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.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Te Hokowhitu a Tu publication will complement Te Papa Gallipoli exhibition

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is preparing to launch its Gallipoli: The Scale of War exhibition on 18 April.

That comes two days after we will publish the new edition of Christopher Pugsley's Te Hokowhitu a Tu: The Maori Pioneer Battalion in the First World War.

Gallipoli: The Scale of War includes a significant section about the Pioneer Battalion, and what is more Christopher has been the principal historian for Te Papa's exhibition.

To see more about the Maori component of the exhibition, including commentary from Christopher, see Episode 3 in Te Papa's Building Gallipoli videos:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Libro books are easy to find at PDL's new warehouse

Our New Zealand distributor Publishers Distribution Limited (PDL) is now in a new location in Northcote, just across the Harbour Bridge on Auckland's North Shore.

With the move PDL has reorganised all of the stock, making each of its different publishers and agencies easy to find for agents and buyers visiting the warehouse.

It's good to see all the Libro International titles in one picking area.

We've been with  PDL since launching Libro in 2009, and are grateful for their fine service over that time. Long may it continue from their new premises.

Publishers Distribution Limited
39 Woodside Ave                      P O Box 34744                                     Phone:09-8282999
Northcote                                   Birkenhead                                           Fax: 09-8282399
AUCKLAND 0627                       AUCKLAND 0746

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ten more Libro books now available in North America

North American distributor Casemate-IPM has just released ten more of our books in their Spring-Summer 2015 catalogue.

Customers in the USA and Canada can order any of the following through Casemate-IPM:

Favourite Māori Legends   A.W. Reed
Like Them That Dream   Bronwyn Elsmore
Maori Weapons   Jeff Evans
Out on the Water   Tessa Duder
Snowy the Doganaut   Diego Albuquerque
Te Ara   Paul Tapsell & Krzysztof Pfeiffer
The Last Maopo   Tania Simpson
The New Zealand Wars   Matthew Wright
To the Gateways of Florence   Stefano Fusi (ed)  
Warrior Kids   Tim Tipene

To locate these and our other books available in North America, go to:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Te Hokowhitu a Tu to be published ahead of Gallipoli Centenary

Te Hokowhitu a Tu
The Maori Pioneer Battalion in
the First World War

Christopher Pugsley

Main history of Maori and Pacific Island role in the First World War makes welcome return

Maori soldiers signing up for the First World War representing a formidable fighting force – Te Hokowhitu a Tu, or the Seventy twice-told warriors of the war god.

Te Hokowhitu a Tu tells the story of the decisive contribution that Maori and Pacific Islanders made on the front lines of Gallipoli and the Western Front.

Richly illustrated with unique photos and memorabilia, the book balances its account of military exploits with a portrayal of daily life for Maori and Pacific Island soldiers.

To mark the Gallipoli centenary, this April Libro International will re-publish Te Hokowhitu a Tu with a smart new cover and the original text.

Christopher Pugsley’s contribution to military history was recognised by his receipt of the New Zealand Order of Merit Award in January. He retired in 2012 as Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK, and now works as a freelance historian from his home in Waikanae. The author of numerous books including Gallipoli: The New Zealand Story, Christopher is the principal historian for Te Papa’s Gallipoli project.

Release Date:  16 April 2015  |  ISBN: 978-1-877514-77-7  |  RRP $39.99

Paperback with flaps, 297 x 210 mm, 148 pages b&w

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Taipei International Book Exhibition 2015 - New Zealand update

Making a splash in Taipei

Peter Dowling reports from Taipei

Crowds thronging the pavilion, strong turnouts for author events, publishers tied up in meeting after meeting: the Taipei International Book Exhibition is proving a busy experience for the New Zealand contingent. 

The large Guest of Honour pavilion has been standing room for a number of cultural performances, with hundreds showing up for performances by Ngā Kete Tuku Iho's performance group and its wood carvers also drawing many onlookers. 

Source: Publishers Association of NZ

Thursday, February 12, 2015

New Zealand makes spectacular Taipei debut

New Zealand makes spectacular Taipei debut

Peter Dowling reports from Taipei

New Zealand's landmark Guest of Honour participation at the Taipei International Book Exhibition is underway. 

Muriwai Ihakara, Creative New Zealand's Senior Manager Māori Engagement, blessed the national stand in the Taipei World Trade Center on Wednesday morning with a large delegation of New Zealand and Taiwanese publishers, authors, illustrators and officials in attendance. 

After the official opening, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou spent time on the New Zealand stand with his large entourage - taking time to peruse the book displays and the live exhibition of Māori carving by Ngā Kete Tuku Iho carvers Arekatera Maihi (pictured left) and James Teepa. 

Continue reading 

Source: Publishers Association of NZ

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New Zealand Guest of Honour at the Taipei International Book Exhibition

Gearing up for Taipei 2015

Peter Dowling reports from Taipei

There's a buzz in the air at the World Trade Center exhibition hall in Taipei, as crews work to prepare stands and displays before tomorrow's official opening of the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE).
New Zealand's Guest of Honour stand is taking shape - and how. The space for the busy seminar programme is framed by three giant, stylised tokotoko (orator's sticks) constructed in reinforced paper, around which publishers have now filled their shelves with a wide range of New Zealand books.
Source: Publishers Association of NZ

Thursday, January 29, 2015

US plaudits for Jeff Evans' Polynesian Navigation

A glowing review for Jeff Evans' Polynesian Navigation and the Discovery of New Zealand appears in the January edition of Midwest Book Review Bookwatch. Based in Oregon, US, MBR Bookwatch is an organisation committed to promoting literacy, library usage and small press publishing.

Reviewer Michael Dunford says of the book:
Exceptionally well written and illustrated with occasional black-and-white period photography, Polynesian Navigation and the Discovery Of New Zealand is as informed and informative as it is 'reader friendly' and thoughtfully engaging.

For the full review see this link:
Midwest Book Review Bookwatch

Jeff's books with Libro International are available in North America through:

908 Darby Road
Havertown, PA 19083
tel: 610 853-9131

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dowling to speak at Frankfurt Academy programme in Taipei

Peter Dowling is among the line-up of international speakers for a 2-day training programme being held at the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) this 10–11 February.

New Zealand is the Guest of Honour at the 2015 Exhibition, and the programme has been assisted by the Publishers Association of New Zealand.

Jointly organised by the Frankfurt Buchmesse’s Frankfurt Academy  and supported by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, the ‘Expanding Business’ conference aims to equip publishing professionals with answers to questions about change in the industry and networking opportunities with international players. 

Peter will be joining colleagues from Taiwan and Europe to discuss ‘Growing opportunities for independent publishers’ in a morning session on 11 February.

“It’s an honour to represent the New Zealand publishing industry at the seminar, in the year that our country is TIBE’s Guest of Honour,” he said. “I’m looking forward to a stimulating exchange of views at Taipei.”

For more information, see: