Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending June 1

This week's best-selling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Wellington, and High St, Auckland.

The Friday Poem: ‘I want to get high my whole life with you’ by Hera Lindsay Bird

New love poetry by Wellington writer Hera Lindsay Bird.

Book of the Week: Lorrie Moore, in all likelihood the best TV reviewer in the world

Linda Burgess celebrates a collection of reviews and essays by the great New Yorker writer Lorrie Moore.

Is there any such thing as literature in Nelson?

In the latest in our occasional series which look for signs of literary life in the regions, Kerry Sunderland studies Nelson - and talks to an author whose book is being filmed right this second, in Prague, by some guy called Taika Waititi.

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Finally, the Spinoff reviews ‘Book of the Year’ The New Animals

Pip Adam won the Acorn Prize for best novel of the year at the recent 2018 Ockham New Zealand national book awards. Is her book actually any good? Readable? Likeable?

The Monday Excerpt: exploring the soul of the Great South Road

No other road in New Zealand is as rich in history, suffering, war, immigration, hope and hard, hard work as the Great South Road that joins Auckland to the Waikato. Scott Hamilton walked its length and felt its pulse.

The Friday Poem: ‘Keanu is afraid’ by Jane Arthur

New verse by Wellington writer Jane Arthur, who pocketed $5000 last week as winner of the 2018 Sarah Broom Poetry Prize.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending May 25

The week's  best-selling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Wellington, and High St, Auckland.

Book of the Week: Kim Hill on a cult that makes Gloriavale look sane

Broadcaster Kim Hill reviews the year's most sensational memoir of family dysfunction, violence, apocalyptic visions, and survival.

The superstar in our midst: Hera Lindsay Bird takes London

Neil Young, our man in London, reports on Hera Lindsay Bird's appearance at the coolest bookstore belonging to the coolest literary magazine in the English-speaking world.

Papercuts podcast: The great Auckland Writers Festival wrap-up

Kiran, Jenna and Louisa bunker down on level 5 of the Aotea Centre to record on-the-ground reactions from three days at the Auckland Writers Festival.

Auckland, as seen by a visitor from outer space (Wellington)

Auckland - glassy, dusty, unfinished, trying its best - is captured in a new art book by Wellington photographer Mary Macpherson.

Please ban festival audiences from asking questions forever

Has there ever been a good question asked by an audience member at a literary festival? Going by the Auckland Writers Festival, the answer appears to be no, uh-uh, never.

The Friday Poem: ‘Grief Limericks’ by Harry Ricketts

New verse by Wellington writer Harry Ricketts.

Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending May 18

The week's best-selling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Wellington, and High St, Auckland.

Book of the Week: A manifesto for a true bilingual literature

A new book of translated Maori verse joins Taika Waititi "in his calling out of language laziness". So why is that the authors were ignored by a literary festival looking for new voices? An essay by the book's co-editor, Vana Manasiadis.