Book launch at Central Library

coverCraig Smith, the author of Wonky Donkey has a new book out –  Willbee the Bumblebee. It’s a picture book of Craig’s song that is illustrated by Katz Cowley.

Come and listen to Craig perform Wonky Donkey, Willbee the Bumblebee and other songs this Saturday, 13 November at 2pm in Central Library.

Find that picture!

With show time upon us again I decided to browse of our collection of historical photographs for pictures of past A&P shows. I love this one, taken at the 1910 show, where wind power was obviously as much of a  preoccupation as it is now:

You can search for images like this one on our catalogue. Here’s how:

  • Hit “Start.” You’ll find yourself on the “Search Catalogue” page. You’re in the right place.
  • In the grey box use the right-hand drop-down menu to limit your search “by material type” to “Pictures and Photographs” and then enter a keyword search as usual. You’ll get a list of images matching your search, many of which can be viewed online.
  • Just click on the entry you want to see – if the image is available online you’ll see a link, “View the photograph,” at the bottom of the full listing.  E voilà!

Let’s go to the show

Going to the agricultural show has always been an important event for country people – an opportunity to show people and animals in their best finery.

Dalmuir Prince – champion draught horse stands proud.

Stylish show goers.

The photographs are from the Selwyn district collection, taken from the Weekly press and the Canterbury times between the 1860s and the 1920s. They have been produced as a joint project between Selwyn District Council and Christchurch City Libraries. They were photographed from the newspapers by Stephen Wright.

The importance of being silent

Wreath-layingIt is  the 11th hour of the  11th day of the 11th month.

Be silent.

Contemplate this – and other – images.

Continue until 11:02.

Short stories – love ’em? hate ’em?

I love ’em. Delicious snacks of stories. Every word counts. Morsels of cleverness.

CoverI recently finished a new short story anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio called, Stories : all-new tales. Fantastic. Enjoyable. Intriguing. Beguiling. Creepy. I didn’t read everything, as some stories just didn’t appeal, but there’s plenty here to dip into.

I prefer anthologies with lots of authors over a collection by one author, and this book is a treasure-trove of goodies by well-known and less-known authors.

Neil Gaiman’s Introduction delighted me beyond measure. He succinctly captures the whole point of fiction. This section alone is worth borrowing this anthology.

I thoroughly enjoyed the opening tale by Roddy Doyle – despite it’s weird and gruesome topic. I was intrigued by Jodi Picoult‘s story – it’s a change from her best-selling blockbusters. I meandered through Joe Hill‘s story – which is a work of art on the page with roving typography adding a different perspective to the story on the page.

From first timers like Kat Howard (her first published story appears in this anthology) through to Joyce Carol Oates and Michael Moorcock, there’s also plenty of well-known authors, across a range of genres, to whet your appetite, from Diana Wynne Jones, Peter Straub, Jeffery Deaver, Richard Adams and Chuck Palahniuk.