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.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Unity Boooks Wellington - Lunchtime Event | Re-inventing New Zealand by Roger Horrocks | Wednesday 1st June 12-12.45pm
Unity Books Wellington and Atuanui Press warmly welcome you to a lunchtime event with
Re-Inventing New Zealand
Essays on the arts and the media
Wednesday 1st June 12-12.45pm Unity Books 57 Willis Street Wellington
Come and hear author Roger Horrocks discuss the invention and re-invention of New Zealand culture, and the role played by literature, painting, music, film and television. Book signings available.
With its unusual breadth and depth, this book is the harvest of a lifetime of thinking about the arts and media in New Zealand by someone with ‘a knowledge’ (says Murray Edmond) ‘that combines industry practice with academic insight in a way that is unrivalled in New Zealand.’
The book reflects on the huge changes to our culture produced by the hippie upheaval of the 1960s, new forms of feminism, the Māori renaissance, radical styles of philosophy, economic extremism, and the digital age. Such changes have transformed our literature, visual arts, music, film, and television, and re-invented our sense of place. The book offers insights into each of those arts and each of those themes.
A personal memoir by the author sets the scene for this richly varied selection of 21 essays, from 1983 to 2016.
“These essays are seminal contributions, central to the major intellectual and cultural changes that define the New Zealand we live in today.” – Wystan Curnow