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.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Eastbourne's Library & Bookshop dig down the back of the chair to celebrate Margaret Mahy Day together today
Today at 11 am, Eastbourne writers lead by Grandma
McGarvey's Jenny Hessell will gather at the local Library to read their
favourite Margaret Mahy story as part of the Nationwide Read. After that
bewigged librarian Sabine will lead the children along the street to the
nearby bookshop Rona Gallery for more stories and some Mahy-inspired craft.
'It's crazy, we're a small community but it's rare the
library and bookshop get together like this,' says organiser Mary McCallum,
'The spirit of the day -- to honour the marvellous Margaret Mahy -- has
encouraged us to do just that. We've worked together to get a collection of
local writers (both children and adult) reading, and to publicise and organise
the event. It should be fun.'
At Rona Gallery from 11.45, children can make Fifi Colston's
amazing egg carton treasure chairs (left - photo of their prototype) and hear
owner Joanna Ponder read Mahy classics like Down the Back of the
Chair. There'll also be bubbles to blow during a reading of Bubble
The writers at the library include: Jenny Hessell (Grandma
McGarvey), Jill Harris (At the Lake), and Maggie Rainey-Smith (About
Mary says, 'We're all very excited to get the Eastbourne
community get behind this nationwide celebration of one of NZ's writing
heroes.' Readings are at libraries all over the country at 11 am, and
there are some other Mahy events too - check out this blog or the facebook
page for details.
Public meeting in Auckland today at 2.30pm to honour Margaret Mahy - details here