Friday, October 20, 2017

Special launch of Charlie on NZ Bookshop Day

Special launch of Charlie on NZ Bookshop Day at Carson's Bookshop in Thames, Saturday 28th October at 11am. Meet the authors, Dawn McMilland and Ross Kinnaird, dress up your dog and bring it along to win a prize, and watch Ross draw cartoons live!

Saturday 28th October at 11am
Carson's Bookshop, 600 Pollen Street
Thames, New Zealand

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Frankfurt balances the book

This year’s Frankfurt Book Fair was upbeat. Books are really in business, with an ebbing of hype about digital erosion and a brisk trade in rights and projects for many at the fair.
The New Zealand stand
On the New Zealand stand in Hall 6.0 there was a real buzz, and lots of fruitful discussion. The collegial feeling among the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) exhibitors, supported by Creative New Zealand, makes working in this busy fair so much more productive.

Poster listing countries in Hall 6.0
It goes without saying that Frankfurt is hectic, with 7,300 exhibitors from 102 countries spread across six multi-levelled halls. Having France as country of honour this year was a big deal.

There’s normally a percentage of appointments that turn into no shows — just getting around the many halls in the Frankfurter Messe can lead to big delays — but not this year.

We had around 50 meetings for Oratia, with rights interest strong for a number of new children’s and non-fiction books. 

Armando de Santiago (Guadalajara Book Fair), Catriona Ferguson,
and Frankfurt Book Fair organisers Hanife Içten and Grace Moss 
Distribution and coedition interest was strong for the two publishers I represented there, Massey University Press and Te Papa Press.

The fair enabled PANZ director Catriona Ferguson and me to network with fellow publishers associations (among them Ireland, Canada, Australia and Brazil) and other book fairs (especially Taipei and Guadalajara).

The main concern shared among publishers, distributors and agents was the challenges faced by book retailing. Rising commercial rents and bleeding of sales to online booksellers, many of whom avoid local taxes, are challenging a lot of our retail partners — making initiatives like NZ’s upcoming Bookshop Day on 28 October all the more important.

Still there is a palpable confidence in publishing just now, as Publishers Weekly reported in its round-up on Frankfurt – noting that overall visitor numbers were up on the past two years.

Meeting up at Frankfurt, clockwise from top left: Herwig Bitsche (NordSūd Verlag, Zurich) and Monika Osberghaus (Klett, Leipzig) with their German children's book award finalists; me with our Spanish publisher Carlos Arnanz of Ediciones Salamanca and translator Francisco Molina; selfie with Malaysian Book Publishers Association Honorary Secretary  Sheik Faisal and Lei Lim of Oyez Books; and in the company of our esteemed Italian agent Guido Lagormasino. 


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Keep an eye and ear out for Charlie!

A rather naughty dog is making his entry into bookshops around New Zealand tomorrow.

Charlie is for sale, so it’s no wonder he’s eager to please the boy who spots him in his neighbourhood. What is a wonder is that Charlie has tales to tell, each one more amazing than before. Why would a marvellous talking dog be in need of a new home?
 Oratia is proud to publish Charlie and his amazing tales — a colourful picture book for primary-school-age readers that matches Dawn McMillan’s uniquely funny rhymes with Ross Kinnaird’s zany, inventive illustration.

It’s a delight to publish books with this pair, who not only create fun stories but are also great fun to work with. And we’re so happy to hear from kids and adults who get a kick out of stories from I Need a New Bum! to Squeakopotamus.
Cheers to Charlie and to you both, Dawn and Ross, for this and your other magnificent creations (and Happy Birthday, Ross!). And heartfelt thanks also to Carolyn Lagahetau, Cheryl Smith and Belinda Cooke for helping bring the big-talking Charlie to life.

Charlie and his amazing tales
Publication Date: 5 October 2017  |  ISBN: 978-0-947506-33-9  |  RRP $19.99
Paperback, 230 x 215 mm, 32 pages colour

Monday, September 18, 2017

Te Reo edition of Pūkaki launched at Rotorua Lakes Council

Oratia's new te Reo Māori edition of Paul Tapsell’s award-winning book Pūkaki – a comet returns was launched on Thursday 14 September at the Rotorua Lakes Council during Māori Language Week.

Pūkaki — Te Hokinga Mai o te Auahitūroa represents several years of concerted work by translator, broadcaster and author Scotty Morrison, working with academic and writer Tapsell and Oratia Books.

It brings the story of the Ngāti Whakaue ancestor up to date and takes in debates over his representation on the New Zealand 20-cent coin and his relocation to the Rotorua Museum, where his future is now in question again after the museum’s closure due to earthquake damage last November.
Scotty Morrison (left) and Paul Tapsell at the launch at the Rotorua Lakes Council
Addressing the launch, Scotty Morrison reflected on his dedication to making the Pūkaki story available for future generations in accessible te Reo that yet reflects the dialect and customs of Ngāti Whakaue. The project had begun, he recalled, from a discussion he and Paul had when they met dropping their children off to a Māori-language preschool, and had become a labour of love over several years.

Paul Tapsell reminded guests at the launch of the central role that the carving of Pūkaki has played in the founding of modern Rotorua, and the responsibility that government and iwi have to ensuring his well-being.
Scotty Morrison speaking about his translation of Pūkaki
The new book would assist in that role, he said, acknowledging the support of the Ngāti Whakaue Educational Endowment Trust Board for the translation and publication.

Following the launch, Tapsell undertook a public signing of copies at McLeods Booksellers, the local bookstore noted for its commitment to books for and about Māori.

The book is now available from all good booksellers.

At McLeods Booksellers for the signing, from left: Peter Dowling (publisher, Oratia Books), Lynne Thorp (McLeods), Paul Tapsell, David Thorp (McLeods) and visiting author Tim Tipene
For more coverage, see Alice Guy's excellent report in the Daily Post. 
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