Diana, Brannavan, and the others: announcing the 2018 Ockham national book awards shortlist

We reveal the shortlist of this year’s national book awards.

Joy, despair, shock, Wellington: a red-hot week ahead for writing in New Zealand

Spinoff literary editor Steve Braunias previews two big events - tomorrow’s announcement of the Ockham national book awards shortlist, and this weekend’s Writers and Readers programme at the New Zealand Festival in Wellington.

Unity Books bestseller chart for the week ending March 2

This week's best-selling books at Unity Books in Wellington and Auckland.

The Friday Poem: ‘the life expectancy of a cloud’ by Paula Harris

New verse by Palmerston North poet Paula Harris.

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Book of the Week: The revolutionary live email interview with Peter Wells

The return of the patented Spinoff revolutionary live email interview, this time with Peter Wells, author of a new book devoted to the subject of "reclaiming Pakeha history".

Exclusive: The return of Craig Marriner, the lost genius of New Zealand writing

Craig Marriner was a nobody who won the 2002 book of the year award with his first novel Stonedogs, a raw, rough, street-wise tale of bogan life. His second novel sank without trace - and so did Marriner, who disappeared. He returns after a long absence with an evocation of life and literature in his home town, Rotorua.

The last picture show: beautiful, bittersweet photos of the American West

Mary Macpherson talks to a brilliant Texan photographer who makes portraits of men and the land in the disappearing American West.

The Monday Extract: Tāwhiao, the second Māori King, goes to London to see the Queen

For 20 years, the second Māori King, Tāwhiao, governed Rohe Pōtae (the King Country) as an independent state. Tāwhiao also sailed to London in an attempt to see the Queen; the mission is described in this extract from a new study of that 20-year reign.

The Friday Poem: ‘Brothers’ by Sam Hunt

New verse by Kaipara writer Sam Hunt.

Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending February 23

This week's best-selling books at Unity Books in Wellington and Auckland.

Book of the Week: Roger Hall on the comic genius of John Clarke

Legendary playwright Roger Hall pays tribute to the great satirist John Clarke, whose posthumous book Tinkering has been a runaway best-seller this summer.

Hello darkness: Peter Wells’ cancer diary, part 3

The third instalment of Peter Wells’ diary of life with cancer, republished from his private Facebook with permission.

Exclusive: book reviews don’t pay much

Spinoff literary editor Steve Braunias surveys the current state of payments for book reviewing in New Zealand.

The Monday Excerpt: A dramatic day in the life of the Westpac rescue helicopter

A dramatic excerpt from a new memoir by Dave Greenberg from the Westpac rescue helicopter service. Includes kicker.

The Friday Poem: ‘Independent woman’ by Eloise Grills

New verse by Australian writer Eloise Grills.

Unity Books best-seller chart for the week ending February 16

The week's best-selling titles at Unity Books in Auckland and Wellington.