Friday, October 17, 2008

Authors visit Poropitia

NZ Book Council presents a session ...

New Zealand Book Council is a dynamic organization with a wide range of activities and programmes designed to promote books and reading through bringing readers, writers, publishers, libraries and schools together. Noel Murphy CEO of the NZ Book Council will talk about the relaunch of Book Notes and the role of the Book Council within the reading community, in particular libraries. He will introduce two leading New Zealand writers who have been involved in the organisation's programmes, Elizabeth Knox and Emily Perkins.

Both writers will talk for 15 minutes around the theme “outside the box.”

Elizabeth Knox is the author of seven novels, a trilogy of autobiographical novellas and a fantasy duet for young adults. Her fourth novel The Vintner’s Luck won the Deutz Medal for Fiction in the 1999 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Dreamhunter won the 2006 Esther Glen Award for New Zealand children’s literature, and Dreamquake received an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Award for Young Adult Literature in 2008.

Emily Perkins gained immediate fame with her first short story collection, Not Her Real Name. Two novels followed and now there’s the acclaimed novel About My Wife. She is also the presenter of The Good Word - a half hour series about books and writers to screen on TVNZ6 next year.

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