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Sound & Vision: New CDs

Check out some of these newly catalogued CDs in our AV collection. To reserve these items click on the title link below, and to find out a bit more about them click on the cover images…

Grateful Dead – 30 trips around the sun : the definitive live story 1965-1995
AC/DC – Backtracks
Various Artists – Now that’s what I call music 49
David Bowie – Stage (Reissue)
Tracey Thorn – Solo: songs and collaborations 1982-2015
Adele – 25

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Writers’ night at Karori Library this week

Writers are creative and talented people, and so are librarians. Many poets, authors and storytellers are found in the information profession and Wellington City Libraries is lucky to employ some of Wellington’s up-and-coming authors. Karori Library, located in a suburb known for housing famous writer residents such as Katherine Mansfield and Robin Hyde, has a particular high ratio of creative minds.

Karori Library is hosting a special evening of writers reading that showcases the works of our talented librarians. The evening’s readings – on Thursday 3 December at 7pm, along with other library activities during the week, is part of marking the 10th anniversary of the then new Karori library building that opened in 2005.

Please join us for this celebration of the written word and our talented staff. Everyone is welcome, the readings are free to attend. Refreshments will be served after the presentations. Please help us celebrate by joining us.

Multi-talented Council Staff

Writers presenting on the evening are:

Susie Elliot is a researcher, visual artist, and writer. Growing up in Fiji, she developed an interest in stories from a young age and is passionate about her Fijian culture. She holds a Diploma in Creative Writing from Whitireia Community Polytechnic. Within her artistic practice, she explores the function of memories and personal histories, and the power of the word to move people to action or inaction. Her work has been exhibited in Wellington, Wanganui and Palmerston North.

Alisha Tyson works in libraries where she can often be found reading to children about bears who feel strongly about hats, her work has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Turbine and also LEFT published this year by We are Babies. She has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Creative Writing from Whitireia Community Polytechnic and is studying for her MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters

Raewyn Lubransky was born in Wellington and has always enjoyed reading and writing. She travels extensively with her partner and they both keep a journal for each trip, finding lots of different experiences between them. A night school writing coarse encouraged her to finish several short stories and she is always scribbling down her weird and wonderful dreams for future stories.

All welcome!


ComicsPlus adds thousands of comics to our eLibrary!

Comics-Plus-Library-Edition-Logo-720x440We’ve added new streaming eLibrary service ComicsPlus, with over 80 comics publishers making available thousands of digital super hero, manga, children and indie comics across all audiences.

Major adult publishers include Archaia, Boom! Studios, Dynamite and Viz, whilst cool kids presses like Papercut, Andrews McMeel and Graphic Classics feature original children’s comics, as well as nonfiction versions of classic literature and funny cartoons like Garfield and Charlie Brown.

Also included are exciting, well known series like Adventure Time, Bone, Archie, Lumberjanes, Naruto, One Piece, Big Nate, Red Sonja and more. Browse by fantasy, crime, romance, movie and TV, horror and more, and then choose any comic you want.

There’s no limit to the number of titles you can take out through ComicsPlus, and comics are made available for 7 days. Now’s your chance to read any number of series from beginning to end! At the moment, enjoyment of ComicsPlus is limited to desktop only but mobile usage should be on its way soon.

Here’s how to get started on your computer or laptop:

  1. Click on the ‘ComicsPlus’ link through our eLibrary and enter your library card number and your last name .
  2. Once ComicsPlus is open click on ‘Register’
  3. After registering for the first time with email and password, click ‘Sign in’
  4. Enter your registered email and password, then choose Wellington City Libraries from the drop down menu – Sign In!
  5. You can now browse by publisher, new material and popular titles or search by author and title.
  6. When you’ve found your comic, click on the cover and choose ‘Check out’ Check out button
  7. From here, go to ‘My Comics’ and click on ‘Read Now’ from your book shelf of waiting comics. Read as many comics as you like!

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Writing inspiration: Interview with a published Nanowrimo writer Randi Janelle

Nanowrimo is almost over and the last stretch might be a bit of a struggle. Here is a very inspiring interview with a published Nanowrimo writer Randi Janelle that should keep you going until you have hit the 50,000 word mark! And for all those who have been wondering about Nanowrimo, read on!

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Hello Randi, can you tell us a bit about you and what brought you to New Zealand?
I came to NZ from Australia, as a friend lives in Sydney and told me about the Working Holiday. Before that, I was unaware of the opportunity for Americans to take that sort of “gap” year. What I initially thought would be five months in Sydney, became a year there and two and a half in Wellington!

Where do you live now?
Asheville, North Carolina.

Did you take part in Nanowrimo when you were in New Zealand?
Yes, albeit briefly. Ever since I did Nanowrimo the first time in 2009, November became a mental marker to get back to the book, even if I couldn’t go the distance to complete the challenge.

Did you take part only once or did you have a go several times?
A few times. My first was in Asheville, in 2009, and I got the idea for my book series, which was meant to be a “break” from the book I had been writing ever since university. That “break” became 64,000 words for Nanowrimo, a single book into a trilogy, and six years to complete the first book! I won again in 2010 and 2011, but just. Nothing like that first spill of ideas for the original draft!

How was your experience of writing 50,000 words in 1 month? Was it difficult?
Yes and no. The first time, the momentum of the new story propelled me to write lots with ease. The subsequent Nanowrimos were more disjointed, as I was changing the story, wanting to do research, and so I left the holes be as they were for later and tried to focus on new content. It took more brain-wrangling to weave the writing into an increasingly complicated plot and number of characters than pure imagination for a first draft.
It also takes time and dedication. I never found the story itself to be difficult, at times challenging, but not difficult. The getting my butt in the chair to write for long enough to put down 50,000 words…now that’s a task!

Were you tempted to give up?
Oh, yes. Hopefully this reaches you when you’re in that last stretch. Keep going! The beauty of Nanowrimo is that the writing doesn’t have to be gold. Let it be bad, or drivel, or something you may later cut. Just get words down. I’m a firm believer that the story’s there, you just have to relax and bring yourself to the writing mechanism. Give yourself enough time to warm up as well, even if it’s a character sketch, or a journal entry to the character, scene, etc. Then it lifts the pressure of picking up the story perfectly, and I find I have more longevity after this process.

Did it help you in your writing life?
Most certainly! It helped to gag and bind the critic while in those glorious (if not, tender) drafting stages! I’m also a performance poet, and writing first draft of poems became easier, especially on tight deadlines. All it takes is the time to sit down, and trusting the creative process.

Did you meet with other Nanowrimo participants while you were writing? If not, was it a choice (i.e. you prefer to work alone) or did you not have the opportunity/time?
Yes, I had a wonderfully supportive group that first Nanowrimo in Asheville. I did meet a few people at write-ins in Sydney, but I went when I was feeling social, as by that time I had to stay truly focused to manipulate the story the way it deserved. Doing social events can be awesome when you’re starting and you need others to remind you why you’ve bitten off such a task! But I think it’s okay, too, to take time to work it by yourself in whatever peace and quiet you can muster. Everyone has a different style, and I say work with what supports you and your writing the most.

We have dedicated spaces in the Central Library these days to welcome Nanowrimo writers during the month of November. Would that have been helpful?
I believe I took advantage of this once or twice! It would’ve been 2012 perhaps? Again, it was near the beginning of the challenge and I sat down to look at a jumble of notes, and perhaps utilize the library for some good research books. I didn’t complete the challenge that year, but I added to the manuscript and used the time to ensure I didn’t give up on the book!
These spaces are immensely helpful, because there are times you cannot get a lot down at home. There are always distractions that divide your time. I liked to split my writing time between going out and/or joining write-ins and getting it done when I could at home (weekends, lunch breaks, etc).

You have just published a book.

Is this the result of Nanowrimo?
Oh, yeah. Like I said the book was first written during Nanowrimo, and before this last year, most of my word count came from pushing myself to add to the book during Novembers. Nanowrimo is spectacular for getting those first drafts down, but it’s also good to prompt us to keep writing when busy life picks up again. November still prods me, but considering my book came out October 31, I think this November deserved a break!

What is it called? Can you tell us a bit about it? How long did it take you to write it?
It is called The Story: Deviation. I pose the question: what would you do if you were transported to a time and space where you had to learn someone’s story outside his or her stereotypes? I do this with high school kids on a bus, with elements of New Orleans Voodoo and other cultural fascinations.
It took six years to write. Considering the scope of the work, I had to spend the past ten months really dedicated to splitting the one book into three. I wrote pretty much full time and had to create new content for about half of the first book. It will be a similar process for the second book, and the third book will be all new!

What is it about?
Here is the blurb! “When Dan encounters The Anger, he supplements his day job as a high school math teacher with writing a novel. The Anger, a product of feeling enslaved to his job, recedes as the inspiration for his story emerges, but little does he know.
He’s not in control. Neither are his characters.
This rich and complex novel, populated with intriguing characters of differing nationalities and beliefs and orientations, takes the reader deep into the world of “What if?”
What if you were transported to a time and space to learn the story of a person outside his or her stereotypes?
If you had to relive a series of moments, would you continue in habitual patterns, or would you deviate from them?
Who’s is in control? Are you?”

Where can we read it? 
It will soon be available from Wellington City Libraries. Keep an eye out.

What have you learnt from being a Nanowrimo?
That I can do it! Repeatedly! I really do work well with a challenge. Writing is a long, and sometimes very lonely process. You know the excitement, scope, and depth of the story, but it takes a while and serious dedication to get that story out in book format. Having the Nanowrimo support and community is immensely helpful. And keep with it. If you feel strongly about your story, then find a writing group, continue with Nanowrimo’s challenges beyond November and keep with it. The reward is not just having the book out and being read, but the process. Enjoy the process; it’s thrilling!

In fact, I revere Nanowrimo so much, it’s mentioned in my book a few times.

How does it feel to be published?
Incredible. It’s been a dream from the time I was ten. It feels like destiny realized.
I also loved very much living in Wellington and left a few amazing communities there. They have been supportive still, even after being gone almost a year and a half. I left largely because I knew I needed to finish this book(s) and it would be easier for me to do it back in the States. So I have much gratitude to those Kiwis and Wellingtonians who understand why I chose that transition. I can’t wait to return for a book tour/visiting friends!

Thank you so much for answering these questions and all the best!
You’re very welcome. Thank you! Enjoy your surroundings of words…

Take part in our Libris175 competitions

It’s the 175th anniversary of public libraries in Wellington and for adults we have three competitions open until Monday 30 November which involve you using your knowledge of our library or literature.libris175blue-carousel

centralbookinajar-sFirst up we have Book In A Jar. Drop by Central Library and take a look at lines of text in the jar. What book are these lines from? Tell us the book’s title by writing the title on a slip of paper and you’ll go in the draw for a $100 Booksellers voucher. Alternatively you can check out the picture of the jar at left, and email us your entry at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz . If you’re on Twitter you can DM us at @wcl_library, or message us on Facebook.

Secondly we have How Old Is Our Oldest Book. What year do you think the oldest book in our collection was published?  If you pick the right year, you’ll go in the draw for a $100 Booksellers book voucher. Email us or DM/message us at the links above to enter.

Finally – if you think you know our libraries pretty well why not enter our competition : Which Wellington City Library Is That?  Once you get all the questions right, you’ll go in the draw for a $100 Booksellers book voucher.

For children aged up to 13 years, we have these two competitions running until Monday 30 November.

Zines galore!

If you were part of our Zine workshops in July (see picture Gallery of the industrious crowd and amazing creations), you may have caught the zine bug and produced countless works of art & literature since. Do you know that we accept your zines in our collection? We are currently processing the last 6 month’s worth of donations which will soon be available on our shelves. Watch this space!

And don’t forget, Wellington ZineFest 2015  will be held on Saturday 28th November 12-5pm at Ivy Bar. Don’t miss this essential event in the creative Wellington calendar and find treasures and inspiration for your own zines. We will be getting some new zines for our collection, as always.


Residual Impact – Recent History Picks for November

In this month’s picks the story of the return of an American prisoner of the North Korean War intersects with a North Korean woman’s harrowing escape from the modern day regime to Canada. These stories reveal the devastating power of struggles that have gone unnoticed; voices unheard that are starting to confront the residual traumas that affect the present day.

Syndetics book cover30-second ancient China : the 50 most important achievements of a timeless civilization, each explained in half a minute / editor, Yijie Zhuang ; contributors, Qin Cao [and others].
“In the West, the story of Ancient China is less familiar to us than that of Ancient Egypt or Rome, but it is no less absorbing, and its rollcall of achievements is easily as impressive. [...] 30-Second Ancient China becomes the perfect introduction to one of the great ancient civilizations.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe crime and the silence : confronting the massacre of Jews in wartime Jedwabne / Anna Bikont ; translated from the Polish by Alissa Valles.
“A monumental work of nonfiction on a wartime atrocity, its sixty-year denial, and the impact of its truth Jan Gross’s hugely controversial Neighbors was a historian’s disclosure of the events in the small Polish town of Jedwabne on July 10, 1941, when the citizens rounded up the Jewish population and burned them alive in a barn. The massacre was a shocking secret that had been suppressed for more than sixty years, and it provoked the most important public debate in Poland since 1989.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe war came home with him : a daughter’s memoir / Catherine Madison.
“During his years as a POW in North Korea, “Doc” Boysen endured hardships he never intended to pass along, especially to his family. Men who refused to eat starved; his children would clean their plates. Men who were weak died; his children would develop character. They would also learn to fear their father, the hero. In a memoir at once harrowing and painfully poignant, Catherine Madison tells the stories of two survivors of one man’s war: a father who withstood a prison camp’s unspeakable inhumanity and a daughter who withstood the residual cruelty that came home with him.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe hidden people of North Korea : everyday life in the hermit kingdom / Ralph Hassig and Kongdan Oh.
“Drawing on decades of experience, noted experts Ralph Hassig and Kongdan Oh explore a world few outsiders can imagine. In vivid detail, the authors describe how the secretive and authoritarian government of Kim Jong-un shapes every aspect of its citizens’ lives, how the command socialist economy has utterly failed, and how ordinary individuals struggle to survive through small-scale capitalism.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKatrina : after the flood / Gary Rivlin. Katrina: After the Flood
“Ten years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana–on August 29, 2005–journalist Gary Rivlin traces the storm’s immediate damage, the city of New Orleans’s efforts to rebuild itself, and the storm’s lasting effects not just on the city’s geography and infrastructure–but on the psychic, racial, and social fabric of one of this nation’s great cities.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAfghan modern : the history of a global nation / Robert D. Crews.
“Rugged, remote, riven by tribal rivalries and religious violence, Afghanistan seems to many a country frozen in time and forsaken by the world. Afghan Modern presents a bold challenge to these misperceptions, revealing how Afghans, over the course of their history, have engaged and connected with a wider world and come to share in our modern globalized age. Always a mobile people, Afghan travelers, traders, pilgrims, scholars, and artists have ventured abroad for centuries, their cosmopolitan sensibilities providing a compass for navigating a constantly changing world.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStars between the Sun and Moon : one woman’s life in North Korea and escape to freedom / Lucia Jang and Susan McClelland.
“Born in the 1970s, Lucia Jang grew up in a common, rural North Korean household–her parents worked hard, she bowed to a photo of Kim Il-Sung every night, and the family scraped by on rationed rice and a small garden. However, there is nothing common about Jang. [...] With so few accounts by North Korean women and those from its rural areas, Jang’s fascinating memoir helps us understand the lives of those many others who have no way to make their voices known.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSapiens : a brief history of humankind / Yuval Noah Harari.
“One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. [...] How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? In Sapiens, Professor Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical–and sometimes devastating–breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRywka’s diary : the writings of a Jewish girl from the Lodz Ghetto, found at Auschwitz in 1945 and published seventy years later / Rywka Lipszyc ; edited by Anita Friedman ; translated from the Polish by Malgorzata Markoff ; with annotations by Ewa Wiatr.
“Moving and illuminating, told by a brave young girl whose strong and charismatic voice speaks for millions, Rywka’s Diary is an extraordinary addition to the history of the Holocaust and World War II.”  (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe crossing : my journey to the shattered heart of Syria / Samar Yazbek ; translated by Nashwa Gowanlock and Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp.
“Samar Yazbek was well known in her native Syria as a writer and a journalist but, in 2011, she fell foul of the Assad regime and was forced to flee. Since then, determined to bear witness to the suffering of her people, she bravely revisited her homeland by squeezing through a hole in the fence on the Turkish border. From the first innocent demonstrations for democracy, through the beginnings of the Free Syrian Army, to the arrival of ISIS, she offers remarkable snapshots of soldiers, children, ordinary men and women simply trying to stay alive…” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Sound & Vision: New CDs

Check out some of these newly catalogued CDs in our AV collection. To reserve these items click on the title link below, and to find out a bit more about them click on the cover images…

The Doobie Brothers – The Warner Bros. years 1971-1983
America – The Warner Bros. years 1971-1977
The Faces – 1970-1975: You can make me dance, sing or anything

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Faith seekers – New Beliefs books

There are more than two sides to every story, and this month we present several contrasting views : of science, faith, sin and the church.

Syndetics book coverPost-traumatic church syndrome : a memoir of humor and healing, by Reba Riley.
Reba Riley’s twenty-ninth year was a terrible time. An untreatable chronic illness forced her to take stock of things and she decided if she couldn’t fix her body, she might heal her injured spirit. This began a circuit of visiting thirty religions before her thirtieth birthday. She visited an Amish community, a Buddhist temple, a virtual reality church, movie theater, a drive-in bar, sweat lodge, and fasted for thirty days without food. She realised she didn’t have to choose a religion to choose God. This is a book for questioners, doubters, misfits, and seekers of all faiths. (drawn from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArt + religion in the 21st century, by Aaron Rosen.
“The relationship between art and religion has been long, complex, and often conflicted, and it has given rise to many of the greatest works in the history of art. Artists today continue to reflect seriously upon religious traditions, themes, and institutions, suggesting a new approach to spirituality that is more considered than confrontational. Art & Religion in the 21st Century is the first in-depth study to survey an international roster of artists who use their work to explore religion’s cultural, social, political, and psychological impact on today’s world. … Each of the book’s ten chapters introduces a theme e.g. ideas of the Creation, the figure of Jesus, the sublime, wonder, diaspora and exile, conflict, etc followed by a selection of works of art that illustrates that theme.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBreaking the Mother Goose code : how a fairy-tale character fooled the world for 300 years, by Jeri Studebaker.
“Who was Mother Goose? Where did she come from, and when? … Several have tried to pin her down, claiming she was the mother of Charlemagne, the wife of Clovis (King of the Franks), the Queen of Sheba, or even Elizabeth Goose of Boston, Massachusetts. Others think she’s related to mysterious goose-footed statues in old French churches called “Queen Pedauque.” This book delves deeply into the surviving evidence for Mother Goose’s origins – from her nursery rhymes and fairy tales as well as from relevant historical, mythological, and anthropological data.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow’s your faith? : an unlikely spiritual journey, by David Gregory.
While NBC journalist David was covering the White House, he was taken aback by President George W. Bush asking him “How’s your faith?” In his early years he had no real beliefs although he identified culturally with the Jewish faith then his marriage to a Protestant woman of strong faith inspired him to explore his own spirituality. This question prompted him to explore more – he visited Christian mega-churches as well as deep into Orthodox Judaism. He interviewed leaders such as Joel Osteen and Cardinal Timothy Dolan. “David approaches his faith with the curiosity and dedication you would expect from a journalist accustomed to holding politicians and Presidents accountable. But he also comes as a seeker, one just discovering why spiritual journeys are always worthwhile.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSearching for Sunday : loving, leaving, and finding the Church, by Rachel Held Evans.
What does it mean to be part of the Church? Like millions of millennials, Rachel Held Evans didn’t want to go to church. The hypocrisy, the politics, the budgets, the scandals – church culture seemed too removed from Jesus. Yet, something kept drawing her back. Her journey took her through seven sacraments often associated with church – baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death. This is not theology, but a memoir about taking risks, community, grace, and finding hope, somewhere in the messiness of church.

Syndetics book coverNot in God’s name : confronting religious violence, by Jonathan Sacks.
This author tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. If religion is perceived as being part of the problem, Rabbi Sacks argues, then it must also form part of the solution. Rabbi Sacks shows that religiously inspired violence has as its source misreadings of biblical texts, and offers a new interpretation of early myths. “Abraham himself,” writes Rabbi Sacks, “sought to be a blessing to others regardless of their faith.” Our task is to be a blessing to the world, not destroy it in God’s name.

Syndetics book coverMemories of heaven : children’s astounding recollections of the time before they came to Earth, by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Dee Garnes.
“British poet William Wordsworth expressed the idea that we gradually lose our intimate knowledge of heaven as we grow up, observing that “our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting” of our previous heavenly existence…. Curious about this, Wayne and Dee decided to issue an invitation to parents all over the world to share their interactions with children. The overwhelming response they received prompted them to put together this book, which includes the most interesting and illuminating of these stories in which very young children speak about their remembrances before they were born. … This fascinating book encourages parents and grandparents to realize that there is far more to this earthly experience than what we perceive with our five senses.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFaith versus fact : why science and religion are incompatible, by Jerry A. Coyne.
Evolutionary biologist Jerry A. Coyne argues that science, based on reason and empirical study, will be in conflict with religious faith, and revelation. Building on the books by Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens, he demolishes the claims of religion to provide verifiable “truth” by subjecting those claims to the same tests we use to establish truth in science. Coyne urges us not to mistake faith for fact.

Syndetics book coverInventing the universe : why we can’t stop talking about science, faith and God, by Alister McGrath.
We just can’t stop talking about the big questions around science and faith. Some have expected them to go away – in fact, we seem to talk about them more than ever. … Richard Dawkins and the New Atheists argue that religion is at war with science – and that we have to choose between them. But it’s time to consider a different way of looking at these two great cultural forces. What if science and faith might enrich each other? What if they can together give us a deep and satisfying understanding of life? Alister McGrath, argues that the relationship between science and faith is complex.

Syndetics book coverSaving the original sinner : how Christians have used the Bible’s first man to oppress, inspire, and make sense of the world, by Karl Giberson.
“When global exploration, anthropology, geology, paleontology, biblical studies, and even linguistics cast doubt on the historicity of Adam and his literal fall into sin, Christians responded by creatively reimagining the creation story, letting Adam “evolve” to accommodate his changing context. Even conservative evangelical institutions until recently encouraged serious engagement with evolutionary science, unhindered by the straitjacket of young-earth creationism, intelligent design, or other views demanding that Adam be a historical figure. Giberson calls for a renewed conversation between science and Christianity, and for more open engagement with new scientific discoveries, even when they threaten central doctrines. ” (drawn from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBorn bad : original sin and the making of the Western world, by James Boyce.
“”Original sin is the Western world’s creation story.” According to the Christian doctrine of original sin, humans are born inherently bad, and only through God’s grace can they achieve salvation. In this captivating and controversial book, acclaimed historian James Boyce explores how this centuries-old concept has shaped the Western view of human nature right up to the present. … religious ideas of morality still very much underpin our modern secular society, regardless of our often being unaware of their origins. If today the specific doctrine has all but disappeared (even from churches), what remains is the distinctive discontent of Western people–the feelings of guilt and inadequacy associated not with doing wrong, but with being wrong.” (Syndetics summary)

Wellington Zinefest 2015!

This year’s Wellington Zinefest is this coming Saturday, and we can’t wait! We get loads of our library zine collection from vendors at Zinefest, so you can be sure to see a whole lot of new zines on our shelves in the following weeks.

The event is this Saturday, November 28th, from 12pm-5pm. This year it takes place at Ivy Bar, in the James Smith building basement, at the bottom end of Cuba Street. Don’t worry, it’s definitely an all-ages event! Watch out for the signs on the day, they’ll make sure you get to the right place.

You can learn more about the libraries’ zine collection over on the Zines page, and if you have any zines you’d like to donate to the WCL collection we will gladly receive them! Just drop your zines off at the Central library, or your local branch so they can be sent to the central collection. If you’re a Wellington zine maker, we’d love to get 2 copies of your zine so that we can preserve one in our heritage collection. Make sure to include your name, the name of your zine, year of publication, and any other relevant information with your zines, so that we can make them easily find-able for library borrowers.

We also have the option of making your zines available through Overdrive, one of our eLibrary services. We reckon this would be particularly great for poetry and writing zines, but if you have an image based zine you’d like added to Overdrive, that is not a problem. Plus, we provide this digitisation service for free! If you’re interested in making your zines available to WCL borrowers on Overdrive, send us an email at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

See you at Zinefest!

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