The Best of the Best: must reads from this month’s fiction selection

The following titles have been chosen from our monthly new fiction selections. They are all highly recommended for great reading.

Syndetics book coverThe wish child / Catherine Chidgey.
This wonderfully authentic novel is compelling reading, a great accomplishment.

Syndetics book coverHot dog taste test : a cook [crossed out] book / by Lisa Hanawalt.
A very funny exploration of the author’s anxieties and obsessions, making the mundane disturbing and the strange normal.

Syndetics book coverMagpie murders / Anthony Horowitz.
A brilliantly multilayered thriller with a very satisfying twist.

Syndetics book coverDeath and the seaside / Alison Moore.
A dark unsettling novel, at times funny, that you will want to read again.

Syndetics book coverThe gradual / Christopher Priest.
A challenging, but thought provoking novel from this much acclaimed skillful writer.

Book Launch & Celebration

It is with pleasure that Wellington City Libraries will be hosting an evening on Monday 12th December 2016 at 5.30 p.m. to celebrate Steele Roberts Aotearoa 20 years of publishing with the launch of two new collections of poems, one by Kevin Ireland and the other by Peter Bland.

Twenty years ago, on this same day, at Wellington City Libraries, Steele Roberts Aotearoa published their first book titled Dedications by J. C. Sturm (better known at Jackie Baxter, once our New Zealand Librarian)

We invite you to join us on the ground floor of the Central Library to enjoy this evening of celebration and poetry.

Kevin and Peter launch

Highly Acclaimed New Zealand writer James McNeish has died

Syndetics book coverIt is with great sadness the death of James McNeish was announced. He was one of New Zealand’s most prolific writers of fiction, non-fiction, plays, essays, articles and reviews. His first novel, titled Mackenzie was published in 1970 and his eighth, titled The Crime of Huey Dunstan was published on 2010. In 2010 he was awarded the Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

2016 Ngaio Marsh Award winners announced

Syndetics book coverSyndetics book coverCongratulations to the winners of the 2016 Ngaio Marsh Award for the Best Crime Novel and Best First Novel. Paul Cleave’s ninth publication titled Trust No One was awarded the Best Crime Novel. This is the third year he has won this award. Canadian-born writer Ray Berard was awarded the Best First Novel prize for Inside the Black Horse. Berard emigrated to New Zealand 15 years ago and now lives in Christchurch.

The best of the best: must reads from recent fiction selections

The following titles have been chosen from our monthly new fiction selections. They are all highly recommended for great reading.

Syndetics book coverZero K : a novel / Don DeLillo.
“A wonderfully funny, moving novel from a great American writer.”

Syndetics book coverBeef with tomato / Dean Haspiel.
“A clever balance of the humorous, the tragic, and the mundane aspects of street life, from a great story teller.”

Syndetics book coverIn the cold dark ground / Stuart MacBride.
“Another gripping murder mystery from this bestselling, award winning author.”

Syndetics book coverThe blackbird sings at dusk / Linda Olsson.
“A gentle novel about friendship and identity from much enjoyed New Zealand writer.”

Syndetics book coverBarren Cove : a novel / Ariel S. Winter.
“This is not just a great book cover, but a suspenseful, imaginative, great science fiction read.”

The best of the best: must reads from this month’s fiction selections

The following titles have been chosen from our monthly new fiction selections. They are all highly recommended for great reading.

Syndetics book coverVictim without a face / Stefan Ahnhem ; translated from the Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles.
“A gripping, tense thriller, from one of the best Scandinavian mystery writers.”

Syndetics book coverUniversal war one. Volume 1, Genesis / by Denis Bajram ; translated by Virginie Selavy.
“Six volumes in this edition, telling a gripping science fiction epic by this brilliant French comic writer and artist.”

Syndetics book coverThe drowned detective / Neil Jordan.
“A wonderfully realized tale of chilling suspense.”

Syndetics book coverThis census-taker : a novella / China Miéville.
“A brilliant imaginative novella, that is haunting and thought provoking.”

Syndetics book coverDad art / Damien Wilkins.
“The latest novel set in to-day’s Wellington by one our own most satisfying writers. A must read.”

Winner of the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Award for Fiction announced

Syndetics book coverThis 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.

The best of the best: must reads from January’s fiction selections

The following titles have been chosen from our monthly new fiction selections. They are all highly recommended for great reading.

Syndetics book coverI’m travelling alone / Samuel Bjork ; translated from the Norwegian by Charlotte Barslund.
“True to form this latest Norwegian mystery is a gripping page turner.”

Syndetics book coverThe long way to a small, angry planet / Becky Chambers.
“ A great science fiction epic, where the adventures and journeys of nine very different characters are set in distant worlds with very strange and different cultures.”

Syndetics book coverAnything for you / Kristan Higgins.
“A rather steamy, touching modern romance, guaranteed to have romance reader’s hearts fluttering.”

Syndetics book coverGrief is the thing with feathers / Max Porter.
“A wonderful debut novel, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Awards and the Goldsmiths Prize. One of the best reads for 2015.”

Syndetics book coverBreaking connections : a novel / by Albert Wendt.
“This new novel from New Zealand’s wonderful veteran writer, portrays the startling reality of young Polynesian life in Auckland.”

Syndetics book coverEverything is teeth / Evie Wyld, Joe Sumner.
“From an award winning author, this autobiographical work, is a stunning story of a young Australian girl obsessed with sharks.”

The best of the best: must reads from this October’s fiction selections

The following titles have been chosen from our monthly new fiction selections. They are all highly recommended for great reading.

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Undermajordomo Minor / Patrick deWitt.
This highly recommended novel is just wonderful. Plenty of dark humor, suspense, real escapism. Patrick De Witt will be here next year as a guest at Writers and Readers Week.

Depth / Lev AC Rosen.
A brilliantly imagined novel that combines hardboiled mystery and dystopian science fiction in a future where the rising ocean levels have left New York twenty-one stories under water and cut off from the rest of the United States.

The thrilling adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, with interesting & curious anecdotes of celebrated and distinguished characters fully illustrating a variety of instructive and amusing scenes ; as performed within and without the remarkable difference engine, embellished with portraits and scientifick diagrams / Sydney Padua.
Not just chosen for probably one of the longest titles in the Graphic Novel collection, but this is truly a work of art, with diagrams, extensive footnotes, and an unusual compelling story.

All that followed : a novel / Gabriel Urza.
A mystery that is really compelling, with a psychologically twisting plot set in a small Spanish town. This is an amazing debut novel.

Trifecta / Ian Wedde.
This is the eighth novel from the veteran, award winning New Zealander and one not to be missed. You will not be disappointed.

Congratulations to Wellington author Catherine Robertson

Syndetics book coverWe 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.