The New Zealand Post Book Awards finalists have been announced. On a purely frivolous level I love the covers. They just reflect the amazing diversity in the books which have made the final choice. The novel covers in particular seem to be operating on a sympathetic colour spectrum.
Among the finalists are Moa by Quinn Berentson (the latest in a noble line of great books about our natural history) and Shelter from the storm: the story of New Zealand’s backcountry huts which I suspect has been on a lot of prezzie lists. Jarrod Gilbert’s Patched has had a lot of attention as has Joanne Drayton’s The search for Anne Perry. The illustrated non-fiction category is luscious as usual and the poetry lineup is stellar.
One of the great features of the awards is the People’s Choice Award which gives you, the voter, the chance to win a tasty prize of $1000 of book tokens. Voting closes on 18 August so vote now.
The NZ Post Awards will be announced in Auckland on 28 August. The Maori Language Award winner has already been announced: Ngā Waituhi o Rēhua by Dame Katerina Te Heikōkō Mataira.
Judges this year include John Campbell (TV3 current affairs presenter), Bernadette Hall (poet and co-founder of the Hagley Writers’ Institute), Guy Somerset (Books & culture editor of the New Zealand Listener), Paora Tibble (reo Maori writer at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand) and Vanda Symon (best selling crime writer).