The quintessential New Zealand character comes to the fore in the finalists for the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2014, announced today. Selected from 150 entries, the judges say the finalist books capture the essence of the country’s psyche – not just in place and people, but by capturing what makes us tick as New Zealanders.
Rugged New Zealand country and character is the over-riding theme in the three winning books for the New Zealand Society of Authors Best First Book section in the New Zealand Post Book Awards announced today. Each author wins a prize of $2,500.
The three New Zealand Society of Authors Best First Book winners are:
Best First Book – Fiction: Tough by Amy Head, published by Victoria University Press
Best First Book – Poetry: Horse with Hat by Marty Smith, illustrations by Brendan O’Brien, published by Victoria University Press, and
Best First book – Non-fiction: Tragedy at Pike River Mine by Rebecca Macfie, published by Awa Press.
What is the relationship between book reviews and bookselling? Book reviews can give the bookseller a heads-up on literary trends and help prioritise quality titles. So how can booksellers maximise the usefulness of book reviews?
Booksellers NZ’s weekly feature Preview of Reviews, is a handy breakdown of which books are being reviewed in New Zealand for the week ahead.