What's wrong with the US

Best selling author Jodi PIcoult.

Best-selling author says "there are no words for where my country is heading."

'A book is not a toy'

James McNeish had the face of a "Renaissance prince", one fellow scribe once suggested.

From dodging the mafia in Sicily, to living on a remote New Zealand peninsula, James McNeish's body of work matched his adventurous life.

The talented Ms Hay

At the launch of 'Who Shot Rock & Roll' at the Auckland Art Gallery, with Katie Mills.

Karyn Hay made her name in television, but these days, she is focused on her radio show and writing novels.

Farewell Dolly, we'll miss you

Dolly, we'll miss you!

It was the teenage bible we not only loved but also needed.

Bringing out the Bing

Bing Turkby, aka Craig Johnson, has just written a book.

Bing Turkby is a colourful stalwart on the music scene and now he's an author too.

Iranian sex manual stars

Radiohead's Thom Yorke is on the cover of an Iranian sex manual, so is novelist John Updike. No one knows why.

Radiohead's Thom Yorke is on the cover of an Iranian sex manual, so is novelist John Updike. No one knows why.

Bach boys of Eastbourne

Legendary bach boy Bernard Freyberg, after whom Wellington's Freyberg Pool was named.

New book tells of weekend escapades in Eastbourne to escape drudgery of early Wellington life.

Wham! Bam! Thank you glam!

Platforms! Glitter! Girly blouses on blokes! Grant Smithies sings the praises of a new book on glam rock.

Still a Beer Nation

A PledgeMe campaign is underway to publish a second edition of Beer Nation.

The Kiwi beer-brewing scene is moving at lightning speed. Time for a new book about it.

Vintage Read: The Maltese Falcon

The 1941 film noir classic starred Humphrey Bogart, left, as Sam Spade.

Rachel Pope of Browsers Bookshop in Hamilton plucks a hard-bitten crime detective novel from her shelves and finds a slice of American history while she's at it.

Kiwi spin for classic children's tale

Rebecca Larsen, the author of Row, row, row your waka.

A Kiwi ex-pat has put a unique Maori twist on the old classic children's song Row Row Row Your Boat. 

Dark Horse: New Zealand novelist Stacy Gregg

Stacy Gregg is a bestselling author of pony novels, a former fashion journalist and a mum. Her 21st book is out now.

Stacy Gregg's pony novels have inspired wonder with tales of adventure and, occasionally, magic. Her own life, though, is very much grounded in the real world.

Where the heartland is

Man in a landscape: Journalist Mike Crean is photographed in 2014 on the road between Fairlie and Tekapo.

Mike Crean has been to every settlement in the South Island, and written about nearly all of them.

Novel's many twists really gripping

Writer Federico Axat.

It is easy to suspend disbelief and be carried along by the pace of events in this crime novel.

All our wishes fulfilled

Writer Catherine Chidgey's fourth novel is now out, 10 years after her last work.

Thirteen years after her last, comes Catherine Chidgey's fourth novel.

Visiting Native American poet stirred up

Luci Tapahonso is visiting Wellington to read her poems and talk about indigenous literature.

Meet the "lyric matriarch" of the American Southwest

NZ publishing 'in rude good health'

Fairfax journalist Adam Dudding has been longlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlist is out.

Pitch perfect Kendrick queen of social media

Despite her Hollywood star status, Anna Kendrick known for being affable, down-to-earth and one-of-the-girls.

"Kelly Clarkson tweeted at me once" - Why Anna Kendrick still gets starstruck herself

Friedlander: An outsider looking in

Photographer Marti Friedlander.

It took an "outsider" like photographer Marti Friedlander to hold a mirror up to NZ.

Short story winners announced

Sunday Star-Times Short Story Award winner Michalia Arathimos.

"This story for me was a way of representing voices that are usually invisible - in New Zealand culture particularly."

Jilly Cooper's stuck in a rut

Jilly Cooper’s books have centred on toff-filled Rutshire, but perhaps it’s time for fresh pastures.

Jilly Cooper made her name penning horsey “bonkbuster” novels but, says one-time fan and author Kelly Ana Morey, her latest book falls short.

Fertile ground

Catherine Chidgey in 2000, just after she won the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship.

During Catherine Chidgey’s long silence, fans of the talented author had almost given up hope of another novel. Now, with a new book out, she talks about her years of disappointment and small miracles.

Book reviews: Lucky Punch; Grown & Gathered

Grown & Gathered
Matt and Lentil Purbrick
Macmillan, $50

Lucky Punch ​Simone Kaho ​Anahera Press, $25

Book review: The Secrets of Wishtide

Author Kate Saunders in 2015, at the 2014 Costa Book Awards.

A compelling journey into 19th century England

Author's guardian angel leads to book

Monica Page with her husband, and illustrator, John.

A life-long journey with an invisible friend has led one Feilding author to write about the spiritual world.

50,000 words in one month

Instead of holing up at home to write, the National Novel Writing Month challenge is encouraging participants to meet up ...

Writing a novel is no easy feat, let alone completing one in just 30 days but that's the task some Wellingtonians have set themselves.

The Bike and Beyond: new Bridget Williams Book

Rides bikes, writes books: Luggate writer Laura Williamson with son Liam Dennis Williamson, 11.

Wanaka writer Laura Williamson adds The Bike and Beyond to growing series of small books on big subjects.

James McNeish: 'a tireless and committed author'

James McNeish at work.

Celebrated Wellington writer Sir James McNeish had just finished his last book.

Poets' day lasts all weekend

New Zealand Poet Laureate C.K. Stead shares some of his poetry at the East-West Poetry Fest in the City Library, ...

About 60 poets celebrated each other's words in Palmerston North.

Anthony Bourdain: man of passions

Obama and Bourdain in Vietnam, May, 2016.

Anthony Bourdain transformed himself from heroin-addicted kitchen hand to celebrated chef and food writer

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