Scott team at South Pole in 1912.

We are a small group of misfits on a vast floating expanse of ice. Our mission: survival training.

Star Trek sex book reveals all

Star Trek Sex book reveals all.

I really started noticing in my teens, says author on "playful sophisticated maturity" of Star Trek.

David Bowie poster reissued

David Bowie, reading advocate .

US library association reissues throwback poster following the death of David Bowie.

Joelle Thomson: the best books I never wrote

Wine writer Joelle Thomson shares her favourite books

Reviews: House of Robots, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled and more

House of Robots: Robots Go Wild! James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein Arrow, $19

She chooses you

Miranda July is attracted to the weird, tender hearts of the people she meets.

Multi-talented artist Miranda July, who appears at the New Zealand Festival next month, has forged a career from finding the lovable, tender parts of our weird, dark souls.

Theroux 'proud' of famous family

Paul Theroux: acclaimed writer and uncle of Justin.

Celebrated writer Paul Theroux is used to fielding questions about his famous family.

Land 'a million acres wide'

A love for the land runs deep in this gorgeous tribute to high country farmers

New hero 'a perfect mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher'

A mysterious "black ops" expert goes rogue in this thrilling new novel with Hollywood blockbuster written all over it.

Five books that changed my view video

Kathryn Carmody is the director of Writer's Week, a celebration of literature which takes place as part of the New Zealand Festival.

Writers Week director's top books include satire, sports, and a boy who never wanted to grow up.

New Beatrix Potter story found

Penguin Random House will publish the new story in September with drawings provided by renowned illustrator Quentin Blake.

A new story by Beatrix Potter is to be published after the rediscovery of the century-old tale.

Sounds murders book back on sale

Ian Wishart gives a press conference to journalists in Auckland following the release of his book Elementary.

Ian Wishart's book on the Scott Watson murders is back on the shelves at Whitcoulls.

The quiet and the chaos

"Pages and pages of pleasure and pain. Of fact and fantasy. Gladness and grief."

OPINION: Libraries, a place for everyone, offering safe harbour, knowledge, and escape should you need it.

At a glance: Wishart's Elementary

Ian Wishart gives a press conference to journalists in Auckland following the release of his book Elementary.

We read it, so you don't have to.

Writers week opens first chapter

Scientist, atheist and God Delusion author Richard Dawkins' onstage session with New Zealand writer Bernard Beckett in Wellington is predicted to be one of the hot tickets at Wellington's New Zealand Festival Writers Week.

Launch heralds capital's offerings for upcoming New Zealand Festival.

Book review: Lily Max - Satin, Scissors, Frock

Fun for the budding fashionista.

Jeremy Gavron tries to understand the mother he never knew

A son tries to understand his mother's suicide.

Catherine Foster: The best books I never wrote

Catherine Foster, author of Small House Living

Catherine Foster shares her favourite books.

Reviews of The Sea Detective, Eden Gardens

The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home Michael Joseph, $37

Clive Barker: The future of horror?

Clive Barker signs copies of his new book Abarat: Absolute Midnight in Hollywood, 2015.

OPINION: The master of the weird isn't dead, or even dying, but he gets my tribute.

Books: Get hyped for X-Files return

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reunited for The X-Files.

The truth is still out there, The X-Files fans!

Book review: Crossing the Floor, the Story of Tariana Turia

Tariana Turia's story doesn't just belong to the politician, as biographer Helen Leahy realises.

Tariana Turia's journey from divisive to respected political figure is traced in a new biography.

Book review: The High Mountains of Portugal

Yann Martel continues his exploration of Magic Realism in The High Mountains of Portugal.

The writer who caused a sensation with the tale of a shipwreck survivor and his tiger companion ventures deeper into the world of Magic Realism with his new book.

A day at the office: with camper, camera and kids

Todd and Sarah Sisson with children Jack and Indi travelled New Zealand to photograph the landscape as presented in their first book.

When the Sissons head to work they take the camper, the camera and the kids on a road trip.

In praise of the graphic novel

Art Spiegelman's Maus was the first title that hooked Christopher Moore into the world of graphic novels.

OPINION: Why a graphic novel does not herald a midlife crisis or should be dismissed lightly

Basketball meets Sherlock Holmes

Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar arrives on the red carpet at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, 2014.

What does basketball have to do with the world's greatest detective? The answer is over two metres tall and plays a mean game of one-on-one.

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