Friday, March 11, 2016


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Ockham New Zealand Book Awards: Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the inaugural Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced. Who will win? Vying for the $50,000 fiction prize are national treasure Patricia Grace (pictured left), Christchurch’s Patrick Evans, Australia-based Kiwi Stephen Daisley, and newcomer David Coventry. Christchurch's Fiona Farrell (pictured right) is on the running for the non-fiction prize. For more information on all the finalists in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, illustrated non-fiction, and poetry, visit here, and for a laconic take on the awards, visit The Spinoff.

Literary Fame and its Consequences

Come and hear two distinguished academics and authors discussing their most recent novels about literary fame and its consequences. Newly shortlisted for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, Patrick EvansThe Back of His Head is a hilarious and troubling satire on the making and manipulation of literary fame. Jennifer Wallace’s Digging up Milton turns the consequences of interfering with a great poet’s mortal remains into a grotesque version of Paradise Lost, with an unlikely Eve as victim. Chaired by Paul Millar. More information on the speakers.
15 March, 5pm
University Bookshop, University Drive, Ilam
Free Entry

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