This year’s Ockham New Zealand Book Award for Fiction has been won by Stephen Daisley for his novel titled Coming Rain. This is his second published novel, the first titled Traitor, was set in Gallipoli during WW1 was published in 2010. Stephen Daisley was born in Raetihi in 1956, but now lives in Western Australia. He has worked in many different occupations, from soldier to shearer.
A very atmospheric novel, Coming Rain is set in Western Australia, it is a story about hard men, hard work, friendship and a love that can change everything.
Ten novels have been shortlist for the year’s International Dublin Literary Award. These have been selected from novels nominated by over 130 libraries around the world, most nominating up to 3 titles.
Included in the shortlist is the 2015 Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James’s novel titled, A Brief History of Seven Killings, and the 2015 Folio Prize winner Akhil Sharma’s novel titled, Family life. They are joined by Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson and two debut novelists, Mary Costello from Ireland and Scholastique Mukasonga from Rwanda.
The winner of the €100,000 prize will be announced in Dublin 9th June 2016.
The Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction is awarded to the best full-length novel of the year written by a woman and published in the United Kingdom. From a longlist of twenty novels by some world’s most highly acclaimed female writers, the Bailey’s 2016 judging panel have announced the shortlist of six, in contention for the prize of £30,000.
This year there are three debut novels, Ruby, by American writer Cynthia Bond, The Improbability of Love by the much accomplished British writer Hannah Rothschild, and the much favoured, The Glorious Heresies by Irish writer Lisa McInerney.
The Green Road by Anne Enright, shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Award and A little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize are joined by American writer Elizabeth McKenzie’s The Portable Veblen in this year’s shortlist.
The winner will be announced in London on 8th June 2016.
The prolific British author Anita Brookner has died aged 87. She was a much acclaimed art historian, becoming the first female Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge and began her writing career with several academic works, and retired in 1988 after being Reader at the Courtauld Institute of Art since 1977. Her first novel was published in 1981, titled, A Start in Life, and this began a prolific career as a novelist with 24 novels published, the last being titled Strangers, published in 2009. In 1984 her novel titled, Hotel du lac was awarded the Man Booker Prize; this was adapted to film in 1986.
Twenty novels have been selected for this year’s Bailey’s Women’s Fiction prize. With many much acclaimed, well known authors, such as Kate Atkinson from England, Geraldine Brooks from Australia, Anne Enright from Ireland, and Elizabeth Strout from America. The longlist also includes eleven debut novelists. The shortlist will be announced early April, with the winner, receiving £30,000, announced early June.
Umberto Eco has died aged 82. His first novel that became his best known, The Name of the Rose was published in 1980, and was adapted into film in 1986. He wrote six other novels, the most recent Numero Zero, published in 2015. As a much honoured academic and philosopher, he wrote many non-fictional works, essays and several children’s books.
American author Harper Lee has died aged 89, known for her much acclaimed novel To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. This novel won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into film, staring Gregory Peck in 1962. Set in the South of America novel dealt with the issues of racism and class, and has sold over 3 million copies. A sequel, titled Go Set a Watchman, originally written in the 1950’s was published to much publicity in 2015. Although a reclusive person in later life Harper Lee, earlier had a close friendship and working relationship with American writer Truman Capote. She spent most of her life in Monroeville, Alabama, where she was born and were she died.
On Monday, 8 February, the much acclaimed and popular author Margaret Forster died of cancer at 77 years of age.
A prolific writer, she began her career in 1964 when her first novel, The Dames’ Delight was published. Over her career this was followed another 26 novels. Margaret Forester was also an award winning biographer, historian and literary critic.
She is best known for her novel Georgy Girl, published in 1965 and later adapted to film. Her most recent novel titled, How to measure a Cow, will be published this year in March.
Most remarkable is that Margaret Forster, has never owned a computer and wrote everything by hand, as this she admitted gave her much pleasure.
November has been synonymous with Nanowrimo, the National Novel Writing Month for the past few years at Wellington Central Library.
This year, due to popular demand from a creative and diverse community of budding and seasoned writers who are preparing for another 50,000 word novel challenge this November, we are again making some space to foster the creative process and much needed peer support.
Those who took part last year, will find their familiar spaces on the ground floor and first floor of the Central Library. So come Write-In! And when you publish that book, be sure to tell us it was born here!
Saturdays 7-28 Nov, 1-4pm in an HQCBD Room on the ground floor
Sundays 8-29 Nov, 1-4pm on the north west end of the first floor (click on map below)
We send our congratulations to Wellington author Catherine Robertson on winning the Fiction Award for her novel titled The Hiding Places, at the Arts Festival Library Carnival in Nelson.
This is her fourth novel, the first The Sweet Second Life of Darrell Kincaid, was published in 2011. Although extremely busy with her writing and also her Masters in Creative Writing study at Victoria University, Catherine has always been very generous with her time at Wellington City Libraries’ events. We wish her well for a very promising future.