PANZ Book Design Awards 2011 shortlist

Shortlisted titles for the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards 2011 have been announced:

HarperCollins Award for Best Cover
No Fretful Sleeper: A Life of Bill Pearson (Paul Millar, Auckland University Press) cover design by Keely O’Shannessy. Eep! (Joke van Leeuwen, Gecko Press) cover design by Spencer Levine. Lives of the Poets (John Newton, Victoria University Press) cover design by Greg Simpson.
Mary Egan Award for Best Typography
Classic: The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand (Ivor Wilkins, Random House NZ) cover and interior desgin by  Kate Barraclough Hauaga: The Art of John Pule edited by Nicholas Thomas, Otago University Press) design by Fiona Moffat (cover) & Wendy Harrex (cover and interior). Stunning Debut of the Repairing of a Life (Leigh Davis, Otago University Press) cover design by Christine Hansen.
 

Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book

Group Architects: Towards a New Zealand Architecture (Julia Gatley, Auckland University Press) design by Spencer Levine (cover) & Katrina Duncan (interior) Blue Smoke: The Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music 1918–1964 (Chris Bourke, Auckland University Press) design by Spencer Levine (cover) & Katrina Duncan (interior). It’s in the Post: The Stories behind New Zealand Stamps (Richard Wolfe, Craig Potton) design by Sarah Elworthy.
 

Hachette New Zealand Award for Best Non-Illustrated Book

Chancers and Visionaries: A History of Wine in New Zealand (Keith Stewart, Random House NZ) design by Katy Yiakmis. The Great Wrong War: New Zealand Society in WWI (Stevan Eldred-Grigg, Random House NZ) design by Pieta Brenton. No Fretful Sleeper: A Life of Bill Pearson (Paul Millar, Auckland University Press) design by Keely O’Shannessy (cover) & Katrina Duncan (interior).
 

Pearson Award for Best Educational Book

School Journal Part 3 Number 3 2010 (Learning Media Te Pou Taki Kōrero) design by Jodi Wicksteed.
Leprechaun Ice Cream ( Learning Media Te Pou Taki Kōrero) design by Liz Tui Morris. Principles of Accounting 4th edition (Murray Smart, Nazir Awan & Richard Baxter, Pearson) by Marie Low (cover) & Esther Chua (interior).
 

Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book

Hester’s Blister (Chris Gurne, Scholastic NZ) design by Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson. Hill and Hole (Kyle Mewburn and Vasanti Unka , Penguin NZ) design by Vasanti Unka.
The Moon and Farmer McPhee (Margaret Mahy, illus by David Elliot, Random House NZ) design by Sarah Elworthy & David Elliot.

 

The winners of this year’s awards, as well as the winner of the Young Designer of the Year Award, will be announced at an awards ceremony at the National Library in Auckland on 25 August.

See more information on the shortlist here.

Round-up of stories on REDgroup entering voluntary administration

 

UPDATE

For the most detailed reports on the REDgroup administration process over the past few months see the Bookseller+Publisher website.

 

 

As reported by the Weekly Book Newsletter yesterday, REDgroup Retail, owner of Borders, Angus & Robertson and Whitcoulls stores in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, has been placed in voluntary administration. Here is a round-up of recent media coverage:

General news

Borders, Angus & Robertson go bust’ by Eli Greenblat, The Age, WA Today, SMH and Brisbane Times, 17 February 2011

Borders, Angus & Robertson parent Redgroup Retail in voluntary administration’, by Blair Speedy, The Australian, 17 February 2011

Angus & Robertson enters administration’, ABC News, 17 February 2011

Borders, A&R stores in administration’ by Antonia Magee, Herald Sun and News.com.au, 17 February 2011

Borders and Whitcoulls put under administration’, by TVNZ, 17 February 2011

Borders bankruptcy spreads to US and Australia’, by The Guardian, UK, 17 February 2011

Dark chapter for booksellers’, by Blair Speedy and Stephen Romei, The Australian, 18 February 2011

Internet spells the death of bookstores’, by Peter Lloyd, ABC News, 18 February 2011

Owners move to salvage Borders, Angus & Robertson’, by Eli Greenblat, Jason Steger & Chris Zappone, The Age, 18 February 2011

Online shoppers write unhappy ending for Borders, Angus & Robertson’, by Eli Greenblat, Jason Steger & Chris Zappone, SMH, 18 February 2011

Borders and Angus &Robertson in hands of administrators’, by Tim Dornin, The Advertiser, Adelaide, 18 February 2011

Online closes the books’, by Antonia Magee, Tony Grant-Taylor & Lizzie Stafford, The Courier-Mail, 18 February 2011

Whitcoulls workers’ future uncertain’, by Tamsyn Parker, NZ Herald, 18 February 2011

Whitcoulls stores face closure’, by Tamsyn Parker, NZ Herald, 18  February 2011

Poor success rate for voluntary administration, says insolvency specialist’, by Tamsyn Parker,  NZ Herald, 18 February 2011

Borders, Whitcoulls under administration’, Stuff.co.nz, 18 February 2011

Technology blamed for Whitcoulls’ troubles’, by TVNZ, 18 February 2011

Troubled Whitcoulls issues voucher rules’, by TVNZ, 18 February 2011

Double trouble for holders of Borders’ gift vouchers’, by Chris Zappone, SMH, 18 February 2011

UPDATE

Internet blamed as booksellers enter administration’, by Peter Lloyd, Lateline, ABC, 17 February 2011

Nine Whitcoulls jobs threatened’, by Laurel Stowell, Wanganui Chronicle, 18 February 2011

Conroy links online retail to job losses’, ABC News, 18 February 2011

Borders, Angus & Robertson out of step, out of time: independents’, by Jason Steger, The Age, 18 February 2011

Book voucher auctions pulled’, by William Mace, Stuff.co.nz, 18 February 2011

Local shelf life looks good’, by Brian Ward, The Mercury, Tasmania, 18 February 2011

Book stores struggle as online sales rise’, by Greg Hoy, The 7:30 Report, ABC, 18 February 2011

Whitcoulls’ fate rests on two meetings’, by Tamsyn Parker, NZ Herald, 19 February 2011

Cuts loom as publishers rip into management’, by Tom Dusevic & Stephen Romei, The Australian, 19 February 2011

Shorten closes book on imports’, by Sid Maher & Blair Speedy, The Australian, 19 February 2011

Borders demise not just down to net, say booksellers’, by Jason Steger & Paris Cowan, SMH, 19 February 2011

Book gifts that keep on taking’, by Holly Ife, Herald Sun, 19 February 2011

Bookstores beef up security in face of fury’, by Isaac Davison, NZ Herald, 19 February 2011

Union to meet administrator over bookshop chains’, by NZPA, Stuff.co.nz, 19 February 2011

Site rationalisation’ may be on cards for REDgroup’, by Claire Rogers, The Dominion Post, Stuff.co.nz, 19 February 2011

Little stores find safety in niches’, by John Mangan, The Age, 20 February 2011

Book business is its own worst enemy’, by Darren Osborne, Technology and Games, ABC Online, 21 February 2011

Malls to get in on the online shopping act’, by Bridget Carter, The Australian, 21 February 2011

TALKING POINT Books policy too contradictory to be true’, by The Australian, 21 February 2011

Staff sure Borders is not closing down here’, by Jing Yng, TODAYonline, Singapore, 21 February 2011

Administrator to honour cancelled vouchers’, by Chris Zappone, SMH‎, 21 February 2011

Whitcoulls staff advised to stay put’, by NZPA, NZ Herald, 21 February 2011

Struggling book industry only has itself to blame’, by Darren Osborne, The Drum, ABC, 21 February 2011

$830 hr to save bookshops’, by Isaac Davison, NZ Herald, 22 February 2011

Business as usual at Borders Singapore’, by AsiaOne, 22 February 2011

REDgroup executives resigned after loss’, by Tamsyn Parker & John Drinnan, NZ Herald, 22 February 2011

New chapter for book store’, by Sally Foy, Batemans Bay Post, 23 February 2011

Business as usual for local book store’, by Great Lakes Advocate, 23 February 2011

A&R voucher fight gets aggressive’, by Mark Bode, Sunshine Coast Daily, 23 February 2011

Angus & Robertson still trading’, by Jaime Newborn, Daily Mercury, 23 February 2011

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New Zealand’s best lookin’ books: PANZ Book Design Awards

The winners of this year’s Publishers Association of New Zealand Book Design Awards were announced in Auckland on 22 July:

Gerard Reid Award for Best Book, sponsored by Nielsen Book Services

Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book

Cameron Gibb for The Life & Love of Trees (Lewis Blackwell, PQ Blackwell/Hachette New Zealand)

HarperCollins Award for Best Cover

Sarah Laing for Magpie Hall (Rachael King, Random House New Zealand)

Pindar Award for Best Typography

Grant Sutherland, Mission Hall (interior), Robyn Sivewright, Afineline (typesetting), Neil Pardington (cover) for Art at Te Papa (ed by William McAloon, Te Papa Press)

Hachette New Zealand Award for Best Non-illustrated Book

Keely O’Shannessy (cover), Katrina Duncan (interior) for Mirabile Dictu (Michele Leggott, Auckland University Press)

Pearson Award for Best Educational Book

Book Design Ltd for Year 9 Graphics (Paul Bourdōt, Cengage Learning)

Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book

Michael Greenfield for Old HuHu (Kyle Mewburn, illus by Rachel Driscoll, Scholastic New Zealand).

Awa Press Young Designer of the Year

Keely O’Shannessy for Ned and Katina (Patricia Grace, Penguin NZ), Zone of the Marvellous (Martin Edmond, Auckland University Press), As the Earth Turns Silver (Alison Wong, Penguin NZ), Walking to Africa (Jessica Le Bas, Auckland University Press), Mirabile Dictu (Michele Leggott, Auckland University Press)

Excuse us while we take a moment…

We’re pretty snowed under here at Bookseller+Publisher headquarters, putting the finishing touches on the July issue after getting out this week’s bumper issue of the Weekly Book Newsletter.

Last week, Matthia was sweating it out at Darwin’s Wordstorm writers festival (you can read her post on Wordstorm here) and this week Andrea is soaking up Sydney Writers Festival (and heading to tonight’s Book Design Awards to see what titles are declared Australia’s best-looking: see the contenders here). This is what Andrea’s desk looks like now:

Also, as we reported in the Weekly Book Newsletter, REDgroup Retail, which owns Borders Asia-Pacific (and Angus & Robertson and Whitcoulls in New Zealand), launched its Kobo ebook platform yesterday, as well as its Kobo ereader: Continue reading