Chris Hoult and Steve Forbes, authors of New Zealand Tattoo, delivered a well-attended presentation yesterday in the Auckland Art Gallery auditorium as part of the annual Writers and Readers Festival. In the Tattoo Aotearoa the pair displayed a host of photos from their travels around the tattoo parlours of New Zealand, including many as yet unpublished images, while backgrounding the book and profiling five of the artists featured. Steve also gave a brief history of tattooing in New Zealand, charting its progression from the margins of society to a mainstream art form today.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
International customers can order a growing number of Libro International books through print-on-demand supplier Lightning Source. Orders can be placed at www.lightningsource.com and supplied from its printing facilities in Milton Keynes, UK or Melbourne, Australia.
The print-on-demand technology is ideal for black & white, paperback books.
Titles currently available through www.lightningsource.com:
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
After a year's break, youth work and award-winning author Tim Tipene is back teaching his Warrior Kids and Master Arts classes.
Tim has set up a customised studio for his classes alongside his home in Ranui, West Auckland.
A 5th Dan Black Belt with a graduate certificate in child and adolescent mental health, Tim started his Warrior Kids programme in 1994.
The martial-arts based programme, which teaches children resilience and self-control, has become a fixture in schools and communities for over 18 years, reaching thousands of children. The Master Arts classes teach teenagers and adults the finer aspects of martial arts in the pursuit of self-mastery.
“I’m delighted to be back offering classes from our new studio, and look forward to enriching the lives of children, teenagers and adults through Warrior Kids and Master Arts,” Tim said.
Tim is also an award-winning author; his ninth book, the young adult novel Patu, was released last November by local publisher Oratia Media and has gained a strong response in New Zealand and overseas.
Tim Tipene runs weekly Warrior Kids and Master Arts Classes in West Auckland. For more information visit www.warriorkids.org or
phone (09) 8339408 or 021 525450.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The International Tattoo & Art Expo will take place in Hamilton at Claudelands Event Centre this coming weekend, 23-24 February, with over 120 exhibitors showing their body art and taking commissions for work. Our book New Zealand Tattoo: In the home of the tattooist's art will be there as well, on sale at the booth of artist Steve Maddock from Underground Arts - and photographer Chris Hoult will be there to sign the book and take photos on Sunday 24 February.
For more on the expo, click here
For more on the expo, click here
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The debut thriller from Tokyo-based author Barry Lancet will be launched on 3 September 2013 - and Japantown, published by Simon & Schuster (New York), is gaining great advance notices.
The following comes from Simon & Schusterh (http://books.simonandschuster.com/Japantown/Barry-Lancet/9781451691719
Drawing on a wealth of insider information on Japanese culture, Japantown offers a riveting read and a terrific new series character in Jim Brodie.
Barry is a former Executive Editor of Kodansha International, and Peter worked for him on many Japanese books during the 1990s. Here's to the success of Japantown and the dawning of Jim Brodie, San Francisco antique dealer and sometime Tokyo private investigator.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Independent publisher Oratia Media and book distributor Gazelle Book Services today announced a partnership to market Oratia’s Libro International books worldwide (excluding the Americas and Australasia).
Gazelle will exclusively distribute Libro International books from its UK base through its sales representatives in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
The agreement comes as a result of negotiations commenced at the October 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, at which New Zealand was country of honour.
“''The Gazelle mission is to bring choice and availability to our customers, and the quality of Oratia Media’s publishing in both trade and scholarly books left us in no doubt that we just had to bring these books across the globe,” said Mark Trotter, Managing Director of Gazelle Book Services.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Gazelle,” said Oratia Media Managing Director, Peter Dowling. “We launched Libro International in 2009 to connect New Zealand and Italian authors with a world audience, and working with Mark and his team is an important step in that direction.”
Gazelle Book Services is a leading international distributor of trade and academic books, with direct sales representation across much of the world. Established in 1988, Gazelle has its offices and warehouse in historic Lancaster, Lancashire; see www.gazellebookservices.co.uk
Oratia Media is a publishing services company based in Oratia, Auckland, established in 2000. It publishes children’s, Maori, history and general non-fiction books through its Libro International arm.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The website New Zealand in Germany is featuring an interview with Te Ara writers and curators Paul Tapsell, Merata Kawharu and Hirini Tane - follow the link
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
The launch of the reprinted Horouta, Rongowhakaata Halbert's classic history of the East Coast descendants of the Horouta canoe, made for a memorable night on 13 December at the Mangatu Blocks conference hall.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Author Tessa Duder talks about The Story of Sir Peter Blake in coverage of the annual regatta held to honour the great sailor.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Peter, Isabell and Sascha (Isabell's partner) were delighted to travel to the northern Hokianga to tautoko Pā Henare Tate for a day of celebrations on 1 December - marking his Golden Jubilee (50 years) as a priest, the Silver Jubilee of the house Tamatea at Motuti marae, and the official launch of Pā's book He Puna Iti i te Ao Mārama.
Guests then travelled to Motuti for the first of two pōwhiri - welcoming visitors to the marae and, later, Pā with his fellow priests.
After the pōwhiri and mass, a fine lunch was served in the wharekai and a specially erected marquee. Then it was time to launch He Puna Iti i te Ao Mārama officially.
Pā had already ritually initiated the book (see blog of 26 November) but this was the official presentation to the people of Motuti. Pā blessed the book and outlined his aims in seeking to ground Christian theology in the Māori world view. Peter spoke of his pride in publishing such a significant work, and acknowledged the contributions and support received from many parties.