Historical fiction is in the cards

Tarot, 18th Century cemetery relocation and the Sundance Kid feature in our picks from the July Historical Fiction Newsletter:

Book cover of Stockholm Octavo Book cover of Pure Book cover of Sundance Book Cover of The Visitors Book cover of China DollsBook cover of In The Wolf's Mouth

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Animal architecture to archives: Cool new stuff from the Selectors

Animal architecture by Ingo Arndt is a photographic tribute to animal nests and shelters which are functional, complex and beautiful, however this book is not just all about the pictures (stunning though they are) it also ticks all the boxes for containing scientific facts and insights into animal behaviour.

Our Fiction buyer has been busy this month and has noted that there are so many takes on literary classics that you might assume they’ve all been done. However, Tom Grass, whose background is in the film industry, has a debut novel coming out soon called Twist, with the title character Twist as a teenager on the run from the police and saved by the mysterious Dodge who introduces him to Cornelius Faginescu, described as an “art collector.” No songs in all this.

One of the literary greats of today would have to be Margaret Atwood and she has a new one – Stone mattress – coming out. It’s a volume of short stories.

Also taking the short story route is Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel and her collection has the intriguing title of The assassination of Margaret Thatcher. Fans of Hilary in her historical fiction hat might like to know that the television miniseries adaptation of Wolf Hall will be shown in Britain in 2015. It’s a six-parter and Cromwell is played by Mark Rylance with Damian Lewis as King Henry, Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn and Joanne Whalley as Catherine of Aragon.

Cover of Animal Architecture Cover of Stone Mattress Cover of The assassination of Margaret Thatcher

Cover of The Scraps BookOur children’s Non Fiction book buyer loved The scraps book.

The renowned Caldecott Honouree and illustrator provides a moving, intimate, and inspiring inside look at her colourful picture book career. Lois Ehlert always knew she was an artist. Her parents encouraged her from a young age by teaching her how to sew,  saw wood, pound nails, and by giving her colourful art supplies. Today, many years and many books later, Lois takes readers and aspiring artists on a delightful behind-the-scenes tour of her books and her book-making process. Part fascinating retrospective, part moving testament to the value of following your dreams, this richly illustrated picture book is sure to inspire children and adults alike to explore their own creativity.

Secrets of the National Archives: The stories behind the letters and documents of our past.

This book is on order so there is nothing to see yet but I was intrigued by the idea that the staff at the National Archives in Britain were given the opportunity to choose their favourite documents from out of 120 miles of papers that the Archives contain.  What would they choose and why?  The Magna Carta, a letter from Queen Elizabeth or a ships log by Captain Cook?  I think this could we a wee gem for those secret archivists amongst us.

And lastly some music to finish off.

Secrets of the National Archives

The Stories Behind the Letters and Documents of Our Past

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VOCES8 are an cappella octet from the United Kingdom, and our music buyer says:

Pure and meltingly mesmerising. Don’t expect a haka-boogie good time from this one


Hillmorton Network News promotes South Library

HNN (Hillmorton Network News) is a specialised schools programme run by South Learning Centre, an initiative being trialled in 2014.  It is a television venture run by Hillmorton Year 7 and 8 student group to ‘Celebrate Success‘.  Hillmorton’s new school Years 7 to 13 is showcased, student achievement celebrated in the classroom, on the field, in the art room and within the community.

Students  work alongside school staff to integrate H.N.N requirements within curriculum time to produce material for each broadcast. Students meet with South Learning staff for guidance  to learn production, scripting, technical skills and how to compile all features, reports and news into a production.

Student reporters report on weekend sport, local school news, community events and international news.  Library news, promotions and activities have regular slots within episodes.

SLC staff assist students learning how to conduct interviews, promotions and reviews for their broadcasts.  iMovie is used for final presentations, digital video cameras for recording interviews, green screen for backdrops and iPad apps to encourage public speaking. Check out our latest broadcast.

In our Learning Centre, students experience e-learning programmes aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum document. These programmes provide learning in a technology-rich environment and the teaching within these programmes keep abreast with the latest teaching philosophies and strategies.

If you are interested in working with us to tailor an existing programme or work alongside us please contact us phone 941 5140 or email learningcentre@ccc.govt.nz