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, June 02, 2017
Book launch for Beloved a glittering multicultural experience
Writer, photographer, entrepreneur and
mother, Emma Farry was thrilled to launch her book Beloved at the eponymous Women’s Bookshop this week. For once,
Carole took a well-earned break from catering – including not having to make
her signature guacamole! – as Emma and her team of helpers swung into action,
providing delicious sushi and fruit platters; champagne and Ferrero Rocher
Surrounded by a strong contingent of
beloved Lebanese family and friends, Emma was emotional as the evening segued
into singing, speeches, Maori prayers and blessings. Emma’s friend Monique
Rhodes, an internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer, performed
a moving song she had written, as her tribute to Emma and Beloved. Emma’s cousin Eva, who hails from Beirut and sings in a choir which
travels the world, sang a song in Arabic and French inspired by the words of St
Francis of Assisi; Emma’s nieces recited beautiful blessings in Te Reo. Not
surprisingly, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
Emma Farry has
written Beloved from the heart, after
her mother’s passing, and as a way of supporting others who may be struggling with
grief and change. Emma found solace in nature and meditation, and wrote Beloved as an antidote to these
crazy, accelerated and uncertain times. The words and images in her book encourage
us to slow down, breathe more deeply and connect with our true nature; allowing
us to be more resilient and present in our lives. For more, please visit: https://www.emmafarry.com/.
Beloved is available for sale through bookshops nationwide.