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Archive for November, 2008

VUP Re-launches Its Website

Is it a book? No, it’s a website!

Much more used to launching books, Victoria University Press is pleased to launch its new-look website. Its address remains the same:

“We’re delighted to offer readers the chance to rummage in our back catalogue” says VUP’s publisher Fergus Barrowman. “Our brand new search function means plenty of scope for browsers and also effortless searches for specific books or authors.”

This is the third version of VUP’s website and it certainly has the most bells and whistles. Secure on-line ordering is possible for both individuals and bookshops, backed by ANZ’s e-gate system.

The website also contains information about VUP’s writers and also offers submission guidelines and links to some useful websites, plus lots of additional information.

A team effort by Webstruxure Limited, VUW’s Communications and Marketing department and VUP’s own staff; all involved are thrilled to see their ‘baby’ live.

Valuable Stepping Stone for Pacific Media

South Pacific Islands Communication: Regional Perspectives, Local Issues, edited by Evangelia Papoutsaki and Usha Sundar Harris.
Singapore, Suva and Auckland: AMIC, USP and Pacific Media Centre

spi-communication-1.jpgSadly, only a handful of books (and a few decent journals) deal specifically and in depth with communication and journalism practice in the Pacific Islands. With such a gap in the literature, South Pacific Islands Communication is a welcome addition for students and practitioners in the region.

This book is a spin-off from the first ever South Pacific Islands Communication forum hosted in Malaysia by the Asian Media Information and Communication (AMIC) Centre in 2006. With discourse about the “Asia-Pacific” region usually dominated by “Asian” giants like Japan, China and Malaysia, such a publication is a good – if long overdue – sign. Read more »

Miles Warren Autobiography Published

Media Release
The autobiography of Sir Miles Warren, one of New Zealand’s foremost architects, will be released by Canterbury University Press this month.

Miles Warren: An autobiography offers an insight into the life and career of the celebrated architect who designed such notable buildings as the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, the Christchurch Town Hall, the Civic Offices in Rotorua, the TVNZ building in Auckland and the New Zealand Chancery in Washington DC. Read more »

La Belle Dame Sans Merci


Poem of the Week: La Belle Dame Sans Merci
From: Harmonic by Stephen Olive

Interactive Publications, Brisbane, Australia. $A25 Read more »

A Tribute to Moral Courage


John Baxter beneath a Bob Kerr portrait of Archibald Baxter. (The shadow belongs to publisher Roger Steele)

John Baxter told a gathering at Turnbull House in Wellington, last night, that he had never been able to finish his grandfather Archibald’s classic work We Shall Not Cease. He first attempted reading the harrowing account of life as a conscientious objector during the First World War as a 14-year-old but found it too upsetting. He attempted it again in his 30s but once again gave up – “it just made me too angry.” He said “hearing grandad’s” voice as he read the book was too much for him to take.

John gave the opening talk at the launch of Field Punishment No. 1: Archibald Baxter, Mark Briggs & New Zealand’s anti-militarist tradition by David Grant with paintings by Bob Kerr. Read more »

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