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Promotion prompts change at the top for BPANZ

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A promotion and overseas posting for BPANZ President Michael Moynahan has led to his stepping down from the BPANZ role and the appointment of Tony Fisk as President.

Tony will take over the role of President of BPANZ until July 2008 when Council elections will take place. He is Managing Director of HarperCollins NZ Ltd, and has been a Council member for the past 5 years and Vice President for 3 years. BPANZ is delighted he has agreed to undertake this major role in the organisation.

Michael Moynahan has accepted the new position of Managing Director of Random Houuse India and will be relocating there early this year. Since becoming President in 2005, Michael has done a fantastic job for the organisation and the industry as a whole. The organisation has been restructured and the appointment of a full time Association Director, Anne de Lautour, last year has transformed its administration and effectiveness. Externally Michael’s ability to network with other agencies including government officers, departments and organisations has ensured that the importance of the publishing sector to the nation’s cultural and economic well being has been effectively represented with tangible benefits for all members.

Michael’s inclusive management style has ensured that the opinions and views of all members have been taken into full consideration by BPANZ Council. He leaves the organisation in a strong financial position and with the path ahead clearly mapped out.

BPANZ thanks Michael for his efforts on our behalf and we wish him and his family all the very best for their exciting new life in India.

Montana New Zealand Book Awards judging panel announced

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Award winning broadcaster Lynn Freeman is the convenor of the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Awards judging panel. Freeman is joined by David Elworthy and Tim Corballis.

Lynn Freeman hosts Radio New Zealand National’s The Arts on Sunday show and fills in on Nine to Noon when the main presenter is away, is a theatre critic and a Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards judge. She is also on the board of the Playwriting agency, Playmarket and served on the panel selecting the Arts Foundation of New Zealand Arts Laureates. She resides in Wellington.

Christchurch based David Elworthy is a veteran in the publishing industry, started his career as a New Zealand diplomat with postings in both London and New Delhi. He then joined A.H. & A.W. Reed as an editor, eventually becoming their Editorial Director. He then became the Publishing Director for Collins for 10 years before he and his wife Ros Henry founded Shoal Bay Press, which they ran successfully for 20 years before selling to Longacre Press.

Wellington writer Tim Corballis, brings a young voice to the judging panel. In 2005/2006 he spent a year in Berlin as the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writer in Residence. In 2002 he was the Randell Cottage Writer in Residence and in 2000 he was awarded the Adam Foundation Prize and a Modern Letters Fellowship for his work towards the MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University in Wellington.

All three judges are looking forward to the challenge of judging. They are very aware of the task ahead of them and the impact their choices will have on the reading public. “Looking back on the first 12 years of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, one is struck first by the quality of the work submitted by New Zealand authors and publishers, and secondly by the increasing impact of the Awards on the New Zealand scene. Betting on the Awards may not yet have been taken up by the TAB, but book sales, let alone the interest expressed by the general media, reflect the keen interest of the New Zealand public,” the judges said.

This is the 12th year of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Judges take into account enduring literary merit and overall authorship; quality of illustration and graphic presentation; production values, general design and the standard of editing and the impact of the book on the community, with emphasis on issues such as topicality, public interest, commercial viability, entertainment, cultural and educational values and lifespan of the book.

The judging is carried out across eight categories – Fiction, Poetry, Biography, History, Reference & Anthology, Environment, Illustrative, and Lifestyle & Contemporary Culture – and follows strict guidelines. The winner in each category receives a prize of $5,000. Each category winner is eligible for the Montana Medal for non fiction or poetry/fiction, both of which carry a prize of $10,000.

Each category has a specialist advisor to assist the judging panel:

Fiction – Diane Brown

Poetry – Anna Jackson

History – Jock Phillips

Biography – Julia Millen

Reference and Anthology – Margie Thomson

Environment – Simon Nathan

Lifestyle and Contemporary Culture – Ann Packer

Illustrative – Artist Dick Frizzell

The finalists across all categories will be announced on Tuesday 10 June. The winner of the poetry category will be announced on Montana Poetry Day on Friday 18 July. All other winners will be advised at the awards ceremony in Wellington on Monday 21 July 2008.

The principal sponsors of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards are Montana and Creative New Zealand. The awards are managed by Booksellers New Zealand and supported by Book Publishers Association of New Zealand, the New Zealand Society of Authors and Book Tokens (NZ) Ltd.

Fifteen NZ publishers confirmed for London Book Fair

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Fifteen New Zealand book publishers will be exhibiting at the 2008 London Book Fair on a collective stand organised by BPANZ.

Publishers exhibiting are Annabel Langbein Books, Awa Press, Cape Catley, Hachette Livre NZ, MJA Publishing, Our Place/David Bateman, Pearson Education, Penguin Group (NZ), Phantom Publishing, Random House NZ, Saint Publishing, Silverbound Publishing, Te Papa Press and Worthy of Publishing.

The 2008 London Book Fair takes place at Earls Court from 14-16 April.

Mr Pip scoops top prize at 2007 Montana Book Awards

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The 2007 Montana Book Awards were presented at a gala event held in July at Auckland’s Sky City. The much-awarded Lloyd Jones novel Mr Pip scooped the top award, adding to Jones’ trophy list for this impressive book which includes the 2007 Commonwealth Writers prize and a shortlisted place in the Man Booker awards.

The full list of winners for 2007 were as follows:

Montana Medal for Fiction or Poetry, Fiction winner and Readers Choice award

Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones (Penguin Books)

Fiction runners-up

The Fainter by Damien Wilkins (Victoria University Press)

The Cowboy Dog by Nigel Cox (Victoria University Press)


The Goose Bath by Janet Frame (Vintage)

Montana Medal for Non-Fiction, and Illustrative winner

Eagle’s Complete Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand by Audrey Eagle (Te Papa Press)


Douglas Lilburn: His Life and Music by Philip Norman (Canterbury University Press)


Ghosts of Gondwana: The History of Life in New Zealand by George Gibbs

(Craig Potton Publishing)


Vaka Moana: Voyages of the Ancestors edited by K R Howe (David Bateman Ltd)

Lifestyle & Contemporary Culture

Stitch: Contemporary New Zealand Textile Artists by Ann Packer (Random House)

Reference and Anthology

Furniture of the New Zealand Colonial Era: An Illustrated History 1830-1900

by William Cottrell (Reed Publishing)