In 1879, the Whakatane meeting house Mataatua was taken apart and put on a ship bound for Australia, then England: 'And so began the wanderings of New Zealand’s most-travelled wharenui...'
Linda Burgess reviews the biggest-selling book at the New Zealand Festival in Wellington in the weekend - Salt Fat Acid Heat, a cookbook like no other.
The Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias reports from the weekend's events at the New Zealand Festival in Wellington.
Charlotte Graham-McLay interviews acclaimed Australian author Charlotte Wood - who is appearing at the New Zealand Festival this weekend - about sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and 'angry women'.
New Zealand fantasy writer Steffi Green interviews Charlie Jane Anders, author of the smash-hit novel All The Birds in the Sky, ahead of her appearances this weekend at the New Zealand Festival in Wellington.
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.
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".
Craig Marriner was a nobody who won the 2002 book of the year award with his first novel Stonedogs, a raw, rough, street-wise tale of bogan life. His second novel sank without trace - and so did Marriner, who disappeared. He returns after a long absence with an evocation of life and literature in his home town, Rotorua.
Mary Macpherson talks to a brilliant Texan photographer who makes portraits of men and the land in the disappearing American West.
For 20 years, the second Māori King, Tāwhiao, governed Rohe Pōtae (the King Country) as an independent state. Tāwhiao also sailed to London in an attempt to see the Queen; the mission is described in this extract from a new study of that 20-year reign.
Legendary playwright Roger Hall pays tribute to the great satirist John Clarke, whose posthumous book Tinkering has been a runaway best-seller this summer.