Our congratulations go to Marcus Thomas and Neil Silverwood for winning the Judith Binney Best First Book – Illustrated Non-Fiction Category for their book Caves: Exploring New Zealand’s subterranean wilderness at the 2018 Ockham Book Awards.
The photographs in Caves are undeniably exquisite. They depict moments of wonder, an otherworldliness that a dedicated few access. Through the marriage of photographs and infographics this book provides a more general readership the privilege of seeing the subterranean parts of New Zealand’s environment that remain comparatively unknown. At times, the images and the narrative can be unnerving as we read of the deaths that come with discovery and view seemingly bottomless caverns, but the overarching feeling is one of awe at the immense beauty of our islands and the courage of the tightknit community of people that traverse them.
We are super proud to have four of our 2017 children’s titles on the Storylines Notable Books list this year.
They are: It’s My Egg (and you can’t have it!) by Kennedy Warne & Heather Hunt, New Zealand’s Great White Sharks by Alison Ballance, Whose Feet Are These? by Gillian Candler & Fraser Williamson and Toroa’s Journey by Maria Gill & Gavin Mouldey.
You can see the full list of notable books on the Storylines website.
Beatnik have decided to resume distribution with David Bateman Ltd, as their business model has undergone a structural change. With the combination of overseas distribution projects in 2017, and mobile headquarters, Bateman’s Auckland location will make the coordination process simple.
This change is effective from 1 April 2017. There will be a two-week period of no-supply during the transfer of stock from Potton & Burton to David Bateman Ltd.
David Bateman Ltd will commence supply of Beatnik titles on Tuesday 18 April.
We are thrilled that our author Richard Nunns won at last night’s Ockham NZ Book Awards in Auckland! He won the Judith Binney Best First Book Award for Illustrated Non-fiction for Te Ara Puoro: A journey into the world of Maori music. Unfortunately, due to ill-health, Richard was unable to attend, but his daughters, Molly and Lucy Nunns, received the award on his behalf.
Publisher Robbie Burton reads an extract from Te Ara Puoro.
Our friends at Auckland University Press also had a winner last night. Chris Tse won the Best First Book for Poetry Award for his collection How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes.
Congratulations to all of the winners! See the full list of winners here.
We are absolutely delighted author Julie Noanoa won the Best First Book Award at the recent New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults for Maori Art for Kids.
What the judges said:
This year’s winner combines excellent production values, outstanding content and is a book that has enormous appeal to a very wide range of readers. It has a uniquely New Zealand perspective and gives the reader information that no other book currently provides. We look forward to more from the winner as the entire book is of a very high quality.
A collection of 15 projects involving a wide range of artists and artistic approaches, this book achieves an expansive blend by displaying and explaining authentic New Zealand art pieces alongside guidance on achievable activities within the same theme. The message delivered, then, is a resounding you-can-do-it-too, so give-it-a-go! The layout and instructions are clear and easy to follow, with an overall production that is unstintingly generous and engaging. Full marks for this quality production.
Potton & Burton were absolutely delighted to win Publisher of the Year at this year’s Book Trade Industry Awards and pass on their congratulations to all of the other winners.
SUNDAY, 21 JUNE 2015
Book Trade Industry Awards prove a passion for books creates profits
A renowned family of booksellers were honoured with a lifetime achievement award tonight at the annual Book Industry awards in Auckland, while individual publishers and booksellers were recognised as being the best in the New Zealand trade.
This year the lifetime achievement award was presented to the Parsons Family of Auckland and Wellington for the inter-generational contribution the family have made to the industry.
All of the winners of the Book Trade Industry Awards this year have been applauded by the judges for their dedication to quality – whether in publication, selling, or running events – and passion for the trade. There were six awards given, and for the first time this year, applicants were invited to self-nominate. This allowed some smaller bookstores who didn’t frequently see publishing reps to highlight their own efforts to improve sales for their stores. There were a large number of nominees in this category, making the prize even more desirable. Continue reading…
We are really pleased to be distributing La Boca Loca Cookbook by Lucas Putnam and Marianne Elliot from April 2015. Lucas and Marianne own the renowned Mexican restaurant La Boca Loca in Miramar, Wellington, where they create authentic, delicious Mexican food with most ingredients being locally sourced. The cookbook is filled with their favourite recipes (including cocktails) and will retail for $59.99. You can find out more here.
Craig Potton Publishing becomes Potton & Burton
On 6 March Craig Potton Publishing is changing its name to Potton & Burton, a move designed to reflect the increasingly diverse range of New Zealand books we publish.
Publisher and co-owner Robbie Burton commented, ‘The Craig Potton Publishing imprint has served us brilliantly for over 25 years, but in recent years it has become apparent that our name is associated with a narrow range of books, in particular photographic, environmental and outdoor books. The reality however, is that our publishing programme covers far more – everything from natural history, contemporary issues, art and culture, biography, history and children’s books. The new name, Potton & Burton, gives us a chance to communicate to the book industry and the wider public that we are totally committed to publishing the widest range of high-quality New Zealand non-fiction, and to not be limited by previous perceptions.’
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