We would like to thank all of you who have sent messages of concern regarding the recent fire in the Auckland office of White Cedar Press. As we have written back to each of you individually, we want to emphasize that NO ONE in the unit was harmed, and indeed the fire started and was extinguished within a space of ten minutes; furthermore only one person was in the office at the time, Mandy Bates-Leedston, who escaped any injury and has not been charged with any criminal infractions.
Rebecca Hampsworth, the acquisitions director and acting manager of the Auckland office, would also like to take this opportunity to assure the many fans of our beloved children’s author, Beverly Quan Gianelli, that the delay in the printing of Ms. Quan Gianelli’s new title, Werewolves and Wombats: Quest for the Southern Cross, is completely due to mechanical difficulties outside the control of White Cedar Press. The novel is scheduled for release November 1 in Auckland and Christchurch.
“Werewolves and Wombats will surely continue the tradition of quality writing from Ms. Quan Gianelli,” enthused Mandy Bates-Leedston, Director of Children’s Publishing – Southern Hemisphere, from his vacation cottage near Invercargill.