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Archive for August, 2009

Baxter in Jerusalem Talk by John Newton

Writers on Mondays

John Newton’s book The Double Rainbow: James K. Baxter, Ngati Hau and the Jerusalem Commune is ‘a work of cultural history that aspires to be a work of bicultural history’. He talks with publisher Fergus Barrowman about his pilgrimage to uncover what life was really like for Maori and Pakeha communities in Baxter’s Jerusalem.

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Judicial Seal of Approval for New Rua Book

Justice Joe Williams with Commissioner John Cullen looking over his shoulder

Justice Joe Williams with Commissioner John Cullen looking over his shoulder

Justice Joe Williams launched Mark Derby’s The Prophet and the Policeman: The Story of Rua Kenana and John Cullen at Wellington’s Unity Books on Wednesday night.

The former lead singer of ’80s reggae group Aotearoa sang the praises of the book saying it painted a highly nuanced picture of its two protagonists.

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The Extinction Gene

Press Release

The Extinction Gene by Robert Gross

IS NATURE PULLING THE PLUG ON HUMANKIND?
— New book reveals that Homo Sapiens may be on the way to joining the 99% of species already extinct

The end of the Dinosaur era occurred about 65 million years ago. Theories abound as to why, and how, they became extinct. The one thing scientists agree on is a catastrophic event is to blame. Along with dinosaurs about 70% of all species on Earth became extinct. Could humans be next?

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Barbara Anderson Honoured

Press Release
Much-Loved Writer Barbara Anderson Honoured

Barbara Anderson will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature from the University of Otago this weekend. This degree marks her enormous contribution to New Zealand literature.

She has written eight novels including the award-winning “Portrait of the Artist’s Wife” and as well as collections of short-stories beginning with “I think we should go into the jungle” in 1989.
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Alistair Te Ariki Campbell Mourned

Creative New Zealand mourns the loss of iconic New Zealand writer

Creative New Zealand mourns the loss of iconic New Zealand poet, playwright and novelist Alistair Te Ariki Campbell (1925–2009). The author of numerous poetry collections and works of fiction from the mid-twentieth century onwards, his work is amongst those writers that characterise the rise of a New Zealand literary tradition.

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