Bookclub meets at 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm at Cinema Paradiso. Books for discussion in March are: Book of Secrets, My Sister the Serial Killer and The Dark is Light Enough. April books are introduced below.
Auckland Writers Festival, Aotea Centre, Auckland (programmes available in the bookshop).
A wonderful talk coming up by the celebrated author and scholar, Vincent O'Sullivan. Vincent discusses his latest book The Dark is Light Enough. Ralph Hotere. A Biographical Portrait. The Hotere talk will be illustrated with magnificent digital images from Ron Sang Publications and by the kind permission of the Hotere Foundation Trust. The presentation will be held twice during the Festival of Colour, on Sunday 11th April and again on Tuesday 13th April. This will be a very special occasion so make sure you book your tickets promptly, either online via our website, by calling us during shop hours on 021 0904 6330 or purchasing your tickets at the bookshop. The talk will be in Cinema One at Cinema Paradiso and will commence promptly at 10am on both days. Please come along at 9.30 and enjoy a coffee and a scone prior to the event.
Vincent will be introduced by his friend, the artist Grahame Sydney. Tickets are $20.00 and profits will go to local charity MINT who do such a great job supporting the intellectually disabled children in our community.
We are very grateful to all the people who have worked so hard to make this special event happen: Prue Wallis, The Hotere Foundation Trust, Ron Sang Publications, Vincent O'Sullivan, and Penguin Random House. The bookshop is very proud to be hosting this event. Thank you to Laura Williamson and the Festival of Colour for their support too.
The shop has been busy again this month with visitors from all over the country. A number of "out of towners" saw the article in The Listener and made sure we were a stop on their tour of the town and surrounds. Thank you to all the new customers from far away and our loyal friends from town who pop in to see what new books have arrived. Also, our Bannockburn, Cromwell, Alex, Clyde and Arrowtown friends. It is very gratifying to see new and familiar customers heading away with an armful of books.
Our favourite books this week
Here are some new selections we thought you might enjoy:
Disappearance of Stephanie Mailer
Jenny grabbed this book as soon as it arrived. Dicker is a Swiss author and Jenny really enjoyed his previous thriller: The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair. Although a European writer, he sets his stories on the East Coast of America. These comfortable coastal towns, north of New York city, are summer holiday havens. But all is not quite what it seems in these idyllic settings. In this latest plot, we immediately feel a chill . It is the mysterious disappearance of high-flying journalist, Stephanie Mailer. Why has she relocated to this small town? where has she? and what does she know? An engrossing and compelling read.
Our NZ book selection this week is National Anthem, poetry by Mohamed Hassan. Two of our customers recommended this writer after hearing him at Word in Christchurch last year. He is supported by Creative NZ and his poetry stands as a proud and moving testament to a man's search for 'home'. This publication is a finalist in the Ockham NZ Book Awards in the Poetry category.
Here is a quote from the back cover: "With illuminating stories of how people struggling with stress, depression, trauma, and addiction can change their lives .... [this book] shows how our understanding of nature and its restorative powers is beginning to flower." It is listed as one of the Sunday Times and The Times best books of 2020. You might be interested to know gardening guru, Linda Hallinan (when she was down for the A and P show ), grabbed the hardback copy of this book! And, Caroline Harker - who curates our gardening section - gives it the thumbs up as a fascinating read.
The newsletter is coming out ahead of the March 31st book club meeting so not too much news on this front but next month I will have two meetings to report on so should have some interesting tit bits from our discussions which we all seem to enjoy so much.
Please feel free to join us for book club on the 31st March and again on the 28th of April. You do not need to have read the nominated books - just come along and talk about a book you have enjoyed in the last month.
We have notified the Wanaka library so they will make sure some copies of each are available. We have plenty of copies of the books in the shop too.
The books for April are:
April Bookclub, Book #1
Sprigs by Wellington author and Sunday Star Times columnist Brannavan Gnanalingamis a finalist in the fiction category of the Ockham New Zealand book awards.
Reviewed in The Spinoff as "a sure-footed novel about heavy subjects", the novel examines patriarchy and rape culture in a New Zealand context. Although this sounds grim, the quality of both the prose and the characterisations add light and hope.
"One of the most moving books I’ve read in a very long time... I just haven’t stopped thinking about this book since I read it and it’s the type of novel I wished I had at high school.” Claire Mabey, Radio New Zealand
What a busy month coming up with arts festivals, writers festivals, and author talks to look forward to, not to mention the wonderful Autumn Arts School in the later part of April (still some spaces for some classes so check them out here). Also, so many interesting books to hoard, ready for the chillier days.
We all look forward to talking books with you in the next few weeks.