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Book Launch: Time Machine and Other Stories by Melinda Szymanik
Aug
29
5:30 PM17:30

Book Launch: Time Machine and Other Stories by Melinda Szymanik

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What happens when you sleep with a crocodile tooth under your pillow, or the mess under your bed turns into something terrifying? How can a football be a passport, and what does it mean when the contraption in the basement starts to hum and glow?

You can be sure the answers will never be boring and almost always take you on an unexpected adventure.

Step aboard the time machine and discover new and selected stories by the award-winning author of The Were-Nana, The Song of Kauri and A Winter’s Day in 1939.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melinda Szymanik writes picture books, stories and novels for children, with several named as Storylines Notable Books.Fuzzy Doodle and A Winter’s Day in 1939 were finalists in the New Zealand Children’s Book Awards and The Were-Nanawas a Children’s Choice winner. A Winter’s Day in 1939 also won Librarian’s Choice at the LIANZA Awards and Fuzzy Doodle was selected by the International Youth Library in Munich as one of its White Raven books.

When she is not writing, Melinda likes reading, baking (especially with chocolate), going to the movies and travelling with her family. She has three grown-up children, a cat and a husband, and lives in Mt Eden in a house with a view of the mountain. 

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Book Launch: We Are Here: An atlas of Aotearoa by Chris McDowell
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Book Launch: We Are Here: An atlas of Aotearoa by Chris McDowell

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An extraordinary visual data book like no other Clustered yet scattered, we New Zealanders live across the country's physical landscapes, experiencing its varied weather and environments. We co-create its political, economic and social systems on a daily basis. Each of us has a particular view of Aotearoa, yet nobody comprehends the whole. This book's sets of maps and graphics help New Zealanders make sense of their country, to grasp the scale, diversity and intricacies of Aotearoa, and to experience feelings of connection to land, to place, to this time in our history, and to one another. By making data visible, each graphic reveals insights about Aotearoa. They answer a range of questions: Who visits us? How were these lands formed? Where do we live and work? How equal are we? How do we hurt ourselves? Where do our cats go to at night? This compelling mixture of charts, graphs, diagrams, maps and illustrations is functional, beautiful, insightful and enlightening. It tells us where we are, here, in 2018. Essays by some of New Zealand's best thinkers complete the package.

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Book Launch: Lay Studies by Steven Toussaint
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Book Launch: Lay Studies by Steven Toussaint

Cover: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, 'Bird', 1913–14 (circa). © Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge

Cover: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, 'Bird', 1913–14 (circa). © Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge

In Lay Studies, Steven Toussaint conducts an impressive range of lyric inventions, pitching his poems to that precarious interval between love and rage. Beneath their formal dexterity and variety, these études sustain a continuous meditation on the concords and dissonances of worshipful life in an age dominated by spectacle, violence, and environmental devastation. With great skill and compassion, he depicts scenes of domestic life in his adopted home of New Zealand, a transient year of religious and artistic soul-searching in the United Kingdom, and a growing sense of dislocation from his native United States in the Trump era. These are poems of profound contemplative inwardness, conjuring and conversing with a vast tradition of literature, scholarship, and art. Lay Studies is a powerful collection and a welcome music. 

These are elegant poems. They have verve, they have wit and no little learning. They reveal a mind like a knife. An ear of the same quality. All of which = what's needed in a calamitous time that calls itself the Information Age. —John Taggart

Steven Toussaint writes with a formidable blend of intellectual toughness and technical command. These finely worked poems range over a wide territory, local and global, religious, social (a devastatingly intelligent piece, 'Yes or No', evoking the world of online pseudo-discourse), and offer many memorable images and phrases (a favourite is 'The furious pleasure / of a man being listened to'). This is an excellent collection of demanding and rewarding poetry.—Rowan Williams

Steven Toussaint was born in Chicago in 1986. In 2011, he immigrated to New Zealand and now lives in Auckland. He has studied poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the International Institute of Modern Letters, and philosophical theology at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of a previous collection, The Bellfounder (2015), and a chapbook, Fiddlehead (2014).

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Book Launch: Abbey Mcfly by Carmen Haines
Jun
29
5:00 PM17:00

Book Launch: Abbey Mcfly by Carmen Haines

Little Abbey Mcfly must learn not to lie.
As when her lies grew her friends became few.
Is she lying again - or this time is what she said true?

Carmen Haines grew up in a small rural town of New Zealand.  Her love of writing poetry started at an early age, inspired by her father ‘Pete’ who loved story-telling and encouraged her to write.  Later in life she moved to Auckland where she now lives with her husband and two children.  She began writing stories again when her children were young.  ‘Abbey McFly’ was written for her eldest child as a fun way to talk about the consequences of not telling the truth!

Carmen works as a paediatric emergency nurse and educator.  “I work with children every day, this enables me to see the magic of storytelling and the joy children get out of reading or hearing stories. In my work as a nurse I use distraction and storytelling which more often works better than analgesia!”

 
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Book Launch: Balance - Food, Health + Happiness by Rachel Grunwell
May
12
5:00 PM17:00

Book Launch: Balance - Food, Health + Happiness by Rachel Grunwell

Join Rachel Grunwell & Beatnik Publishers for this special Mother’s Day Book Launch.

New Zealand wellness expert Rachel Grunwell interviews more than 30 experts globally to create a comprehensive book that will help you live a healthier and happier life.

Respected journalist Rachel Grunwell interviews 30 experts globally to get the best of tips on how to uplift your mind, body and soul so that you can live your best life. Along the way, Rachel also shares her story on how she went from being an unfit, stressed out investigative journalist and mother, to someone who is now a multi-marathoner and wellness expert who coaches others with fitness and lifestyle plans.

As well as interviews with experts, Balance has 30 recipes for nutrient-dense, delicious snacks and smoothies, including some sweet treats, because the book is all about ‘balance.’

Balance is a science-based book with the best tips from a variety of experts that will inspire you to move well, eat well, think well, feel well and live well. What are you waiting for? Dip in!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Award-winning journalist Rachel Grunwell is a respected wellness expert, magazine wellness columnist and recipe creator, qualified coach and yoga teacher. On top of that, the mum-of-three is the blogger behind the Inspired Health website which inspires people to move more and live well. She’s one of NZ’s top wellness influencers and has worked with lots of globally- renowned brands. Rachel has gone from being an unfit mum to a multi-marathoner, and is passionate that being ‘busy’ should not be some crazy badge of honour. Rachel has interviewed more than 30 global experts about science-backed health and happiness tips, and believes her book Balance will help you to de-stress, have more emotional intelligence and be happier. She has used many of the tools in her book to positively uplift her own life – and she shares how you can achieve balance in your life too.

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Book Launch: Truthteller by Stephen Davis
Apr
12
5:30 PM17:30

Book Launch: Truthteller by Stephen Davis

An Investigative Reporter’s Journey Through the World of Truth Prevention, Fake News and Conspiracy Theories.

There is a war on truth. And the liars are winning. There is an increasingly large number of weapons in the arsenal of the rich, the powerful and the elected to prevent the truth from coming out — to bury it, warp it, twist it to suit their purposes. Truthteller reveals how governments and corporations have covered-up mass murder, corruption and catastrophe. In a world where Putin and Trump have successfully branded journalists as traffickers in fake news, while promoting the actual creators of fake news, an investigative reporter shows the tools that are used to deceive us and explains why they work. Using exclusive documents and interviews drawn from three decades as an award-winning reporter, editor, foreign correspondent, television producer, documentary filmmaker, and journalism educator, Stephen Davis reveals shocking details of deception in the United States, the UK, Russia, Sweden, the Baltic republics, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, the Arctic and Antarctic.

 
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Book Launch: I Am Not a Poet by Roohani Sawhney
Mar
21
5:00 PM17:00

Book Launch: I Am Not a Poet by Roohani Sawhney

About the book:
"I am not a Poet" is a series of thoughts that reflects the social and internal idiosyncrasies which each one of us goes through. It is not a pedantic read or a lover's parody but reflections on the real life from the eyes of the author-an awakened dreamer, who doesn't want to leave her dreamland yet wants to stay close to reality. She depicts the aberrations of the customary life through her art and unfolds the thought that went behind it. She touches upon multi-varied dichotomies in life, that starts with tracing a woman's journey, then dwelling into explaining the internal and external conflicts of an individual's convictions. In the denouement of the narrative, the author expresses her own journey as an artist. It largely supports the notion of self-reflection and acceptance. 

About Roohani: 
A Social Anthropologist by profession but an awakened dreamer in real, who doesn't want to leave her dreamland yet wants to stay close to the reality. Roohani is highly inspired by the tribal regime and is on a voyage to explore the intricate ideologies that run parallel to the tribal society. Her education in the field of Sociology intrigued her into exploring the eclectic philosophies that govern the social systems. The same is well reflected in her art and publications. She is a published author and a fine artist. She wishes her work to be a catalyst to evoke thoughts of social and personal reformation.

 
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Book Launch: The Julian Calendar by William Henry
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Book Launch: The Julian Calendar by William Henry

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Good things take time...

This is the theme of the celebratory launch of Simon Hertnon's (writing as William Henry) debut novel, The Julian Calendar. You could write a book about how this novel came to be, but we'll just say the first draft was finished in 1993!

The novel, which has been described by advance readers as "deeply moving", "a beautiful and sensitive story", "vividly and warmly told", and just plain “wonderful”, is a fictionalised account of the first year of Simon’s real-life relationship with expat London bookseller, John Garmonsway, who died last year in Wellington, aged 89.

The story is told alternately in the voices of the odd-couple main characters, Daniel, a sensitive young photojournalist, and Julian, a retired publisher who lives in an 'Aladdin's Cave' of books and music. Both men have lost the courage to love unconditionally and, to complicate matters, Daniel is heterosexual and Julian is homosexual.

Set mainly in London, the story follows Daniel’s journey to release himself from a failed love affair with an Australian nurse. But can he really let go of the ghost-love that is melancholy?

Against a vibrant backdrop of literature, music, travel, and humour, Daniel and Julian explore a new kind of love – platonic and restorative – that is no less rewarding, or risky, than the romantic love that has already scarred them both.

Come along and buy a signed copy of this remarkable and poignant debut novel. Simon, the author of three non-fiction titles, will say a few words, read a few passages from the novel, drink a toast to John, and probably be very emotional.

Refreshments provided. Please RSVP to simon@nakedize.com or sign-up for the event via facebook.com/WilliamHenryAuthor

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Offsite Book Launch: Smart Mothering by Dr Natalie Flynn
Mar
4
5:30 PM17:30

Offsite Book Launch: Smart Mothering by Dr Natalie Flynn

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'This is the one book every new parent actually needs.' Nigel Latta

'Natalie has a wealth of knowledge on so many topics and provides great bite-sized pieces of advice.' Nadia Lim

'Finally a book that deals with the things that really matter, based on the actual science and a depth of clinical experience.' Nigel Latta

Psychologist Dr Natalie Flynn has examined all the research on key baby topics such as feeding, sleeping and crying. The result? Smart Mothering, a revolutionary book that separates the facts from the opinions.

Find out what research says about the dilemmas so many parents face: What if I can't breastfeed? Is it best to feed on demand? Can I leave my baby to cry? Should I vaccinate my baby? Is bed-sharing a good idea? Natalie provides the answers to these questions and many more.

Smart Mothering is objective, accessible and practical. With helpful tips, succinct summaries and clear diagrams it demystifies the often confusing and overwhelming world of parenting. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to make informed decisions about how best to care for their baby.

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Book Launch: The Friday Poem edited by Steve Braunias
Nov
22
6:00 PM18:00

Book Launch: The Friday Poem edited by Steve Braunias

Come and celebrate The Friday Poem! Steve will give a brief, pithy speech on the state of New Zealand poetry, and introduce readings from five poets who feature in the book – Courtney Sina Meredith, Kevin Ireland, Dominic Hoey, Simone Kaho, and Steve Toussaint.

“Something exciting is happening in New Zealand poetry, a sort of revolution,” claims Steve Braunias in his introduction to this stunning new anthology of 100 poems. As literary editor at The Spinoff, he has published new poetry every Friday for the past four years.

Along the way introduced the phenomenal Hera Lindsay Bird to a wide audience, and discovered startling and often hilarious work by other young women poets. The best of their poems appear here alongside writing by established poets such as Sam Hunt, Bill Manhire, poet laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh, Elizabeth Smither, Brian Turner, and Ashleigh Young. It also finds room for former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig.

Observations on our way of life, Pasifika voices, te reo, satire, confession, love poetry, poetry for funerals, a poem for Anzac Day – The Friday Poem is New Zealand poetry at its best.

Please RSVP to books@timeout.co.nz

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Sep
15
6:00 PM18:00

Book Launch: Viva La Novella VI Winners

Join us to celebrate the winners of the Viva La Novella prize!

Seizure has announced New Zealand authors Anna Jackson and Avi-Duckor Jones as the winners of this year’s Viva la Novella competition. They are the first New Zealanders in the competition’s six-year history to win.

Jackson’s ‘The Bed-Making Competition’ is an ‘intimate and witty look at the joys and strains of family life’, and Jones’ ‘Swim’ ‘is a vital, vivid work on facing the past while being daunted by the future’.

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Book Launch: Word to the Wise by Mark Broatch
Sep
9
2:00 PM14:00

Book Launch: Word to the Wise by Mark Broatch

Join Mark as he celebrates the launch of his new book, Word to the Wise.

Even the best wordsmiths can find themselves tripping over words that are commonly misused, mixed up or misspelled. Most of us have suffered the embarrassment of suddenly discovering that they have been using or spelling a word wrong for years, or, in some cases, their entire life. This useful reference untangles the mix-ups and misuses of language so that you can ensure you've got the word you're looking for, whether it's 'taught', 'taut', 'tort' or 'torte'. With definitions, examples of how to sharpen up text and improve your writing, lists of useful social media abbreviations and a discussion of unusual plurals, this playful look at the often bizarre and frustrating English language has got you covered. Word to the Wise will help you get your word use straight, whether you're writing a book, blog, email or text message.

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