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John Miller – in conversation about his historic photographs of the Māori Land March

jmPhotographer John Miller with one of his photographs of the Māori Land March when it arrived in Wellington on October 13 1975. John was photographed at Te Unga Waka Marae in Auckland, at the commemorations of the 40th anniversary of the March in September 2015. Credit: John Miller

Acclaimed documentary photographer John Miller (Ngāpuhi) has documented social and political dissent and cultural events for more than four decades.  John photographed the Wellington section of the 1975 Māori Land March; from Porirua to its arrival at Parliament grounds.  The photographs have become well-known following their reproduction in books, exhibitions and school resources. In this session, John will talk with Paul Diamond about his photographs of the Māori Land March, and his involvement with the march organisers, Te Roopu o te Matakite.

A Wellington City Libraries talk, organised in partnership with the National Library, as part of the Turnbull Gallery exhibition, ‘Not one more acre’: The Māori Land March 40 years on.

Supported by LIANZA Te Upoko o Te Ika a Maui regional group.

When: 12.30-1.30pm, Wednesday 21 October
Where: Ground floor, Wellington Central Library
Cost: Free

The Māori Land March on the Wellington motorway, October 13 1975.
Credit: John Miller

Syndetics book coverHīkoi : forty years of Māori protest / Aroha Harris.
“What have Maori been protesting about? What has been achieved? This book provides an overview of the contemporary Maori protest ‘movement’, a summary of the rationale behind the actions, and a wonderful collection of photographs of the action u the protests, the marches and the toil behind the scenes. And it provides a glimpse of the fruits of that protest u the Waitangi Tribunal and the opportunity to prepare, present and negotiate Treaty settlements; Maori language made an official language; Maori-medium education; Maori health providers; iwi radio and, in 2004, Maori television.” (Syndetics summary)

Whina : a biography of Whina Cooper / Michael King.

Syndetics book coverRaupatu : the confiscation of Māori land / edited by Richard Boast and Richard S. Hill.

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…

David Bowie Five years 1969-1973
Prince HITnRUN : phase one
Isley Brothers The RCA Victor & T-Neck album masters (1959-1983)

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Recent Art books gracing our shelves in October

Whether we like it or not,  at some time or another each one of us has had a fascination with a piece of art or artist, and it is true that opinions on art can be wildly disparate and sometimes even incendiary. From a marketing take on the idea of the artist, through to artist biopics and more; a few of of the  following books perpetuate commonly held notions about artists and art, whilst others document artists lives and work and discuss major shifts in this sprawling universe of a topic.

Syndetics book coverThe art of the con : the most notorious fakes, frauds, and forgeries in the art world / Anthony M. Amore.
“Anthony M. Amore’s The Art of the Con tells the stories of some of history’s most notorious yet untold cons, incredible not only for their boldness but more so because they actually worked. Using interviews and newly released court documents, The Art of the Con will also take the reader into the investigations that led to the capture of the con men, who oftentimes return back to the world of crime. For some, it’s an irresistible urge because their innocent dupes all share something in common: they want to believe.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe art of forgery : the minds, motives and methods of master forgers / Noah Charney.
The Art of Forgery: Case Studies in Deception explores the stories, dramas and human intrigues surrounding the world’s most famous forgeries – investigating the motivations of the artists and criminals who have faked great works of art, and in doing so conned the public and the art establishment alike.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAn Artist Once Said : An Inspiration Book
An Artist Once Said includes over fifty thought-provoking lines from artists such as Picasso, Andy Warhol, Matisse, Van Gogh, Paul Klee, Dali, O’Keeffe, and many more. This is the perfect book for art lovers or anyone looking for inspiration.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBernard Buffet: the invention of the modern mega-artist
“Bernard Buffet was the first artist of the television and the jet age. As the first of the so-called Fabulous Five (Francoise Sagan, Roger Vadim, Brigitte Bardot and Yves Saint Laurent) he was a leader of the cultural revolution that seemed to forge a new France from the shattered remains of a discredited and demoralized country. While still in his twenties he had a Rolls Royce, a chateau, an island, high society at his feet and a glittering future ahead. Yet his extraordinary fall from grace was engineered by the very establishment that created him.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThink like an artist: how to live a happier, smarter, more creative life
“Will Gompertz, the BBC’s Arts Editor and a former director at the Tate, has spent years getting up close and personal with some of the world’s greatest creative thinkers. And he’s discovered a handful of traits that are common to all successful people, from novelists and film directors to scientists and philosophers. These basic practices allow their talent to flourish.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGoya: his life & works in 500 images: an illustrated account of the artist, his life and context, with a gallery of 300 paintings and drawings
“This beautifully illustrated book is essential reading for anyone who would like to learn about the life, work and influence of one of Spain’s great masters. Francisco de Goya was the last Old Master of Spanish art and the first of the great moderns. From royal portraits to bizarre, grotesque illustrations, his legacy demonstrates a tortured genius, generating some of the most compelling art ever produced.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStudios for Artists : Concepts and Concrete
“The form, function and future of the artist’s studio is the central focus of the collaboration and of this publication. Studios for Artists presents how the partners formalized their work, resulting in amongst other initiatives, the design and construction of an award-winning studio building and the establishment of a sustainable graduate studio program. It reveals not just the ongoing challenges faced by art education, but also the threat to affordable studio provision where spiraling property prices threaten this vital, but generally unacknowledged, part of the contemporary visual arts ecology.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverElectronics for artists : adding light, motion, and sound to your artwork / Simon Quellen Field.
“Simon Quellen Field has developed a primer for creative individuals looking for new ways to express themselves though electronically enhanced art. Following step-by-step examples of basic circuitry and programming, readers can develop the skills necessary to enhance their works of art. The book also features art projects to try.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWomen Artists : The Linda Nochlin Reader
“Linda Nochlin is one of the most accessible, provocative, and innovative art historians of our time. In 1971 she published her essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”–a dramatic feminist call-to-arms that called traditional art historical practices into question and led to a major revision of the discipline. This Reader brings together twenty-nine essential essays from throughout Nochlin’s career, making this the definitive anthology of her writing about women in art.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverArtists Living With Art
“For those who are curious Artists Living with Art invites readers into the homes and personal art collections of some of the world’s most renowned contemporary artists, including Cindy Sherman, Helen and Brice Marden, Chuck Close, Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, Glenn Ligon, and Pat Steir.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverColour in the making : from old wisdom to new brilliance / [Philip Ball, Mark Clarke and Carinna Parraman]
Colour in the Making is a visual history of art and design told through the materials of color-from the discovery and use of early earth pigments through lakes to organic chemistry and into contemporary dyes, inks, printing techniques and manufacture. Throughout this sumptuously colorful book artists’ and designers’ projects illustrate the often behind the scenes inventions and processes of color-making.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBarbara Hepworth: Writings and Conversations [hardback]
“This first collection reveals the remarkably eloquent writings and conversations of sculptor Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) spanning almost the whole of Hepworth’s artistic life. Her gift for language and desire to communicate to a public are evident throughout. The collection sheds new light on Hepworth’s life, her artistic practices, the sources of her inspiration, the breadth of her intellectual interests, and her deep engagement with contemporary politics and society.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBarbara Hepworth [hardback]
“This groundbreaking new publication focuses on the spaces and contexts, physical and conceptual, in which the Hepworth is positioned. It examines her interest in staging and presenting work–indoors and out–in studio, film, garden, stage, architecture, photography, and print. As well as placing her work alongside her British and international contemporaries, a broad range of distinguished contributors also consider wider technical and intellectual concerns.  The book features previously unseen documentary material, including photographs and film stills that cast new light on one of the 20th century’s greatest artists.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe idea of art : building a contemporary international art collection / Anthony Bond.
“Curator Anthony Bond began building a contemporary international art collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney in 1984. Bond discusses the guiding philosophies that steered his formation of the gallery’s collection. Incorporating conversations with many high-profile contemporary artists, the book offers important insights into how recent innovations connect with the art of the past, and with human experience.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDustin Yellin : heavy water.
“For the past decade, Dustin Yellin has been dazzling the art world with his large-scale glass sculptures, which transport collage to another dimension. With a precise and painstaking process, multi-dimensional images grow from successive planes of multiple stacked panels of glass to create intricate 3D collages that bring to mind giant psychedelic paperweights taking on an abstract cinematic quality.” (Adapted Syndetics summary)



New Health books in October

This month we read about running, children’s health through a combination of conventional and alternative medicine, diabetics management and how to develop healthy habits to give us the best chances to fight cancer and stay generally healthy. We also explore the history of autism, why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years and ways to deal with its challenges at all stages of life.

Syndetics book coverNell McAndrew’s guide to running : everything you need to know to train, race and more
“Nell McAndrew is a well known fitness model, Women’s Running contributor, presenter and runner, having posted a sub-3 hour time at the London Marathon in 2012. Now Nell brings you her guide to running – packed with friendly and accessible advice for anyone from beginners to improvers.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChildren’s health A to Z for New Zealand parents : help your child get better and stay well naturally
“Paediatrician Dr Leila Masson is well-known to many Auckland parents through her work in children’s health. She combines a traditional medical with complementary treatments in what is known as a `biomedical approach to children’s health. Her book is a practical guide to caring for your children using a mixture of traditional medicine alongside natural remedies, and the tried-and-true know-how of our mothers and grandmothers. Organised by symptoms, it is an essential guide for parents caring for children with sore tummies, bumps and bruises, skin irritations, ear infections, fevers and colds.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThriving with diabetes : learn how to take charge of your body to balance your sugars and improve your lifelong health 
“This book empowers you to take charge of your diabetes, so you don’t just deal with your symptoms, but change the way you think to improve your health, happiness, and quality of life. Through a simple four-step process, you’ll learn how to intuitively understand your blood sugars and what causes both good and bad numbers. This proactive approach results in the ability to manage diabetes personally, not just by a set of notes from the doctor. The result is immediate and satisfying improvements to total health, both physically and mentally!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCan food be medicine against cancer?
“Does eating certain foods make any difference against cancer? How do I know which foods to eat? Can I trust what I read? In answering these questions, surgical oncologist Dr David Wilkinson, points out that nearly all cancers are not primarily genetic, but are influenced by factors under our control, including what we eat. You will be taken on a tour of the top foods that protect against cancer, and learn the scientific reasons why these foods are effective. Discover how cancer cells work and what turns them off. This book will change the way you look at food forever, and point you in the right direction to achieving cancer-resistant health for life.” (Syndetics summmary)

Syndetics book coverLight on yoga
The seminal yoga sourcebook for generations of yoga students around the world, first published in 1966, was republished in 2015.
“This definitive work features photo-illustrated, step-by-step guide to every yoga routine, and includes a week-by-week development plan, breathing techniques and yoga philosophy and spirituality for beginners and experienced teachers alike. B.K.S. Iyengar was the world’s most respected yoga teacher, widely credited as the person who brought yoga to the West. One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Infulential People in the World, his teaching practice has been hugely impactful over the years. He died in 2014, aged 95.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverParanoid : exploring suspicion from the dubious to the delusional (no, this book is not about you)
“Signs of suspiciousness and paranoia are all around us. In this comprehensive overview of an increasingly serious problem, an experienced psychologist and researcher describes what paranoia is, how and why it manifests itself, and the many forms it takes. Using striking vignettes from the present and the past, each chapter illustrates specific manifestations of paranoia while also describing in layperson’s terms the clinical analysis of the condition. Whether you consider yourself susceptible to paranoia or know others who might be, this enlightening book will help you understand the many factors that can distort your mental outlook.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAttacking anxiety : a step-by-step guide to an engaging approach to treating anxiety and phobias in children with autism and other developmental disabilities
“Drawing on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), this book sets out a clear, enjoyable, step-by-step approach for addressing the sorts of anxieties, fears and phobias that are so common in children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related challenges. Using this easy-to-follow model, parents and professionals will have the tools they need to help children and teens cope with and sometimes overcome anxieties caused by everyday occurrences. This book is an excellent resource for successfully alleviating many of the anxieties and phobias that interfere with life enjoyment, not only for the child but for the entire family.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMarriage and lasting relationships with Asperger’s syndrome (autism spectrum disorder) : successful strategies for couples or counselors
“ASD relationship expert Eva A. Mendes provides advice straight from the couples’ counselling room that can be applied in day-to-day living and help with the challenges that can arise in relationships where one or both partners are on the autism spectrum. This includes issues surrounding diagnosis, mental health, sexual compatibility, sensory needs, executive functioning, theory of mind, communication, and co-parenting.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNeurotribes : the legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity
“What is autism? A lifelong disability, or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is all of these things and more–and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. WIRED reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years. He reveals the untold story of Hans Asperger, the father of Asperger’s syndrome, whose “little professors” were targeted by the darkest social-engineering experiment in human history.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMess : one man’s struggle to clean up his house and his act
“The author draws on his experiences as both a hoarder and an investigator to profile subjects ranging from professional decluttering services and anti-hoarding therapy to the brain science behind hoarding and the way clutter affects relationships.” (Syndetics summary)

You will find below, the latest selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks from our eLibrary.




Tech talk – computing, coding & designing

Are you wondering where on earth to start with setting up an email account or would you like to develop a new app? From beginners to experts, the library has books on computing and technology to suit all levels. Also check out our new database Lynda.com which is chock-full of online tutorials in IT, web design, development, animation and software too numerous to name.

Syndetics book coverThe computing universe : a journey through a revolution / Tony Hey, Gyuri Pápay.
“Computers now impact almost every aspect of our lives, from our social interactions to the safety and performance of our cars. How did this happen in such a short time? This book leads us on a journey from the early days of computers in the 1930s to the cutting-edge research of the present day that will shape computing in the coming decades. This exciting and accessible introduction will open up the universe of computing to anyone who has ever wondered where his or her smartphone came from.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow computers work : the evolution of technology / Ron White ; illustrated by Timothy Edward Downs.
“This full-color, fully illustrated guide to the world of technology assumes nothing and explains everything. For two decades, How Computers Work has helped newbies understand new technology, while hackers and IT pros have treasured it for the depth of knowledge it contains. This is the perfect book about computing to capture your imagination, delight your eyes, and expand your mind, no matter what your technical level! Beautifully detailed illustrations and jargon-free explanations walk you through the technology that is shaping our lives. See the hidden workings inside computers, smartphones, tablets, Google Glass, and the latest tech inventions.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover“Is this thing on?” : a friendly guide to everything digital for newbies, technophobes, and the kicking & screaming / Abby Stokes ; illustrations by Michael Sloan and Susan Hunt Yale.
“How to choose, buy, and start using the computer or tablet that’s just right for you, plus how to set everything up for maximum comfort and safety. How to connect to the Internet, sign up for email, understand and use search engines, and get started with word processing and text messaging. How to choose, buy, and start using a smartphone. How to take and share digital photographs and videos. How to discover online communities and participate in social media. How to explore the world of apps, online music, streaming movies, and ebooks.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWindows 10 for Seniors for the Beginning Computer User : Get Started With Windows 10
“Perfect for older adults who want to get started using computers, this book walks users through the basics of the Windows 10 operating system in an easy, step-by-step manner. The guide has been tested by seniors and is focused on acquiring practical skills including how to use the mouse, write letters and memos, send and receive email, and explore the internet. It offers additional exercises for practicing a variety of different tasks, a convenient reference section, and an extensive index, and there are instructional videos available online on the book’s support website.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHelp your kids with computer coding : a unique step-by-step visual guide, from binary code to building games / Carol Vorderman, Jon Woodcock, Sean McManus, Craig Steele, Claire Quigley, Daniel McCafferty.
“Introduce your kids to the world of computer programming early, with a fun and approachable method. This book begins by introducing the essential concepts of programming with simple instructions, and without specialized computer lingo. Fun projects throughout let kids start putting their computer skills into practice and build their own code using Scratch programming and Python, the two most popular languages.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCoding for beginners in easy steps / Mike McGrath.
“The book instructs you how to write code to create your own computer programs. It contains separate chapters demonstrating how to store information in data structures, how to control program flow using control structures, and how to create re-usable blocks of code in program functions. There are complete step-by-step example programs that demonstrate each aspect of coding, together with screenshots that illustrate the actual output when each program has been executed. The examples throughout this book feature the popular Python programming language but additionally the final chapter demonstrates a comparison example in the C, C++, and Java programming languages.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverManaging Apple devices / Arek Dreyer, Kevin M. White.
“This all-in-one resource teaches a wide variety of Apple management technologies; explains the theory behind the tools; and provides practical, hand-on exercises to get you up and running with the tools. You will be introduced to Apple management technologies including Mobile Device Management, the Volume Purchase Program, and the Device Enrollment Program. The exercises contained within this guide are designed to let you explore and learn the tools provided by Apple for deploying and managing iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite systems.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverProfessional Android wearables / David Cuartielles Ruiz and Andreas Goransson.
“Professional Android Wearables covers how to use the Android Wear platform and other techniques to build real-world apps for a variety of wearables including smartbands, smartwatches, and smart glasses. In no time, you’ll grasp how wearables can connect us to the Internet in more pervasive ways than with PCs, tablets, or mobile devices; how to build code using Google’s Wear SDK for Android-enabled hardware devices; how Android Wear and other Android development techniques are capable of building several presented example projects; and much more.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCore Java for the impatient / Cay S. Horstmann.
“Core Java® for the Impatient is a complete but concise guide to Java SE 8. If you’re an experienced programmer, Horstmann’s practical insights and sample code will help you quickly take advantage of lambda expressions (closures), streams, and other Java language and platform improvements. Whether you are just getting started with modern Java or are an experienced developer, this guide will be invaluable for anyone who wants to write tomorrow’s most robust, efficient, and secure Java code.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBuilding open source hardware : DIY manufacturing for hackers and makers / Alicia Gibb with [fourteen others].
“This is the first hands-on guide to the entire process of designing and manufacturing open source hardware. Drawing on extensive personal experience with DIY, maker, and hardware hacking projects, industry-leading contributors share proven approaches to design, remixing, fabrication, manufacturing, troubleshooting, licensing, documentation, and running an open source hardware business.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Books for International Coming Out Day 2015

Our latest selection of #LGBT additions to our Overdrive eBooks include Clare Logan’s prize-winning short stories, a Stonewall memoir, a trans FtM collection of stories alongside genre gay and lesbian fiction. In this group, we’re particularly excited to see Lillian Faderman’s latest work of lesbian and gay history available so soon in eBook form.

Overdrive cover The Gay Revolution, Lillian Faderman (eBook)
“The sweeping story of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian, and trans rights—from the 1950s to the present—based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, legal activists, and members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day. The Gay Revolution begins in the 1950s, when law classified gays and lesbians as criminals, the psychiatric profession saw them as mentally ill, the churches saw them as sinners, and society victimized them with irrational hatred. Against this dark backdrop, a few brave people began to fight back, paving the way for the revolutionary changes of the 1960s and beyond. Faderman discusses the protests in the 1960s; the counter reaction of the 1970s and early eighties; the decimated but united community during the AIDS epidemic; and the current hurdles for the right to marriage equality.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales, Kirsty Logan (eBook)
Winner of the Polari First Book Prize 2015 and the Scott Prize for Short Stories “Twenty tales of lust and loss. These stories feature clockwork hearts, lascivious queens, paper men, island circuses, and a flooded world. On the island of Skye, an antlered girl and a tiger-tailed boy resolve never to be friends – but can they resist their unique connection? In an alternative 19th-century Paris, a love triangle emerges between a man, a woman, and a coin-operated boy. A teenager deals with his sister’s death by escaping from their tiny Scottish island – but will she let him leave? In 1920s New Orleans, a young girl comes of age in her mother’s brothel. Some of these stories are radical retellings of classic tales, some are modern-day fables, but all explore substitutions for love. ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Indivisible Heart, (eBook)
“The discovery of a grotesquely mutilated body of a young man in Seville, Spain, sets off an investigation into an apparently psycho-sexual murder that has disturbing personal implications for chief detective Manuel Arroyo and Olivier Joaquin Ortega, the forensic pathologist handling the case. Interwoven with the official search to understand this mysterious death is the murder victim’s haunting narration of the final days in his life, stalked by a psychopath through the squares, bars, and cafes of the city. What drives his pursuer to murder? ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Chameleon’s Tale, Andrea Bramhall (eBook)
Latest from the Lambda Winner “Childhood friends Imogen and Amahle couldn’t come from more different backgrounds. One privileged and the other little more than a slave, yet they thought nothing could tear their friendship apart. But a changing political landscape and an uncertain future cast Imogen into a lonely world away from everything and everyone she knows, and by the time she returns to Africa, everything has changed. Betrayal, deceit, and anger are the currency of the day, and it is a far cry from the life Imogen wants to lead.When Amahle’s family is caught up in the middle of a bitter legal battle, she fights for what she believes is right. But what happens when those you believe in let you down? ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Finding Masculinity, (eBook)
“Finding Masculinity is a collection of stories from a small cross section of the transgender male community that shares insight into the diversity of life experiences of transgender men, beyond the traditional narrative. This anthology examines the many facets of life that transition impacts; transitioning on the job, emotional and spiritual growth, family, navigating the medical community, as well as romantic relationships. The stories within come from scientists, teachers, fathers, veterans, and artists who share how being visible as the masculine humans they identify as has developed, changed, and evolved their sense of masculinity. ” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover And Then I Danced, Mark Segal (eBook)
“”[A] swiftly written debut memoir…[Segal] vividly describes his firsthand experience as a teenager inside the Stonewall bar during the historic riots, his participation with the Gay Liberation Front, and amusing encounters with Elton John and Patti LaBelle….A jovial yet passionately delivered self-portrait inspiring awareness about LGBT history from one of the movement’s true pioneers.”—Kirkus Reviews” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Talk, Linda Rosenkrantz and Stephen Koch (eBook)
“Talk is a hilariously irreverent and racy testament to dialogue: the gossip, questioning, analysis, arguments, and revelations that make up our closest friendships. It’s the summer of 1965 and Emily, Vincent, and Marsha are at the beach. All three are ambitious and artistic; all are hovering around thirty; and all are deeply and mercilessly invested in analyzing themselves and everyone around them. Controversial upon its first publication in 1968, Talk remains fresh, lascivious, and laugh-out-loud funny nearly fifty years later.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Daughter of Mystery, Heather Rose Jones (eBook)
“Margerit Sovitre did not expect to inherit Baron Saveze’s fortunes—even less his bodyguard, a ruthlessly efficient swordswoman known only as Barbara. Wealth suddenly makes Margerit a highly eligible heiress and buys her the enmity of the new Baron. He had expected to inherit all, and now eyes her fortune with open envy. Barbara proudly served as the old Baron’s duelist but she had expected his death to make her a free woman. Bitterness turns to determination when she finds herself the only force that stands between Margerit and the new Baron’s greed.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Let Me Explain You, Annie Liontas (eBook)
“A powerful debut novel about a Greek American family and its enigmatic patriarch from a riveting new voice in contemporary literature.
Stavros Stavros Mavrakis, Greek immigrant and proud owner of the Gala Diner, believes he has just ten days to live. As he prepares for his final hours, he sends a scathing email to his ex-wife and three grown daughters, outlining his wishes for how they each might better live their lives. With varying degrees of laughter and scorn, his family and friends dismiss his behavior as nothing more than a plea for attention, but when Stavros disappears, those closest to him are forced to confront the possibility of his death.” (Overdrive description)
Interview with the author
Also of note:
London Calling, Clare Lydon
The Found Child: A Tale of Unauthorised Parenthood, Lucy Jane Bledsloe
New York Nights, Sawyer Caine




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…

Dead Weather – Dodge and burn.
Keith Richards – Crosseyed heart.
Chris Cornell – Higher truth.
Chvrches – Every open eye.
Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m goin down….
The Libertines – Anthems for doomed youth.

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A most important poem – Literature picks for October

Beowulf is possibly the oldest surviving long poem in Old English and is commonly cited as one of the most important works of Old English literature. It was written in England some time between the 8th and the early 11th century. The author was an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet. J.R.R Tolkien, an acknowledged expert in Old and Middle English, devoted much of his scholarly career to translating the work and writing a commentary on his translation. In 1936 he gave a famous lecture on it. His own high-fantasy novels The HobbitThe Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion were heavily influenced by it. Read this month’s star pick to become better versed in this famous epic work.

Syndetics book coverBeowulf : a translation and commentary : together with Sellic spell / by J.R.R. Tolkien ; edited by Christopher Tolkien.
“The translation of Beowulf by J.R.R. Tolkien was an early work, very distinctive in its mode, completed in 1926: he returned to it later to make hasty corrections, but seems never to have considered its publication. This edition is twofold, for there exists an illuminating commentary on the text of the poem by the translator himself, in the written form of a series of lectures given at Oxford in the 1930s; and from these lectures a substantial selection has been made.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLondon : a history in verse / edited by Mark Ford.
“London has long been understood through the poetry it has inspired. Mark Ford has assembled the most capacious and wide-ranging anthology of poems about London to date, from Chaucer to Wordsworth to the present day, providing a chronological tour of urban life and of English literature. The volume includes an introductory essay by the poet.” (Publisher description)

Syndetics book coverHemingway on war / Ernest Hemingway ; edited and with an introduction by Seán Hemingway ; with a foreword by Patrick Hemingway.
“Ernest Hemingway witnessed many of the seminal conflicts of the 20th century, as a Red Cross ambulance driver during the First World War and during his twenty-five years as a war correspondent. This work offers a portrayal of the physical and psychological impact of war and its aftermath. It contains extracts from ‘A Farewell to Arms’ and ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOn further reflection : 60 years of writing / Jonathan Miller.
“Actor, doctor, sculptor, TV personality, director of both film and opera–Sir Jonathan Miller’s career covers a vast range of artistic endeavors and intellectual pursuits. Common amongst all of these trades, though, is Miller’s exceptional talent for writing about them. Because his work has been published in locations as numerous and diverse as his interests, On Further Reflection is the necessary gathering-together of excerpts from Miller’s best and most memorable pieces from the last six decades.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWindows on the world : fifty writers, fifty views / Matteo Pericoli ; with a preface by Lorin Stein.
“In Windows on the World, architect and artist Matteo Pericoli explores the idea of staring out a window, searching for inspiration by pairing his own line drawings alongside fifty writers from around the globe. From Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul and Daniel Kehlmann in Berlin, to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in Lagos and Xi Chuan in Beijing, the views from each window resonate with each other.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe ancient Greek hero in 24 hours / Gregory Nagy.
“The ancient Greeks concept of the hero was very different from what we understand by the term today, Gregory Nagy argues and it is only through analyzing their historical contexts that we can truly understand Achilles, Odysseus, Oedipus, and Herakles. In Greek tradition, a hero was a human, male or female, of the remote past, who was endowed with superhuman abilities by virtue of being descended from an immortal god. Despite their mortality, heroes, like the gods, were objects of cult worship. Nagy examines this distinctively religious notion of the hero in its many dimensions” (Syndetics summary).

Syndetics book coverPuna wai kōrero : an anthology of Māori poetry in English / edited by Reina Whaitiri and Robert Sullivan.
“Two leading Māori scholars collect Māori poetic voices in English and let flow a wellspring of poetry. From both revered established writers as well as exciting new voices, the poems in Puna Wai Korero offer a broad picture of Maori poetry in English. The voices are many and diverse: confident, angry, traditional, respectful, experimental, despairing and full of hope, expressing a range of poetic techniques and the full scope of what it is to be Māori.” (Publisher’s website)

And two good books in other parts of the library:

Syndetics book coverMay I quote you on that? : a guide to grammar and usage / Stephen Spector.
“In May I Quote You on That? Stephen Spector offers a new approach to learning Standard English grammar and usage. The product of Spector’s forty years of teaching courses on the English language, this book makes the conventions of formal writing and speech easier and more enjoyable to learn than traditional approaches usually do.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAdventures in stationery : a journey through your pencil case / James Ward.
“From Bronze Age India to a Surrey Stationers via pencil wars and accidental inventions: a hilarious insight into the familiar yet unexpectedly bizarre world of stationery.” (Syndetics summary)

Stories They Tell – New Books on Popular Music

Rock legends always have stories to tell. New books on popular music this month feature fascinating real stories about incredible artists such as The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, the one-of-a-kind artist Robert Wyatt and Kanye West. Amy Winehouse is the latest musician who joined the infamous ‘27 club’, named after the fact that many superstars (Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison. Kurt Cobain etc.) died at the age of 27, and Dead god$: the 27 club offers a unique read. There are a lot more. Check them out!

Syndetics book coverReckless : my life as a Pretender / Chrissie Hynde
“Chrissie Hynde, for nearly four decades the singer/songwriter/ undisputed leader of the Pretenders, is a justly legendary figure. Few other rock stars have managed to combine her swagger, sexiness, stage presence, knack for putting words to music, gorgeous voice and just all-around kick-assedness into such a potent and alluring package. Now, in her no-holds-barred memoir Reckless, Chrissie Hynde tells, with all the fearless candor, sharp humor and depth of feeling we’ve come to expect, exactly where she came from and what her crooked, winding path to stardom entailed. Her mesmerizing presence radiates from every line and page of this book.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDifferent every time : the authorised biography of Robert Wyatt / Marcus O’Dair.
“Robert Wyatt started out as the drummer and singer for Soft Machine, who shared a residency at Middle Earth with Pink Floyd and toured America with Jimi Hendrix. He brought a Bohemian and jazz outlook to the 60s rock scene, having honed his drumming skills in a shed at the end of Robert Graves’ garden in Mallorca. His life took an abrupt turn after he fell from a fourth-floor window at a party and was paralysed from the waist down. He reinvented himself as a singer and composer with the extraordinary album ‘Rock Bottom’, and in the early eighties his solo work was increasingly political. Today, Wyatt remains perennially hip, guesting with artists such as Bjork, Brian Eno, Scritti Politti, David Gilmour and Hot Chip. Marcus O’Dair has talked to all of them, indeed to just about everyone who has shaped, or been shaped by, Wyatt over five decades of music history.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKanye West : god & monster / Mark Beaumont.
“Featuring quotes from all of the major players in Kanye’s life, Kanye West: God And Monster traces his life from the suburbs of Chicago through art school and rap apprenticeships to recording in the coolest studios of New York and Hawaii with the biggest names in music, revolutionising hip-hop at every step of the way. It documents every rumour and revelation, details the wildest extravagances and biggest ego blow-ups of this true rap original. Exploring his life, music and controversies like never before, Kanye West: God And Monster is the ultimate profile of this legendary pop culture titan.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverIn search of Pharrell Williams / Paul Lester.
“First substantial overview of the life and career of Pharrell Williams, the foremost producer of the modern era, and performer in his own right. It follows him from his days growing up in Virginia, his meeting with musical partner Chad Hugo and formation of The Neptunes, through his collaborations with the great and the good of pop, rap and R&B, including Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Nelly and Kelis. It assesses his ground-breaking work with the radical rap-rock-pop band N*E*R*D, and his emergence as a solo superstar. It delves behind the immaculate facade to find out what makes Williams one of the most driven and inventive musicians of the last 20 years.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTragedy : the sad ballad of the Gibb brothers / Jeff Apter.
“The rise and fall of the brothers Gibb is perhaps the greatest saga in Australian, even world, music history. As ubiquitous as the falsetto harmonies, flares and multi-platinum record sales were the tragedies: the highs, the lows, the highs again. And then the brothers fell, one by one. Not long before his death, Robin made it clear that he believed the Gibbs had been forced to pay the highest possible cost for their success. ‘All the tragedies my family has suffered . . . is a kind of karmic price we are paying for all the fame and fortune we’ve had.’ This is the story of all four brothers’ incredible careers, lives and influence.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDead god$ : the 27 club / Chris Salewicz.
“Robert Johnson. Brian Jones. Jimi Hendrix. Janis Joplin. Jim Morrison. Kurt Cobain. Amy Winehouse. They were inspirational, controversial, talismanic and innovative. They lead lives full of myth, scandal, sex, drugs and some of the most glorious music that has ever heard. Though each of their lives were cut tragically short at the age of 27, they would all leave the world having changed it irrevocably. Chris Salewicz tells, in intimate detail, the stories behind these compelling figures.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDown under / Trevor Conomy.
“‘Down Under’ made Men at Work the biggest band on the planet in the early 1980s. The band split soon after, but ‘Down Under’ never stopped working. It became an unofficial national anthem, and was as unstoppable as the fried-out Kombi of its opening line. Decades later, ABC’s Spicks and Specks innocently revealed a similarity between the song’s flute riff and an old nursery rhyme about a laughing Kookaburra. It sparked an epic legal stoush that shook the music world and will forever be associated with tragedy.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKris Kristofferson : country highwayman / Mary G. Hurd.
“Singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson has maintained a career in music and film for more than forty years. He was the oldest son in a military family that planned for him to continue the tradition of military service, but he resigned his commission to pursue a career in songwriting. In Kris Kristofferson: Country Highwayman, Mary G. Hurd surveys the life and works of this highly respected American songwriter. For many, Kristofferson’s songs remain the gold standard of modern songwriters, and Kris Kristofferson follows the commitment to freedom of expression that has characterized his songwriting and struggles with the music industry.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRock, a life story : the illustrated encyclopedia of albums, artists and great songs / foreword by Brian May.
“This is the ultimate story of a life of rock music, from the 1950s to the present day. Rock is the enduring sound of music, once just the preserve of the rebellious young, now the rock gods of the 60s and 70s are still playing, to both their old audiences and new generations of avid fans. Divided into eras, from Roots, through the Sixties and Seventies to the Noughties, learn about the development of rock, the key artists, albums, inspirations and legacies. This brilliant new book offers a glorious slice of rock, the story of our lives, for fans of The Who, The Sex Pistols, Led Zep, Muse, Radiohead, Jack White and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBritish pop invasion : how British music conquered the world in the 1960s / edited by Alan J. Whiticker.
“The Beatles paved the way for countless British bands and performers to find international success during the 1960s, taking the US charts by storm and charming a generation of baby boomers in the process. The British Pop Invasion is a photographic record of that era using hundreds of rare Daily Mirror images, many of them unpublished or locked away for decades, in a hardcover book. At more than 300 pages, this book is a must for baby boomers of the period, music lovers of any age and pop culture historians.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLouder than hell : the definitive oral history of metal / Jon Wiederhorn & Katherine Turman.
Louder Than Hell is the definitive oral history of heavy metal, crafted from more than four hundred interviews with icons of the genre from its inception to today, including Ozzy Osbourne, Eddie Van Halen, Tommy Lee, Lars Ulrich, Vince Neil, Axl Rose, Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, and Dimebag Darrell. From groundbreaking innovations such as the dawn of distortion and the birth of cookie monster vocals to amazing tales of destruction and wild sexcapades, Louder Than Hell is packed with raw, unflinching stories, eye-opening admissions, and the truth behind some of metal’s wildest moments.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverIt’s one for the money : the song snatchers who carved up a century of pop & sparked a musical revolution / Clinton Heylin.
“A cross between Hollywood Babylon and The Hitmen, It’s One For The Money rips the lid off Pop’s own Pandora box and explicates just what it is that makes the world of sound go round in song publishing.” (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…

Low Ones and sixes
Battles La di da di
Paul Kelly The Merri Soul sessions
Nils Frahm LateNightTales
David Gilmour Rattle that lock
Ben Folds So there

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