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.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
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.
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Peter Dowling, Publisher
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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
Peter Dowling, Publisher
Monday, January 20, 2014
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.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
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
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.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Our aroha to the family of Vapi Kupenga, a great supporter of New Zealand books and writers, who passed away last week. Vapi was a keen promoter of our Māori writers on her Radio Waatea show, and also contributed the Te Reo translation of the Oratia Media site. Haere ra, Vapi, you will be much missed.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Dawn McMillan & Philip Webb
Christmas classic from the author of 2012 best-seller I need a new Bum!
‘One Christmas Eve, some years ago, a ginger kitten wandered along a street on the far side of town. He was hungry, and cold and wet.’
Bertie McGinty finds the kitten and christens him Holy Socks. Soon the pair is inseparable. Even after Bertie’s death, Holy Socks sticks by his master and takes up home in the church near his grave.
Captivated by Holy Socks as she sits in church, young Christie calls out, ‘Can I keep the cat?’ Father John, by way of answer, tells everyone the story of Holy Socks.
This heart-warming tale from Thames-based Dawn McMillan, with beautiful illustrations by Wellington artist Philip Webb, is set to be an instant Christmas classic.
Dawn is available for interviews and will be appearing in the following bookshops:
2 November – Bookshop and Resource Room, Pt. Chevalier, 10 a.m.
– Next Page Please!, Takapuna, 2 p.m.
7 November – Kids Book Fair, Takapuna
23 November – Browns Bay Library, 10:30 a.m.
28 November – Books for Kids, Hamilton, 10 a.m.
Release Date: 24 October 2013 | ISBN: 978-1-877514-59-3 | RRP $19.99
Paperback, 230 x 215 mm, 32 pages colour
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
With great pleasure we can announce that Pā Henare Tate’s He Puna Iti i te Ao Mārama, published by Libro International last November, has won the Te Kōrero Pono/Non-fiction category in the Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards.
The awards, administered by Massey University, will be granted in a ceremony at Te Wharewaka o Poneke function centre in Wellington on 7 November.
Identified in five categories – biography, fiction, non-fiction, te reo Māori and a special award – the winners were selected from books published between August 2012 and July this year.
Chair of the three-member judging panel and Massey University senior lecturer, Dr Spencer Lilley said the awards are held to address the dearth of Māori literature for adults.
“The awards were created as a result of other major book awards consistently failing to acknowledge Māori authors. The Awards also foster Māori literary excellence, authorship and scholarship in te reo Māori,” he said.
Pā Henare’s work, which is subtitled A Little Spring in the World of Light, was described by the judges as a compelling description of the role that Māori tikanga (protocols) and kaupapa (methodologies) play in the construction of a Māori Christian theological framework.
“This scholarly text joins other seminal works on tikanga Māori by Barlow (Tikanga Whakaaro: key concepts in tikanga Māori) and Mead (Tikanga Māori: living by Māori values),” the judges said.
Our hearty congratulations to Pā Henare for this much deserved recognition.
Pā Henare Tate (Ngāti Manawa, Te Rarawa) was formerly a lecturer at the Auckland Catholic Institute of Theology, and the University of Auckland School of Theology. A recognised specialist in Māori spirituality, he now lives lives in Motuti, in northern Hokianga.
He Puna Iti i Te Ao Mārama: A Little Spring in the World of Light
Pā Henare Tate
240 x 160 mm portrait, PB, 320 pp
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Oratia Media was back for our fourth successive year at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which concluded on the weekend.
There were way fewer publishers on the New Zealand collective stand than during our Guest of Honour year in 2012, but for the 14 of us who came back, the benefits of that programme were tangible. We had a big open stand in a good location, well put together by the Publishers Association of New Zealand team, and I really felt able to build on last year’s profile.
Our section on the New Zealand collective stand in Hall 8
Among my 50 or so meetings were a good number with German publishers, kicking off with a rousing session of beer and pretzels on the Tuesday evening at the BuchMarkt magazine stand. (See Herr Mayer’s column - http://www.buchmarkt.de/content/56406-der-messe-mayer-tag-1-von-6.htm) Relations with our German counterparts have never been healthier.
The unofficial opening party for the fair with German book trade magazine BuchMarkt
Overall visitor numbers at the fair were down some -2% on 2012, to just over 275,000, however. These are times of change and challenge for the global publishing industry, with big challenges in some of our key overseas markets like Italy.
That notwithstanding, the tone of our meetings was mostly positive, especially with US and Canadian publishers, who have already been through a lot of the digital changes that are now reshaping book markets in the rest of the world. There was good interest in our children’s and Māori authors.
Saturday brought a landmark for us, signing a two-year distribution agreement for Libro International books in North America with Virginia-based International Publishers Marketing. We’re looking forward to working with Jane Graf and her team from April 2014.
Libro International books on display
I had a good few meetings with publishers from this year’s Guest of Honour, Brazil, starting with the wonderful Gisela Zincone of Gryphus Editora – we’ve agreed that our 2014 translation of Gryphus’ children’s classic Branquinho o Dognauta will be entitled Snowy the Doganaut. Some lovely illustrated kids’ books are coming out of Brazil.
There wasn’t quite the buzz expected around Brazil, due in part to their stand’s location deep in Hall 5.1, and also the boycott by major authors including Paulo Coelho. No doubting, though, that this is a growing market and one we’re going to continue to develop.
And as the public flooded in on the Saturday and Sunday, it was time to beat a weary retreat for a last few drinks at the Frankfurter Hof – leaving the Messe to the colourfully attired German cosplay teens. Auf wiedersehn till 2014!
Come the weekend and the cosplay kids were out in force around the fair