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.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Victoria University Press news for April 2017
Four books in April
Victor Rodger is this year's Writer in Residence at the International Institute of Modern Letters and we're delighted to be publishing Black Faggot and Other Plays in April. Also included in the book are his plays At the Wake and Club Paradiso. A launch and play reading will be held at Te Hau Kainga, Taranaki St, Wellington on Thursday 27 April. More details to follow, but save the date! Black Faggot and Other Plays, p/b, $35.
The Chiming Blue is Marilyn Duckworth's first poetry collection since Other Lovers' Children, published in 1975. These new poems meditate with wit and warmth on love, memory, the writing life, and disorder. A launch for The Chiming Blue will be held at Unity Books tonight, Thursday 6 April. All welcome. The Chiming Blue, p/b, $25.
In his new collection RedEdits Geoff Cochrane traces wry, darkly glittering lines from odd fragments, encounters, overheard conversations, and moments of absurdity and revelation. RedEdits, p/b, $25.
Damien Wilkins' new novel Lifting is set in Wellington in the oldest and grandest department store in the country, Cutty's, which is about to close down. Amy is the store detective. She has a young baby, an ailing mother, a large mortgage and a past as an activist. This swiftly told novel shows again how vividly Damien Wilkins traces the stress fractures of contemporary lives. A reading by Damien, Kate Camp and Bill Manhire will be held at Adam Art Gallery on Wednesday 12 April, 5.30pm on. All welcome. Refreshments will be served. Lifting, p/b, $30.