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Marsden Books Newsletter February 2018

We have started the year with a hiss and a roar, launching books by two lovely local authors.

In January we had the pleasure of launching Peter van Drimmelen’s memoir Driving for Music. This is a humorous behind the scenes account of life with the NZSO and smaller orchestras and the sacrifices these precious musicians make to bring us such wonderful concerts. We are selling the book here for $35.

On Wednesday, February 21st we are launching Raj Chakraborti’s new novel, The Man Who Would Not See. Raj now lives in Karori and some of his novel is set in Karori. Please join us for the launch on Wednesday at 6 pm to hear Raj talk about his new book.

Wellington Readers and Writers Week: March 8th till 11th
We have a selection of books for sale by the various authors visiting Wellington for this festival week. Our Picks would be Dr Charlie Corke, Letting Go, How to Plan for a Good Death, and A.C Grayling, author of Democracy and It’s Crisis and The Age of Genius. Our fiction pick would be The History of Bees by Maja Lunde.

NZ Post: There is now no Fastpost for letters in New Zealand. All parcels sent to a rural address must have a rural delivery sticker attached. Kiwi Stamps always remain valid for any standard letter posted within NZ even when there are changes made. If you are unsure about postage please don’t hesitate to ask us, as it can be very confusing. We are not able to take credit card as payment for NZ Post items.

Children’s Bookclub: This begins again on March 3rd with Claire at the helm assisted by our Saturday girls Charlotte and Emily. In April some of the Gecko Press staff will be coming to the shop to talk to the group. Please email Claire at claireC@datacom.co.nz if you would like to join the club which meets monthly at the shop on Saturdays at 2 pm. We always welcome new members.

Facebook: You will have seen that there are some changes to Facebook. Belinda is working hard to make sure as many of you as possible see our posts. She will be launching a new forum soon where we can share good reads and you can also comment and share books you have enjoyed reading.

Music: Please ask us if there is a CD you would like us to order. Beatrice is happy to help.

Specials: The publishers are providing us with excellent deals on certain books at the moment. We have $10 copies of all the Seven Sisters Series by Lucinda Riley, several of The Sally Hepworth titles, such as The Mother’s Promise. We also have great books for young readers for only $5, such as The 13 Storey Treehouse, Pirate Blunderbeard, and Dotty Detective. These are an excellent way to introduce new authors.

After Alexander is a memoir by Wellington author, Jan Pryor, about her experience with cot death and the subsequent ripple effect of Alexander’s death on the family. An outstanding book beautifully written. Available here for $30.

Happy Reading from the team at Marsden Books.

 

 

 

 

 

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Marsden Books Newsletter November 2017

Here we are at the end of another year of happy bookselling with the shelves groaning under the weight of all the gorgeous books that have recently arrived. So much choice but lots of fun in the choosing. In the last few months, we have had Belinda managing our Facebook page and what an amazing difference she is making. She has helped us showcase books that we are recommending in a creative and compelling way. We are very grateful to have her as a part of our team.

If you have never checked out our Facebook page, now might be the time to try. There is a special promotion to win a lovely pile of Summer reading for all the family and to gift a matching selection to a friend. The promotion ends on December 8th when the lucky winners will be announced.
You can access the Facebook page easily via the website here.

Patricia Morrison: We were shocked and saddened at the sudden death of Patricia, a previous owner of the shop, friend and great supporter for many years. In the last few years, Patricia had been very involved in libraries at the prisons and made a huge difference there. We will miss her.

NZ Post:  Christmas posting dates are as follows:
For Airmail Rest of World: Wednesday, Nov 29th
UK and Europe and America: Friday, December 1st
Australia: Wednesday, December 6th

International Courier dates are a week later for each date.

Christmas Bags: Beatrice has been busy making sustainable Christmas bags, $12, which you can use to wrap a book or gift.

Christmas Books: We have a comprehensive range of Children’s Christmas books for all ages, including Nativity stories.

Christmas and Holiday Hours:

Sundays in December: From Sunday, December 3, we are open Sundays, 11am to 3pm.
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
December 27, 28, 29: Open 9am to 5pm
December 30, Saturday: Open 10 am to 2 pm
January 1 and 2: Closed
January 3, 4, 5: Open 9am to 5pm
January 6: 10am to 2pm.

Thanks for all your support this year, Happy Christmas and enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday, from the team at Marsden Books; Anna, Philippa, Heather, Anne, Megan, Beatrice, Belinda, Charlotte and Emily.

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Marsden Books Best Reads 2017

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Winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize

Man Booker winner book Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders

 

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders (Bloomsbury Publishing)

On 22 February 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln is laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, his father Abraham arrives at the cemetery, alone, under cover of darkness.

Over the course of that evening, Abraham Lincoln paces the graveyard unsettled by the death of his beloved boy, and by the grim shadow of a war that feels as though it is without end. Meanwhile, Willie is trapped in a state of limbo between the dead and the living – drawn to his father with whom he can no longer communicate, existing in a ghostly world populated by the recently passed and the long dead.

Unfolding in the graveyard over a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief and the deeper meaning and possibilities of life.

More information can be found on the Man Booker website.

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Marsden Books Newsletter July 2017

This week happens to be National Grief Week. Consequently, we are showcasing our grief books which are a mixture of memoirs and guides to dealing with the death of a loved one.

We also have a comprehensive collection of books for young children to help them
understand death, whether it is a close family member, a pet, or just a question being asked about death.

There are also some excellent books, recently published, discussing our approach to death as a society. For example “Being Mortal” by Atal Gawande and “The Way We Die Now” by Seamus O’Mahony.

Childrens’ Bookshop: It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to John MacIntyre from The Children’s Bookshop. In the spirit of cooperation that prevails amongst the Wellington booksellers, he was a great support and mentor to many of us. He will be missed.

John ran the bookshop in partnership with his wife Ruth, who is now leading a great little team at the Children’s Bookshop. We will continue to support her and the shop and wish her well as she steps into John’s shoes.

Lonely Planet Promotion: Lonely Planet is now producing a wonderful range of children’s books, activities and guides. We will be running a promotion in August to showcase these.

NZ Post: There have been some changes to NZ Post prices. These are only affecting Fastpost letters and some increases to international post parcels.

Facebook and Instagram: We now have the lovely Belinda Robins managing our Facebook page and Instagram. She is making a huge impact for us with the increased communication offered and the opportunity to see daily the books we are promoting. This has also meant that out-of-town customers can get a better idea of the books available here and have books posted to them. If you are not following us on Facebook it would be worth a look. You can access via our website if you are not on Facebook. Marsdenbooks.co.nz

NZ Children’s Book Awards: We have a display of all the finalists for the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. The winners will be announced in August.

Music: Beatrice is busy collating a wonderful collection of CDs and is happy to take orders. She is in the shop on Fridays if you would like the chance to talk to her.

In the meantime, Happy Reading from the team at Marsden Books.

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Marsden Books Newsletter March 2017

Now that we are well into 2017, the year of the Rooster, the Marsden Books team is working hard to stock the best books, cards, and extra little treasures you might need. It is great to see our fellow local businesses in Marsden Village thriving and enjoying much deserved support. In the difficult times, some communities such as Christchurch and Kaikoura have faced, the importance of a supportive local community comes to the fore.

“Leap of Faith”
We are thrilled to be hosting an event to celebrate Jenny Pattrick’s new novel Leap of Faith.
Thursday April 6th
5.30pm at St Ninians in Karori.

Refreshments and seating will be available so join us to hear Jenny talk about the book and read from it.
Please rsvp by 3 April.
Copies of the book will be available to buy at the event, and Jenny will be happy to sign them then.

Gecko Promotion:
For the month of March, we are promoting local publisher Gecko. Buy a Gecko book during the month of March and go into the draw to win a wonderful collection of their children’s books.

The winner will be able to nominate a local school or preschool to receive an identical collection of Gecko books. Our thanks to Gecko publishers for their support of this promotion.

Facebook followers can be in to win a copy of The Gecko Annual edited by Kate de Goldi and Susan Paris. You can access our Facebook page here.

Stocktake:
Our stocktake will be on April 1st which means the shop will close early at 1 pm.

Easter Hours:
CLOSED: Good Friday, 14 April.
OPEN: Saturday 9 till 3.
CLOSED: Easter Sunday and Monday

Books To Look Forward To by some of our favourite authors:

Leap of Faith by Jenny Pattrick. A vivid novel about ingenuity and hard slog, crooks and dreamers, bootleggers and love, during the construction of the main Trunk Railway line, set in a rugged difficult landscape.

Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore. An unsettling mystery set in Britain in the 1700’s as the French Revolution takes hold just across the water.

House of Names by Colm Toibin. A retelling of the story of Clytemnestra and her children.-spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling.

How to Measure a Cow by Margaret Forster. This is her last novel published after her death last year and written in her wonderful style reminiscent of her best earlier novels.

Breaking Ranks by James McNeish. Three distinct stories about three New Zealanders, a doctor, a soldier and a judge, but with one thing in common — they all paid the price for standing up for what they believed in.

 

We welcome Charlotte and Emily Sinclair who will be working on Saturdays. They have shown a great passion for reading and will now be able to share that knowledge with our customers. We look forward to having them as part of our team at Marsden Books.

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Marsden Books October Newsletter

Marsden Books Newsletter October 2016

How fortunate we are to be embedded in such a great little community where we are supported by such a loyal group of customers.

Many of you have been shopping with us for so long we count you as friends. It’s especially rewarding to see all our young readers coming in to buy books with such enthusiasm, followed by encouraging and involved parents and grandparents.

Long live the book.

New Zealand Bookshop day, Saturday October 29th
This is a special day when we celebrate bookshops around New Zealand. At 3pm we will have Ned and Gillian, the authors of “In the Bush” and “At the Beach” series. They will be talking about their books and will run a small quiz for visiting children. We shall have spot prizes. All children who visit the shop on Bookshop Day will get a goody bag to take home. Adults will be able to choose a “blind date with a book.” We will also have some surprise special entertainment in the afternoon.

“The Viaduct Postcard” Launch
Thursday November 3rd at 6pm: We are launching a new children’s book written by our very own local author Susan Price and with a very Wellington theme. Please rsvp by November 1st.

CDs
We have a selection of Christmas CD’s available and many of the award-winning classical CD’s for 2016.We also have the full range of Harry Potter series on CD read by Stephen Fry.

NZ Post
These are the dates for Christmas Posting.
Rest of the World —Wednesday November 30th
Asia, UK and Europe — Friday 2nd December
Australia —Wednesday 7th December.

There is no economy rate for postage on  letters or parcels. International Courier is available to most destinations, and can be posted a bit later. With recent changes to the Karori Postshop we are anticipating extra NZ post business especially at Christmas so please bear with us if service at the counter is a bit slower.

Christmas Hours
We shall be open Sundays in December, 11am till 3pm
Closed: December 25th, 26th, 27th
Open: Wednesday 28th, 29th, 30th 9am—5pm
Closed: Saturday December 31st, January 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Open: Wednesday January 4th, 5th, 6th 9am—5pm
Open: Saturday January 7th 9am—3pm

We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year, and a safe and relaxing holiday. There is a small Christmas gift for you to collect from us when you are next in the shop.

Happy reading, and thank you for your support this year from the team at Marsden Books.

 

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Futuna: Life of a Building

futunaFutuna: Life of a building
Edited by Nick Bevin and Greg O’Brien
Limited edition available now at Marsden Books, $125
Standard edition, $50.00

Since its grand opening in 1961, Wellington’s Futuna Chapel – devised by architect John Scott and artist Jim Allen – has held a singular place in New Zealand’s cultural history. Futuna: Life of a Building tells the remarkable story of the chapel’s inception and construction, and its status beyond as well as within the architectural world.

The book also tells the vexed story of the chapel’s sale to a developer in 2001 and its subsequent dereliction and, at the eleventh hour, rescue.

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Marsden Books July Newsletter

Read our July 2016 newsletter

There is so much change happening in all aspects of our lives, climate change, Brexit, advances in technology, especially the internet, and now, our NZ Post!

Over time, we have tried to keep Marsden books as a place of refuge and respite from the challenges in your busy lives. The bookshop has been part of the Karori Community since the 1980s. Although we have made some small changes over the years, the essence of the shop has remained, an oasis for booklovers of all ages.

Futuna: This month, a beautiful new book is being published by Victoria University Press and The Futuna Charitable Trust on The Futuna Chapel in Karori. It is edited by Nick Bevin and Greg O’Brien. There is a separate information sheet enclosed about the book which will be available later in July.

A small number of special limited edition copies will be available for sale at $150. This contains special images and artworks. We shall have copies of this book for sale but register early if you would like one as there are not many being produced.

New Releases

Adults: Three favourite authors with books coming soon.
Salt River Songs new poetry by Sam Hunt due this month.
Nutshell by Ian McEwan, due in September.
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, due on August 24th.

Childrens:
The 78 Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths is due on August 9th.
Harry Potter and the Curse of the Lost Child by JK Rowling is available for sale here on Monday August 1st.

CDs:
We are continually adding to our CD collection with new arrivals each week.

NZ Post:
We shall continue to provide postal services despite the closure of the Karori Postshop. Our post is collected daily at 4:30 Monday to Friday. There is no collection on Saturday. In general, when you are posting parcels within New Zealand, it is cheaper to use the red prepaid bags and these can be upgraded easily to be tracked or couriered. We are not able to help with car registration or bill payments. There are some changes to NZ Post’s charges for letters and parcels that came into effect on July 1st.  If you still have Kiwi stamps or prepaid bags purchased prior to July 1stthese can continue to be used without any additional postage.

We welcome Charli back to our team on Saturdays and farewell Alice who continues her studies at Victoria University.

Happy Reading from the Marsden Books Team.

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2016 Ockham Book Awards

NZ-book-awards-trust_logo@2xCongratulations to the following winners of the 2016 Ockham Book Awards

coming-rainFICTION
THE ACORN FOUNDATION LITERARY AWARD
Coming Rain
Stephen Daisley
Text Publishing

 

 

Tangata WhenuaILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION
Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History
Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney and Aroha Harris
Bridget Williams Books

 

 

9781869797263GENERAL NON-FICTION
Māori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood
Witi Ihimaera
Vintage

 

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