"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.
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
Hugely influential in the New Zealand art world. This biograp[hy of iconic Wellingtonian Peter McLeavey, 'the life and times of a New Zealand art dealer' is well worth a read. See it in our library's catalogue.
"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.
"Black ice matter", by Gina Cole - 2017 Winner Hubert Church Best First Book Fiction - A collection of short stories exploring the connections between extremes of heat and cold. Sometimes this is spatial or geographical; sometimes it is metaphorical.
"Can You Tolerate This?" by Ashleigh Young. 2017 Winner - Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction. Also, winner of a Windham-Campbell Prize at Yale University. A collection of twenty-one personal essays.
"Hera Lindsay Bird" by Hera Lindsay Bird. 2017 Winner - Jessie Mackay Best First Book, Poetry. This impressive debut has established Hera Lindsay Bird as a good girl with many beneficial thoughts and feelings with themes as varied as snow and tears, the poems in this collection shine with the fantastic cream of who she is juxtaposing many classical and modern breezes.
"Fale Aitu - Spirit House", by Tusiata Avia. 2017 Finalist - Poetry. Speaking from Samoa, Christchurch, Gaza, and New York Avia's fearless voice combines mythic with the everyday stories, never shying away from moments of pain nor strange wonder.
"Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch by Peter Simpson. 2017 Finalist, Illustrated Non-Fiction. In this book, Simpson tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of this 'Bloomsbury South' and the arts and artists that made it.