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 31, 2015
WORD CHRISTCHURCH - MAN BOOKER CONTENDER ANNA SMAILL
MAN BOOKER CONTENDER
have hugely exciting news! New Zealand poet and novelist Anna Smaill, who
is heading to Christchurch for WORD Christchurch's Shifting Points of View
programme in the Christchurch Arts Festival, has just been long-listed for
the Man Booker prize for her superb novel The Chimes. The novel is set in
a dystopian future where music has replaced the written word, and people's
memories are wiped every evening. It is written using exquisite language
and tense plotting, and is a favourite in our office.
Anna joins luminaries such as Marilynne Robinson, Anne Tyler and Anne
Enright to compete for a place on the shortlist, and for the final prize of
£50,000. Anna is only the fifth New Zealander to secure a
place on the list, after Keri Hulme, Patricia Grace, Lloyd Jones and of
course Eleanor Catton. We wish her very warm congratulations and look
forward to welcoming her to the Imaginary
Cities panel on 30 August.
Anna Smaill was
born in Auckland in 1979. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the
IIML, and a PhD in contemporary American poetry from University College
London. She is the author of a book of poetry, The Violinist in Spring,
and her poems have been published in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
She has lived and worked in both Tokyo and London, and now lives in
Wellington, with her husband, novelist Carl Shuker, and their
Chimes, her first novel, was published in 2015 to great
Independent called Anna “2015’s
most impressive new novelist”.
ANNA SMAILL'S THE CHIMES MAKES THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE LONGLIST
Our warmest congratulations to NZ's Anna Smaill who has been selected for the Man Booker Prize longlist for her debut novel The Chimes which constructs a world ruled by a large musical instrument, and navigated via a musical language. Anna appeared at this year's Festival in a session with Bernard Beckett titled Memory Loss as well as our Life Beyond reading session. You can listen to Anna in Memory Lossonline or via itunes.
Congratulations also to 2008 Festival guest and 2007 Man Booker Prize winner Anne Enright who has also been longlisted for her novel The Green Road.