Stephanie Johnson is an acclaimed, multi-award-winning New Zealand author, and also the co-founder of the Auckland Writers Festival. But could she get her latest novel published? Yeah, nah.
An essay by Sarah Forster from Booksellers New Zealand about the threat that Amazon-owned Book Depository pose to bookstores - and, ultimately, readers.
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.
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.
Amy Goldstein wanted to know what happened to the ordinary people impacted by the GFC. She tells Duncan Greive about the extraordinary book she wrote showing what happened after GM shut its oldest manufacturing plant.
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.
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.
Simon Wilson talks with Jay Rayner, a man who can demolish the reputation of the poshest restaurant with a single review, but is rather more interested in saving the world.
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.
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.
The good and the great of world literature are about to descend as guest speakers at the 2017 Auckland Writers Festival. Will anyone go off the rails? CK Stead (followed by Steve Braunias, in a postscript) recall writers behaving badly onstage.
In an early Auckland Writers Festival appearance, the creator of Veep and The Thick of It urged network execs to resist meddling – and chipped in on the great New Zealand political pizza debate.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is the year's most talked-about novel, and there's much excitement that the author will appear at the Auckland Writers Festival in May. Wyoming Paul reviews what may a masterpiece.
Dutch novelist Herman Koch writes page-turning thrillers about the repulsiveness of the people next door in middle-class neighbourhoods. Kiran Dass interviewed him ahead of his appearance at the Auckland Writers Festival.
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.
Many readers have imaginary relationships with their favourite authors, but few manage to turn fantasy into reality. Madeleine Chapman tells how she tried to bridge the gap between fandom and friendship with author Eleanor Catton