New Pear Jam Books 2012 books were launched at starry event at Auckland's Stardome.
27 April 2012
An Evening with Melinda Szymanik
National Library Auckland, May 9th 2012, 6 – 8pm.
Award-winning author, Melinda Szymanik, writes challenging, layered fiction for all ages, ranging from The Were-Nana picture book (NZ Post Children's Choice Award 2008) to young adult psychological thriller, The Half Life of Ryan Davis which is garnering rave reviews around the world. Her stories focus on family, relationships and an element of surprise – all with a dash of magic.
On May 9th 2012, Melinda will be at the National Library, Auckland, talking about the joys and challenges of writing for children in the changing world of publishing. It will be the perfect evening for writers, teachers, librarians, parents and kids to hear first hand from an outstanding New Zealand author, with giveaways, books and a special announcement about an exclusive contest which no NZ school will want to miss out on ...
Szymanik's new picture book, Made With Love (Duck Creek Press) and new YA novel, The Half Life of Ryan Davis (Pear Jam Books) will be on sale along with her other titles and more books from the two publishers – all in time for Mother's Day, which the author will be celebrating with some of her famous baking.
14 March 2012
NZ Book Month
We're in the middle of NZ Book Month and Pear Jam Books is featuring in events all over Auckland and in the Taranaki! Check out where to find us at the NZ Book Month calendar.
Then on Wednesday 21 March, at the New Plymouth Children's Literature Festival, Jill Marshall herself will be at the Puke Ariki Library from 4.30-5.30 pm to launch her latest adventure, Matilda Peppercorn: Manx. Come along to talk to Jill and get your copy signed! Keep an eye out for her, Taranaki, as she will be at the festival all week!
Pear Jam Books is also very excited to announce the combined launch of two of our excellent Young Adult fiction books, The Ghosts of Young Nick's Head by Sue Copsey. Come along to the Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop in Ponsonby on Saturday 24th March between 11 am - 12 pm to talk to the authors and get your copies signed!
Last but not least, Pear Jam Books is turning ONE! To celebrate, we are having a birthday party at St Heliers Library on Saturday 31 March from 11 am to 12 pm. Come along to meet the authors, have some cake, and generally celebrate the newest and best of NZ's Fantastic Fiction! See you there!
14 December 2011
Pear Jam Books Launches
Pear Jam Books celebrated its world-wide launch on December 14th 2011 with international media coverage and a sparkling event at Auckland's Stardome.
10 October 2011
8 super titles from Pear Jam Books
In super-quick time, 8 super titles from Pear Jam Books are already available as ebooks from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other etailers. For all ages and genre-lovers, there's something for everyone, including Jack Eden's gritty adult read, Furt Bent from Aldaheit. Check them all out here.
9 October 2011
Join us at Armageddon!
Pear Jam Books is thrilled to be attending the amazing Armageddon Expo October 28th – 31st in Auckland where we'll be rubbing shoulders with all the greatest in transmedia entertainment. Meet the authors, designers and illustrators, learn about writing and how to get published, and grab your fantastic PJB books in print or ebook. We're giving away the latest and greatest Kindle Fire – be in to win! See you on Stand 77.
7 October 2011
Jill Marshall named Arts & Culture category winner in the Next Woman of the Year awards, in association with Pandora
Jill Marshall was announced as the Arts and Culture category winner in the Next Woman of the Year Awards, in association with Pandora, at a star-studded ceremony held at the Auckland Art Gallery.
Jill is a successful author who has written 14 children's books, including her Jane Blonde series, which sells in 22 countries and has been translated into 10 languages. But it's her
support for an aspiring Christchurch writer that makes Jill stand out. When no one else was interested in Emma Pullar's fundraising book Curly from Shirley – to raise money in the wake of the earthquake, Jill set up Pear Jam Books to publish it – in just four weeks. Pear Jam is set to release another 15 books this year.
The judging panel, comprised of Dame Catherine Tizard, Dr Gareth Morgan and Next editor Sarah Henry, remarked on what a great example Jill is for those facing supposed insurmountable obstacles. "This successful author reached out to another when the publishing establishment didn't, and proved her judgement was correct," Gareth says. "I think a lot of people outside Christchurch were feeling very impotent, and I thought this was something I could do that might make a difference," Jill says.