Escalator Press



Welcome to the first newsletter from Escalator Press. In this issue: 
•    our new books (we’re excited about them)
•    upcoming launches
•    Q&A with Kate Carty, author of Run Thomas Run.

Who is Escalator Press?

We’re a new Wellington publisher riding the wave of change sweeping through the publishing industry. We offer high-quality publishing values and a raft of distinctive writing voices.  

Escalator Press is a bold new initiative from the Whitireia Creative Writing Programme.


Run Thomas Run by Kate Carty

November 2014

The Odishu family’s escape from Iraq is at the centre of this powerful debut novel that draws on concerns of our time.

‘They’re like God, Esther wanted to tell her. They know everything – your address, date of birth, the name of your cousin’s cousin, who your best friend is. They know who you voted for at the last election. Well, everyone knew that. Because if you didn’t vote for Saddam, you were already dead.’

‘A haunting story that brings the devastation of Iraq’s tumultuous history to life and examines its impact on future generations. Highly recommended.’ 
– Mandy Hager

Run Thomas Run will be launched 3pm Saturday 1 November at Paramount Cinema Lounge, Courtenay Place, Wellington.

ISBN 978-0-473-29524-0, RRP $32

The Shark Party by Janet Colson

November 2014

Art and illusion, possession and freedom are the heady components of this fast-paced psychological drama. 

‘With its sharp sentences and luscious language, this seductive and psychological thriller is also a romantic romp in which to lose yourself ... a rich and compelling read.’ – Michal McKay, author of Wanaka

‘A story of a toxic romance in the heady New York art world that reads like a fast-paced thriller.’ – Andrew Wilson, award-winning biographer of Patricia Highsmith and of Sylvia Plath.

The Shark Party will be launched 6pm Tuesday 11 November at the Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University.

ISBN 978-0-473-29514-1, RRP $30

2015 releases

A Line of Sight, Adrienne Jansen
April 2015
A tense and moving drama that centres on an accidental shooting – but who fired the fatal shot?

Open Your Eyes, Jackson Ryder, Rudy Castañeda López
Winter 2015
A young artist’s coming of age is set against the turbulent sociopolitical events in America in the 1960s.

Q & A with Kate Carty

What inspired you to write Run Thomas Run?
I met three Assyrian Iraqis in a youth hostel in Turkey in 1990. They were two brothers and a sister, who had fled Saddam Hussein’s regime following yet another war. I later married one brother, Ashor, and became immersed in the lives of Assyrians: peace-loving Christians who had managed to retain their religion and culture over many centuries despite being a tiny minority in a Muslim-dominated country.

How has the book changed over the course of its development?
Run Thomas Run started out in 2007 as a comedy. Assyrians have a keen sense of humour and I wanted to highlight that. But comedy wasn’t appropriate for all that these migrants had been through. I needed a new approach...

How does Run Thomas Run differ from other books with similar themes?
In my novel the shadow of the regime my characters are running from never quite goes away, even in the new country. Also, it centres on Christian Assyrians, a minority neglected within their homeland of Iraq and forgotten by politicians outside it...
Wellington author Kate Carty holds an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University and a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing from Whitireia. As a journalist she has had lengthy experience on newspapers in New Zealand and Australia.

Go to Kate's page at the Escalator website for full answers and more information.

Behind the scenes

We have recently sent out advance reading copies of Run Thomas Run. We hope that all those who have received copies are enjoying the novel as much as we did!

Booksellers who would like an advance copy, please contact Paul Greenberg at Greene Phoenix Marketing. Media please contact

The Score

Excellent reviews for The Score continue to roll in, the latest from Sue McCauley in New Zealand Books, Winter 2014: ‘Jansen skilfully turns it into a story that is both believable and slightly mythical. We want to believe, so we do – for The Score is a profoundly optimistic and good-hearted novel.’ And from Catherine Robertson in the New Zealand Listener: ‘Wellingtonian Jansen paints on a small canvas with skill and insight into the tough task of rebuilding a life with few resources past your own fortitude. A warm, unpretentious gem.’

And what really happens when a grand piano falls off a crane? The research for this novel has fascinated audiences at several presentations Adrienne has given recently.

More coming soon...

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