The Read - Booksellers NZ
Founded in 2010, with only 7 or 8 books eligible, the range of entries has grown yearly, and in 2016, twenty-nine books were entered into this award. And, of course, the excellent Twitter hashtag #YeahNoir was coined on Twitter, by Steph Soper from the NZ Book Council.
The Christchurch Writer’s Festival (now WORD) have partnered with the Ngaio Marsh Awards since they were founded by Craig Sisterson in 2010. We talked to Sisterson who is now London-based, WORD Festival bookseller Pene Whitty from University Bookshop Canterbury, Peter Riggs from Page & Blackmore in Nelson, and Steph Soper from the NZ Book Council, about the strength of kiwi crime and how it sells.