Information about this year’s SubText programme will be available from tomorrow. Here is a blurb about the event to be held at Karori library.
Teens Rock The Library
1st August 6pm to 8pm
Rock the Library at Karori with Guitar Hero, Wii games and other fun stuff at our games evening on Friday August 1st from 6-7pm. There’s great food and prizes galore! The library is usually closed at these times, so Subtexters will have the building to themselves.
PS: Hope you’re not allergic to chocolate.
Wellington is famous for its umbrella-unfriendly gusts of wind. It’s something to be proud of, in much the same way that Rotorua smells of hydrogen sulphide, or Auckland sits amidst a gazillion volcanoes. The next time you’re looking at the sky, watching the clouds race past at galeforce speeds, keep watch for rare clouds. Yes! Rare clouds! Who knew?
Loads of new books are in. Here is a selection!
Savvy, by Ingrid Law (342 pages). The Beaumont family develop a power – a ‘savvy’ – at the age of 13. Will Mibs Beaumont’s imminent savvy be able to save her father?
Death’s Shadow, by Darren Shan (237 pages). This is book seven of Shan’s Demonata series, and is ‘seriously scary’. Did you know that the first three books of the Darren Shan Saga are being turned into a film?
Scarlet, by Stephen R. Lawhead (427 pages). This is the second book in the King Raven series, which is concerned with Robin Hood. Scarlet is, of course, Will Scarlet, Robin Hood’s delinquent sidekick.
Saving Juliet, by Suzanne Selfors (242 pages). Mimi has landed the role of Juliet in her family’s production of Romeo and Juliet – not that she’s terribly keen on the whole acting thing. She and her hot co-star, Troy, somehow find themselves in Shakespeare’s Verona, and Mimi befriends the Juliet Capulet, whose suicide in on the proverbial horizon; uh oh!
The Shadow Speaker, by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu (336 pages). This sounds really cool; ‘the year is 2070, and the earth’s civilization has been completely transformed following a nuclear fallout in the early 21st century. Magic, mysticism, and mind-blowing technology now rule the world’. The author has an interesting website as well.
Superior Saturday, by Garth Nix (263 pages). This is sixth and penultimate book in the Keys to the Kingdom Series, and should prove to be very popular – it has a load of reserves on it already, so it will be a wee while before it becomes available.
So maybe your 2007 rugby demons are beginning to be exorcised? With recent results everyone should be feeling better about our national game. The Super 14 title is back in New Zealand and the U-20s have won the World Cup. The NZ Maori team are undefeated in the Pacific Nations Cup so far and the All Blacks have won three in a row and looked better each game. Even if the prospect of the Tri-Nations is a bit daunting it still feels good to thrash two different English teams in the same weekend.
Keep up with all our teams and world rugby in general through the All Blacks website.
Media That Matters is a ‘film festival for youth’, and is happening this Friday, the 27th of June at 6pm in the NZ Film Archive (84 Taranaki Street). It is free entry; there will be films (obviously), prizes, giveaways and guest speakers.
More info here.
The Neon Genesis Evangelion series is considered one of the greatest anime of all time, although the television series (available here) did end somewhat confusingly and isn’t too accessible for the casual viewer. In 2006 it was revealed that four Neon Genesis Evangalion films were to be made; the first three are a ‘reboot‘ of the original series, with new scenes, characters, and effects added, and the final film will present a new ending to the story.
When I was a child my dad made me a treehouse. It was very basic; a sheet of plywood cut to fit between a fork in the trunk of the tree. It was a great place from where to pelt my brother with oranges, but not a place to stay when it rained. Unlike some of these treehouses, which “range from functional to fanciful, sustainable to strange and affordable to incredibly expensive.” I guess we can’t all start living in Wellington’s town belt – maybe now would be a good time to plant a native, so in several decades you could retire to the treetops?
I started thinking about this list as being books about teenagers that adults enjoy reading, but discovered that my collected items all had, specifically, teenage narrators. It’s an interesting list, full of award winners and movie adaptations. It took me from Japan to India to Nigeria to France to Heaven…. These are almost all in the general (adult) collection in the library. If you’re looking for a challenge you can’t go wrong with some of these.
More new CDs have arrived. You may be pleased to learn that YA CDs are free to reserve and issue on a YA library card.
» Oracular Spectactular – MGMT. Very popular and a favourite with the critics. This album comes with ‘enhanced content’, excitingly.
» Awesome Feeling II – Various. This is a compilation from Real Groove magazine, capturing the ‘Sound of Young New Zealand 2008’.
» The Best of Radiohead – Radiohead. There are 29 songs on this double-CD, and all of them are awesome. It doesn’t have any songs from after 2005, however.
» TCG – The Cheetah Girls. Initially created by Disney for a couple of films.
» Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces – Seether. A South-African post-grunge band. ‘All negative space with very little beauty,’ according to one critic.
» The Release Party – Dilated Peoples. This is actually a DVD, documenting an independent hip hop group over a 10-year period. It comes with a bonus CD. Great for fans of Dilated Peoples.
» Workers Leaving the Factory – The Actualities. If you like Arcade Fire and Coldplay you will like this (second) album, Sam tells me. The Actualities are a Wellington band.
As part of this year’s SubText programme we will have a weekly online quiz. Completing them correctly will enhance your chance to win stuff. If you answer any questions wrong you won’t be so lucky, but you will be able to try again. To test the quizzing system, we have put together a quiz for you to try out now. It’s difficult, but don’t be discouraged! You’re allowed to use the internet to look things up.