Yahoo! May We Be Forgiven has won the Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 (formerly Orange Prize).
We loved this novel - darkly comic & dizzyingly inventive. Read it now, you are in for a treat. More details here.
BOOK LAUNCH – CROWN LYNN COLLECTOR’S HANDBOOK
Calling all Crown Lynn lovers! Join Valerie Monk and Penguin Books to celebrate the publication of this wonderful new book. Meticulously researched, the Crown Lynn Collector’s Handbook is the essential reference for anyone fascinated by all of Crown Lynn’s work – from domestic products through to figurines, artware & hand-potted pieces.
Val will bring some of her precious pieces for you to view.
TUESDAY 2 July– in the bookshop
Wine & nibbles 6pm, talking 6.30pm
Poets & their Poems
Please join us for a mid-winter warmer of delightful poets.
Bernadette Hall, from Christchurch, will read from The Judas Tree, a wonderful collection, that she has just edited, of poems by Lorna Staveley Anker.
Also sharing their poems will be Paula Green, with her new volume The Baker’s Thumbprint, Kiri Piahana-Wong with Night Swimming, and Penny Somervaille, who MCs Poetry Live and has been published in Side Stream, Potroast and Blackmail Press.
Both Bernadette & Paula will also read, as a tribute, some poems by the late Sarah Broom.
Wednesday 10 July 6pm, in the bookshop
Entry by koha at the door
The Auckland Writers & Readers Festival was fabulous.
Anita Desai's The Artist of the Disappearance sold out after her session. Jackie Kay was a treat & her Red Dust Road sold out also. Fleur Adcock's Glass Wings was a sell out. (A poetry collection sold out!) Masha Gessen was fascinating with her Putin bio Man without a Face. William Dalrymple charmed as always, his lecture on Afghanistan The Return of a King was hilarious & hair-raising. It was wonderful to see so many inspired to buy books. Congratulations to the Festival team & thanks to all the wonderful authors
What a wonderful evening we had celebrating Juliet Batten's wonderful new book Spirited Ageing: Cultivating the Art of Renewal
KOBO E-BOOKS and E-READERS
YAY again! We are the Top NZ Independent Bookshop for sales of Kobo E-Readers
We now have KOBO E-BOOKS available through our ONLINE BOOKSHOP and KOBO E-READERS available in our Ponsonby Road shop. We have a DEMO KOBO E-READER for you to play with in the shop & we can explain to you the advantages of KOBO over Kindle!
KOBO has 3 million titles available - as many, if not more, than Kindle. If you buy an e-reader from elsewhere (an electronics shop rather than a bookshop) or are using another device (I-PAD or Sony etc) then please buy YOUR FIRST KOBO E-BOOK from our online shop. We will then get a share of the revenue. After the first purchase you can buy your e-books anywhere.
Launch of Charlotte Grimshaw's new novel Soon
Auckland's literary scene came to the shop to celebrate the launch of this extraordinary book.
I have finished reading it - a bold, brilliant, biting satire on wealth & pretentiousness, & the present political situation in NZ. Woohoo! -Carole
Travels with my Economist: Encounters with India
We had a wonderful launch with Lisa Scott last Thursday. We ate samosas whilst Lisa read some very funny 'encounters with India' & then cut open the emabargoed JK Rowling carton.
Book Group Evenings
Many book groups are holding their meetings in the shop in the evenings, with Carole speaking about all the new fiction - great if your group needs some inspiration. Wine, nibbles, lively discussion, & discounts! Phone or email to book a date.