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, April 05, 2017
LONESOME WHEN YOU GO ON TOUR
Just like a real rock band, YA rock novel Lonesome When
You Go by Saradha Koirala
is on tour and it's day three with two days to go.
When You Go won a Storylines Notable Book Award in the weekend. It is
about Paige who plays bass for a high school rock band and is feeling the
pressure with a band competition coming up and the end of the year looming when
everything will change, but there are also problems in the band and something's
not right with her close friend.
Going on tour means Lonesome When You Go is being
hosted by some of this country's leading children's book bloggers – each one
has the author along for a day (in the digital sense) and offers reviews,
interviews and other insights into this author and her book.
Day 1: The Kids Books NZ blog is run by authors Maria Gill
and Lorraine Orman. They kicked off the week by posting a review of Lonesome
When You Go that declared the book '
An energetic and very readable story with a likeable heroine
Day 2: The Ms Blair Recommends blog, run by librarian,
reviewer and music lover Crissi Blair, posted an interview on the musical
aspect of Lonesome When You Go. Amongst other things Saradha revealed
the strange names of bands she's played in and how she has played both double
bass and bass and croons along to Dylan in her bedroom, just like her character
Day 3: Midweek already, and Hooked on NZ Books is running an
interview with Saradha Koirala that sees the author revealing that she's not as cool as her
character, how she plans her novels
and her writing heroes Maurice Gee and Mandy Hagar
Hooked on NZ Books is a blog run by author Eirlys Hunter
and an energetic team of teen reviewers.