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.
Friday, March 11, 2016
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New Zealand Book Awards: Shortlists Announced
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.
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
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 Evans’
The Back of His
Head is a hilarious and troubling satire on the making and
manipulation of literary fame. Jennifer
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.
information on the speakers.