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LJ Ritchie has made the shortlist in this year’s New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults in both the Best First Book and the Young Adult Fiction category.
Check out Like Nobody’s Watching and the other finalists here.
Also see this fantastic article on The Sapling website for the publisher’s insights on each of the Young Adult Fiction finalists.
LJ Ritchie has been talking crime in the current series of Murder in the Library, running in conjunction with the Ngaio Marsh Awards. So is Like Nobody’s Watching a crime novel? Well it’s certainly a thriller, and if illegal surveillance, cyber bullying etc are crimes, it’s right in there.
Trish Harris’s memoir The Walking Stick Tree has received wide media coverage. It featured on RNZ’s Nine toNoon programme and on the Stuff news website with articles also appearing in journals, magazines and blogs. We’re delighted to see the book—which contains not only a great story but also four essays and quirky illustrations—has made it onto the recommended reading list for Massey University’s Disability Studies course this semester. That’s a first!
Escalator Press is to be the featured publisher at the Featherston Booktown weekend event (12th – 14th May) with presentations from all three of last year’s authors.
Rob Hack has continued to promote his poetry book Everything is Here in readings and is ‘appearing’ frequently at his local Paekakariki cafe with book held high wearing beret and ironic gaze. (Paekakakariki is about 45km north of Wellington)
As well as recording a couple of his poems for the Kim Hill Christmas Eve show and hearing Kim read one herself, he has read at The Station Sessions on Paekakariki Railway Station, at the Fringe bar in Wellington with blues musician Shayn Wills, and at the Hightide Cafe Paraparaumu Beach.
In February he was asked to read a Dylan song (as a poem) at a Cohen/Dylan musical tribute concert to a packed Paekakariki hall. Using large hand-held cards with song words written on them, he asked the audience to sing along as the tune played on cue… not his poem…not his voice but… ‘he stole the show’ murmured some of the musicians.
Kate Carty’s Run Thomas Run is currently being serialised on Nine to Noon, Radio NZ. It’s very good timing for this novel, given that Iraq (Mosul) is constantly in the news at the moment with military action to reclaim the city from ISIS. It’s a powerful and moving story, just as much on radio as on the page.
Over the summer it was great to see LJ Ritchie’s Like Nobody’s Watching listed in the top ten books for the Hooked on NZ Books He Ao Ano summer reading & reviewing challenge.
Hooked on NZ Books asked readers to nominate their favourite NZ Young Adult titles. Over the summer, the challenge to readers was to read as many titles as they could, and to review them for the website if they wanted to. The challenge was for readers 13-18.
Rob Hack’s first collection of poems, Everything Is Here, explores his relationship to his Rarotongan heritage and the places where his family lived while growing up. Rob spoke with award-winning poet Chris Tse about the intricacies of writing poetry and the challenges that come along with it. Chris was the winner of the Jessie Mackay Prize for Best First Book of Poetry (2016) and shortlisted for the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for his first book of poems, How to Be Dead in a Year of Snakes.
Hayden Frost and L.J. Ritchie’s podcast Never Repeats mentioned as one of the best local film podcasts on Radio NZ:
Escalator new title Like Nobody’s Watching by L J Ritchie is second on the Unity Wellington bestseller list this week.