Here are a dozen fresh eMagazines hot off the press from RBDigital Magazines. Perfect for a spot of weekend reading – on your laptop, desktop, phone, tablet …
The Woman in the Window is a stone cold blockbuster. Even Mr Sir Stephen King has been singing its praises. In Library Land, holds/reserves are a good indicator of how popular a book is. 164 people are waiting to read the book, and 27 are waiting for the eBook. That is POPULAR.
I don’t read many thrillers or crime books, but this had me glued to the couch with nowt but copious cups of teas and Easter eggs to sustain me. Here are five things that make it cool.
It is Classic Noir
The story of The Woman in the Window is classic film noir. Anna is a child psychologist suffering from agoraphobia, and she takes photos of her neighbours and noseys at them. So far, so Hitchcock. But it isn’t just the premise that is noir-ish. Old movies are part of the story, and Anna is often watching one, remembering previous viewings, or encouraging other people to enjoy them.
Incidentally, there is a 1944 movie called The Woman in the Window, directed by Fritz Lang.
It has a believable female lead
A recent thread on Twitter asked women to ‘Describe yourself like a male author would’. I doubt you will see A.J. Finn quoted in this thread, because he has managed that rare thing – made a convincing female lead character. Anna Fox is a compelling, nuanced character. You don’t hear much about her looks, because women don’t tend to go around thinking about how big their boobs are, or lustrous their locks. Oh, and she is a woman. Not a girl.
It has oodles of atmosphere
Anna Fox’s world is a lonely one. She is stuck in her apartment, dosed up on medication, and drinks a lot of wine. This creates a sense of woozy uncertainty which plays with your mind, like it does with Anna’s.
So many. So good. This is the Nürburgring of thrillers! More twists than you find in a pack of Twisties!
There is a New Zealand Connection!
“I absolutely love Ngaio Marsh!” he says. “She’s probably my favourite golden age doyenne, which is taking nothing away from Agatha Christie.
More about A.J. Finn
- AJ Finn: editor turns best-selling thriller writer RNZ Sunday Morning
- The Kiwi that inspired Daniel Mallory’s The Woman in the Window Stephen Jewell, Stuff
- The Woman in the Window: Is Daniel Mallory’s debut novel the new Gone Girl? Celia Walden, Stuff
The Woman in the Window
By A.J. Finn
Published by HarperCollins New Zealand
Our selectors spot plenty of new and interesting titles as part of their work. Here are some titles that took the fancy of tweeting selector Chris:
Saturday 28 April is International Tabletop Games Day. Celebrate with us at Fendalton Library from 2pm to 4pm. A selection of board games will be laid out with a few being led by staff. All games can be explained in 2-3 minutes and run for under an hour (most are 15-30 minutes) so that multiple games can be enjoyed. Games include 5 Second Rule, LINKEE, Pictionary, Connect 4, Sequence, Werewolves of Millers Hollow, Two Rooms and a Boom and more!
There is more fun if games are your thing. Come along and try a new board game in the library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre! We have:
- Ticket to Ride
- Infernal Contraption
These fantastic games are aimed at ages 13 years plus but all are welcome on Tuesday 24 April from 9am to 3pm, and Friday 27 April from 9am to 5pm.
How about Magic: The Gathering? Bring your decks to Shirley Library! Come along to play, swap cards, or hang out (snacks provided). This is on the first Saturday of each month, from 1pm to 4pm (aimed at ages 8 to 18 years).
Firstly, some important Easter essentials:
- Library Easter hours: All libraries are closed on Good Friday 30 March and Easter Monday 2 April, but open as normal on Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April. The only exception is Linwood Library, which isn’t open on Easter Sunday. Also note there is a scheduled outage on Easter Monday 2 April from 5am to approximately 12pm that will affect your access to the catalogue and eResources.
Fall back! Daylight saving ends when clocks go back by 1 hour at 3am on Sunday 1 April.
- Rubbish collection: If your regular collection day is Good Friday 30 March, your collection day will now be Saturday 31 March. Kerbside collection continues as normal on Easter Monday.
- Metroinfo Bus services: On Public Holidays bus and ferry services run to weekend timetables:
- Thursday 29 March runs to the Friday timetable
- Good Friday 30 March runs to the Sunday timetable
- Easter Sunday 1 April runs to the Sunday timetable
- Easter Monday 2 April runs to the Saturday timetable
And here is what our librarians are reading/watching/doing/listening to this Easter – it’s a veritable Easter Parade!
I have always wanted to slip Gregorian Chants into a blog. Naxos has 2 playlists for Easter:
Some Easter eMagazines on RBDigital Magazines:
Theme song for your Easter Parade:
Philip Reeves – Mortal Engines Series
A few days off is an ideal opportunity to revisit a series – I picked this one because I just discovered the teaser trailer for the film adaptation they’re making! A futuristic dystopia of mechanical cities chasing each other across the wastelands…I loved it when I was 13 and I hope I’ll still love it now.
Snuggle and Play Crochet Carolina Guzman Benitez
Maybe a long weekend will mean I finally get around to finishing the adorable monkey I’ve been crocheting from this book…
My pick is, Milk of the Tree, An Anthology of Female Vocal Folk and Singer-songwriters 1966-73
Easter seems the perfect time to dig into this mammoth 60 song set. An interesting mix of American and British artists with a whole heap of interesting rarities and a few classics. The detailed notes are also well worth a read.
I’m doing the following over Easter:
- Making hot cross buns
- Reading: Nigel Slater’s Christmas Chronicles (more winter than Christmas… I hate the cold, but this book makes me feel like winter will be ok)
- Reading: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
- Watching: The History of Britain
- Eating: Easter Cupcakes
- Housework – listening to sweet cleaning jams such as this Dinah Washington album (Can’t beat vintage jazz)
- Watching: Get out (fab movie, totally recommend)
- Going to Church
Ferrymead Park is having a Great Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday 1 April.
The Canterbury Folk Festival is on for those wanting to head out of town – 30 March to 2 April
I’m looking forward to a rainy few days where I can get through a few new YA books.
- Projekt 1065 – With so many great YA books out there dealing with WWII (check out Max for a hard-hitting book about Hitler’s quest to create a master Aryan race), I’m looking forward to reading this one about a 13-year-old British spy in Berlin in 1943.
- I am not your perfect Mexican daughter – I learnt a lot reading Sherman Alexei’s The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian, I’m interested to find out more about the Mexican culture with this book.
- Piecing me together – Born from the #blacklivesmatter movement, books like The Hate You Give and Dear Martin deal with the issue of race in current-day United States. To counter ‘white privilege’, schools offer programmes to their ‘at risk’ students, and this book is about what happens when those ‘at risk’ students just want to be one of the crowd. I’m looking forward to it.
Ali Smith: Winter
Long awaited second novel in the Seasonal quartet – about the season that teaches us survival, inspired by Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.
I have the super popular bestseller The woman in the window by A.J. Finn at home, and want to spend some time losing myself in a psycho thriller (qu’est-ce que c’est).
My Easter eMagazines from RBDigital Magazines:
We’re off to the Peter Rabbit movie but also the A Wrinkle in Time advance screening is on Palms Sun 1st April.
See also my booklist of recently published children’s books about Easter, eggs and bunnies.
Here is a baker’s dozen of titles hot off the press from RBDigital Magazines. Perfect for a spot of weekend reading – on your laptop, desktop, phone, tablet …:
Every three years, the Christchurch City Council reviews their 10-year plan. It is your chance to share your views on how best to manage the infrastructure and services that make Christchurch work.
- Read all about the Council’s priorities, projects and how it is proposed to pay for it all.
- Have your say by 5pm on Friday, 13 April.
Find out more:
Have we got the priorities right? Newsline
Today Victoria Square has reopened. It has been closed for a year, having a revamp and repairs.
- New pieces of art have been added including Ngā Whāriki Manaaki – Woven mats of welcome, and a Literary Trail (series of text sculptures).
- The Bowker Fountain will be working again and will put on a water and light display.
Here’s what Victoria Square looked like this morning:
Find out more about Victoria Square
- Our page on Victoria Square.
- Search our catalogue for photos of Victoria Square and Market Square,
- View photos of Victoria Square on our Flickr site.
- Find more images on DigitalNZ, including this set Market Square / Victoria Square.
- Information on Victoria Square from Ōtākaro Limited (included a factsheet on the restoration)
- Victoria Square to reopen this week after $7.6 million revamp Michael Hayward, The Press, 5 March 2018
Seven years ago Christchurch was hit by an earthquake that killed 185 people. It’s a sad anniversary, and sometimes it is hard to know how – or where – to commemorate it. For the last seven years, my way has been to walk and think and take some photos. This morning I visited the former CTV site on the corner of Cashel and Madras Street. Ōtākaro Limited has landscaped the site, and it opened to the public today.
Diagonally across the road, is the 185 empty chairs installation by Peter Majendie. This is an artwork that rends your heart. I’ve only be able to stand near it, and somehow felt the chairs were sacred. But today, Peter and some helpers were cleaning the rain and water off the chairs so I joined in and helped. It felt profound.
We have a list of commemorative events on today, and places that you might like to visit: Thursday 22 February 2018 – Earthquake Commemorations.
Wherever you are, whatever you feel, however you choose to reflect – you are not alone. Arohanui, Ōtautahi.
Find out more:
- View and contribute to Kete Christchurch: Canterbury earthquakes 2010 2011 contains primary sources such as photographs, experiences, and audio.
- Explore The CEISMIC digital archive and share your stories.
- Read QuakeStories and contribute your own.
- See our pages for adults and kids on the 22 February 2011 earthquakes.
Good advice from All Right?:
The seventh anniversary of the 22 February 2011 quake is on this Thursday 22 February. There are places where the community can come together to reflect, and remember.
Service at the Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial
The seventh anniversary of the 22 February Canterbury Earthquake will be marked with a public Civic Service at the Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial site. The service will begin at 12:30pm at the Memorial site on the corner of Montreal Street and Cambridge Terrace. The service is expected to take around 45 minutes, followed by the opportunity to lay floral tributes at the Memorial Wall across the river. It will be livestreamed on the Christchurch City Council website for those who can’t be there.
View the Public Civic Canterbury Earthquake Memorial Service livestream, from 12.30pm, Thursday 22 February:
Find out more:
- Visit the Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial website.
- Like the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial page on Facebook.
River of Flowers Earthquake Commemorations on 22 February
Community groups come together to commemorate, remember, console, update and look to the future. All welcome at any of the five sites this year:
- Otautahi The Bricks hosted by Avon Loop Res Assoc.
- Medway ‘Bridge’ supported by Avebury House and Avon-Ōtākaro Network
- Wainoni/Avonside at Wainoni Avonside Community Services
- Avondale/Burwood by Burwood Christian Centre
- Moncks Bay at the Christchurch Yacht Club
The sites will be hosted between 12.30 and 1.30pm, Bring a flower to drop in the river.
Find out more:
- Read the full details on the Flourish website.
- Like the River of Flowers page on Facebook.
- Subscribe to the River of Flowers event on Facebook.
Information from the River of Flowers page on Facebook.
The former CTV site – a “peaceful and reflective memorial to those who lost their lives”
Ōtākaro Limited reports that the landscaped former site of the Canterbury Television (CTV) building will be open to the public from 22 February.
Read The Press article: CTV site work on track for completion before February 22 Christchurch earthquake anniversary
The site is now owned by Crown development company Ōtākaro, which has been working since October to turn the space into a peaceful and reflective memorial to those who lost their lives.
185 Chairs – Earthquake Remembrance Art Installation
Some people find this a place of contemplation and remembrance. The 185 chairs installation was created by artist Peter Majendie and is currently located on the corner of Madras and Cashel Streets.
- Like the 185 chairs Facebook page
Earthquakes and Butterflies – Theatre of Transformation (22 to 25 February at the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral)
Earthquakes and Butterflies is an exciting professional theatre piece directed by Helen Moran, shaped from the life stories of a cluster of people whose lives crisscross like the fault lines under the city. Based on the novel by Kathleen Gallagher, Earthquakes & Butterflies is full of hope, humour and tenderness – strangers help unasked, generosity is freely given and shelter is for sharing.
Our community remember the 22 February 2011 earthquake in a number of ways – by visiting a particular place, or by having a moment of silence and remembrance. We share that reflection together, wherever we are.