Books Archive

The Friday Poem: ‘Mère-mare’ by Emma Neale

New verse by Dunedin writer Emma Neale.

Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending September 14

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

Book of the Week: Tina Makereti’s women’s suffrage, LGBTQ, post-colonial adventure

Claire Mabey praises a breathtaking new novel by Tina Makereti (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Rangatahi).

Win 22 books in a massive giveaway via Going West literary festival!

Yes, exactly like the headline says, we're giving away a massive 22 books via this weekend's awesome Going West literary festival!!!

The new 9/11: Charlotte Grimshaw in Trump’s Crazytown

Our travelling US correspondent Charlotte Grimshaw reports on the latest weird and turbulent week in Donald Trump's presidency.

Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending September 7

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

Book of the Week: Steve Braunias on Led Zep egg Jimmy Page

It's Zep-tember! Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias reviews a new rock biog of Led Zeppelin's unappealing genius, Jimmy Page.

Lies, damned lies, and Book Council data: a strange new survey on NZ’s reading habits

The dear old Book Council has released its annual survey of New Zealand reading habits, and claims that on average we read 35 books a year. 35! Danyl Mclauchlan asks what the devil is going on.

The world’s biggest-selling author walks into a bar with New Zealand’s most-loved author

Spinoff Review of Books literary editor Steve Braunias reports from the Christchurch WORD literary festival.

The Monday Extract: how to get the refugee quota increased

Murdoch Stevens details how to use and get around the Zuckerberg Empire in his attempts to spread public awareness about increasing the quota of refugees into New Zealand.

The Friday Poem: ‘Some notes for critics’ by Tusiata Avia

New verse by Auckland writer Tusiata Avia, who will appear at the Christchurch WORD Festival this weekend.

Unity Books best-seller chart for week ending August 31

The week's best-selling books at the Unity stores in High St, Auckland (which is opening a new children's bookstore right next door, this weekend, with prizes and balloons and saveloys; get along, take the kids!) and Willis St, Wellington.

Book of the Week: ‘Who’s the new bitch?’

Steve Braunias reviews a memoir by his all-time favourite hatchet journalist.

Love me till the end of time in Ellerslie: a report from the NZ Romance Writers conference

'We rule the book-reading world': Catherine Robertson reports from the Romance Writers of New Zealand annual conference.

Papercuts: Live from the Booksellers Boardroom

Louisa and Jenna come to you from the NZ Booksellers Conference at the Rydges Hotel in Auckland.

The Monday Extract: Being Lizzie Marvelly

"I’m 27, and winning national media awards," writes Lizzie Marvelly, in this edited extract from The F Word. "I’m 28, and writing a book."

Unity Books bestseller chart for week ending August 24

The week's bestselling books at the Unity stores in Willis St, Welllington, and High St, Auckland.

The Friday Poem: ‘Constructive Criticism’ by Michael Hall

It's Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day! All week this week we've presented new verse on the delicate subject of fucking; today, we present a poem of much greater significance and importance, by Michael Hall of Dunedin.

The Thursday Poem: ‘breather’ by Tracey Slaughter

All week this week we present new verse, to celebrate National Poetry Day on Friday. Today's poet: Tracey Slaughter of Thames.

The Wednesday Poem: ‘The further you look’ by Sam Hunt

All week this week we present new verse, to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on Friday. Today's poet: Sam Hunt of Kaipara.

The Tuesday Poem: ‘Assimilation’ by Tayi Tibble

All week this week we present new verse, to celebrate National Poetry Day on Friday. Today's poet: Tayi Tibble of Kelburn.

The Monday Poem: ‘if I were a queen, I would start wars out of sexual frustration’ by Paula Harris

All week this week we present new verse, to celebrate National Poetry Day on Friday. Today's poet: Paula Harris of Palmerston North.

Bob Harvey on Warwick Roger, Metro’s first editor and giant of NZ journalism

The brilliant, barnstorming editor of Metro, Warwick Roger, has died aged 72.