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.
Everyone has a story about where they
were when the world changed on September 11, 2001. It’s simultaneously
the most upsetting, most uncomfortable, and most fascinating conversation
to have—to hear what people remember, what they felt, and how they
responded. Though it’s been nearly two decades, the reminders of that day
are constant, and the pain is still fresh for many. The role of fiction,
now and always, is to explore experiences, emotions, and the extent to
which we can share our humanity. These profound, powerful, and
perspective-shifting novels set on 9/11 and beyond do all of those
things, and are valuable additions to any bookshelf.