Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Landfall celebrates 70th anniversary with new prize for young writers

Landfall, New Zealand’s leading journal of arts and literature, has announced the winner of the inaugural Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition.

Named in honour of Dunedin poet and literary figure Charles Brasch, who founded Landfall in 1947, the new competition is an annual award open to New Zealand writers aged 16 to 21.

Landfall editor David Eggleton says the 48 entries received were an ‘immediately readable throng of lively, opinionated, argumentative essays: writing that brimmed with ideas’.

New Zealand student Andy Xie, currently studying at the University of Columbia in the United States, takes the $500 prize with his essay ‘The Great New Zealand Myth.’
‘A saga of migration and transformation, of landfall and then further wanderings, Andy Xie’s essay is also an exploration of idealism and its consequences, told as a personal narrative that describes his parents’ self-sacrifice for the sake of their offspring,’ says David Eggleton.
Second place went to Mia Rutledge for ‘We Are Nothing Without Our History’, a potted account of Taranaki’s provincial history intertwined with familial history that featured some wonderful imagery.

Third placegetter Alexandra McKendry adopted the persona of an elderly curmudgeon in her well-paced diatribe, ‘A Facebook Free Diet’, revisiting all the reasons why being on Facebook was a bad thing.

The following essayists were highly commended: Sariya McGrath, Jesse Austin, Ellena Khoo, Ioana Manoa, John Sibanda, James Fitzgerald and Heinrich Metzler.

David Eggleton says one recurring theme was ‘the reality of life’s imperfections and limited choices versus consumerism’s shimmering mirages and supposedly endless opportunities’.

‘Quite a number of the essays, too, dealt with or circled around the theme of self-identity, self-discovery –along with the ways that culture or society served to define it.’

The winning essay will be published in Landfall 233, a special 70th anniversary edition, published on 1 May.

As part of the 70th anniversary celebration, panel discussions on Landfall are being held during both the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival and the Auckland Writers Festival, in May 2017.

Featured Artists
Chris Corson-Scott, Heather Straka, Jenna Packer, Samuel Harrison
Featured Writers
Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor, Nick Ascroft, Claire Baylis, Miro Bilbrough, Victoria Broome, Iain Britton, Owen Bullock, Christine Burrows, Brent Cantwell, Marisa Cappetta, Joanna Cho, Stephanie Christie, Makyla Curtis, Doc Drumheller, Mark Edgecombe, Lynley Edmeades, Johanna Emeney, Riemke Ensing, Ciaran Fox, Michael Gould, S.K. Grout, Shen Haobo, Paula Harris, René Harrison, Stephen Higginson, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Amanda Hunt, Anna Jackson, Ted Jenner, Anne Kennedy, Erik Kennedy, Jessica Le Bas, Wes Lee, Michele Leggott, Carolyn McCurdie, Robert McLean, Fardowsa Mohamed, Kavita Ivy Nandan, Emma Neale, Piet Nieuwland, Claire Orchard, Bob Orr, Jenny Powell, Chris Price, Helen Rickerby, Ron Riddell, L.E. Scott, Iain Sharp, Charlotte Simmonds, Peter Simpson, Tracey Slaughter, Laura Solomon, Barry Southam, Matafanua Tamatoa, Philip Temple, Dunstan Ward, Elizabeth Welsh, Sue Wootton, Mark Young, Karen Zelas.

Featured Reviews
Paul Moon on Artefacts of Encounter, eds Nick Thomas et al.
Kristyn Harman on Mothers’ Darlings of the South Pacific, eds Judith A. Bennett & Angela Wanhalla Edmund Bohan on The Big Smoke: New Zealand cities 1840–1920 by Ben Schrader Chris Else on My Father’s Island by Adam Dudding James Norcliffe on Beside Herself by Chris Price and Fits and Starts by Andrew Johnston Airini Beautrais on Playing for Both Sides: Love across the Tasman by Stephanie Johnson and Late Love: Sometimes doctors need saving as much as their patients by Glenn Colquhoun Peter Bland on Selected Poems by Gordon Challis Murray Edmond on Shooting Gallery by Wes Lee Erena Shingade on Lucky Punch by Simone Kaho and This Explains Everything by Richard von Sturmer Jeffrey Paparoa Holman on The Collected Poems of Alistair Te Ariki Campbell
Landfall 233 70th anniversary edition
Edited by David Eggleton
Release Date: May 2017
ISBN 978-0-947522-52-0

Big day tomorrow for those who love libraries

Dear Friends,

Our campaign has taken off like a rocket in the past few days. Janet McAllister's piece in the Herald on Monday really blew the lid off the uncertainty and strain our library staff have been enduring and we're now adding hundreds of signatures a day to the petition. Thank you everyone!

I think many of us are fed up with government services being run like a business. We expect much better treatment and support for our hard-working community librarians.

Tomorrow is our chance to get Council to do the right thing, to call a halt to these "reforms", find somewhere else to save a measly $1.8 M, and to involve the community in any future consultations about improving service.

The media is responding to a wave of press releases one of our volunteers sent out this morning and I'm about to be interviewed by Newshub in front of my local branch. I thought I'd better write this email now before the day got away from me!

Please keep sharing the link to the petition.

And if you can, please join us tomorrow from 9:00 AM (meeting starts at 9:30) for the Governing Body meeting at Town Hall, 301 Queen Street. I'm told our presentation is scheduled early in the agenda. The kids are on school holidays, bring them along to meet their Councillors and see how government works.


Julia Schiller

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death expands us.jpgDeath Expands Us
Tuesday 2 May 6pm in the bookshop
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Join writer & professional grief coach Stephanie Harris to celebrate the launch of her book – an honest account of grief & how it can evolve into a catalyst for positive transformation & change.

All welcome 
Auckland Writers Festival (AWF)
16 – 21 May
logo.pngIt’s about to happen again! It’s one of the biggest & best literary festivals in the world!
difficult women.jpgDon’t miss Roxanne Gay, Anne Enright, Emma Neale, Caroline Brothers, Brit Bennett, Catherine Chidgey, Mpho Tutu van Furth (Desmond Tutu’s daughter), Ashleigh Young, Tina Makereti & lots of great chaps too!!
Take your kids to hear the divine Lauren Child.
Hear Carole Beu chat with the delightful, hilarious Stella Duffy.
Attend another stunning theatre performance by Rebecca Vaughan – Jane Eyre this time.
Advance AWF Event –
Saturday 29 April, Auckland Town Hall
An Evening with Armando Iannucci

iannuci.jpgThe Emmy-winning Veep, the Bafta-winning The Thick of It, & Little Englander Alan Partridge are just some of the satirical creations of this brilliant writer, producer & director. He’ll be talking to Toby Manhire about his work & whether the new world order is putting satirists out of a job!
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We have piles of AWF PROGRAMMES in the shop – or go to
We’re buried under an avalanche of AWF books (phew!) & are delighted to be running the numerous (phew again!) festival bookstalls with our friends Unity Books. We’ll have about 25,000 books & 35 staff at the Aotea Centre for the week.
World Women 17
We were fortunate to be the bookseller at the stunning World Women 17 Conference run by Theresa Gattung & colleagues in March.
rebel girls3.jpgOne of the most frequently asked for titles at the conference was Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women
World-wide demand has been so phenomenal that our stock has only recently arrived – we now have heaps! ($40)

We ordered too many copies of two titles for the conference, so are pleased to offer them to you at reduced prices:

Flash Froniter April Issue

April 2017: POCKETS
Welcome! New stories and art from Aotearoa New Zealand, opening with artwork by NZ sculptor Marian Fountain, whose commemorative work honouring the New Zealand Tunnelling Company during World War I has just been unveiled in Arras. 
Read the stories and see the stunning artwork here.

Our feature page this month starts by welcoming 
Gail Ingram to the Flash Frontier team. She joins as Associate Editor in June, when we say a fond thank you and farewell to Nod Ghosh. Huge thanks to both of these talented writers who bring such insight and value to our pages!

Also in our features: a look at 
Bay of Islands Writers, founded by Vivian Thonger and Angela Shaw, including an interview and images from the Far North, and also flashes from members prompted by the word 'treaty'.

We also bring you two book announcements, with launches coming in May: 
Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 political poems, edited by Philip Temple Emma Neale and published by Otago University Press, and Leanne Radojkovich's First Fox.

Many thanks for reading – we hope you enjoy this New Zealand issue of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction!

Latest News from The Bookseller

Connect Books
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Adrian Searle
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Mend the Living
Maylis de Kerangal’s Mend The Living, which explores the emotional and physical complexities of organ donation, has been named as the £30,000 winner of the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize.
The Telegraph Media Group has bought revision app Gojimo for an undisclosed sum.
the Famous Five
Hachette Children’s Group and Book People have announced an “exclusive 18-month direct to consumer partnership” promoting Enid Blyton’s titles.
HarperCollins has pre-empted a two book deal for Possession, a psychological thriller by J L Butler, for six figures.

Lenny Henry
Kit de Waal’s debut novel My Name is Leon (Viking) has been optioned for TV by Sir Lenny Henry’s production company, Douglas Road Productions.
French authors, librarians and volunteers are up in arms over libraries and other non-profit venues having to pay a fee of at least €30 to hold public readings in the country.
Crime fiction heavyweights Lee Child and Anthony Horowitz are going to head to head at this year’s CrimeFest Gala Awards, with Katherine Woodfine, Fiona Barton and Simon Mayo also competing for gongs.

Arts Journal

Can Literature Give You Hope?

“When reading about the feeling of hopefulness in a novel, it can become an almost tangible thing, perhaps made out of the fiber of the pages you’re turning, or housed within the blackness of the ink used to print the words you’re reading. And hope can often be easier to hang on to in literature than in real life, where it might feel ephemeral, intangible, and unsteady. And now, more than ever, hope takes work.”

Smartphones And Siri Don’t Understand Icelandic, And That Has Icelanders Really Worried

The 1,200-year-old language isn’t among the many options available on smartphones, virtual assistants, voice-activated devices, and even many computers – and with a small base of speakers (fewer than 350,000), Silicon Valley has little reason to spend money to add Icelandic. The worry: “The less useful Icelandic becomes in people’s daily life, the closer we as a nation get to the threshold of giving up its use.”

The Roundup with PW

HMH Makes Another Round of Layoffs
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ramped up its cost cutting initiatives yesterday, laying off approximately 20 people in its trade division. The company would not comment on the number of job cuts, but admitted that "organizational changes" had been made.
more »
C2E2 Attendance Grows, But Graphic Novel Sales Fall
Held during C2E2, a Chicago pop culture convention that attracted more than 80,000 fans this year, the Diamond Comics Retail Summit reported that first quarter sales of graphic novels are down 10% compared to last year.
more »
Robert M. Pirsig, Author of 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,' Dies at 88
The philosopher and author, who found fame with his 1974 bestseller 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,' died at his home in Maine on April 24.
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A Book to Go With the Bowtie: Tucker Carlson, who now occupies the 8 p.m. time slot on Fox News once held by Bill O'Reilly, is reportedly shopping a book, or a series, to publishers.

A Publisher of One's Own: A century after Virginia and Leonard Woolf took delivery of their own printing equipment, their legacy, Hogarth Press, lives on.

The Librarians of Native Hip Hop: Librarians at the University of New Mexico are using lyric analysis to examine hip hop produced by indigenous artists.

REI's Wall of NYC Litho Stones: A trove of century-old litho stones from the Puck Building's printing days were discovered behind a cellar wall, and are now hanging in the store.

The Book That Proves U.F.O.s: The first published comprehensive statistical summary of so-called close encounters catalogues 121,036 eyewitness accounts.



Obituary Note: Robert M. Pirsig


Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died yesterday at age 88.

First published in 1974 by William Morrow, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values was a spectacularly popular philosophy book that was loosely autobiographical, tracing a father-son motorcycle trip and flashbacks to a period in which the author was diagnosed as schizophrenic. Its thesis was that quality is the basis of reality, and that this understanding unifies most East Asian and Western thought. Pirsig called this system of thought the Metaphysics of Quality.

In the New Yorker in 1974, George Steiner wrote, "This is indeed a book about the art of motorcycle maintenance, about the cerebral concentration, about the scruple and delicacy of both hand and ear required to keep an engine musical and safe across heat or cold tarmac or red dust. It is a book about the diverse orders of relation--wasteful, obtuse, amateurish, peremptory, utilitarian, insightful--which connect modern man to his mechanical environment ... the analogies with Moby Dick are patent."

In announcing Pirsig's death Morrow called the book "an enduring landmark of American literature that has inspired millions of readers."

In 1991, Pirsig published his second book, Lila: An Inquiry into Morals, which traced a sailboat journey taken by two fictitious characters along the East Coast of the U.S.

Pirsig graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1950 with a degree in philosophy, and then traveled to India for a year and graduate study in Hindu philosophy at Benares Hindu University. He first became aware of Eastern philosophy when stationed in South Korea in the Army. He also enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago. After the success of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Pirsig helped found the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, and then lived reclusively. A skilled mechanic, he performed repairs in his home workshop. He taught himself navigation in the days before GPS, and twice crossed the Atlantic in his small sailboat, Aretê.

A private memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the academic institution or other charitable organization of one's choice

Off the Shelf


By Taylor Noel    |   Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Maybe you haven’t heard, but the 1997 animated movie “Anastasia” has finally been adapted for Broadway! Ever since I broke my VHS tape of it after playing the movie on repeat, I have been waiting for this story to take center stage. I was completely entranced by the grand duchess and her beautiful, tragic Russian childhood, despite the grim reality of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, which led to Anastasia’s entire family being murdered in an extrajudicial killing by members of the secret police. If you, too, are obsessed with all things Russian Empire and need something to hold you over until you see the play on Broadway, pick up one of these books about Anastasia, the Romanov family, or other royal Russians. READ MORE