Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
New ttitles from V.U.P.
Wherever bodies of water are, people settle, and stories
collect. Six generations of poet Airini Beautrais family have lived near
the Whanganui River, the restless, all-encompassing figure at the heart
of her fourth collection Flow. Flow
is a brilliant polyphony of stories – large, small, geological,
ecological and human – that draw on many forms and voices and move
through various stages of human settlement up to the present day. In
March 2017, in a world first, the Whanganui River was granted the status
of legal personhood. Available from 13 July, p/b, $30.
1975. A time of protest and upheaval is ending. A few years earlier, the
world was in disarray. While protesters filled the streets, the Soviets
disseminated time machine images of 9/11. Plans for jet air travel were
shelved and the Twin Towers were never built. When time travel was made
illegal, it moved underground – into a world of time travel machines
servicing a demimonde of addicts, spies, bankers and activists.
Future Is in the Air is a captivating work about the
invisible forces that make us who we are: science, politics, power – and
our hoped-for futures. Available from 13 July, p/b,
Mane-Wheoki was a much loved and respected academic and curator of broad
and varied interests. Colonial Gothic to Māori Renaissance
is a remarkable tribute to his memory from friends, colleagues and former
students alike. Its contents are as varied and interesting as the man
himself: Victorian church architecture and liturgy, mysticism,
traditional and contemporary Māori art, and the artists Thomas Benjamin
Kennington, Gottfried Lindauer, Colin McCahon, Tony Fomison, Philip
Clairmont and Emily Karaka are all included here.
Available from 13 July, h/b, colour illustrations, $80.