An interview with Janina Matthewson

The lovely Janina Matthewson, author of Of Things Gone Astray, agreed to answer some questions from BookieMonster.  I don’t really need to say this but congratulations on how amazing Of Things Gone Astray is! It’s such an original book. What was the initial idea or impetus behind connecting all these characters with a “thing which/that […]

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Media statement – the passing of Bryce Courtenay

From Penguin Australia. It is with sadness Penguin Group (Australia) wish to advise that Bryce Courtenay AM passed away peacefully at 11:30pm on Thursday 22 November in Canberra with his wife Christine, his family and his beloved pets Tim, the dog, and Cardamon, the Burmese cat by his side. He was 79. Christine Courtenay said […]

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Author Greg McGee awarded the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship for 2013

From Penguin NZ Penguin Group (NZ) warmly congratulates Greg McGee on being awarded the prestigious Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship for 2013. Greg McGee is an author, biographer and freelance writer who lives in Auckland. McGee’s first novel under his own name, Love and Money, was published by Penguin in March 2012. Love and Money is a stunning social commentary on New […]

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Sargeson writers in residence announced

Two leading New Zealand fiction writers have been announced as the recipients of the annual Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship for 2012. The two new fellows, David Lyndon Brown and Anna Taylor, will each spend five months in residence at the Sargeson Centre in central Auckland and receive a $20,000 grant. Buddle Findlay National Chairman Peter Chemis says the fellowship continues to play a […]

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Guest Post: Steve Stack on Copyright Pages

Today’s guest post is brought to you by Steve Stack, author of 21st Century Dodos.  You know what the most boring page in every book is? The copyright page. You know, that weird page at the beginning with legal notices, © symbols, addresses and details of the printer. Boring, boring, boring. When I was putting […]

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