Latest in literature

Some of our most recent literature additions feature poetry, essays, and short stories that celebrate togetherness. New and established authors have managed to expertly weave together optimism and reflection in order to create stunning collections of literature that encompass what it means to be connected in today’s world.

Ko Aotearoa tātou, we are New Zealand : an anthology
“What is New Zealand now, in all its rich variety and contradiction, darkness and light? Who are New Zealanders? In a society where the arts, especially marginalised arts, are under threat, this anthology shows that creative work can explore, document, interrogate, re-imagine – and celebrate – who we are as citizens of this diverse country, in a diverse world” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Overdrive cover A Measure of Belonging, Cinelle Barnes (ebook)
America in 2020 is at a crossroads. We are searching for home in places where belonging and identity are often contested. Urgent, necessary, funny, and poignant, these essays from new and established voices confront the complexities of the South’s relationship with race, uncovering the particular difficulties and profound joys of being a southerner in the 21st century. (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Broken lines : in charcoal
This anthology represents the work of 37 Canterbury poets, some new, some emerging and others who have become well-established over the last ten years, the time period sampled here. One of the things these poets have in common is the shared experience of attending poetry classes held by Joanna Preston. Some have become regular participants, as a community of poets has become established, a safe place in which to expose and share tentative beginnings. (Adapted from Catalogue)

Resistencia : poems of protest and revolution
“With a powerful and poignant introduction from Julia Alvarez, Resistencia is an extraordinary collection, rooted in a strong tradition of protest poetry and voiced by icons of the movement and some of the most exciting writers today. Within this momentous collection, poets representing every Latin American country grapple with identity, place, and belonging… Included in English translation alongside their original language.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Overdrive cover The Best American Essays 2020, André Aciman (ebook)
A collection of the year’s best essays selected by André Aciman, author of the worldwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name. (Overdrive description)

Biopsies : stories of struggle and hope in South Auckland / Judkins, Greg
“A medical centre provides a hub to these loosely inter-connected fictional stories, the scope of which pans across a slew of people living and dying with disability, social isolation, humour, conflict, hope and uncertainty” (Catalogue)

Fire front : First Nations poetry and power today
“This important anthology, curated by Gomeroi poet and academic Alison Whittaker, showcases Australia’s most-respected First Nations poets alongside some of the rising stars. Divided into five thematic sections, each one is introduced by an essay from a leading Aboriginal writer and thinker… This incredible book is a testament to the renaissance of First Nations poetry happening in Australia right now.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Together in a sudden strangeness : America’s poets respond to the pandemic
“As the novel coronavirus and its devastating effects began to spread in the United States and around the world, Alice Quinn reached out to poets across the country to see if, and what, they were writing under quarantine. In these pages, we find poets grieving for relatives they are separated from or recovering from illness themselves, attending to suddenly complicated household tasks or turning to literature for strength.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Overdrive cover Tūhono 2020, Wellington City Libraries (ebook)
“Tūhono : connection. This is the theme that binds together all 197 poems you are about to read, which were contributed by young Wellington writers aged 5-18 and collected by Wellington City Libraries throughout the month of November 2020. Taken together, these poems represent a constellation of thoughts, ideas, worries, anxieties, hopes, loves, and dreams about how we find ways to connect, even in the face of adversity. (Adapted from Overdrive description)