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, May 21, 2016
AWF - It's a wrap !
IT'S A WRAP!
In an intellectual and emotional
whirlwind, the Auckland Writers Festival hit us all, embraced us, then
flew away - and wasn't it a fabulous experience? The City of Sails
placed itself at the heart of the written world last week as the
Auckland Writers Festival broke its own record, with over 65,000 seats
A huge and hearty THANK YOU to each and every one of you for
your good humour, great attendance, interesting questions and
all 'round excellent company!
People young and old flocked to the
Festival, which has just celebrated its 16th year, to see more than 150
novelists, playwrights, song writers, scientists, historians,
children’s writers, critics, editors, illustrators and poets from New
Zealand and around the world.
In the words of Festival director Anne O'Brien, the enormous enthusiasm and increasing
Festival attendance is testament to people’s hunger for more
substantive conversations, and deeper engagement with the world and
each other: "We know
that literate citizens live better lives and build better worlds, and
we’re delighted to have played our part in cultivating literacy in the
country over the last six days."