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Announcing the shortlist for the 2020 Michael Gifkins Prize

Text Publishing and the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa PEN NZ Inc are thrilled to announce the shortlist for the 2020 Michael Gifkins Prize for an Unpublished Novel.

Why we love booksellers (hint: they’re irrepressible)

It’s no secret that the book industry, along with most other businesses, is experiencing unprecedented challenges. As we rally and reflect, and do what we can to seek out the best paths forward, one thing is clear: we need our booksellers more than ever...

Books for everyone (but especially Mum)

Whether you’re looking for a gift (obligatory Mother’s Day hint) or something for yourself, our May new releases have something for everyone...

MS Confidential: Arnold Zable and Jane Pearson

Every writer needs a trusted confidant, a first reader, someone who can look at their work and give valuable advice. Arnold Zable’ is Text’s very own senior editor, Jane Pearson...

Portable, self-powered, well-reviewed gifts for maternal types

They can educate and entertain, frighten and thrill, move us to laughter or to tears, make us wonder or reassess, make the ordinary extraordinary or the strange familiar. How good are books?

Friends & Rivals: Four Great Australian Writers

Dr Frances Devlin-Glass’s launch speech for Brenda Niall’s Friends & Rivals: Four Great Australian Writers.

Fear, Fun and Farnarkeling: A Road Trip Through Literary NZ

From children’s fables of magic and heroism, to accounts of poverty, isolation, and catastrophic violence, to absurdist comedies and stories of sweet romance, New Zealand’s literary heritage is vast... 

Books that make a difference

Until 31 May, we’ll give $1 to the Royal Melbourne Hospital Foundation every time you buy a book published by Text and email us the receipt. 

You Are Never Alone with a Book

Whether you’re taking this time to educate, escape or engage, we hope our April releases will offer the right mix of entertainment, information and distraction during this period of self-exile.

Gifkins Prize-winning Soldiers moved to September Publication

The 2019 Michael Gifkins Prize-winning novel Soldiers has been moved to a September publication date. Read the full post for more key dates for the 2020 Gifkins Prize winner...


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