Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dame Anne Salmond’s most ambitious book to date.

Anne Salmond
Hardback, 228 x 152mm , 512 pages
978 1 86940 865 7
Māori studies, 24 July 2017, $65.00

Dame Anne Salmond’s most ambitious book to date. 

In Tears of Rangi Dame Anne Salmond looks at New Zealand as a site of cosmodiversity, a place where multiple worlds engage and collide. Beginning with a fine-grained inquiry into the early period of encounters between Māori and Europeans in New Zealand (1769–1840), Salmond then investigates such clashes and exchanges in key areas of contemporary life – waterways, land, the sea and people. 

We live in a world of gridded maps, Outlook calendars and balance sheets – making it seem that this is the nature of reality itself. But in New Zealand, concepts of whakapapa and hau, complex networks and reciprocal exchange, may point to new ways of understanding interactions between peoples, and between people and the natural world. Like our ancestors, Anne Salmond suggests, we too may have a chance to experiment across worlds. 

Tears of Rangi has also provided the catalyst for a documentary series, Artefact, produced by Jane Reeves (Greenstone Pictures) and featuring Salmond talking to local and international authorities about ‘experiments across worlds’. It releases on Māori Television early next year. 

About the author

Dame Anne Salmond is Distinguished Professor of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland and author of books including The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas (2003, Penguin UK, Penguin NZ, Yale University Press); Aphrodite’s Island: The European Discovery of Tahiti (2007, University of California Press, Penguin NZ) and Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas (2011, University of California Press, Penguin NZ). Among many honours and awards, she is an International Member of the American Philosophical Society, a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy; in 2013 she became New Zealander of the Year and winner of the Rutherford Medal from the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Writers on Mondays


Stella! Charlotte Wood in conversation with Emily Perkins

The Australian has described Charlotte Wood as one of the country's 'most original and provocative writers.' She is the author of five novels and two books of nonfiction. Her latest novel, The Natural Way of Things, won the 2016 Stella Prize, the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year, and was joint winner of the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. It has been published in Britain and the US as well as many countries in Europe. In 2016 Charlotte was named the Charles Perkins Centre's inaugural Writer in Residence at the University of Sydney. Charlotte is joined in conversation by novelist Emily Perkins to discuss just what fiction can do in these troubling times, and what it is to write into the world from Australasia.

DATE:  Monday 24 July
TIME:   12.15 - 1.15pm
VENUE:  Te Papa Marae, Level 4, Te Papa

We hope to have books available for sale, cash only.

Award of $3,000 available to writers over the age of 35yrs

NZSA Media Release: Award of $3,000 available to writers over the age of 35yrs


21 July 2017

NZSA Lilian Ida Smith Award 2017

Award of $3,000 available to writers over the age of 35yrs


The Lilian Ida Smith Award is offered by the NZ Society of Authors PEN Inc (NZSA) thanks to a bequest from Lilian Ida Smith, a music teacher of Whanganui who had a keen interest in the arts.

Lilian left part of her legacy to the NZSA to 'assist people aged 35yrs and over to embark upon or further a literary career'.

  • The $3,000 award is to assist writers of non-fiction, fiction, poetry, comic / graphic novels and drama for adults and children. Applicants need to be aged 35 years and over, working towards completion of a specific project, and members of the NZSA.
  • Applicants are expected to be either in the early stages of their writing career, or to be someone for whom opportunities to fulfill their potential have been limited.
Past recipients of the Lilian Ida Smith Award have used the award to purchase a laptop and to pay for childcare in order to schedule time for themselves to write in.

Deadline for applications is 30 October 2017

Membership of the NZ Society of Authors PEN Inc (NZSA) is open to all budding and established writers. NZSA advocates for and represents writers and is affiliated with International PEN. It provides a mentorship programme, a manuscript assessment programme, manuscript services, contract advice, grants and other opportunities, information about writing and publishing via a fortnightly e-news and a quarterly magazine and other membership benefits.

For the application form and to read the terms & conditions for the Lilian Ida Smith Award

For more information go to




National Poetry Day

When:  Wednesday 23 August, 6pm – keep this date in your diary.  Full details to be emailed in early August.  In the meanwhile, here are some other happenings at Takapuna Library that may be of interest to you or your friends, family and other connections: 

Korean tea ceremony 

When: Saturday 22 July, 10.30am - 12.30pm
Takapuna Library
Cost: Free

Yemyung-won Institute of Korean tea ceremony

Come and enjoy tea with us. Yemyung-won is an Institute of Korean tea ceremony.
We try to preserve and revive this beautiful tradition of manners and courtesy, consolidating tradition and tea in a ceremonial way.


Preventing cardiovascular disease and diabetes 预防心血管病和糖尿病 

Tuesday 8 August, 10.30am-12pm
88号, 上午10点半 – 12

Where:  Takapuna Library 图书馆一楼 
Cost:  Free 

Taking control of your health

Speakers from Procare Health will talk at Takapuna Library about preventing cardiovascular disease, healthy eating and lifestyle. The talk will be followed by a Q & A session and activities.
This talk is jointly organised by The Asian Network Inc. and Takapuna Library. (Chinese translation provided).

来自Procare 级保健机构的专家将与您谈谈什么是健康的生活方式,怎
样预防糖尿病及心血管病,欢迎提问和参与讨论。 该活动由Takabuna

RSVP is recommended. Please call Anne Betts, 09 8904902.

Light refreshments provided.



An opportunity to talk to your local councillor – Councillor Richard Hills will be in Takapuna Library on Saturday 12 August from 10.30am – 12.30pm


Chiropractic Information – a chiropractor will be in the Takapuna Library from 10.00am – 12noon  on Wednesday 26 July and Monday 31 July


Free Hearing Tests – call in to the Takapuna Library between 9.30am and 11.30pm on Tuesday 22 August


Looking forward to seeing you

Kind regards


Helen Woodhouse| Takapuna Community Library Manager| Auckland Libraries – Ngā Pātaka Kōrero o Tāmaki Makaurau. - Ph 09 890 4903  Extn (46) 4903 Mobile 021 945 179  Takapuna Library, 1 The Strand, Takapuna Private Bag 93-508, Takapuna, Auckland 0740

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Lit Hub Weekly

Lit Hub Weekly
July 17 - 21, 2017

TODAY:  In 1990, Argentine author Manuel Puig dies.
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·         In response to the news about a potential bidding war for James Comey’s book, former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page has announced his own project, which he claims will “prove infinitely more accurate, exciting and insightful.” | The New York Times BuzzFeed News
·         A host of other political books have also been announced, with authors ranging from Hillary Clinton to a former White House stenographer. | The New York Times
·         Catherine Lacey remembers the Cy Twombly exhibition that left her “in love, however briefly, with an entire building and all of its contents.” | The Paris Review
·         “I’d rather point out the abundance of mystery than pretend to solve it. As if I could solve it!” Rumaan Alam interviews The Dark Dark author Samantha Hunt. | The Rumpus
·         On Yale undergraduate Rebecca Shoptaw’s gender-bending web series adaptation of Middlemarch, “worth watching for its ambition as well as for its charm.” | The New Yorker
·         “A certain suspicion of explanation, particularly biographical explanation, has been at the core of his aesthetic.” On the surprising appearance of a John Ashbery biography. | The New Republic
·         “Everything was black. Only the blood was another color . . . ” An excerpt from Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly Face of War. | VICE
·         “As a novelist, I never want to write about ‘issues’ like ‘the Indian family.’ What I want to write about is the air we breathe.” An interview with Arundhati Roy. | The Nation
·         On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, the Bank of England unveiled a (controversial, but not for the reasons you might expect) new banknote bearing her likeness. | NPR
·         When a bookseller’s moral and political unease about J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy comes into conflict with “that old chestnut about the customer always being right.” | The Millions
·         “They ain’t all bedtime stories,” says Keanu Reeves of X Artists’ Books, the independent press he’s launching with artist Alexandre Grant and designer Jessica Fleischmann. | Los Angeles Times
·         The tides have turned since the Brontë sisters and George Elliot were publishing under manly names: Men are now adopting androgynous pseudonyms to sell psychological thrillers. | Jezebel
·         “I feel like so much of contemporary loneliness in motion is this compulsion to share my web browser.” Eileen Myles, Melissa Broder, and other writers and artists on using social media as a creative tool. | The Creative Independent
·         “If you’d never been to an actual wedding, and had gathered your ideas about their nature from fiction alone, you would imagine them as sites of unremitting carnage and despair.” On the depiction of weddings in novels. | The Cut
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