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Auckland Writers Festival: Rachael King interviews Ivan Coyote

We conclude our week-long series of encounters with guests due to appear at the Auckland Writers Festival as Rachael King interviews the fairly fucken fantastic Ivan Coyote.

Auckland Writers Festival: Charlotte Graham interviews feminist author Susan Faludi

The best coverage of the Auckland Writers Festival continues right here, as the Spinoff Review of Books devotes the entire week to long, intelligent encounters with guest writers. Today: Charlotte Graham talks with Susan Faludi, author of the classic 1991 book Backlash.

Auckland Writers Festival: Holly Walker interviews I Love Dick author Chris Kraus

The best coverage of the Auckland Writers Festival continues right here, as the Spinoff Review of Books devotes the entire week to long, intelligent encounters with guest writers. Today: Holly Walker talks with Chris Kraus, an American writer who worked for newspapers in Wellington before creating the belated smash-hit feminist novel, I Love Dick.

Auckland Writers Festival: Hera Lindsay Bird interviews George Saunders

The very best coverage of the Auckland Writers Festival - the most expansive, the most intelligent - is right here, as the Spinoff Review of Books devotes the entire week to encounters with guest writers. Today: Hera Lindsay Bird talks with George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo, the stand-out novel of 2017.

Comedy Festival reviews: Rose Matafeo, Daniel Sloss and more

Sam Brooks kicks off the Comedy Festival with reviews of four shows: NZ favourite Rose Matafeo, international Daniel Sloss, rapping grandpa John Carr and Wellington circus trio Laser Kiwi. Plus - our first Spinoff Comedy Badge of Honour is awarded.

Is working at Jono and Ben just like 30 Rock? Head writer Alice Snedden explains

Sam Brooks chats to Jono and Ben head writer Alice Snedden about swapping law for comedy and controversial pop-star Katy Perry.

‘We’re all craftsmen. Performers are athletes.’ James Nokise on creating comedy out of sport

James Nokise is known for his political comedy and theatre, but his show this year pivots to focus on a subject largely untouched by New Zealand stand-up comedy: sports. Sam Brooks talks to Nokise about the reasons for the change, and what's so funny about sport.

‘It’s the opposite of a cynical show’: Josie Long on bringing science/comedy event Cosmic Shambles to NZ

Is Cosmic Shambles a 'mind-blowing night of laughter, discoveries, mystery guests, and live tunes', as the publicity has it – or something even weirder? British comedy star Josie Long tells Sam Brooks what New Zealand audiences should expect.

Book of the week: the Spinoff live email interview with Adam Dudding

Adam Dudding! Everyone's buying his book, and basically his family memoir has become the smash-hit New Zealand book this Christmas. He talks to Steve Braunias in the Spinoff live email interview.

Suddenly the night has grown colder

So Leonard Cohen has died. It is, says Simon Wilson, the end of the Bacchanal.

Nicky Hager: “‘If you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve got nothing to fear’ is like a slogan from a police state”

Is there any such thing as privacy in the age of social media and smart phones? Exciting new YA thriller novelist LJ Ritchie talks to author Nicky Hager about the realities - and unjustified fears - of state surveillance.

‘The guy was all over the road like a spilt pizza’: Linda Herrick interviews Tim Winton

'Strewth!', Australian writer Tim Winton genuinely, actually, really says, out loud, without irony or anything, in an interview with Linda Herrick.

‘Science should empower us as parents’: Introducing Spinoff Parents contributor Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw

This weekend we're launching The Spinoff Parents, our new parenting blog edited by the brilliant Emily Writes and made possible by Flick Electric Co. All this week we'll be introducing you to some Spinoff Parents contributors – like writer, scientist and mother of two, Dr Jessica Berentson-Shaw.

Book of the Week: Two art critics talk a) candidly and openly about modern art practice, b) complete bollocks

Christchurch art writer Andrew Paul Wood and Auckland art writer Anthony Byrt shoot the shit about Byrt's brilliant new book on contemporary art, This Model World. Who makes good art in New Zealand? Who doesn't? Where do they stand on the wretched Billy Apple, who once nearly killed Duncan Greive's dog? And much, much more.

‘Women shouldn’t fuck but should still be fuckable’ – Silo’s Sophie Roberts on the women of Wall St

Alex Casey talks to Sophie Roberts, artistic director of Auckland's Silo Theatre, about putting on their new show Boys Will be Boys and being a tough bitch.

The Friday correspondence with one of the world’s most beloved poets

To mark National Poetry Day, Steve Braunias reveals his correspondence with one of the world's most celebrated poets.

‘You’re not a bad @#%! for a Pakeha’: A gang member reviews a Kiwi crime novel

Craig Sisterson interviews exciting new crime writer Ray Berard, a hot favourite to win one or even two Ngaio Marsh Awards in Christchurch this weekend.

Children’s book awards: another interview with the likely winner (maybe)

Sarah Forster interviews the awesome David Hill, a finalist at next week's childrens book awards, when he goes head to head with veteran author Kate de Goldi, horsist writer Stacy Gregg, and Luncheon Sausage Books star Jane Bloomfield.

The children’s book awards: an interview with the likely winner (maybe)

Sarah Forster interviews the awesome Kate De Goldi, a finalist at next week's childrens book awards, when she goes head to head with veteran author David Hill, horsist writer Stacy Gregg, and Luncheon Sausage Books star Jane Bloomfield.

These are the biggest years of my life: An interview with ex-Fall guitarist Brix Smith Start

A full-on interview with Brix Start Smith, ex-wife of the Fall genius Mark E Smith, on the occasion of her brilliant, crazy tell-all memoir.

Interview: Corey Baker, the biggest NZ dance star you’ve never heard of

While Parris Goebel is designing moves for Bieber and Minaj in the US, another Kiwi choreographer is making waves in the UK. Corey Baker talks to Anna Frances Pearson about his meteoric rise.

DeLillo Week: Probably the most brilliant literary conversation ever recorded in New Zealand, as two men of letters discuss Don DeLillo

Every day this week we look at the work of maybe the world's greatest living writer - Don DeLillo. Today: a long, brilliant conversation about the master, between Tom Moody, the head of the US fiction bureau at the Spinoff, and Thom Shackleford, who has great hair.

DeLillo Week: A bluffer’s guide to the masterpieces of maybe the world’s greatest living writer

Every day this week we look at the work of maybe the world's greatest living writer - Don DeLillo. Today: Thom Shackleford walks through five of the best of the master's novels.

How Māori TV’s This is Piki is changing the face of New Zealand television

This is Piki is Maori television's new youth-oriented soap, the first of its kind. Rhianna Osbourne sat down with the director Kiel McNaughton to find out how the bilingual show came together, and how Snapchat might be the future of storytelling.