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
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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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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