Scoop Review of Books

Archive for July, 2008

Under Mt St Bathans


Poem of the Week: Under Mt St Bathans

From: Into The Wider World by Brian Turner

Random House, $45. (August O8)

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Novelist Richard Powers to Talk in Wellington

American novelist Richard Powers won the 2006 National Book Award for Fiction with The Echo Maker, a psychological thriller that centres on a man with a rare brain disorder. Powers has explored the effects of modern science and technology in his fiction, including photography, molecular genetics and artificial intelligence. He talks with broadcaster Kim Hill on Monday 28 July. Read more »

CHICK LIT – Braunias in Birdland

How to Watch a Bird by Steve Braunias
Awa Press, $25. Reviewed by DAVID GEARY

1032iml001.jpgIt’s hard to write about birds without a flock of avian literary devices dive-bombing you, so stuff it, I’m going to let’em all come to roost. Let it be a testament to how much birds are part of our lives, our language and imagination. Yet, as Braunias laments, for too long we’ve relegated our feathered friends to second-class citizenship. He puts them back on their proper perch, as creations of joy and wonder. His book swoops, it soars, it pecks a few eyes out. Read more »

Bill Hammond Wins Book Design Awards


Bill Hammond: Jingle Jangle Morning, published by the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, cleaned up at the BPANZ Book Design Awards 2008 last night at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington. The book won the Best Cover and Best Illustrated categories, then took home the prize for the Best Book. Read more »

Poets Tackle Death and Dying for Hospice


Moonlight, a book of New Zealand poems on death and dying, is being launched at Mercy Hospice Auckland, on 18 July. The anthology, edited by poet Andrew Johnston, is being launched on Montana Poetry Day. Read more »

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