Good Reading : September 2007
NZ celebrates its Book Month The second annual New Zealand Book Month happens this month, with hundreds of events and readings to celebrate all things literary in the Land of the Long White Cloud. Part of the festival is the innovative and popular ‘Six Pack’, a great platform for new and emerging writers. Hundreds of anonymous manuscripts are sent to the judging panel by aspiring writers, and fifteen finalists then five winners are chosen by the five judges. Heading the judging panel this year was New Zealand novelist, short story writer and poet Dame Fiona Kidman (pictured).The sixth winner is chosen by the public, who can read the work of the finalists and vote online.The results will be announced at the launch of NZ Book Month 2007 at the Museum of New Zealand,Te Papa Tongarewa, in Wellington on 2 September. Each winner receives $5000 and all six manuscripts are published in The Six Pack 2007, which will be available to buy on the same day for just $6. An idea for Australian literary festivals to copy, perhaps? Cartoon to book Attention all fans of Charlie Brown, Snoopie, Linus et al! The Scottish pub- lishing house Canongate has plans to publish the entire run of Charles Schultz’s classic ‘Peanuts’ comic strips over a 12½-year period, releasing two volumes a year of The Complete Peanuts.The series will present the comics – the most popular comic strip ever – chronologically, from its beginnings in 1950 to the final strip in 2000. Canongate md Jamie Byng said: ‘Several generations of people have grown up with “Peanuts”. But the comics also stand the test of time and retain amazing freshness and humour.’ Each volume will be introduced by a well-known fan; the first will be introduced by Garrison Keillor, the second by Walter Cronkite.These first two books will be published in the UK this November. book trivia 10 lucky readers could each win a copy of Heaven’s Net is Wide by Lian Hearn, valued at $39.95. The world of the Otori has entranced readers since the first book in the series, Across the Nightingale Floor, was published in 2002. It is an epic historical fantasy of revenge and betrayal, honour and loyalty, beauty and passion and the overwhelming power of love, set in a mythical, medieval Japan. Now Lian Hearn closes the circle by taking us back to the very beginning; to a land that might be feudal Japan or may be another place altogether in this astonishingly beautiful prequel. To enter, tell us the title of the first book in the Otori series. Simply write your answer, and your name and contact details, on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘Otori Competition’, GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these conditions. 2. The promoter is Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd. 3. Entry is open to all residents of Australia. 4. Entries must be made between 01/09/07 and 30/09/07 and be sent to Good Reading Magazine, GPO Box 3835, Sydney NSW 2001 or entries can be made atwww.goodread- ingmagazine.com 5. The draws will take place on 01/10/07. 6. Prizes cannot be transferred or redeemed for cash. 7. The promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail. 8. Any change in the value of the prizes between the publishing date and the date the prizes are claimed is not the responsibility of the promoter. 9 Entries for each competition will be drawn randomly from all entries received for those competitions during the promotional period and winning entries will be ones of those that are judged to have correct answers. 10. The winners will be notified by mail and their names published in the November issue of Good Reading and on the Good Reading website during October 2007. Vale Glenys Prout You may remember the photograph of Glenys Prout, the librarian from Gilgandra who gamely posed nude with only a copy of gr for a charity calendar (gr June 2006). We’re very sad to report that Jan Richards, the manager of the Central West Libraries of NSW, has informed us that Glenys died in July this year. She had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, but surgery was unsuc- cessful. She’ll be remembered, says Jan, for her great sense of fun – as demonstrated by the photo. 10 lucky readers could each win a copy of Ron McCoy’s Sea of Diamonds by Gregory Day, valued at $32.95. On the wild clifftop of the coastal town of Mangowak, Ron McCoy lives with his elderly mother. He is acutely shy, but in the privacy of his imagination, all things are possible. Meanwhile, when Craig Wilson is offered a job by Colin Batty, Mangowak’s larrikin real estate agent, the dream he and his wife Liz have of bringing up their kids away from the city is finally realised. But working for Batty Real Estate is not as simple as it seems ... To enter, tell us the name of the town where Ron McCoy lives. Simply write your answer, and your name and contact details, on the back of an envelope and mail to ‘Ron McCoy Competition’, GPO Box 3835 Sydney NSW 2001 or enter online at www.goodreadingmagazine.com Win! Banquet of Books Buried in the vast collection of the National Library of Australia are some of the world’s rarest, most valuable and sought-after books, maps and manuscripts. Now many ancient, unusual and exquisitely beautiful books are revealed in a new publication, A Banquet of Books. Illuminated manu- scripts, the smallest book in the world (smaller than a match head!) and the first children’s book published in Australia are just some of the buried treasures unearthed in this volume, published this month in hardcover at an rrp of $19.95.