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.
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.
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.
The full list of winners of the 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults is:
Snark Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock . . . and its tragic aftermath illustrated and written (after Lewis Carroll)
by David Elliot
Otago University Press
That’s Not a Hippopotamus! by Juliette MacIver and illustrated
by Sarah Davis
My New Zealand Story: Bastion Point
by Tania Roxborogh
Scholastic New Zealand
The Severed Land
by Maurice Gee
Penguin Random House (Penguin)
Jack and Charlie: Boys of the bush
by Jack Marcotte and Josh James Marcotte
Penguin Random House (Puffin)
Te Kaihanga Māpere
by Sacha Cotter, translated by Kawata Teepa and illustrated by Josh Morgan
The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain
by Julie Lamb
Mākaro Press (Submarine)
More information about the winners, the shortlist and the judges can be found at New Zealand Book Awards Trust.
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.