Yes, it's spring and time to think about our annual gathering of wonderful New Zealand women writers, listening to their words and enjoying our famous afternoon tea. Tickets available now! $55.
Come and meet: Tina Makereti, Vasanti Unka, Sachie Nomura
Hinemoana Baker, Elsbeth Sandys, Charlotte Randall
Laurence Fearnley, Julie Le Clerc, Paddy Richardson
Anna Jackson, Anne Else and Eleanor Catton
2014 NZ POST BOOK AWARDS
JILL TREVELYAN’S story of art dealer PETER McLEAVEY WINS Book of the Year Award
See details here
Winner of Our Delicious Cook Book Basket
Here's Patricia drawing the winner of our basket of delicious books. And here is our lucky, lucky recipient!
Man Booker Prize Longlist 2014
Chair of the 2014 judges, AC Grayling, comments on behalf of the panel:
‘This is a diverse list of ambition, experiment, humour and artistry. The novels selected are full of wonderful stories and fascinating characters. The judges were impressed by the high quality of writing and the range of issues tackled - from 1066 to the future, from a PoW camp in Thailand, to a dentist’s chair in Manhattan; from the funny to the deeply serious, sometimes in the same book.’
Joshua Ferris (American) To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Richard Flanagan (Australian) The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Karen Joy Fowler (American) We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Siri Hustvedt (American) The Blazing World
Howard Jacobson (British) J
Paul Kingsnorth (British) The Wake
David Mitchell (British) The Bone Clocks
Neel Mukherjee (British) The Lives of Others
David Nicholls (British) Us
Joseph O'Neill (Irish/American) The Dog
Richard Powers (American) Orfeo
Ali Smith (British) How to be Both
Niall Williams (Irish) History of the Rain
It's Our 25th Birthday!
What a great party we had! And thanks to everybody who sent flowers, cards, chocolate - we are humbled by all the good wishes.