Books

The populist historical novelist

"[Hilary]Mantel's a Stradivarius - I'm something you get at Walmart," believes historical novelist Bernard Cornwell.

Why literary acclaim doesn't bother one well-read author.

Ghostly tale claims Booker prize

Booker Prize winner George Saunders when he was in Sydney for the Sydney Writers' Festival in May.

American author George Saunders has won the famous literary award for his first novel length tale, about Abraham Lincoln's dead son.

Keeping up with the librarians

Not to be outdone by Invercargill Library's impressive recreation of a Kardashian magazine cover, Upper Hutt Library ...

NZ Police had their Running Man challenge - now our librarians have their Kardashian-inspired photo shoots.

Mum's secret life as romance writer

Bronwyn Sell takes top award for her book Deception Island.

Deception Island takes out top book and story at the Romance Writers of New Zealand awards.

Australian poet abused for exam poem

HSC students sitting the English exam were asked to analyse the poem Mango by Ellen van Neerven.

Her poem Mango was part of their year 12 exam. They responded with racial attacks and hate.

Auckland novelist sells screen rights

Jessica Pawley is a new "mutant sci-fi" author, preparing for an American TV adaptation.

Jessica Pawley published her first sci-fi novel herself. And now an American TV show is on the cards.

Phil Jarratt's Life of Brine

Australian writer, filmmaker and surfer, Phil Jarratt.

Australian surfer Phil Jarratt has been called "Australia's best gonzo sportswriter". He talks about his life in the waves.

Indie bookstores here to stay

Ekor Bookshop and Cafe is a favorite of many readers in Wellington.

Independent bookstores are thriving thanks to the disinterest in e-books.

Chelsea Winter: My best food advice video

Chelsea Winter is returning to Palmerston North to promote her fifth cookbook, EAT.

Popular Kiwi chef still stands for eating a little of what you like.

The letters of Sylvia Plath Volume 1: 1940-1956

Gwyneth Paltrow played the poet Plath in the movie Sylvia.

REVIEW: Sylvia Plath, for many, has become a saint and martyr of feminism. This vast collection of her complete letters reflects that sanctification.

History of concentration camps

Author Andrea Pitzer.

This book is most absorbing, and affecting, when it follows the fates of individual prisoners – real people who suffered, endured and articulated the unspeakable.

Special on many levels

Author CK Stead.

A new novel by C.K.Stead is always a treat. This novel is a special one.

Lost Kiwi songs of World War I

The Call of the Fernleaf (1915), by Wanganui pianist Godfrey Copley, is a rare portrayal of a wounded soldier on a sheet ...

The forgotten soundtrack to New Zealand's Great War is revealed in a new history.

Snoopy creator's home razed

Charles Schulz in his office in Santa Rosa in 2000.

Deadly wildfires that have killed more than 30 have also destroyed the home of late "Peanuts" cartoonist.

Writer's road to recovery

Writing has always been a strong passion of Robyn P Murray's, so self-publishing her children's stories was a natural step.

Last year children's author Robyn P Murray suffered a stroke and could not walk, talk or write. Now she's back with four new books.

Donkeymania hits Rumpus Room

Ava Ackerman, 3, was excited to have her book personally signed by Craig Smith.

"Hehaw," said the spunky, hanky, panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky, tonky, winky, wonky donkey.

Acclaimed South African writer dies in Auckland

Award-winning South African writer Ryk Hattingh dies Auckland home of Browns Bay, aged 60.

In South Africa he was a rebellious, avant-garde writer - in New Zealand he was a beloved community cobbler.

The Booker Prize contenders

Debut novelist Fiona Mozley is one of the six finalists for this year's Man Booker Prize.

This year's Man Booker Prize will be announced on October 17. The shortlist has its surprises, delights and disappointments. But who will win?

Tale of teddy's Indian travels

Writer Beverley Cross has penned her first children's book about the adventures of a bear named William.

Blenheim woman returns to Indian leper community, this time with a friend.

Quake evacuation kids' book

The cover of Stacy Gregg's new book The Thunderbolt Pony.

A daughter's struggle with an anxiety disorder has inspired a new children's fiction book, set during the Kaikoura earthquake.

A true crime writer's tale

Back in 1956, Auckland gangsters cut the top off a safe in waterfront offices and walked away with the payroll. ...

Scott Bainbridge has heard confessions, pored over murder files, and faced veiled threats.

Are Dr Seuss books racist?

Some of Dr Seuss's drawings can "certainly be viewed as being racist" in modern society, says children's literature ...

Iconic children's book author is a virtuoso to some, a propagator of "jarring racial stereotypes" to others.

Book review: Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides

Author: Jeffrey Eugenides.

American novelist's new collection of short stories salvages wit from lives of despair.

Unexpected characters liven up vital subject

Author Maja Lunde.

The History of Bees knits together human connections and the complexity of the natural world in a thought-provoking way.

Homeless inspire book of poems

Poet John Howell took this photo - the cover of his book of poems titled Homeless. It shows a homeless person's shelter, ...

After volunteering with homeless people for three years, John Howell has written a book of poems about his experiences

Lynley Dodd, The Rhymer

Dame Lynley Dodd has just published another story in her Hairy Maclary series about curmudgeonly cat Scarface Claw.

Dame Lynley Dodd's characters may be a little long in the tooth and slightly grey of whisker, but after 30 years they are like old friends.

A germane look back

New Zealand Between the Wars shines a light on a period of our history that's often overlooked.

BOOK REVIEW: Historians run the rule over an important chapter in our history.

Stanley under siege

Jo Guy's second children's book introduces Bob Cat the bully.

BOOK REVIEW: Jo Guy's second children's book carries an important message

Coffee and paper equal magic video

Tools of paper art.

A piece of paper can be transformed into something special, says paper artist.

Ishiguro wins Nobel Literature Prize video

Author Kazuo Ishiguro speaks to the media outside his home, following the announcement that he has won the Nobel Prize ...

Novelist suspected he was a victim of "fake news" he first heard he'd been awarded the prize.

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