Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community
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.
Recognise which past New Zealand Book Awards-winning novel
has the opening line: “He walks down the street. The asphalt reels by
him.”? Know your Stead from your Smither, your Ihimaera from your
The Auckland Writers Festival’s first Great NZ Lit Quiz celebrates the
50th anniversary of our very own national book awards. Gather your team
together and get ready for a great night out.
designed the lit quiz to end all lit quizzes, traversing the rich and
varied terrain of Aotearoa’s writerly landscape in a series of quick and
– The masterful AWF programming team
Supported by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust and hosted
by Te Radar, the quiz includes six rounds about local literature and
writers, with spot prizes between rounds for answers to questions
relating directly to past book awards winners.
The Quiz takes place on Friday 18 May, 8.45pm in the Heartland Festival
Room, Aotea Square. Find out more about the event, and how to sign up
your team, here.
The Broadway producers of an adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird are
counter-suing the Harper Lee estate, which last month brought a suit
against them arguing the script differed too much from Lee's original
Over 25 radical and independent bookshops are taking part
in a two-week long celebration of feminist books in a bid to add to the
debate about diversity in publishing and showcase books by women
Allen Lane and Yale University Press (YUP) both have two
books apiece on the £40,000 Wolfson History Prize 2018 shortlist, which
recognises and celebrates books which combine excellence in historical
research with readability for a general audience.