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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...

And the winner is...
We have been shaking with excitement all morning here at VUP at the news that Eleanor Catton has won the Man Booker Prize 2013. The Luminaries is a book we are proud to have published and we wish...

Imaginary landscapes – heading to Hawthornden Castle
Lynn Davidson reports from her recent literary travels I’ve been to two writing festivals in the past month – the first was the Byron Bay Writers Festival which I went to with my son Elliot and his...

The Luminaries makes short list for Man Booker Prize 2013
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Still Shines...
We are as pleased as punch at the news that Vincent O'Sullivan is our new Poet Laureate. The National Library announced the news on National Poetry Day on Friday saying, 800x600 Normal 0 ...

The Luminaries is launched
It was a spectacular turn out for Eleanor Catton's Wellington launch of The Luminaries on Saturday night at Unity Books. The signing queue went on for an hour. People ate, drank and got merry on New...

Victoria University Press author on Man Booker Longlist
Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries has made the prestigious Man Booker Longlist for 2013.  Catton, 27, is the youngest writer on a list that includes well-established writers such as Colm Toibin,...

Two VUP books finalists in NZ Post Book Awards
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Wanted, a Beautiful Barmaid
On Monday night we launched Susan Upton's history, Wanted, a Beautiful Barmaid at the Thistle Inn, Wellington's oldest pub. Historian Charlotte Macdonald launched the book, and has kindly provided...

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