Friday, May 23, 2014

Libro International 2014 - final publishing dates and covers

We're pleased to have finalised dates and covers for the eight books on our 2014 list. Here's the Libro International programme that we're sending out to the book trade now.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Snowy the Doganaut author to visit NZ in June

Snowy the Doganaut
Diego Albuquerque

Brazilian children’s book author and editor Diego Albuquerque is to visit New Zealand from 16 – 22 June to promote his book Snowy the Doganaut.

The book is an established bestseller of Brazilian children’s literature, and has been translated into English for the first time by Peter Dowling, the Auckland-based publisher of Libro International.

It tells the fun story of a strange dog who comes from outer space to challenge people’s view of coping with difference. It goes on sale on 12 June, the day the soccer World Cup kicks off in Brazil.

The Embassy of Brazil will host an official launch for the book in Wellington on Thursday 19 June, and further children’s events are planned in the capital, Auckland and the Waikato.

Diego speaks good English, and will be available for media and school appearances during his visit.

The author:
Diego Albuquerque is an author, editor and screenwriter who lives in Rio de Janeiro. He became Brazil’s youngest published author when this book was released in 1982.

Release Date: 12 June 2014  |  ISBN: 978-1-877514-62-3  | RRP $19.99
Paperback, 200 x 200 mm, 32 pages, full colour

To arrange an interview, images, extracts or a review copy, contact:
Peter Dowling - 027 614 8993
Libro International, a division of Oratia Media   |

Monday, May 5, 2014

Outstanding response to an "amazing book"

Tania Simpson
Tania Simpson's The Last Maopo has received an enthusiastic reception from readers and reviewers.

Newstalk ZB host Danny Watson described it as "the most amazing book I've read in ages". 

Other coverage of the book has ranged from national TV (Te Karere, Good Morning, Marae Investigates) to local print (the Christchurch Mail, the Press, Waitomo News). 

The Last Maopo was launched on Anzac Day with a powhiri and kawe mate at Ngati Moki marae in Taumutu, south of Christchurch.

Tania spoke of the journey she had taken in reconnecting with the subject of the book, her great-grandfather Wiremu Maopo, while local historians Garth Cant, Dr. Terry Ryan and Rosaline Brown shared their memories of the Maopo whānau and the Leeston/Southbridge community. 

Dr Terry Ryan
The Last Maopo is available from all good booksellers.
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