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, July 25, 2014
NEW ZEALAND POST BOOK AWARD FINALISTS HEADING TO WORD CHRISTCHURCH 27—31 AUGUST
POST BOOK AWARD FINALISTS HEADING TO WORD CHRISTCHURCH 27—31 AUGUST
Kupu Mahi Ōtautahi
The finalists for the New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced
and we are thrilled that four of our festival guests have been
Macfie is a finalist in the general non-fiction section for
her sensitive and thorough investigative book Tragedy at Pike River
Mine, about the 2010 mine explosion on the West Coast.
Rebecca is a senior writer for the Listener
and lives in Christchurch.
Lloyd Jones is also a
finalist in the general non-fiction category for his beautifully
written memoir of his family, TheHistory of
Silence, inspired by his visits to post-quake
Christchurch. No stranger to awards, his novel Mister Pip
won Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Montana Medal for fiction. It
was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Macfie and Lloyd Jones appear on the panel Tough Stuff
along with Gaylene Preston, director of Hope & Wire, to discuss
telling stories about difficult subjects. Rebecca also joins the
discussion on the Christchurch rebuild, Red Zones,
Green Frames and Blueprints.
Canterbury author Charlotte Randall is a finalist in the fiction
section with her novel The
Bright Side of My Condition, which follows the fortunes
of a group of shipwrecked convicts on the unforgivingly rugged Snares
Islands. Charlotte is the author of seven novels and lives on Banks
Peninsula. She appears in the session Island
Lives with Tina Makereti.
Eleanor Catton is —perhaps unsurprisingly, given her Man Booker win—
a finalist in the fiction category for her brilliant and
internationally acclaimed novel of the West Coast, The Luminaries.
Her session in the Transitional Cathedral,The
Luminary, is selling fast — don’t miss out.
will be announced on 27 August. Will any of
our guests arrive clutching awards? We hope so! For a full
list of finalists in the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards, go here.