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New Zealand market down 0.3% in 2020 

28 January 2021

New Zealand’s book sales fell by less than 1% in 2020, despite a sustained hard lockdown for almost five weeks from late March, in which the nation’s booksellers were unable...

McDougall wins NZ Sunday Star-Times short story prize

27 January 2021

Wellington author Kirsten McDougall has won the NZ$5000 (A$4672) New Zealand Sunday Star-Times short story competition open category for her story ‘Walking Day’. McDougall, a publicist and literary manager whose...

Ngaio Marsh Award 2020 winners announced

2 November 2020

Debut novelist Becky Manawatu has won the 2020 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel for Auē (Makaro Press). A novel portraying domestic violence and gang life, the book is...

‘Mophead’ takes PANZ Book Design Awards hat-trick

26 October 2020

The winners of the 2020 Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards have been announced. Mophead by Selina Tusitala Marsh (Auckland University Press) took a hat-trick at the...

Farr wins ‘Sunday Star-Times’ short story award 

26 November 2014

Australia-born, Wellington-based author Tracy Farr has won the open division of the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards for her story ‘Once Had Me’, reports Stuff.co. The award, now in its 30th...

Dunedin submits UNESCO City of Literature bid

25 March 2014

Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand has applied to become a UNESCO City of Literature.Dunedin mayor Dave Cull submitted the city’s application to UNESCO on 19 March. Cull...

NZ’s Frankfurt Pavilion wins design award 

26 June 2013

New Zealand’s Guest of Honour Pavilion at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair has won the Supreme Award and the Installation category at the 2013 Interior Awards in New Zealand. The pavilion’s co-designers, Pattersons Associates and...

Dromer replaces Poiree at Nielsen BookData NZ 

15 November 2012

David Dromer has replaced Martine Poiree as sales and marketing manager at Nielsen BookData New Zealand. The Publishers Association of New Zealand reports that Dromer was facilities manager when the...

Wootten wins NZ mid-career writers grant 

13 November 2012

The New Zealand Society of Authors has announced that Dunedin poet and novelist Sue Wootten is the winner of its new award for a mid-career writer. Also shortlisted were Anna...

Duffy to join University Book Shop Otago 

13 November 2012

The Board of the University Book Shop Otago, in New Zealand, has announced the appointment of Phillippa Duffy to the role of general manager. Duffy has previously worked as sales...

Leading Edge Books NZ to close in December

29 October 2012

Leading Edge Books has announced that it will close its New Zealand Books Group at the end of the year. Leading Edge Books general manager Simon Milne said in a...

Frankfurt 2012 opens, spotlight on New Zealand 

10 October 2012

Wilkins Farago publisher Andrew Wilkins writes: The 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair opens today, with New Zealand this year’s Guest of Honour. Forty-eight exhibitors from Australia are participating, with the Australian...