Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, June 13, 2011
THE WELLINGTON BOOK
You are cordially invited to the launch of a new illustrated book celebrating all things Wellingtonian.
The Wellington Book has been created by Nigel Beckford, Michael Fitzsimons, Jess Lunnon and Sandi MacKechnie and published by FitzBeck Publishing.
This book is designed to appeal to visitors and locals alike and is a visual feast that is colourful, quirky, funky and mildly educational.
UNITY BOOKS, 57 WILLIS STREET
JUNE 23, 6.00-7.30 PM
Here is the publishers take on it:
Capital Of Cool Gets Book To Match
The Wellington Book celebrates all things Wellingtonian in 120 gloriously illustrated pages.
The book is the brainchild of Fitzbeck Creative directors Mike Fitzsimons and Nigel Beckford.
Concluding that existing tourist books did no justice to the city’s creative reputation, they resolved to create something that captured the city in a way no camera ever could.
They drew up a list of their favourite Wellington haunts and worked with two young illustrators, Sandi MacKechnie and Jess Lunnon, to bring their vision to life.
Each picture was painstakingly built up in layers over five months with all four contributing ideas and elements.
The result is a visual feast that is colourful, quirky, funky and mildy educational.
The book captures the real Wellington - from the hardy dog walkers of Lyall Bay to tooting in the Mt Vic tunnel, hair-raising landings at the airport and glorious summer days on Oriental Parade.
The book is designed to appeal to locals and visitors alike and would make a great gift.
An accompanying calendar and t-shirt is available to complete the experience.