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, August 26, 2014
Rosa Mira Books is linking arms with Makaro Press
New dance steps:
Rosa Mira Books is linking arms with Makaro Press to bring you the
digital version of The Book of Hat,
named runner-up this week in the Ashton Wylie Book Awards.
"This is the real The Fault In our Stars" — Auckland Libraries
At 17, Harriet Rowland — known as Hat — learned she had
osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that began in her knee. At the time
she was a student at Queen Margaret College in Wellington, New
Going through treatment was often a lonely time, as friends — while
supportive — didn’t always understand Hat’s new life. This was until she
fell in love with the character Hazel Grace from John Green’s novel The
Fault in Our Stars, a girl who talks honestly and openly
about living with cancer. Like her, Hat found life changed in ways that
were both good and bad: falling in love and hospital stays among them.
And she was surprised by how much happiness there was still to find.
Throughout her journey, Hat kept a blog called My Experience of Walking the
Dog, and this book is a collection of those posts edited with
the author. Why the blog title? Her parents say cancer is like a dog —
fine if it stays in its own yard. Hat’s dog got out. This is her
Rosa Mira Books is delighted to join with Mākaro Press in
presenting the ebook version of
Harriet’s story which, just this week won second place in the Ashton
Wylie Book Awards (sandwiched between NZ’s famed Lloyd Geering and Joy
From its sell-out launch in February
this year, The Book of Hat hardcopy
went on to become a surprise hit in NZ. With $1 from each sale going to
CanTeen, the blue book with a hat made of stars on the cover was bought
by students and grandparents alike, and made its way into CanTeen gift
packs, hospices, adult book groups, school libraries and classrooms. A
surprising burst of internet sales saw it fly off as far as Moscow,
Prague and Wisconsin. —Mākaropress release
heartache, an irrepressible joie de vivre and love spill from the pages
Harriet wrote and her circle of influence goes on on widening. She would
have turned 21 today.
Book of Hat, the ebook, can be purchased here.
“Her writing is funny and truthful and wise, exactly like the
Harriet we got to meet when she visited the set last year.” Peter