"The Name on the Door is Not Mine", by C.K. Stead. 2017 Finalist - Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize. Gathered from throughout Karl Stead's career, this collection is a reminder of his deft storytelling and literary power...These stories, linked by tone and feel, are clever, sensual, wry and beautifully written, with Stead's subtle sense of humour evident at every turn.
In her long-awaited book, Barbara Brookes, drawing on a wide variety of sources, traces the narratives of women’s lives throughout New Zealand's history.
Driving to Treblinka : a long search for a lost father / Diana Wichtel - Diana Wichtel was born in Vancouver. Her mother was a New Zealander, her father a Polish Jew who had jumped off a train to the Treblinka death camp and hidden from the Nazis until the end of the war. When Diana was 13 she moved to New Zealand with her mother, sister and brother. Her father was to follow. Diana never saw him again. 2018 Finalist Royal Society Te Aparangi Award for General Non-Fiction
"Sodden downstream", by Brannavan Gnanalingam - Thousands flee central Wellington as a far too common ‘once in a century’ storm descends. Roads are closed and all rail is halted. For their own safety, city workers are told that they must go home early. Sita is a Tamil Sri Lankan refugee living in the Hutt Valley. She’s just had a call from her boss. If she doesn’t get to her cleaning job in the city she’ll lose her contract. 2018 Finalist Acorn Foundation Ficton Prize
Book on Molesworth Station is a must for all those interested in the iconic South Island high country. Molesworth is our largest highcountry station. Molesworth covers an area great than Stewart Island
"Gordon Walters : new vision", by commissioning editor, Zara Stanhope ; curators, Lucy Hammonds, Laurence Simmons and Julia Waite ; managing editor, Clare McIntosh - In a practice spanning 50 years, Walters explored the seemingly infinite potential of a limited set of geometric forms to create art of increasing refinement. 2018 Finalist Illustrated Non-Fiction.
"Tōtara : a natural and cultural history", by Philip Simpson - In words and pictures, through waka and leaves, farmers and carvers, the author takes us deep inside the trees: their botany and evolution, their role in Māori life and lore, their uses by Pākehā and their current status in our environment and culture. 2018 Finalist Illustrated Non-Fiction.
"Tuai : a traveller in two worlds', by Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins - Thrilling biographical narrative of a young Bay of Islands leader who grew up in the Māori world of the early nineteenth century - and crossed the globe to encounter England in the midst of the industrial revolution . This is a story about the Māori discovery of England. These voyages between worlds represented risk and opportunity: Tuai chose opportunity, and the rest is history. 2018 Finalist Illustrated…
"Tears of Rangi : experiments across worlds", by Anne Salmond - Salmond looks at New Zealand as a site of cosmo-diversity, a place where multiple worlds engage and collide. Beginning with a fine-grained inquiry into the early period of encounters between Maori and Europeans in New Zealand (1769-1840), Salmond then investigates such clashes and exchanges in key areas of contemporary life. 2018 Royal Society Te Aparagi Award for General Non-Fiction
"Drawn out : a seriously funny memoir", by Tom Scott - "A funny, sometimes sad, ripping yarn of a life spent observing and satirising key figures of New Zealand politics, sports and the arts. Tom Scott is a political commentator, political cartoonist, satirist, scriptwriter, playwright, raconteur and funny man. 2018 Finalist Royal Society Te Aparangi Award for General Non-Fiction
"Dancing with the King : the rise and fall of the King Country, 1864-1885", by Michael Belgrave - After the battle of Orakau in 1864 and the end of the war in the Waikato, Tawhiao, the second Maori King, and his supporters were forced into an armed isolation in the Rohe Potae, the King Country. For the next twenty years, the King Country operated as an independent state - a land governed by the Maori King. 2018 Finalist Royal Society Te Aparangi Award for General Non-Fiction
"Salt picnic", by Patrick Evans - It's 1956 and Iola arrives on the island of Ibiza, on the fringes of Franco's Spain, with little more than a Spanish phrasebook. Soon she meets a fascinating American photographer who falls in and out of focus: is he really a photographer, and who exactly is the German doctor he keeps asking her about? 2018 Finalist Acorn Foundation Ficton Prize
"The yield", by Sue Wootton - These poems are sensorially alive, deeply attentive to language, the body, and the world around us. Wootton addresses subjects as various as the fraught relationship between medical institutions and individual suffering, the disintegration of the polar icecaps, the energising power of solitude and the rewarding demands of creativity and love. This is a collection about give and take, loss and gain; about sowing, tending and reaping. 2018 Finalist Poetry
"Rāwāhi", by Briar Wood - Poems in the collection Rawahi travel on emotional and linguistic voyages to make aroha from the movements between people and places. Intersecting journeys are woven together with memory in poetry which carries with it oral traditions, narrative, ancestory-telling and waka of whakapapa. These sky-borne sea lines are inspired by earthly encounters. 2018 Finalist Poetry.
"Night horse", by Elizabth Smither - The poems take the everyday - mothers and daughters, cats and horses, books and bowls, slippers and shirts - and transform them into something fresh: sometimes surreal, sometimes funny, often enchanted. And throughout, the work is infected with the personality of the author: a quirky, whimsical observer of the mundane world around her, which she shows to be full of surprises. 2018 Finalist Poetry
"A whakapapa of tradition : 100 years of Ngāti Porou carving, 1830-1930 / Ngarino Ellis with new photography by Natalie Robertson - 2017 Winner - Judith Binney First Book, Illustrated Non Fiction. The story of Ngāti Porou carving and a profound transformation in Māori art.