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My first 'adult' book | an essay on Maurice Gee's MEG by Holly Hunter
We welcome Holly Hunter, fresh from the Whitireia Diploma in Publishing, who will be joining our team in February for a six-month internship. Holly edited The Plays of Bruce Mason this year as part...

Launch speech – The Stories of Bill Manhire
The Stories of Bill Manhire was launched at Unity Books recently. Damien Wilkins gave the launch speech below. Bill Manhire signs at the Unity Books launch (photo courtesy of Matt Bialostocki) Last...

4 Questions for Brent Kininmont
Brent Kininmont's debut collection of poetry Thuds Underneath is released this month. Ahead of a trip back to New Zealand from his home in Japan we asked him some questions about his book. Brent...

Six Questions for Bill Manhire
The Stories of Bill Manhire is published this week. The book collects previously published, uncollected and unpublished stories, as well as the choose-your-own-adventure novella The Brain of...

Bernadette Hall –– Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement, 2015.
Bernadette Hall kindly shared her acceptance speech given at the Grand Hall in Parliament last week for her Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement. We would also like to congratulate Dame...

Interview: Patrick Evans
Patrick Evan's new novel The Back of His Head explores ideas about art and genius through the story of Raymond Lawrence, a true literary 'monster'.  Lawrence is New Zealand's only Nobel Prize...

Poetry and Song
We are very excited to announce that the latest collaboration between Norman Meehan and Hannah Griffin is now available to order from our website: SmallHoles in the Silence (VUP Rattle) is a gorgeous...

Moments of Truth Launched
  Moments of Truth: The New Zealand General Election of 2014, edited by Jon Johansson and Stephen Levine, was launched in a packed upstairs bar at the Backbencher on Tuesday 22 September 2015....

W. H. Oliver, 1925–2015
Sundowner Like, I suspect they think,that poet in To the Lighthousewho had years before writtena dozen or so good linesand sat out each day asleepin his especial chairin a corner of the...

Greg O'Brien's launch speech for Ocean and Stone by Dinah Hawken
  The title of Dinah Hawken’s new book leads us simultaneously into a deep aquatic zone and a cultivated pebble garden. Once inside, a striking but almost nondescript motif recurs –...

5 questions for Ian Wedde
Trifecta by Ian Wedde is a funny, fast-paced story about the three children of a famous architect, the over-bearing Martin Klepka. It's a story told three ways, by grown-up siblings who are battling...

Six questions for Dinah Hawken
Dinah Hawken's seventh collection of poetry, Ocean and Stone, is released this month. We talked to Dinah about her new book, which will be launched at Unity Books in Wellington this coming Thursday...

Six questions for Tim Corballis
Tim Corballis's new book, two novellas, R.H.I. combines historical research with fiction to tell the story of two twentieth-century lives. Joan Riviere (the 'R' of the title) was an early English...

August newsletter
 Three new releases in August James K. Baxter: Complete Prose has been a long labour of love for its editor Dr John Weir. He began the project back in 1965 when he produced a bibliography of...

Failed Love Poems
Joan Fleming's second poetry collection Failed Love Poems is released in August. We asked Joan to discuss a poem from the book, and also her choice of the wonderful Kushana Bush illustration for the...

Some of Us Eat the Seeds launch speech
Last week we launched Morgan Bach's poetry collection, Some of Us Eat the Seeds, to a huge crowd at Unity Books in Wellington. Thanks to those who came to support this fantastic debut book, and to...

Maurice Gee: Life and Work is launched
Despite the inclement weather, a large crowd of readers, writers and Maurice Gee fans filled out a warm Unity Books last night for the launch of Rachel Barrowman's biography of Gee, Life and...

10 Qs for Rachel Barrowman
Rachel Barrowman's much anticipated biography of Maurice Gee is released this Thursday (9 July) and ahead of the release we asked her about her experiences working on the book. How long has the...

July newsletter
This much anticipated biography, Maurice Gee: Life and Work by Rachel Barrowman, is released on 9 July. The biography interweaves the story of Gee's life with that of his long literary career....

The Invisible Mile - launch speech
We recently launched The Invisible Mile by David Coventry at Unity Books. Carl Shuker, who gave the launch speech has kindly allowed us to publish it below. Carl Shuker, photo courtesy of Aaron...

June newsletter
David Coventry's debut novel is set during the 1928 Tour de France. It re-imagines the tour from inside the peloton, where the test of endurance for one rider becomes a psychological journey into...

6 questions for Roger Horrocks
Poet, filmmaker and biographer Roger Horrocks has a new poetry collection, Song of the Ghost in the Machine out now. Ahead of his launch at Gus Fisher Gallery in Auckland on this Wednesday, we asked...

MAY NEWSLETTER
Two new poetry titles in May We release David Beach's fourth collection of sonnets this month. Jerusalem Sonnets, Love, Wellington Zoo contains series of sonnets that tackle these three topics in...

On Sonnets
"Generally poets viewing the universe, post-Darwin, post-Freud, post-J. K. Rowling, as meaningless, continue to feel the need to incorporate a fair amount of meaninglessness in their poems, the...

4 Questions for Bridget van der Zijpp
Bridget van der Zijpp's second novel, In the Neighbourhood of Fame, will be launched on Wednesday 8 April in Auckland (6.30pm at Portland Public House, Kingsland). Ahead of her launch we asked her a...

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