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
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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Books
Jul 31, 2017

An interim report on the state of New Zealand literature in 2017

A special investigation asks: Has much happened this year in New Zealand writing? Steve Braunias assesses the books of 2017 to date.

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Books
Jul 13, 2017

Book of the week: a guide to the hot pools of New Zealand

You need this book in your life, right now, this instant. Steve Braunias recommends a New Zealand classic.

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Books
May 29, 2017

Julian Assange and Rolf Harris: return of the convicts, by Steve Braunias

To mark a new edition (new preface and everything!) of the 2014 best-seller The Scene of the Crime by Steve Braunias, we present an extract from the chapter which entwines Rolf Harris and Julian Assange.

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Books
May 17, 2017

And the winner is a genius: Steve Braunias interviews Ashleigh Young

Steve Braunias interviews literary sensation Ashleigh Young, who won the award for best book of non-fiction at last night's Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

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Books
May 16, 2017

The winners, drunks, and gossip at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

Steve Braunias reports live from the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

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Books
May 16, 2017

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards: Revolutionary live email interview with Fergus Barrowman

VUP publisher Fergus Barrowman steps up for the revolutionary live email interview.

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Books
May 1, 2017

The Monday Excerpt: The difficult birth of the man who ate Lincoln Rd

The latest book by Steve Braunias is based on his Herald series about eating everything on sight on Lincoln Rd. In this excerpt from the prologue, he goes behind the scenes to reveal the lengths he went to in his pursuit to get the paper to publish the series.

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Books
Apr 6, 2017

A memoir by Steve Braunias: part 4 of our week-long series on Greymouth writer Peter Hooper

All week this week we look at the life and writing of Greymouth novelist and poet Peter Hooper (1919-91). Today: a West Coast memoir by Steve Braunias.

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Music
Mar 24, 2017

A review of Don Henley written on a phone on the 049 bus from Te Atatu to Henderson

Don Henley from The Eagles played a gig at the Vector Arena in Auckland on Thursday night. Steve Braunias was there, and he reviewed it on the bus today.

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Books
Mar 15, 2017

We cross live to the launch of the Auckland Writers Festival

A lawyer has run amok at the Auckland Art Gallery at the launch of the Auckland Writers Festival. The Spinoff Review of Books was there.

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Books
Mar 7, 2017

Ashleigh and the others: announcing the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards shortlist!!!! Plus attempt to manufacture a racism stoush

Yet another Spinoff Review of Books exclusive as we break the 6:00am embargo by 60 seconds and present, as of 5:59am,  the shortlist of the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards …

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Books
Mar 2, 2017

The revolutionary live email interview conducted by Steve Braunias: part 4 of the strange story of the lost island of ‘Ata

Steve Braunias conducts the live email interview – the revolutionary journalistic practise trailblazed by the Spinoff Review of Books – with author and academic Scott Hamilton to conclude our week-long series on Hamilton’s terrific new book The Stolen Island.

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Books
Mar 1, 2017

Breaking (well it was at the time): Ashleigh Young wins $229,837.07 in a major literary prize!!!

In which the Spinoff Review of Books reveals the New Zealand writer who has won a Major International Prize.

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Books
Feb 8, 2017

In which the Spinoff Review of Books accommodates a meme of that Hitler clip from Downfall

A new book claims Hitler was a junkie. Here is a meme from Downfall proving that Hitler was a junkie.

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Books
Dec 8, 2016

Special edition of best books for Xmas: The Shops, by Steve Braunias and Peter Black, with bonus question – why do photographers talk so goddamned much?

All week this week Spinoff Review of Books editor Steve Braunias recommends the very best, A-grade quality, guaranteed good books for Christmas. Today: The Shops, by Spinoff Review of Books editor Steve Braunias, in collaboration with photographer Peter Black. Here to promote it by way of a contentious essay is Spinoff Review of Books editor Steve Braunias.

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Books
Nov 30, 2016

Best book, best old author, best hair – it’s the first annual Spinoff Review of Books literary awards!!!

New Zealand literature! What is it, who reads it, and why does it exist? Some or none or all of these questions are about to be answered in the first annual Spinoff Review of Books literary awards!!!

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Books
Nov 24, 2016

Book of the week: the Spinoff live email interview with Adam Dudding

Adam Dudding! Everyone's buying his book, and basically his family memoir has become the smash-hit New Zealand book this Christmas. He talks to Steve Braunias in the Spinoff live email interview.

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