Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mister Spears’ ear hair grows from today

Mister Spears and his Hairy Ears, the new picture book from bestselling author-illustrator duo Dawn McMillan and Ross Kinnaird, is published today.

This fun story tells of the affable Mister Spears and the problem he faces with his ear hair, which just won’t stop growing not even if he covers it with band aids or wears a motorcycle helmet!

Then a flash of inspiration brings the answer, one that leads to a rock’n’roll lifestyle for him and his cute cat, Tiger.

Dawn and Ross (and Tiger!) are appearing in Auckland at Whitcoulls Botany today at 11 a.m., and at the Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop in Ponsonby at 10.30 a.m. tomorrow.

Dawn will also be at Paper Plus Te Awamutu on 31 October, New Zealand Bookshop Day. 

Mister Spears and his Hairy Ears
ISBN: 978-1-877514-84-5
$19.99; 230 x 215 mm portrait, paperback, 32 pp, colour
Order from Publishers Distribution Limited, 09 828 2999 or

Friday, October 2, 2015

Mister Spears launches on 8 October with bookstore appearances

Mister Spears and his Hairy Ears, the new picture book from Dawn McMillan and Ross Kinnaird, will be published this Thursday 8 October.

Dawn and Ross will be appearing in Auckland at Whitcoulls Botany at 11 am on the 8th, and at the Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop at 10.30 a.m. on Friday 9th.

This fun story meets the kind but sad Mister Spears as he tries to control his rampant ear hair:
I trim and I trim and still the hair grows
way past my knees, down to my toes …
Nothing he tries can stop his ear hair growing – not even wearing a motorcycle helmet! Then a flash of inspiration brings the answer, one that leads to a big change in life for him and his cute cat Tiger.

Take the kids along to Botany and Ponsonby and prepare for fun and laughs with the bestselling authors of I Need a New Bum! and Doctor Grundy's Undies

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Oratia Media - helping authors and organisations to publish

Oratia Media, which publishes Libro International books, is primarily a publishing services business that works with individuals and groups to produce a range of publications and text.

Booksellers New Zealand has just profiled Oratia Media in an interesting article on how major changes in the world of books over recent years have led to more self-publishing and contract services:

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Te Toi Whakairo is published today

Te Toi Whakairo
The Art of Maori Carving

Hirini Moko Mead

New edition published today

Te Toi Whakairo is among the most comprehensive and valuable books published on Maori woodcarving, and has been out of print  for many years – until today.

Distinguished author Sir Sidney (Hirini) Moko Mead explores carving from its mythical origins to modern art, from the styles of Northland through to those of the South Island, from an explanation of basic techniques to the most elaborate surface decorations – with the help of hundreds of photos and drawings.

The book returns with a new cover and author’s note; in the latter, the author writes:

Te Toi Whakairo lives on and is available to people who are interested in art in general, and especially in woodcarving that belongs to the traditions of this land.”

Sir Sidney (Hirini) Moko Mead is a leading authority on Maori art and culture. Born in 1927, he had a distinguished university career at Victoria University and internationally, has written numerous books, was a driving force behind the Te Maori exhibition, and has been a leader of his iwi, Ngati Awa. He was knighted in 2009 for services to Maori and education. Ta Hirini lives with his wife in Wellington.

Publication Date: 17 September 2015  |  ISBN: 978-1-877514-82-1  |  RRP $45
Paperback with flaps, 242 x 182 mm, 276 pages b&w

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Ron Crosby on Radio NZ National

Ron Crosby, distinguished lawyer and author of The Musket Wars (Libro International, 2012) featured on Radio New Zealand National's Saturday Morning show on 29 August.

Follow this link to hear Ron talking with Kim Hill about New Zealand conflicts of the nineteenth century, including the Musket Wars, in relation to his new book Kūpapa (PenguinRandomHouse, 2015)

See Ron's site for more on his books:

Saturday, August 29, 2015

RIP John Johnston

Photographer, artist and author John Johnston passed away last week at the age of 96.
John had a long and distinguished career as a photographer and artist - starting out as a street photographer in downtown Auckland using the first Leica camera, establishing Auckland's premiere photographic studio after the Second World War, later picking up paintbrushes to become a commercial artist, and at the end of his life still creating and experimenting with a digital camera and Photoshop.
John published two books: I Didn't Have a Choice (Reed, 2006), the illustrated account of his Second World War service in North Africa and Italy, and the privately published Notions (2011). His last work, 80 Years Behind the Lens: The life story of a professional New Zealand photographer, is now being prepared for publication by his long-term collaborator Martyn Thompson.
Loved by those who knew him, John was a true gentleman and a meticulous craftsman. Our thoughts are with his partner Susan, his friends and family. Rest in peace, John.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Oratia Media to publish New Zealand parliamentary guide

At the conclusion of a public request for proposals and selection process, the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives has appointed Oratia Media to publish the fourth edition of the authoritative guide to the conduct of our Parliament – Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand.

West Auckland-based Oratia Media will publish the book as a high-quality paperback and an ebook, with a provisional publication date of August 2016.

Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand provides a detailed description of New Zealand’s parliamentary practice. It is an authoritative text for use by members of Parliament, public servants, academics, parliamentary officers and other working professionals who have an interest in Parliament, such as the legal profession.

David Wilson, Clerk of the House of Representatives, commented: “We’re really excited to be working with Oratia to produce a new edition of a much-used text. Producing an ebook will be a first for our Parliament and will hopefully widen its readership even further.”

Peter Dowling, Managing Director of Oratia Media, welcomed the agreement to publish Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand. “We’ve brought together an experienced team in Auckland, Wellington and Oamaru to edit and design this significant work, and look forward to a close relationship with the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives.”

Further information about the book will be released closer to the publication date.

Provisional Publication Date: August 2016

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ngā Waka o Neherā makes a welcome return

Ngā Waka o Neherā, Jeff Evans' marvellous book about the voyaging canoes that brought Māori settlers to Aotearoa New Zealand from the Pacific, is back in print from early August - see 

ISBN: 978-1-877514-04-3

Thursday, May 21, 2015

László Krasznahorkai wins Man Booker International Prize

Congratulations to Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai on his receipt of this year's Man Booker International Prize.

Alessandra and I had the pleasure of meeting Lászlo at his home outside Budapest some years back. He's a kind and warm man. His books are dark yet funny, massively imaginative, and challenge the novelistic form - The Melancholoy of Resistance is a favourite.

Read more about the Man Booker International  Prize winner here.

Peter Dowling
Publisher, Libro International

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Te Hokowhitu a Tu on Radio Live this Anzac Day

The Bookman Graham Beattie will be talking to Mark Sainsbury about the new edition of Christopher Pugsley's Te Hokowhitu a Tu: The Maori Pioneer Battalion in the First World War on Radio Live this Saturday, Anzac Day morning. 
You can also listen to Christopher Pugsley's brilliant account of the Gallipoli campaign in last week's interview on Radio New Zealand's Saturday Morning show here.

Historian Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Christopher Pugsley is also the author of Gallipoli: The New Zealand Story (also a Libro International book), a brilliant and moving account of this defining campaign of the First World War, told through the eyes of those who fought and died in the unsuccessful effort to seize the Dardanelles from Turkey.