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Welcome to Papercuts, the podcast all about books! Join hosts Louisa Kasza, Jenna Todd and Kiran Dass for a lively discussion about the latest in books, New Zealand and international, and help you decide what to next sink your teeth into. Brought to you by The Spinoff.

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Welcome to Papercuts, the podcast all about books! Join hosts Louisa Kasza, Jenna Todd and Kiran Dass for a lively discussion about the latest in books, New Zealand and international, and help you decide what to next sink your teeth into. Brought to you by The Spinoff.

    The final cut

    The final cut

    Load up your TBR pile with some excellent reading recommendations from the Papercuts team.

    Books reviewed this episode:
    KD: The Mirror Book by Charlotte Grimshaw and We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida
    LK: Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler
    JT: No One is Talking about This by Patricia Lockwood

    Not books:
    KD: We Run the Tides by Vendela Vida
    LK: The Sopranos on Neon; Obscure Season 2: Frankenstein
    JT: The Casketeers season 4 on TVNZ

    The TBR Pile:
    KD: Greta & Valdin by Rebecca K. Reilly, Foghorn’s Lament by Jennifer Lucy Allan, Animal by Lisa Taddeo, Times Like These by Michelle Langstone, My Rock & Roll Friend by Tracey Thorn
    LK: The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz; Times Like These by Michelle Langstone
    JT: The Believers by Sarah Krasnostein, How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps her House by Cherie Jones, My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee, Klara and the Sun by Ishiguro, Luster by Raven Leilani, How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell

    This is the final episode of Papercuts – for now! We’ll be taking a hiatus from your feeds while we plot our next move. Thank you so much to our listeners, our producer Tina and The Spinoff Podcast Network!

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    A New Zealand books bonanza

    A New Zealand books bonanza

    It’s the most exciting time of the year in the New Zealand book world as the Ockham New Zealand Book Award longlist has just been announced. We also have a line up of three New Zealand books for review and have a wee look at what’s on the reading pile and coming out in 2021.

    Mentioned in this episode...

    Books
    KD: Gangland by Jared Savage, with a mention of Patched by Jarrod Gilbert (HarperCollins NZ)
    Mary Holm on RNZ’s Bookmarks
    Gyles Beckford on RNZ’s Bookmarks
    LK:Victory Park by Rachel Kerr (Makaro Press)
    Kiran’s interview with Rachel for the NZ Herald.
    JT: Remote Sympathy by Catherine Chidgey (VUP)

    Not Books
    KD: Michael Apted’s Seven Up series 
    LK: What Writers and Editors Do by Karl Ove Knausgaard on The Paris Review blog
    JT: Bling Empire and Pretend it’s a City (both Netflix)

    The TBR Pile
    KD: The Mirror Book by Charlotte Grimshaw, A Crooked Tree by Una Mannion, Kitchenly 434 by Alan Warner, The Young Team by Graeme Armstrong
    LK: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb, At Freddie’s by Penelope Fitzgerald, with a mention of I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
    JT: Remaining Ockham fiction longlist to read: Bug Week by Airini Beautrais and Toto Among the Murderers by Sally Morgan

    Book News
    - The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Longlist is announced
    - The 2021 samesame but different festival will run from February 10 - 14 in the Ellen Melville Centre
    - The Rathbones Folio Prize Longlist has been announced! Some great reads to add to your pile, including ol’ Shuggie Bain

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    The Spinoff presents SUPERPOD 2020

    The Spinoff presents SUPERPOD 2020

    Pour yourself some eggnog and join the hosts of The Spinoff’s podcast network for our annual Superpod round up of the year that was.


    Representing Gone By Lunchtime, Dietary Requirements, The Real Pod, Papercuts, The Fold and On The Rag our hosts dive into the key events, issues, heroes and villains of 2020.


    From National’s botched election campaign to Ben Thomas’ take on TikTok, via the collapse of Bauer, the rise of oat milk, with a detour through controversial frozen grapes and Simon’s Sausage Spot, there’s something for everyone in this year’s Superpod. Featuring special guests producer T and Covid-19.
     
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    Is this the Real Life?

    Is this the Real Life?

    The gang are back with their usual witches brew of book news, insightful book reviews and discussions, not-book reviews and their dangerously teetering TBR piles.

    Books reviewed this episode:
    KD: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (Picador/Grove Atlantic)
    LK:Real Life by Brandon Taylor (Daunt Books)
    JT: Earthlings by Sayaka Murata (Granta)

    Not books:
    KD: Magazines are back! Welcome back Metro and North & South
    LK: Season Two of His Dark Materials and Daisy Johnson’s horror fiction recommendations.
    JT: Chris Parker’s This is How I Felt

    The TBR Pile:
    KD: 2020 NZ fiction for judging the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction for the 2021 Ockhams and books from a Fitzcarraldo Editions subscription
    LK: White is For Witching by Helen Oyeyemi and The Residents by Lucy Revill
    JT: Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar and Remote Sympathy by Catherine Chidgey

    Book news:
    Shuggie Bain won the Booker Prize! 
    The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again by M. John Harrison won the Goldsmith Prize!
    A book about the bloody Beatles has won the Baillie Gifford Prize! 
    The National Book Awards 2020 winners have been announced!

    Also mentioned:
    A scathing review of Dolly Alderton’s novel Ghosts
    An excellent Guardian interview with Brandon Taylor
    The High Low podcast is drawing to an end

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    Notes from a Bookocalypse

    Notes from a Bookocalypse

    The Papercuts gals are back to help you navigate the huge flood of incredible books that were delayed by Covid-19 and are now finally available for your reading pleasure. We also bring you our usual winning formula: a hot scoop of book industry news, our insightful book reviews and discussions, our not-book reviews and our dangerously teetering TBR piles. Come up the Papercuts lab and see what’s on the slab!

    Books reviewed this episode:
    KD: The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, Summerwater by Sarah Moss and Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan
    LK: Sisters by Daisy Johnson (Jonathan Cape) & Nothing to See by Pip Adam (VUP)
    JT: Deep Work by Cal Newport (Little & Brown)

    Not books:
    KD: Gloss on YouTube
    LK: The Great on Neon
    JT: Origins on TVNZ

    The TBR Pile:
    KD: Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (Picador) and Real Life by Brandon Taylor (Daunt) and 2020 NZ fiction for judging the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction for the Ockhams!
    LK: The Broken Earth trilogy by N. K. Jemison (Orbit), The Swimmers by Chloe Lane (VUP), Sprigs by Brannavan Gnanalingam (Lawrence and Gibson)
    JT: Tree of Strangers by Barbara Sumner (MUP), Death in her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh (Jonathan Cape), Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (Bloomsbury)

    Book news
    - The NZ Children’s and Young Adults Book Awards were held on 12th August. Congratulations to all the winners, especially Selina Tusitala Marsh, whose first children’s book Mophead (AUP) won Margaret Mahy Book of the Year.
    - Maggie O’Farrell has won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel Hamnet (Tinder Press).
    - Marieke Lucas Rijneveld has won the International Booker Prize for their debut novel The Discomfort of Evening (trans by Michele Hutchinson, Faber).
    - The Booker Prize 2020 shortlist has been announced! There’s no Hilary Mantel, and it’s the most diverse shortlist ever!
    - Lineups for WORD (28 October–1 November), VERB (6–8 November 2020) and YARNS IN BARNS ( 8–18th October) have been announced – get amongst! 

    Finally, don't forget to mark your diary to visit your local bookstore for NZ Bookshop Day on 17 October.

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    Prescient books for tumultuous times

    Prescient books for tumultuous times

    Welcome back to The Spinoff's monthly books podcast, hosted by Louisa Kasza, Jenna Todd and Kiran Dass.


    The Papercuts team are finally back in The Spinoff studio this month with their usual winning recipe of book news, book recommendations, not books and their ever-growing ‘TBR’ piles.
    They anticipate the announcements of some big book prizes, deep dive into a hugely entertaining book about the apocalypse, the new Ottessa Moshfegh (Eileen, My Year of Rest and Relaxation), and how reading BWB Texts will make you much smarter. This month's ‘Not Books’ recommendations include Hollywood gossip, Drag Race and getting back to our Baby-Sitters Club roots on Netflix.


    Books reviewed
    KD: Notes from an Apocalypse: A Personal Journey to the End of the World and Back by Mark O’Connell (Granta); Funny Weather by Olivia Laing (Picador)
    LK: Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh (Jonathan Cape)
    JT: Imagining Colonisation by Rebecca Kiddle, Bianca Elkington, Moana Jackson, Ocean Mercier, Mike Ross, Jennie Smeaton, Amanda Thomas (BWB Text); Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou: Struggle Without End by Ranginui Walter (Penguin NZ)


    Not books
    KD: Last Picture Show via You Must Remember This Polly Platt podcast
    LK: Canada’s Drag Race, Race Chaser & The Chop podcasts; Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger
    JT: The Baby-sitters Club & The Claudia Kishi Club on Netflix; AGC Gossip


    The TBR Pile
    KD: The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun (Serpents Tail); Sprigs by Brannavan Gnanalingam (Lawrence & Gibson); Sing Backwards and Weep by Mark Lanegan (White Rabbit); Rat King Landlord by Murdoch Stevens (Lawrence & Gibson)
    LK: The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek; The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin; Pachinko by Min Jin Lee; Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
    JT: Sigrid Nunez’s What are you Going Through; Carson McCullers’ Member of the Wedding; Jenn Shapland’s My Autobiography of Carson McCullers (Tin House)


    Book news links
    - The Booker Longlist will be announced tomorrow
    - The International Book Awards Winners have been announced
    - NZ Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards are being held virtually on the 12th of August, keep updated here
    - Two new bookstores are opening in New Zealand! Bay Hill Books is open in Timaru and Good Books opens in Wellington soon.
    - Kiran’s interview with Mark O’Connell on The Spinoff
     
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