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.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Menton comes to Wellington
NEWS FROM THE IIML
One person who will miss graduation this year
is Chris Price, who has the honour of delivering the inaugural Katherine
Mansfield Menton Lecture even as our graduates are crossing the stage just a
hundred metres away. Chris will present an illustrated selection of her
experiences as the 2011 New Zealand Post Mansfield Prize recipient, and read
from the creative nonfiction project she worked on at the Villa Isola Bella – a
book that goes in search of the death-obsessed English poet, anatomist and
suicide, Thomas Lovell Beddoes. Chris promises a mix of poetry, prose,
photographs, and even live music: as a scene setter for the lecture, her
partner Robbie Duncan will play music composed in Menton, accompanied by images
from the year away, between 5.15 and 5.30pm.
The lecture begins at 5.30 pm –
entry is free, but please note seating is limited.
Thursday 17 May,
5.30pm at City Gallery, Wellington.
Teju Cole comes to Wellington
delighted to confirm the visit of US/Nigerian writer Teju Cole next
Teju's first novel, Open City, was one of the most widely-admired and
books of 2011, making the top 10 lists of both Time magazine
NPR. It also won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award
Fiction, and the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and
is also an art historian and a street photographer whose work has
in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Tin House and A
Space. His Twitter project, Small Fates, makes startling condensed
out of old newspaper stories. His work-in-progress is a
will give a masterclass for the IIML's postgraduate creative writing
and there will be a public event at Unity Books, Wellington on
June 11th at midday.
German poetry comes to Wellington
Six German and New Zealand poets will be present at the Transit of Venus 2012
celebrations at Tolaga Bay on June 6, and will explore the process of writing
about this extraordinary astronomical phenomenon – with its associated border
crossings and cultural encounters – in a series of workshops and public
presentations. The poets are Hinemoana Baker, Glenn Colquhoun, Chris Price, Uwe
Kolbe, Brigitte Oleschinski, and Ulrike Almut Sandig.
For the second part of this reciprocal exchange, the German and New
Zealand poets will meet again in October in Frankfurt and Berlin, working
together in a translation workshop organised by Literaturwerkstatt, and
presenting the results at the Frankfurt Book Fair.