Monday, April 14, 2014

Backside goes Stateside!

Well-known New York publisher Dover Publications has acquired North American rights to our bestselling children’s book I Need a New Bum!
The deal, initiated at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2013 and finalised recently, will see a North American edition released within the next year.
Dover will retitle the book I Need a New Butt! to ensure the right message gets across to North American readers.
Congratulations and thanks to author Dawn McMillan and illustrator Ross Kinnaird whose fine work grabbed the interest of Dover’s team.
We are delighted to be working with Dover to take this hilarious and popular book to US and Canadian readers.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Read about The Last Maopo on the New Zealand WW100 website

The Last Maopoa book to be officially launched on Anzac Day 2014, provides insight into the Māori experience of the First World War by retelling the life of Ngāi Tahu soldier Wiremu Maopo. Through more than 40 letters to his friend Virgie Fincham at his home outside Christchurch, Wiremu depicts the robust contribution the Māori Pioneer Battalion made to the First World War – despite official attempts to keep them away from frontline duties Read more

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Last Maopo - a unique story from the First World War


A new book on sale this Thursday provides unprecedented insight into the Māori experience of the First World War by retelling the life of Ngāi Tahu soldier Wiremu Maopo.

Through more than 40 letters to his friend Virgie Fincham at his home outside Christchurch, Wiremu depicts the robust contribution the Māori Pioneer Battalion made to the First World War – despite official attempts to keep them away from frontline duties.

Back home, friendly relations between Māori and Pākehā – embodied in the warm letters between Wiremu and Virgie – masked tragedy and discrimination. All of Wiremu’s siblings died in childhood or later in life and after the war, he ironically becomes the sole survivor of his once large family.

Wiremu had left for the war unaware that his Pākehā girlfriend Phoebe was pregnant. Her outraged parents told Phoebe that Wiremu was dead and forced the adoption of their daughter.
Neither Wiremu nor Phoebe ever learned the truth, and only now has the family line been revived by the work of Tania Simpson, a leading businesswoman who is Wiremu’s great-granddaughter.

“This is a personal story but one that sheds light on the sacrifices Māori made in contributing to the First World War, and the challenges they faced in early New Zealand,” she said.

The book will be officially launched at Ngati Moki marae in Taumutu, near Leeston, on Anzac Day.


THE LAST MAOPO
The Life and First World War Sacrifice of Wiremu Maopo           
Tania Te Rangingangana Simpson
Release Date:  10 April 2014  |  ISBN: 978-1-877514-66-1  | RRP $34.99

Paperback, 240 x 170 mm, 160 pages, b&w with photos

Libro International, a division of Oratia Media
www.librointernational.com   |    www.oratiamedia.com

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

New representation for Auckland

Well-known book rep Paul Greenberg is now handling Libro International books for Auckland bookstores. 

Paul's agency Greene Phoenix Marketing has represented our books south of the Bombays since 2009, and we look forward to his extending that work in Auckland. Paul (pictured) is one of New Zealand's most experienced book marketers, ably supported by partner Joan Roulston. Paul can be contacted on paul.gpm@xtra.co.nz 
or 021 722 210. 

We extend our sincere thanks to Bruce Campbell for all the work he has done introducing our new list to the book trade in Auckland and Northland over the past four and a half years. His vast experience in the trade and unflappable good humour have helped Libro International greatly. Bruce will continue to provide advice for marketing to bookstores in Northland.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Te Ara: Te Hokinga Mai




Te Ara: Māori Pathways of Leadership, the exhibition of taonga and Krzysztof Pfeiffer photography curated by Paul Tapsell and Merata Kawharu, returns to Aotearoa on Friday 28 March. Te Ara has toured Poland, the UK, Germany and Canada for more than three years and now will go on show at the Rotorua Museum, where a pōwhiri on Friday will welcome a delegation from the Musqueam Indian Band of Vancouver, who are escorting Te Ara home. 

Ngā mihi mahana ki a Krzysztof, Merata rāua ko Paul mo tō koutou mahi whakamīharo.

Libro International is proud to publish the accompanying book Te Ara. Oratia Media has supported the exhibition with project management since its inauguration in Olstyn, Poland in September 2010.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

A sea story from Tessa Duder

In the March issue of North & South magazine Tessa Duder writes about sailing from Australia to New Zealand in the first Trans-Tasman Tall Ships race. 

Tessa combines a deep knowledge of sailing with a rare storytelling flair. 

In 2012 Libro International published her book The Story of Peter Blake, the life of one of our most famous sailors retold for younger readers; and this November we're delighted to be releasing her new collection Sea Stories, a dozen short stories about children and young people living and learning on boats. 

One of the stories took inspiration from Tessa's recent voyage - but we can't give any more away than that just yet!




Wednesday, February 19, 2014

From PANZ News: Taipei International Book Exhibition in review

In PANZ News today: Kiwi publishers in Taiwan


Peter Dowling of Oratia Media made his first visit to TIBE this year. He appreciated the size of the fair, and having good qualities of time and access to build relationships with Taiwanese and other publishers.

Click here to read the full story.

Friday, February 7, 2014

From the Taipei International Book Exhibition


Hall 1 at the Taiwan World Trade Center








Our first time at the Taipei International Book Exhibition is proving busy and educational. The show spreads across two halls at the Taipei World Trade Center with a bustling mix of trade and public visitors. The majority of exhibitors are Taiwanese publishers and booksellers, with a healthy representation of Asian and world publishers. 

Oratia Media's books are alongside five fellow Kiwi publishers - Auckland University Press, David Ling Publishing, Gecko Press, Upstart Press and Wendy Pye - on the New Zealand stand. It's proving a productive fair that we're all hoping will lead to translations and sales for our authors and illustrators, especially as next year will be New Zealand's turn as Guest of Honour.

Click here to read more.

Peter Dowling, Publisher


Welcome to the New Zealand stand 

Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand are collectively Guest of Honour this year 
Our own New Zealand Tattoo features prominently in the Sweet Life exhibition of beautiful books from around the world

After a trade-only day on Wednesday, the doors are now open to the reading public
Cosplay, anime and manga are wildly popular

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Representing Kiwi publishing in Taipei

In PANZ News today:



Six publishers have headed to the Taipei International Book Exhibition with their lists and two others will be displayed on the New Zealand stand at the exhibition which begins today, 5 February, and runs until 10 February.

Click here to read the full story.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Libro goes to Taiwan


Libro International books will be on show at the Taipei International Book Exhibition next week, when Oratia Media takes its place on the New Zealand collective stand at Taiwan's leading book event. 

Supported by the Publishers Association of New Zealand and Creative New Zealand, the stand will allow us to showcase our authors to professional visitors as well as Taiwanese readers (the exhibition's first day on 5 February is for professional visitors, then it opens to the general public from 6 - 10 February). New Zealand is preparing to be Guest of Honour at the event in 2015.

In addition to publishers from Taiwan, I'll be meeting with colleagues from elsewhere in Asia, as well as further afield. Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand are the countries of focus at this year's exhibition - so we're looking to make inroads into these large and affluent book markets.

Peter Dowling, Publisher


Monday, January 20, 2014

A Poem about Parkinson's





Check out this link for a moving account of Parkinson's disease illustrated by Ross Kinnaird (illustrator of our books I Need a New Bum! and Woolly Wally). This video won two top prizes at the 2012 World Parkinson's Congress in Montreal, Canada.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PFknl5YFsE

Monday, December 16, 2013

I Need a New Bum! continues its bestselling run


Dawn McMillan and Ross Kinnaird continue to reach hundreds of Kiwi kids with I Need a New Bum!, which is at number 2 on Whitcoulls Top 5 NZ Picture Books. http://www.whitcoulls.co.nz/books/general/505373/#stock_status=InStock%7CPreOrder (Click n.2)

Congrats to this great author-illustrator team and thanks to Whitcoulls for doing such a great job selling our book. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Libro International signs Italian and Chinese agency deals


Following the recent Frankfurt Book Fair and ongoing marketing in Europe and Asia, I’m pleased to announce we have signed agency agreements for Libro International books in Italy and China.


In Italy we have appointed the respected Milan-based agency Agenzia Servizi Editoriali to represent all of our children’s titles and selected non-fiction rights for the Italian language. ASE works with both Italian and international publishers to promote quality books in a range of languages; in addition to selling our rights, we’ll also be working with ASE for select rights acquisitions from publishers in Italy.


Meanwhile in China we’ve agreed a fixed-term deal with Chengdu Rightol Agency for representation of eight books in the Chinese market. This established agency based in Chengdu will seek Chinese rights deals for children’s titles along with a couple of standout books from the past year, New Zealand Tattoo and Favourite Māori Legends.

Through these collaborations we hope to have some of our authors appearing in Italian and Chinese editions before too long. 

Peter Dowling
Publisher
Libro International

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Māori Maps at the National Library



Māori Maps is one of the innovative organisations featured in an exhibition that opened yesterday at the National Library of NZ /Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa. If you're in Wellington check out the Leading Edge exhibition -http://natlib.govt.nz/visiting/wellington/leadingedge

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ngā Kupu Ora honours Pā Henare Tate



Thank you to Massey University for hosting a memorable ceremony last Thursday to celebrate the winners of the Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards.

An audience of over 180 people attended the evening in Te Raukura Wharewaka on Wellington’s waterfront, honouring five authors in the categories of biography, fiction, non-fiction, Māori language and the special award.

I was proud to be there as part of the group to tautoko Pā Henare Tate, who accepted the Non-Fiction/Te Kōrero Pono awards for his He Puna Iti i te Ao Mārama: A Little Spring in the World of Light.

The judges described Pā’s work as “a compelling and passionate description of the role that tikanga and kaupapa play in the construction of a Māori Christian theological framework.”

Other winners included esteemed fiction writer Witi Ihimaera for White Lies, and Bradford Haami for his work Ka Mau te Wehi.
Massey has taken an important initiative with these awards, now in their fifth year, and which aim to foster Māori literary excellence, authorship and scholarship.

Pā Henare Tate with supporters; Sister Magdalen Sheahan (centre) was a key editor on the book. 
Staff members of Massey University/Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa in full flight