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
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!

Read on.

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.

Read on.

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.

Read on.


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.

Read on.

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.

Read on.

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.

Read on.

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 …

Read on.

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.

Read on.

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.

Read on.

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.

Read on.

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.

Read on.

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!!!

Read on.

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.

Read on.

Books
Nov 21, 2016

Literature and the earthquake: an essay by Steve Braunias

Wellington's all good, it's still in one piece, but for a while there it felt like it was finished, writes our man at LitCrawl.

Read on.

Society
Nov 14, 2016

‘A longer 90 seconds than I usually experience’: Steve Braunias on the earthquake

The place: Cuba Street, downtown Wellington. The time: approximately midnight Sunday.

Read on.

Books
Nov 3, 2016

This week four New Zealand women writers won money and/or awards (or got close)

Good news for four New Zealand writers, as exclusively revealed by the Spinoff Review of Books.

Read on.

Politics
Nov 1, 2016

David Cunliffe and the soulful zone: a 2007 profile by Steve Braunias

A vintage, 2007 interview with David Cunliffe, who has announced be is leaving politics.

Read on.

Books
Oct 27, 2016

Book of the week: Steve Braunias on the dog that died

Steve Braunias writes about Lucky, the unlucky dog of Mercer, in a new anthology of writing about dogs - dogs as pets, dogs as farm animals, dogs as meals, and other kinds of dogs.

Read on.

Books
Oct 12, 2016

The shining, sort of thing: Steve Braunias meets Stephen King

One of the year's best books is End of Watch, by the great master of readable fiction, Stephen King. Steve Braunias recalls an appointment with the author in London.

Read on.

Books
Oct 5, 2016

The journalist and the liar: Steve Braunias on journalism’s fear of fiction

Steve Braunias reviews a peculiar new book by a living legend of American journalism.

Read on.

Books
Sep 28, 2016

Steve Braunias on the town that died

To mark the publication of a stunning collection of black and white photographs taken of a West Coast ghost town, Steve Braunias posts a Sunday Star-Times column he wrote about the place in 2006.

Read on.

Books
Aug 26, 2016

The Friday correspondence with one of the world’s most beloved poets

To mark National Poetry Day, Steve Braunias reveals his correspondence with one of the world's most celebrated poets.

Read on.

Books
Aug 25, 2016

Writers! Have you fucked up your chances of winning a prize by having a row or something with a judge?

Steve Braunias runs deep surveillance on the judges of the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Read on.

Books
Aug 18, 2016

Book of the Week: Was 1971 the greatest year in the history of New Zealand music?

Steve Braunias leads a special Spinoff investigation into fresh claims that 1971 was the greatest year in music ever.

Read on.

Books
Aug 9, 2016

Today in history: That sonofabitch Nixon

Steve Braunias marks the anniversary of Richard Nixon’s farewell from the White House.

Read on.

Books
Aug 8, 2016

Another Spinoff Review of Books Exclusive: Who won what and who got trollied at tonight’s children’s book awards

Steve Braunias reports live from the children's book awards held tonight at Circa Theatre in Wellington. All the winners! All the drunks!

Read on.

Books
Aug 3, 2016

Announcing war on the word ‘outlier’

A Spinoff Review of Books exclusive: The use of the word “outlier” has been condemned, and continued use will result in stiff penalties.

Read on.

The Spinoff is made possible by the generous support of the following organisations.
Please help us by supporting them.