New Zealand comes to OverDrive

We do strive to offer a wide range of content on our free OverDrive service. Sometimes this is not easy. E-books and downloadable audiobooks may be licensed for use in the Northern Hemisphere but may not be on offer in New Zealand. This is changing though – as you can see from the New Zealand titles available from OverDrive featured below …

Crossing our fingers for Eleanor Catton

Cover of The LuminariesNot long now until the winner of the Man Booker Prize is announced. Kia ora Eleanor Catton and best of luck. From me and all of us at Christchurch City Libraries – librarians and library users alike. I wonder what the Man Booker equivalent of Break a leg is –  Bust that Man Booker?

The Luminaries is a bloody BRILLIANT piece of fiction.

The Man Booker Prize will be announced at London’s Guildhall on Tuesday 15 October 2013 – 7 to 11pm (BST).  So we will be at our desks or having breakfast here in NZ – the event starts at Wednesday, 16 October 2013 at 7am.

NZ Listener will be there:

  • Check out the 2013 shortlist on our page listing previous nominees and winners of the Man Booker Prize

This week in Christchurch history (14 -20 October)

15 October 1881
Lancaster Park opens. This privately owned development was built so that sports clubs could charge admission fees to games.

17 October 1861
Christchurch Club building opens. Designed by B.W. Mountfort and Isaac Luck, it was probably New Zealand’s first club.

20 October 1948
Pleasure Garden art controversy begins when a Frances Hodgkins painting (done in about 1933) is exhibited at “the Group” show. This fierce debate on art style was joined by people throughout New Zealand. It raged for 3 years until the City Council accepted the painting as a gift on 3 September 1951.

Court Theatre’s recent production The Great Art War was based on this incident.

Christchurch chronology
A timeline of Christchurch events in chronological order from pre-European times to 1989.

More October events in the Chronology.