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Archive for July, 2009

Karam Book Delayed

Joe Karam book delayed

HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand advises that Joe Karam’s new book analysing the recent David Bain retrial and its aftermath has been delayed.

During the last three weeks of planning and drafting, Karam and HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand have taken stock of the extensive information still coming to light in the aftermath of the retrial and have decided to delay the publication date to allow for Karam to fully develop and research these underlying themes further.

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Just This

Poem of the Week: Just This by Brian Turner

From: Just This, Victoria University Press. $25.

Just This

All I can say
is that for me nothing hurts more

than leaving and nothing less than coming home
when a nor’wester’s gusting in the pines
like operatic laughter, and the roadside grasses

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Where to Now for Empire

After America – Narratives for the Next Global Age by Paul Starobin
Viking (Penguin), New York, 2009. Reviewed by JIM MILES

After a half decade of books on the ‘American empire’ and many more on the politics, military, religion, and economics that are pieces of the whole, a new trend is now appearing on the book market. After the election of Obama as president, the new material is all forward looking, promoting ideas or creating possible scenarios of where the U.S. can, may, could, or should direct its energies. The general trend is the recognition that the “empire” is in significant decline, generally considered due to a combination of economic and military misadventures under the Bush regime, with recognition that it all started well before. While some see the imperial role as one that requires regaining U.S. dominance and power others see it as finding a balance in a new ordering of the world in which the U.S. will still be important but will no longer be dominant.

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Christopher Reid to Speak

27 July: Poetry and Publishing – Christopher Reid

Award-winning British writer Christopher Reid is the author of 13 collections of poetry and a former editor at Faber & Faber, where he edited the Letters of Ted Hughes and worked with many major poets. He is often cited as co-founder with Craig Raine of the ‘Martian School’ of poetry, which employs exotic and humorous metaphors to defamiliarise everyday experiences and objects. He talks with Bill Manhire about his career.

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Deathly Fast Book On Michael Jackson

Headline UK are delighted to announce confirmation of the release of Michael Jackson: Life of a Legend.

On sale in the UK on July 17 and in the New Zealand and Australian market on July 30 Michael Jackson: Life of a Legend, is the ultimate celebration of the performer’s life following his untimely death.

Headline UK (an imprint of Hachette NZ) has acquired world rights to Michael Jackson: Life
of a Legend
, the first celebration of the performer’s life following his tragic and untimely death.

Available in store from July 30, this lavish, full-colour, illustrated book will feature over 200
images taken from the Daily Mirror’s unrivalled pictures archives.

Respected music writer and journalist, Michael Heatley (author of over 30 books including
biographies on Rolf Harris, John Lennon, Deep Purple, John Peel, Bon Jovi and Neil Young)
has drawn on his five years of research into the Jackson family to tell Michael’s story from his
earliest days in the Jackson 5, through the glory days of Thriller (still the world’s all time biggest
selling pop album), to the planned comeback tour. With top-class photography and full support
from the Daily Mirror, this will be the ultimate book for fans.

Carly Cook, Headline UK Non Fiction Publisher says:

‘We are thrilled to be publishing the first celebration
of such an amazing artist. The book is going to be
gorgeous and a fitting tribute to a legendary
performer. It will be an absolute must-have for any
Jackson fan.
Jackson’s sudden and untimely death has created an
outpouring of grief not seen since Princess Diana or
Elvis. Jackson crossed the generations with his music
and extraordinary choreography. Michael Jackson:
Life of a Legend, will celebrate that talent.
This book is not a tell-all, it is a fitting tribute to a
legendary performer.


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