Steve Braunias

Steve Braunias serves as editor of the Spinoff Review of Books. He is a staff writer at the New Zealand Herald, appears to be life president of the Wintec Press Club, and is the author of nine books. Steve was born in Tauranga in 1960.

Books
Nov 27, 2018

The Who, as remembered by deaf old coot Roger Daltrey

Steve Braunias reviews the new autobiography by Roger Daltrey, singer with one of the best and worst groups of all times, The Who.

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Politics
Nov 26, 2018

We cross live to Golriz Ghahraman in Hamilton

Hamilton Press Club life president Steve Braunias reveals the next guest speaker at the most glamorous social event in New Zealand journalism held in Hamilton.

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Books
Nov 14, 2018

Imagine no John Lennon

Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias heads out to New Lynn to ponder two new books on His Holiness of the Church of Enduring Beatlemania, John Lennon.

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Books
Nov 13, 2018

The ghost of Charles Bukowski in Wellington: a report from LitCrawl 2018

Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias does his best to remember a drunken weekend in Wellington at 2018 LitCrawl.

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Books
Oct 16, 2018

Salmon on pikelets, and $60,000 in loot: the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards

Three writers pocketed $60,000 last night at the Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement. Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias was there, apparently.

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Books
Sep 18, 2018

A literary feud to end all literary feuds: the Going West books festival

Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias reports from the weekend's Going West literary festival in Titirangi. With bonus podcast!

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Books
Sep 6, 2018

Book of the Week: Steve Braunias on Led Zep egg Jimmy Page

It's Zep-tember! Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias reviews a new rock biog of Led Zeppelin's unappealing genius, Jimmy Page.

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Books
Sep 4, 2018

The world’s biggest-selling author walks into a bar with New Zealand’s most-loved author

Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias reports from the Christchurch WORD literary festival.

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Books
Aug 30, 2018

Book of the Week: ‘Who’s the new bitch?’

Steve Braunias reviews a memoir by his all-time favourite hatchet journalist.

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Media
Jul 18, 2018

The Hamilton Press Club stands with Vincent O’Malley

Hamilton Press Club life president Steve Braunias reveals the next guest speaker at the most glamorous social event in New Zealand journalism held in Hamilton.

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Books
Jul 12, 2018

Book of the Week: The revolutionary live email interview with Tayi Tibble

Spinoff Review of Books editor Steve Braunias revives the revolutionary live email interview with a new star of New Zealand literature - the wildly talented Tayi Tibble.

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Books
May 15, 2018

And the winner is: Diana Wichtel

The Spinoff Review of Books editor Steve Braunias writes an appreciation of Diana Wichtel, who has just been announced as the winner of the best book of non-fiction at the Ockham New Zealand national book awards.

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Media
Apr 13, 2018

Wintec Press Club is dead, long live Hamilton Press Club

In which Steve Braunias announces the resumption of New Zealand's most famous free lunch on the banks of the Waikato River in Hamilton.

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Books
Apr 3, 2018

Prince Charles, meet King Tūheitia Paki of Ngāruawāhia

Steve Braunias reviews a new biography of Prince Charles by way of wondering when a full account will ever be given about New Zealand’s royal family and the kiingitanga.

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Books
Mar 12, 2018

Random, weird, adventurous: a report on the New Zealand Festival’s writers and readers programme

The Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias reports from the weekend's events at the New Zealand Festival in Wellington.

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Books
Mar 5, 2018

Joy, despair, shock, Wellington: a red-hot week ahead for writing in New Zealand

Spinoff literary editor Steve Braunias previews two big events - tomorrow’s announcement of the Ockham national book awards shortlist, and this weekend’s Writers and Readers programme at the New Zealand Festival in Wellington.

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Books
Mar 1, 2018

Book of the Week: The revolutionary live email interview with Peter Wells

The return of the patented Spinoff revolutionary live email interview, this time with Peter Wells, author of a new book devoted to the subject of "reclaiming Pakeha history".

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Books
Feb 20, 2018

Exclusive: book reviews don’t pay much

Spinoff literary editor Steve Braunias surveys the current state of payments for book reviewing in New Zealand.

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Books
Nov 28, 2017

Announcing the longlist for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand national book awards: all the finalists, and some passing remarks

Yet another Spinoff Review of Books exclusive as we break the 5am embargo on the longlist of the 2018 Ockham New Zealand national book awards by 60 seconds: the following story went up on our site at 4:59am.

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Books
Nov 27, 2017

‘Pissing on literature’: awaiting tomorrow’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards finalists

Spinoff Review of Books editor Steve Braunias anticipates the longlist for the 2018 Ockham national book awards, announced at 5am tomorrow.

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Books
Nov 13, 2017

Wellington’s LitCrawl event is freaking awesome. Does Auckland have the brains to do it too?

Steve Braunias reports from the 2017 LitCrawl in Wellington – and wonders whether it could be duplicated in Auckland.

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Books
Nov 1, 2017

The landmark Spinoff Review of Books gender balance survey

An international survey shows book sections publish many more male critics than female - and that they review many more books written by men than women. Spinoff books editor Steve Braunias (a man) looks at the state of play in New Zealand.

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Books
Sep 19, 2017

Election 2017! There’s a book in this (maybe)

Steve Braunias asks: is there a book to be written about the 2017 election campaign?

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Books
Sep 11, 2017

To hell with Titirangi: an accidental revolution at the Going West literary festival

Steve Braunias reports from the 2017 Going West festival – held for the first time, and forever, he hopes, in Henderson.

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Books
Aug 30, 2017

Revisiting the strange case of The Spin, the New Zealand political novel by Anonymous

Who wrote the novel about a vain, womanising, and corrupt New Zealand political party leader?

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Books
Aug 10, 2017

Kirsty Johnston and the goodness of investigative journalism

We conclude our week-long look at A Moral Truth, an important new book about investigative journalism in New Zealand, with the return of the dear old revolutionary live email interview - conducted with Kirsty Johnston, a Herald legend whose work features in the book

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