An occasional series by The Book editor Steve Braunias.
Steve Braunias interviews the amazing Hera Lindsay Bird.
Steve Braunias talks with the greatest salesman in the history of New Zealand publishing - Paul Greenberg, a small, unassuming gentleman who lives in Palmerston North, and was honoured with a lifetime achievement award in the weekend.
God almighty! It's the return of the Spinoff live email interview, and the special guest is CK Stead, on the occasion of his new book of reviews and literary criticism.
Hot off the press! An excerpt from the latest London Review of Books - about bitcoin inventor "Satoshi Nakamoto", and an exciting getaway to Auckland.
Some dude who's kind of like pretty much a complete nobody has won the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Award. Sweet!
All week this week we focus on books and authors nominated in next Tuesday's Ockham national book awards. Today: the return of the live email interview, a revolutionary form conducted by Steve Braunias with fiction finalist Patrick Evans.
All week this week we focus on books and authors nominated for next week's Ockham national book awards. Today: a big handsome history of New Zealand photography.
Was the death of actor David Carradine foretold in an episode of his great TV series, Kung Fu?
Steve Braunias exhumes a 2011 column he wrote when he worked at Metro magazine. Editor Simon Wilson refused to publish it.
In which Spinoff Review of Books editor Steve Braunias sits down with London writer Andrew O'Hagan in Wellington, and they talk for one hour and 41 minutes.
A Spinoff exclusive, until the morning papers get around to covering it: the shortlisted authors and books of the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
All week this week we feature writings about Ngati Dread, an investigation of the Rasta reign of terror in Ruatoria. Today: we conclude our series in unhappy circumstances.
All week this week at the Spinoff Review of Books we feature writings from and about Ngati Dread - the amazing trilogy of books by Angus Gillies, a journalist who investigated the Rasta reign of terror in Ruatoria between 1985 and 1990. Today: an interview with Gillies.
Steve Braunias watches the historic moment that Zayn Malik triumphed over his old 1D posse for the number one spot in The Edge Fat 40.
We resume our Monday excerpts from New Zealand books of non-fiction, with chapter nine of The Scene of the Crime by Spinoff books editor Steve Braunias - in which he imagines the movements of Mark Lundy on the night his wife and daughter were murdered.
The death of blockbuster novelist Jackie Collins reminds Steve Braunias of the awkward time he visited her at her home in Beverly Hills.
A book of interviews with Paul McCartney inspires Steve Braunias to search for a sock to stick in the Beatle's fat yapping gob.
'Good Night to Good Morning' is a three part series farewelling the iconic TVNZ variety show. In part one, Steve Braunias recalls a recent appearance on a show that once gave him cakes and grapes, and always gave New Zealand reliably good viewing.
The longlist of the national book awards has been announced. Have the judges shown good sense, or made a complete goddamned hash of things?