Thursday, January 31, 2013

New Zealand Book Council - Books to watch out for in early 2013

The number of fiction books due for release in the first half of this year is both exciting and impressive. Tanya Moir's aptly titled second novel Anticipation is due out in March. It is a dark and humorous novel about family history and the power and risk of knowledge. Keep an eye out for our February e-newsletter to enjoy a Q&A with her about the book. After reading Aorewa McLeod's memoir piece in the most recent Sport, I can see why I'm not alone in looking forward to picking up a copy of Who Was That Woman Anyway? Snapshots of a Lesbian Life.. Dim Post blogger Danyl 
McLauchlan participated in our most recent True Stories Told Live storytelling cabaret here in Wellington. He told a hilarious tale about an attempted seduction involving wasabi laced sushi. If this true story is anything to go by his new novel Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley is bound to be a rollicking good read. Donna Malane's My Brother's Keeper is in bookshops now, and it's the NZSA Pindar Publishing Prize winner's second thrilling novel featuring missing persons expert Diane Rowe. You can watch a short clip of Malane talking about her inspiration for the book's setting and characters here.

New Zealand poetry is pumping too, with new books due out by some of our best poets, as well as a number of exciting debut collections. I would say the following list of names is quite a recommendation on its own: C. K. Stead, Paula Green, John Newton, Elizabeth Smither, Ian Wedde, Therese Lloyd, Elizabeth Nannestad, and Maria McMillan (to name a generous handful).

Read the full feature on the Book Council's blog Open Book.

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