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!

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Books
Jul 28, 2016

One thousand dollars – remembering the self-effacing wisdom of Nigel Cox

An occasional series by The Book editor Steve Braunias.

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Books
Jul 12, 2016

The Spinoff Live Email Interview: only the most exciting new talent in New Zealand writing, Hera Lindsay Bird

Steve Braunias interviews the amazing Hera Lindsay Bird.

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Books
Jul 5, 2016

The revolutionary Spinoff live email interview: book trade legend Paul Greenberg

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.

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Books
Jun 28, 2016

Eleanor Catton’s nightmare: CK Stead interviewed by Steve Braunias

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.

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Books
Jun 24, 2016

How to spend $1000 at Unity Books: the final episode

Steve Braunias won a prize: $1000 worth of books at Unity. This is what he got and loved, and what he wasted his money on.

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Books
Jun 20, 2016

The Monday excerpt: Andrew O’Hagan on the strange story of “Satoshi Nakamoto”

Hot off the press! An excerpt from the latest London Review of Books - about bitcoin inventor "Satoshi Nakamoto", and an exciting getaway to Auckland.

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Books
May 10, 2016

Ockham national book awards: and the winner is…who the hell is Stephen Daisley?

Some dude who's kind of like pretty much a complete nobody has won the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Award. Sweet!

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Books
May 10, 2016

Ockham national book awards: Does my narrative look big in this?

Fashion in the field at tonight's Ockham national book awards.

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Books
May 5, 2016

Ockham national book awards: Steve Braunias interviews Patrick Evans

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.

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Books
May 2, 2016

Ockham national book awards: The pictures are the thing

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.

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Television
Apr 26, 2016

Stevie TV: David Carradine predicts his own grisly death in hallucinatory ‘Eastern Western’ Kung Fu

Was the death of actor David Carradine foretold in an episode of his great TV series, Kung Fu?

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Books
Apr 19, 2016

Books: The Winners of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize

Announcing the winners of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize.

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Books
Apr 19, 2016

The column Metro wouldn’t publish: Steve Braunias on the time he got sacked for calling a cop a c***

Steve Braunias exhumes a 2011 column he wrote when he worked at Metro magazine. Editor Simon Wilson refused to publish it.

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Books
Mar 15, 2016

An interview with the world’s greatest essayist, Andrew O’Hagan

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.

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Parents
Mar 10, 2016

Yet another Spinoff literature scoop as we beat everyone else to announce the best children’s books of the year

Parents! These are the best New Zealand children's books to buy for your kids.

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Books
Mar 8, 2016

Yet another Spinoff scoop as we beat everyone else to announce the shortlist of the 2016 New Zealand national book awards

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.

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Books
Mar 2, 2016

How to make New Zealand writing attractive – A Spinoff exclusive

Steve Braunias does some terrible drawings based on New Zealand books. Wow!

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Books
Feb 26, 2016

“A bunch of people poking their little sticks into the marijuana zoo to see what funny stuff the Maoris got up to on the coast”

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.

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Books
Feb 23, 2016

‘I had recurring nightmares in which I would fall victim to the anger of the Rastas’

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.

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Television
Feb 11, 2016

Steve Braunias witnesses “one of the great upsets in pop history” during The Edge Fat 40

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.

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Books
Jan 25, 2016

The Monday Excerpt: Mark Lundy Drives from Petone to Palmerston North

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.

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Books
Jan 4, 2016

Summer Reissue: Farewell to Jackie Collins – A Memoir of Visiting Her at Home in Beverly Hills

The death of blockbuster novelist Jackie Collins reminds Steve Braunias of the awkward time he visited her at her home in Beverly Hills.

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Books
Dec 28, 2015

Summer Reissue: The Banality of Genius – Paul McCartney Fills Up a New Book with Yap and Blather

A book of interviews with Paul McCartney inspires Steve Braunias to search for a sock to stick in the Beatle's fat yapping gob.

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Books
Dec 18, 2015

Books: The Year of Steve Braunias

All week we’ve featured a memoir of 2015 by a writer of distinction, but we finish the series with Herald hack and Spinoff books editor Steve Braunias. His book The Scene of the Crime is very, very good, though.

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Television
Dec 9, 2015

Good Night to Good Morning: Steve Braunias was Haunted by the Ghosts of Presenters Past as a Guest on Good Morning

'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.

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Books
Nov 27, 2015

Books: Let Us Now Judge The Judges of The 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

The longlist of the national book awards has been announced. Have the judges shown good sense, or made a complete goddamned hash of things?

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