NZ Book Awards

Finalists announced for 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

‘Characters burst off the pages, delighting us at every turn,’ say the judges of this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. They have selected 35 finalists for the 2017 awards.

‘This year’s shortlist reminds us that books are powerful vehicles for helping children make sense of their world and gain a better understanding of themselves and others. At times the vividly descriptive writing was brutal and heart-breaking, providing moving portrayals of life through the eyes of children and teenagers. All finalist titles are convincing in their realism, skilfully laced with honour and honesty throughout,’ says convenor of judges Pam Jones.

The Mitch Marks Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Awards

by Mitch Marks - all photographs from the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards © Marcel Tromp 
 
This year’s New Zealand Book Awards, the second under the Ockham banner, are the first literary awards I’ve been to. I imagined it was going to be a cross between the only other awards I’ve attended: music awards and school prizegivings. That’s not too far off, except a music industry event would never close the foyer bar as soon as everyone files into the theatre.
 

Victoria University Press dominates literary awards

Victoria University Press (VUP) had a clean sweep at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, winning all five categories it was shortlisted in including New Zealand’s richest writing award, the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize worth $50,000, awarded to Catherine Chidgey for The Wish Child.
 
VUP also won the categories: Best First Non-Fiction for My Father’s Island by Adam Dudding, Best First Poetry for Hera Lindsay Bird by Hera Lindsay Bird, Best Non-Fiction for Can You Tolerate This? by Ashleigh Young and Best Poetry for Fits and Starts by Andrew Johnston.
 

Globally Lauded Novelist Wins Country’s Biggest Fiction Prize

Internationally renowned Ngāruawāhia resident Catherine Chidgey has won New Zealand’s richest writing award, the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, for her novel The Wish Child. The award was announced at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

Free Tickets to the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards

As part of the Booksellers/Book Tokens sponsorship of the Ockhams NZ Book Awards, we have 18 complimentary tickets to give away to our members. The Awards will be the first public event of the Auckland Writers Festival, starting at 7.00pm on Tuesday 16 May, in the ASB Theatre at Aotea Centre.

To go in the draw to win a double-pass for your store, email jane.arthur@booksellers.co.nz with the following information by 5pm, Wednesday 5th April (subject line: Ockhams):

Store name:
Attendee 1 name:
Attendee 2 name:

Literary Heavyweights Vie for Top Writing Honours

Four of the country’s most respected novelists are in the running for New Zealand’s richest fiction writing prize with today’s announcement of the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards shortlist. 

Commonwealth Prize-winning novelist Catherine Chidgey’s The Wish Child is one of the contenders for the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, as are multi-award winning writer Owen Marshall’s Love as a Stranger, critic, poet and novelist C.K. Stead’s The Name on the Door is Not Mine, and critically acclaimed poet and novelist Emma Neale’s Billy Bird.

Manager for New Zealand Book Awards Trust

Former publisher Belinda Cooke has been appointed to the newly created position of Manager of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust.
 
Chair of the Trust Nicola Legat said the board was grateful to have secured funding from Copyright Licensing New Zealand to help appoint a part-time manager. This will enhance the delivery of the three properties the Trust manages – the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults and Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day. 

Awards

The New Zealand Book Awards celebrate excellence, identifying the very best books written by New Zealanders.

Go to the New Zealand Book Awards website.

The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults recognise the best books for children and young adults published annually in New Zealand.

Go to the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults website.