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.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Latest news from Auckland Writers & Readers Festival
HEAR JODI PICOULT IN HER
ONLY NZ APPEARANCE - NEXT MONDAY
On Monday 23 July 2012, the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival in
association with Allen & Unwin and the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly is
presenting the sole New Zealand performance by international best-selling
author Jodi Picoult at Auckland’s Aotea Centre at 7pm. She will be
discussing her latest novel Lone
Wolf, as well as a new work Between the Lines, co-authored with her
teenage daughter Samantha van Leer.
JODI PICOULT, 44, is the
bestselling author of eighteen novels including: Songs
of the Humpback Whale (1992), Nineteen Minutes (2007), Change of Heart
(2008), Handle With
Care (2009), House
Rules (2010), and Sing
You Home (2011) — the last five of which debuted at number
one on the New York
Times bestseller list – and her newest novel, Lone Wolf. www.jodipicoult.com.au
SAMANTHA VAN LEER
is a junior in high school. She conceived the idea for Between the Lines
and pitched it to her mum, Jodi Picoult, who was in the middle of a book
tour. In her spare time, Samantha can be found playing softball, doing
contemporary dance, acting and singing in musicals, and cuddling her two
dogs, Dudley and Oliver — for whom the prince in this fairy tale was
Monday 23 July 7pm ASB Theatre, Aotea
Centre, The EDGE $35 Standard $20 Under 18 years
of age Book now on www.buytickets.co.nz
(service fees apply)
NZ POST BOOK AWARDS WINNERS ‘IN CONVERSATION’ WITH JENNIFER
WARD-LEALAND Free Public Event
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear New
Zealand’s best writers come together to discuss their books, love of
writing, new projects, inspirations and challenges and the books
currently on their own ‘must-read’ lists.
Readers can hear the Book of the Year winner, Fiction, Poetry,
Illustrated Non-fiction, General Non-fiction winners and the People’s
Choice Award winner live in conversation with Jennifer Ward-Lealand. An
audience question and answer session will follow, and copies of the
authors’ award-winning books will be available for purchase and signing.
for a list of the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards finalists.
The winners of our major literary awards for contemporary writing and
illustration will be announced at a gala dinner ceremony on Wednesday 1
Mark the date in
New Zealand Post Book Award-winning writers of 2012
will be speaking at a free author event.
A glorious abundance of new writing by
New Zealand women has forced The Women’s Bookshop to run two Ladies’
Litera-Teas this year.
Spend a delicious Sunday afternoon indulging
yourself! At the traditional afternoon tea we serve
lamingtons, Neenish tarts, asparagus rolls, cup cakes, savouries, melting
moments and other divine delicacies. The authors sign books in between
Sunday 19 August 1pm
to 5.30pm at Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls Grammar
Emily Perkins with her acclaimed new novel The Forrests; Bianca Zander
with her stunning debut The
Girl Below; Kim
Evans whose Little
cafes and book have become ‘foodie phenomenons’; Joanne Drayton
with TheSearch for Anne Perry
(the international crime writer who is Juliet Hulme of Christchurch
matricide fame); Mary
Edmond-Paul on Robin Hyde; Joan Druett with the brilliant
story of Tupaia,
Cook’s Polynesian navigator; Hannah
McQueen on finance; Tina Grenville with A Life in Three Acts;
and three authors from Victoria University Press in Wellington – poets Helen Heath and Lynn Davidson,
and novelist Gigi
Fenster with her brilliant debut The Intentions Book.
sell out - no door sales.
Visa & Mastercard bookings accepted by phone, email or website $100 for TWO – Buy
tickets for both events and save!
November (same time, same venue)
so far: Stephanie Johnson, Jacqueline Fahey,
from La Cigale
(The French Market), poets Paula
Green and JanetCharman;
getting Back to the
De Pont from the Fashion Museum, garden designer XantheWhite, novelist Maxine Alterio
from Dunedin and Fiona
Farrell from Christchurch whose superb Broken Book is a
finalist in the NZ Post Book Awards.
AN EVENING WITH SIR ANDREW MOTION, former UK POET
Three intellectual powerhouses, the
Auckland Museum, The University of Auckland and the Auckland Writers
& Readers Festival, join together to present one of the world’s
foremost poets in Auckland. Sir Andrew Motion is a Fellow of the
Royal Society of Literature and was the UK Poet Laureate from 1999 until
2009 when he was knighted for his services to literature. In conversation
with the University’s Emily Perkins, Andrew will bring his work to life.
August 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
The University of Auckland School of Music Theatre , 6 Symonds Street,
for University staff and alumni and Festival Patrons
For all bookings ph 09 306-7048 or go to
fee of $3 applies to each transaction
BOOK OF THE MONTH
A young man leaves home as a deckhand on
a Norwegian freighter, to travel the world. He returns to New Zealand
changed almost beyond recognition. Along the way he meets nine people who
influence his life and help make him the writer he becomes. James
has a cast of characters who include 'the Mother Courage of the English
theatre', an anti-Mafia reformer in Sicily, a Kanak revolutionary who is
assassinated, a rejected cousin and 'Mr Punch in naval uniform', the New
Zealand poet Denis Glover. All are larger than life. Some of them, like
the author's mysterious Maori aunt, are good enough to bottle. This book
is witty, poignant and in the words of its editor, Emma Neale, 'rich in
astonishing anecdote'. It is at once a self-portrait, a hymn to a
vanishing New Zealand, and the first time James McNeish has written about
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