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, December 09, 2016
Aotearoa Summer Reads to inspire nation to choose home-grown talent
Aotearoa Summer Reads to inspire
nation to choose home-grown talent
A cast of New Zealand writers have selected their top
picks from the Aotearoa-grown bookshelves to help guide kiwis in their
Summer reading goals.
Aotearoa Summer Reads launches with Fairfax Media on
Sunday 11 December with not-your-average-housewife and author Gilda Kirkpatrick talking
us through her book picks via video on Stuff.co.nz, and with the first
reveal of the extended reading list in the Sunday Star Times.
‘Tracey Slaughter’s stunning second collection of short
stories garnered rave reviews earlier this year – if you haven’t already
gobbled down Deleted Scenes for Lovers, stop what you’re doing and get
your hands on it now.’ says author, Catherine Chidgey of one of her
Such advice from the selection panel will be revealed and
celebrated over the coming months with an #aotearoareads campaign driven
by the New Zealand Book Council.
On choosing one of his own titles for Aotearoa Summer
Wendt says ‘This is the first time I’m recommending one
of my own books. I’ve always felt wrong about doing so, and I haven’t.
But now, nearing the end of my writing life, I’ve decided so what! You’ve
spent years teaching and recommending other writers’ books, so why not
one of yours, especially one you’re very fond of?’
And why not indeed! Aotearoa Summer Reads is a movement
created to inspire bold choices and an adventure in reading New Zealand