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Welcome to the third newsletter from Escalator Press. In this issue: 

•    Run Thomas Run launch report
•    The Shark Party launch report
•    Our authors in the media
•    A glimpse behind the scenes

Launch of Run Thomas Run

On 1 November the Paramount Cinema was the venue for the launch of Run Thomas Run. It was a gorgeous Saturday afternoon and we were grateful to all the supporters who decided to forgo the sun for a few hours in favour of celebrating with Kate Carty.

Host Sir Anand Satyanand opened the launch with a speech that touched on special cultural messages in Run Thomas Run. Then, in a touching and amusing gesture, he presented Kate with a copy of her book wrapped with a ribbon. Kate cut the ribbon, thus officially launching the novel.

Below are photos from the afternoon. If you wish to view more, click here to visit the album on our Facebook page

Launch of The Shark Party

The launch for The Shark Party at the Adam Art Gallery on 11 November was a great success. In Janet Colson’s own words, 'It was a fabulous crowd' and we certainly agree.

Book sales were very successful and there are now a lot of signed copies out and about, being devoured by keen readers.

Below are a few photos from the evening. If you wish to view more, click here to visit the album on our Facebook page

Janet Colson in The Big Idea, Fishhead

Janet Colson was interviewed for The Big Idea by Whitireia Creative Writing student Catherine English. The interview is a fascinating insight into the origin of the title, the lack of sharks at her launch and the appropriateness of the venue.

As for the novel writing journey, Janet talks about plumbing her own depths to do justice to her main character Carla.

To read the full article click here.

In Fishhead, The Shark Party is brought to life by reviewer Tom Goulter, 'She dazzles with lush, obsessively-visual descriptions of the New York high life to rival Bret Easton Ellis'. It notes Janet’s skills as an author and offers a tantalising glimpse behind the bold grey-and-white cover.

Look out for the printed copies of Fishhead in retailers from Thursday 27 November.

Kate Carty in local media

The intriguing story behind the writing of Run Thomas Run has featured in articles in The Independent Herald, the Kapi Mana News, and in Booksellers NZ.

Kate Carty was also recently interviewed by Newswire, the official publication of Whitireia's Journalism School. 

The interview reveals Kate's desire to humanise the people of Iraq through her novel, the amount of time it takes to write a book, and the pride she feels when finally holding a published copy of Run Thomas Run.

To read the full article click here.

To read the review in Booksellers click here.

Behind The Scenes

Here’s a preview of the cover design for A Line of Sight by Sarah Maxey.

To capture a book’s tone, genre and subject in a single graphic is an extremely hard task, but that’s what publishers are asking for when commissioning a cover design. Not only that, they’re asking the designer to come up with a cover that will make the book jump out at readers.

We were thrilled to get Sarah Maxey on board to design the cover for A Line of Sight. We presented two concepts to her, and she helped us to select the one that captured the spirit of the book and utilised her strength as a designer. 

In the end we went with the first rough Sarah presented us. It required very few changes, and we now have a fit-for-print cover that has gained compliments from all who have seen it - and now you can be the judges!

New books

The Shark Party by Janet Colson

Now available in time for Christmas! Find it at all good book stores and on our website.

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

'An engaging, evocative page-turner of a debut' Tom Goulter, FishHead

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

Run Thomas Run by Kate Carty

Now available in time for Christmas! Find it at all good book stores and on our website.

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

‘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

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

2015 Releases

A Line of Sight by Adrienne Jansen

Open Your Eyes, Jackson Ryder by Rudy Castañeda López

More coming soon...

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