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Kate De Goldi on the books and writers that shaped her

"Really, there were whole shelves of books that shaped me – and many of them were published by Puffin, the great imprint for children’s books in the 40 years after WWII. Though I read – and loved – all the great English writers for children, I think on the whole it is American children’s writers who have had the most profound influence on me. There was a spaciousness about their work that seemed quite distinct from British children’s literature." 

She is also an advocate for the semicolon in children's literature. Read why here.


Five Quick Questions with Emma Johnson

Don’t Dream It’s Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand is a multi-author book that explores the changing nature of journalism in this country: as it once was, as it is today, and as we might imagine it working in the future.

We asked editor Emma Johnson five quick questions about the project.


The NZ Book Council has seven Writers in Schools visits lined up in the next fortnight. David RileyRaymond HuberSiobhan HarveyVictor RodgerJuliette MacIverApirana Taylor and Helen Taylor are visiting schools in Auckland, Wellington, Wairarapa, Canterbury and Otago. 


Justin Cronin in New Zealand next week!

Justin Cronin, author of The Passage, The Twelve and The City of Mirrors, will be touring New Zealand next week.

In 2010, Justin Cronin’s The Passage was a phenomenon. The unforgettable tale that critics and readers compared to the novels of Cormac McCarthy, Michael Crichton, Stephen King, and Margaret Atwood became a runaway bestseller and enchanted readers around the globe. 

This year Justin Cronin brought us the conclusion to his epic trilogy with The City of Mirrors. For the last time, Amy—the Girl from Nowhere, who lived a thousand years—joined her friends and faced down the demons that threatened the last of humanity.

For event information, click here.

Also a big congratulations to Chris Wooding, who won our Passage trilogy giveaway. Your books will be sent out this week. 

Andy Griffiths is in New Zealand next week!

Andy is an immensely popular children’s author in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and is best known for the Treehouse series, the JUST! books and The Day My Bum Went Psycho. His Treehouse series is currently more popular in New Zealand than Harry Potter! 

His books have been New York Times bestsellers, adapted for the stage and television and won more than 50 Australian children’s choice awards. Andy is an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the Pyjama Foundation.

Andy is doing events (all sold out) in Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington.

We are delighted to be partnering with The Children's Bookshop Wellington to bring Andy to two Wellington schools events, where he will talk to almost 1,000 happy children.


A two day conference for writers aiming to publish September 17 & 18, University of Auckland

Tickets are on sale now for National Writers Forum workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions with leading writers and publishing industry experts.

Sessions for writers of all genres and levels of experience will cover a wide range of topics, from the nuts and bolts of writing a manuscript to copyright issues to how to get your book published. It’s a unique opportunity for authors to meet other writers, editors, festival directors, publishers and industry professionals from New Zealand and overseas.

More info here.








This week we're giving away a copy of Don’t Dream It’s Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa published by Freerange Press.

This is a multi-author book that explores the changing nature of journalism in this country: as it once was, as it is today, and as we might imagine it working in the future.

Email reception@bookcouncil.org.nz by September 16th with 'Dream' in the subject line to enter the draw.

Congratulations to our last newsletter winner, Denis Edwards. Your copies of The Unburnt Egg is on its way.

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