Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
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
Monday, April 7, 2014
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 Life and First World War Sacrifice of Wiremu Maopo
Tania Te Rangingangana Simpson
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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 email@example.com
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.