50% from A.J. Ponder’s books sold at Rona Gallery will go to Te Omanga Hospice as part of the “Ponder This” exhibition. 3-20 August.
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A pair of book lovers have teamed up with the aim of creating NZBooklovers.co.nz, which they believe will be New Zealand’s biggest website dedicated solely to books and reading.
Between them, J. J. McConnachie and Emma Codd read over 200 books a year, and both have a keen interest in the online book world. Both have reviewed books for a number of websites, and Mrs McConnachie has worked on a number of online book-related projects.
The project came about after they discovered a mutual frustration at the lack of a New Zealand online book community. Mrs McConnachie, a website content manager by trade, says, “There are a number of book blogs, but there is no decent website that represents New Zealand book lovers, and their interest in the world of literature.
“We want to create a website for other New Zealand book lovers, not only to showcase both New Zealand and international titles, but also to share author interviews, reviews, competitions, reading and writing advice.
“The book publishing industry is changing fast overseas, with e-books taking off, and we want to be there online, as New Zealand begins to follow the digital book revolution that is happening right now.”
Mrs McConnachie and Ms Codd have the ability to create the website, but need a little help to fund the basics of the build, and the two have started a crowdfunding project to finance their effort.
The two are passionate about NZ authors as well as readers, and authors with a published or soon-to-be published book can receive a months worth of advertising on the site once it is built for one of the pledge prizes. Authors and fellow book lovers can help bring NZ Booklovers to life by making a pledge at https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/Crowd/Details/1534.
Baby Teeth – Bite-sized Tales of Terror, an anthology of short horror fiction edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray and published by Paper Road Press is due for release this Wednesday.
The launch is at Quality Hotel on Cuba, from 5.30pm – All welcome!
TOC for Baby Teeth is as follows:
1 – Caterpillars by Debbie Cowens
2 – White by Grant Stone
3 – Burying Baby by Paul Mannering
4 – People Pleaser by Darusha Wehm
5 – Con Somma Passione by Lee Murray
6 – Giant by Jack Newhouse
7 – Winter Feast by Elizabeth Gatens
8 – What’s the Story, Mother? by Lewis Morgan
9 – Blond Obsession by Jean Gilbert
10 – Simon Says by Matthew Sanborn Smith
11 – Tarantella Moon by Dan Rabarts
12 – Backyard Gardening by Jake Bible
13 – Because I Could… by Celine Murray
14 – End of the Rainbow by Jenni Sands
15 – Kiss your Mother by Alan Lindsay
16 – Practice makes Perfect by Sally McLennan
17 – Blood Sisters by Matt Cowens
18 – Windows by M. Darusha Wehm
19 – Dad’s Wisdom by Eileen Mueller
20 – Recession by Darian Smith
21 – Paper Butterfly by Alan Lindsay
22 – The Skulkybunking Wurld Champyon Of The Hole Woorld by Paul Mannering
23 – Teach Your Children Well by Lee Murray
24 – The Character of 82 James St by Anna Caro
25 – Love Hurts by Jan Goldie
26 – Dark Night by Jenni Sands
27 – Friends by Alicia Ponder
28 – Shadowed Halls by Michael J Parry
29 – If They Hadn’t Landed So Close by Matt Cowens
30 – All the Ghosts by Dan Rabarts
31 – The Boy with Anime Eyes by Kevin G. Maclean
32 – The Oracle of Karawa by Paul Mannering
33 – Lockdown by Piper Mejia
34 – The Birthday Present by Sally McLennan
35 – Peter and the Wolf by Lee Murray
36 – How They See You by Morgan Davie
37 – The Dead Way by JC Hart
All authors except Jake Bible and Matthew Sanborn Smith are New Zealand authors.
The launch for the Wizard’s Guide to Wellington is at the Rona Gallery, Eastbourne on Thursday 14th February (6.30pm). The organisers promise “there’s going to be plenty of exciting art on the walls from artists young and old, spot prizes and nibbles – be there or be lost in dangerously magical Wellington and somehow miss out on all the fun”.
Details: Launch and Art Exhibition is at 6.30 Thurs 14 Feb, 151 Muritai Rd, Eastbourne, Lower Hutt.
3.30 pm, 7 July 2012
The Kapiti Coffee House, Opposite Soprano
Copperfield Gardens, Paraparaumu Beach
Meet local authors Matt and Debbie Cowens
Enjoy the best coffee on the Kapiti Coast
There are two Wellington book launches planned for “Burnt Ice” by New Zealand author Steve Wheeler.
1 Saturday, 14 April noon until 2pm at the Weta Cave, 1 Weka St Miramar
2 Tuesday, 1 May at 7pm at Whitcoulls Lambton Quay.
– Yes we do know there are two Whitcoulls on Lambton Quay. [EDIT] We checked, it is the one that used to be Borders.
– There may be some other events around the country for “Burnt Ice”, we will update those as we find out more.
– Can’t make the events above? Why not attend unCONventional. Steve will be there and you can have a chance to hear him read his work and do signings.