Witi Ihimaera awarded prestigious French Order of Merit

Witi IhimaeraAcclaimed Penguin Random House author Witi Ihimaera is among four New Zealanders who have been awarded France’s highest military and civil honour, Order of Arts and Letters.

At the awards ceremony, New Zealand Ambassador Jeanblanc-Risler commended Ihimaera, “For your pivotal role in bringing Maori storytelling to the forefront and enabling its international recognition as a taonga from New Zealand, the French government has decided to nominate you as a recipient of the Order of Arts and Letters.”

 

Ihimaera is the first Maori author to have been published in screenplays, poetry, short stories and has written a total of 15 novels. He is a three-time winner of the Wattie/Montana Book of the Year award, a Katherine Mansfield fellow, and playwright. Ihimaera is one of New Zealand’s most prolific and accomplished writers. His first novel, Tangi, won the Wattie Book of the Year Award in 1974, a feat he repeated with The Matriarch in 1986. His celebrated novel, Bulibasha, King of the Gypsies, now adapted as the film Mahana, won the Montana Book of the Year award in 1995. Witi’s other novels and short story collections include The Whale Rider (also adapted as an internationally successful film); Dream Swimmer (sequel to the award-winning The Matriarch); Pounamu, Pounamu and Nights In The Gardens of Spain. In 2015 he published the first volume of his autobiography, Maori Boy.

 

The HAZEL WOOD Galleys Are Here!

These just came!

The advance book proofs of the US and UK editions.

HAZEL WOOD US & UK book proofs

THE HAZEL WOOD will be published in North America on 30 January 2018 and in the UK on 8 February 2018. (So these aren’t necessarily the final covers.)

It will come out in Holland in early February 2018, and later in 2018 in France, Italy, Spain and Brazil.

Don’t miss this amazing book!

INTEMPERIE Coming in English!

INTEMPERIE

World English-language rights to INTEMPERIE, the award-winning graphic novel adaptation by Javi Rey of Jesus Carrasco’s powerful Spanish bestseller, have just been acquired by SelfMadeHero!

Javi Rey’s Out in the Open is a cinematic graphic novel about escaping abuse and finding humanity in a world torn apart by the violence of men.

Publication of OUT IN THE OPEN is planned for spring 2018.

 

Miles Franklin Longlist Announced

We are thrilled to announce that THE LAST DAYS OF AVA LANGDON by Mark O’Flynn (UQP) has been named to the longlist of the prestigious Australian Miles Franklin literary award!

LAST DAYS OF AVA LANGDON

A piercing and witty portrait of a true maverick

It has been twenty years since Ava Langdon published her much-lauded novel The Apple Pickers. Now, she leads a reclusive life in the Blue Mountains, with two rats and her typewriter as her companions. She dresses in men’s clothes and carries a machete in her belt; she speaks French to the townspeople, paying no heed to their confusion. Above all else, however, she is still a fearless writer,inspired to seek beauty and perfection, and – despite her isolated existence – to imagine the inner lives of other people.

Poetic, poignant, and at times bitingly funny, The Last Days of Ava Langdon takes us into the mind of an utterly singular character, who at once revels in her individuality and yet is also trapped by it.