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Give Us This Day launch
On Monday evening (13 October) we held a very successful launch for Give Us This Day by Helena Wiśniewska Brow at Unity Books.  Herewith, Harry Ricketts launch speech for the book: In 2009...

Five Questions for Fleur Adcock
The Land Ballot tells an emigration story which is also a story of New Zealand in the early 20th century ('dry’ regions, poverty, hard manual labour, the ‘cursed’ blocks of land). Is this a story...

October newsletter
To subscribe to our monthly newsletter, sign up on our homepage Three new titles in OctoberGive Us This Day: A Memoir of Family and Exile by Helena Wiśniewska Brow   In 1944, Stefan...

3 Questions with Steven Loveridge
Steven Loveridge's Calls to Arms: New Zealand Society and Commitment to the Great War was released in September. It considers New Zealand's war commitment as emblematic of deeper cultural sentiments...

3 brief questions: Ian Wedde
Ian Wedde's memoir, The Grass Catcher: A Digression About Home, is one of our new titles this month. For the past year Ian has been in Germany on the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writer's Residency,...

Launch speech for Sleeping on Horseback
It was a warm crowd for the launch of Frances Samuel's Sleeping on Horseback last week. Editor Ashleigh Young launched the book. Herewith, her speech:"It is my very deep pleasure to hold Frances...

Sleeping on Horseback
Tonight we launch Frances Samuel's debut poetry collection, Sleeping on Horseback. Here is a short Q&A with Frances, ahead of the launch. How does it feel to be publishing your first...

A Blighted Fame
This is the speech made by retired judge James O'Donovan at the launch of Helen Riddiford's biography of George Evans, A Blighted Fame, at Novel in Auckland on Wednesday 30 July. ...

Astonished Dice
In preparation for Geoff Cochrane's Astonished Dice, collected short fiction release, we gave him a list of questions to answer. He arrived for coffee one Tuesday morning with the below typed...

The Red Queen
Damien Wilkins launched Gemma Bowker-Wright's debut collection of stories The Red Queen. We're grateful to be able to share his launch speech.  It really is my great privilege to say a few words...

An interview with Maria McMillan
We spoke to Maria McMillan about Tree Space, her first full collection of poetry which is launched next week, Tuesday 10 June. Why do you write poetry? Creating something is important to me. Maybe...

May newsletter
  Vincent O'Sullivan must be one of New Zealand's most catholic writers when it comes to form. He is the current New Zealand Poet Laureate, wrote the libretto for Ross Harris's latest work...

April e-newsletter from VUP
ANZAC: photographs by Laurence Aberhart Laurence Aberhart's brilliant book of photographs of New Zealand and Australian digger memorials is released this month. This hard cover production of seventy...

March newsletter
This is a simple text version of our monthly newsletter. You can subscribe to this and to receive our book launch invites on the front page of our website. Festival madness NZ Festival Writers Week...

Horse with Hat - book launch
Last week we launched Marty Smith's debut poetry collection Horse with Hat at Wellington's oldest pub Thistle Inn. Damien Wilkins did the honours, and herewith, his speech for the collection that has...

Latest news from VUP
Horse and Lamp The VUP publishing year has started with a hiss and a roar. This month we launch two debut books, Horse with Hat by Marty Smith, and Lamplighter by Kerry Donovan Brown. The poems...

Christmas/Summer Hours
The VUP office closes for summer break at midday, Friday 20 December. Craig will be back on Jan 6, Kirsten will be back on Jan 13. Happy summer reading everyone.

Final orders Weds 18 Dec
If you are ordering VUP books from our online bookstore for Xmas gifts, please have your order in by this Weds 18 December in time for Dec 24 delivery. Thanks! And have a great summer.

VUP December newsletter
What a year We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our wonderful book buyers, readers, and word of mouth advocates for supporting VUP this year. We've had a fantastic year, with a list of...

Reform - a memoir by Geoffrey Palmer
Geoffrey Palmer's memoir Reform was launched in grand style at Parliament last week. In this memoir, Geoffrey Palmer recounts the events and forces that shaped him, as well as his many adventures in...

An excerpt from Elizabeth Knox's new novel, WAKE
Last week we launched Wake, the new novel by Elizabeth Knox. The following is an excerpt from Wake featuring one of the novel's main characters–William, an American lawyer with a complex...

Eleanor Catton wins Canadian Governor General's Literary Award 2013
Congratulations to Eleanor Catton on winning the Canadian Governor General's Literary Award for fiction. In her acceptance speech for the prestigious prize, Catton said that a great deal had been...

'I think I am becoming a New Zealander': Letters of J.C. Beaglehole
On Thursday evening we launched 'I think I am becoming a New Zealander': Letters of J.C. Beaglehole, chosen and edited by Tim Beaglehole, at the Alexander Turnbull Library. David Mackay has kindly...

'I've been singing Royals to my cats for weeks' - Eleanor Catton sings
Eleanor Catton (right) with her partner Steve Toussaint (left) Eleanor Catton has had a whirlwind week since she won the Man Booker Prize 2013 for her novel, The Luminaries. She accepted the prize...

Letter to all booksellers from VUP
A letter to booksellers about the extraordinary success of The Luminaries Dear friends, Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize success is the biggest thing that has happened for VUP. We are...

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