I’m thrilled at the prospect of promoting Kōwhai and the Giants by newbie writer Kate Parker in March 2021. Currently a visual artist and theatre maker, Kate is of Ngati Maniapoto, English and Greek descent, and grew up roaming the bush and riding horses in Kaeo. She has now written and illustrated a captivating story, full of aroha and urgency. Kate enjoys watching wildlife, being near the forest and the sea, and finding ways to support our planet. Her plea to protect our biodiversity by planting a forest, one seedling at a time, is a treasure. I can’t wait to see Kōwhai and the Giants in the hands of Kiwi kids!
One of my all-time favourite reads in 2021 is Dougal Rillstone’s captivating memoir, ‘Upstream on the Mataura.’ It’s one of those quiet, searing books which take up residence in your life. You find yourself recalling deeply moving and poetic lines; marveling at the author’s journey to self, and beyond. On the surface, it’s about fly fishing. Beneath, it’s a rich seam of bucolic history, passion for moving water, the land, biodiversity. It’s also an urgent plea for guardianship of our rivers. Heralded by everyone from Jim Mora to Tony Orman, I’ve just found out Dougal’s book has been chosen as one of 17 books in UNESCO Cities of Literature 2021 campaign #17Booksfor17SDGs.
Landing a publishing deal for one of your authors is always a big deal. Thornton Communications is delighted to have made this happen again for long-term client and friend, Harold Hillman. Bateman Books will be publishing his next book Em-pa-thy in July 2021. Harold is a leadership expert, writer and the MD of Sigmoid Curve Consulting Group. His previous books are: The Impostor Syndrome (Random House NZ) and Fitting In Standing Out (Penguin Random House), deals also struck by Thornton Communications.