Book Awards

Man Booker Prize 2016

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Sellout
by Paul Beatty

 

A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality―the black Chinese restaurant.

Born in the “agrarian ghetto” of Dickens―on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles―the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: “I’d die in the same bedroom I’d grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that’ve been there since ’68 quake.” Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe that his father’s pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family’s financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that’s left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral.

Fueled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town’s most famous resident―the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins―he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

 

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Ockham Fiction Book Award 2016

Coming Rain by Stephen Daisley

Coming Rain
by Stephen Daisley

 

A universal story of love and aspiration, betrayal and disappointment, the prose is masterful, simple and moving. The characters are utterly believable and complex in their ordinariness. The author’s portrayal of hard physical tasks in conjunction with the mental effort required to carry on in the face of everyday obstacles and heartbreak is a thing of beauty.

“Coming Rain is a universal story of love and aspiration, betrayal and disappointment. The prose is masterful, simple and moving. The characters are utterly believable and complex in their ordinariness. It was a book that all three judges came across joyfully and read with the ease of those who know they’re in the hands of a confident writer.” Jill Rawnsley, convenor of the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Fiction category

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New Zealand Childrens Book Awards

The winners of the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

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2016 Ockham Book Awards

NZ-book-awards-trust_logo@2xCongratulations to the following winners of the 2016 Ockham Book Awards

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THE ACORN FOUNDATION LITERARY AWARD
Coming Rain
Stephen Daisley
Text Publishing

 

 

Tangata WhenuaILLUSTRATED NON-FICTION
Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History
Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney and Aroha Harris
Bridget Williams Books

 

 

9781869797263GENERAL NON-FICTION
Māori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood
Witi Ihimaera
Vintage

 

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2015 New Zealand Book Awards
for Children and Young Adults Finalists

The winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are as follows:

Margaret Mahy Book of the Year
Young Adult Book Award

Singing Home the Whale
by Mandy Hager
Penguin Random House

Picture Book Award

Jim’s Letters
by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper
Random House

Junior Fiction Award

Monkey Boy
by Donovan Bixley
Scholastic New Zealand

Non-fiction Award

Mōtītī Blue and the Oil Spill
by Debbie McCauley
Mauao Publishing

Best First Book

Māori Art for Kids
by Julie Noanoa and Norm Heke
Craig Potton Publishing

Maori Language Award

Ngā Ki
by Sacha Cotter and Joshua Morgan
Translated by Kawata Teepa
Huia Publishers
(translation of span Keys, a finalist in the Picture Book category)

Children’s Choice Award Winners

Picture Book 

The Anzac Puppy
by Peter Millett & Trish Bowles
Scholastic NZ

Junior Fiction

The Island of Lost Horses
by Stacy Gregg
HarperCollins

Non-Fiction

The Letterbox Cat & other poems
by Paula Green & Myles Lawford
Scholastic NZ

Young Adult Fiction

Night Vision
by Ella West
Allen & Unwin

 

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2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards — winners

Marsden Books congratulates all the winners at the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards announced 24 August, 2014.

Peter McLeaveyNew Zealand Post Book of the Year and General Non-fiction
Peter McLeavey: The life and times of a New Zealand art dealer by Jill Trevelyan, published by Te Papa Press.

 

 

 

luminariesFiction and People’s Choice
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (Victoria University Press)

 

 

 

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Us, then by Vincent O’Sullivan (Victoria University Press)

 

 

 

CoastIllustrated Non-fiction
Coast: A New Zealand journey by Bruce Ansley & Jane Ussher (Random House NZ (Godwit))

 

 

 

MolesworthNielsen Booksellers’ Choice
Molesworth: Stories from New Zealand’s largest high country station by Harry Broad and Rob Suisted (Craig Potton Publishing)

 

 

 

toughNZSA Hubert Church Best First Book award for Fiction
Tough by Amy Head (Victoria University Press)

 

 

 

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NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book award for Poetry
Horse with Hat by Marty Smith (Victoria University Press)

 

 

 

pike_river_mineNZSA E. H. McCormick Best First Book for Non-fiction
Tragedy at Pike River Mine by Rebecca Macfie (Awa Press)

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults

 

New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category

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The boring book
Vasanti Unka

  

Junior fiction

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Dunger
Joy Cowley

  

Best First Book

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A necklace of souls
R L Stedman

  

Children’s Choice

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The three bears… sort of
Yvonne Morrison & Donovan Bixley

  

Non-fiction

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The beginner’s guide to hunting and fishing
Paul Adamson

Young Adult Fiction

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Mortal Fire
Elizabeth Knox

  

Honour Award

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Bugs
Whiti Hereaka

  

Maori Language Award Winner

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Taka Ki Ro Wai
Keri Kaa & Martin D Page

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New Zealand Post Book Award Finalists for Children and Young Adults

The New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults finalists are selected across four categories:

Picture book finalists

  

Non-fiction finalists

  

Junior fiction

  

Young Adult Fiction

  

The winners of these categories will be announced on Monday 23 June, in Auckland.

  

Maori Language Award Winner – Taka Ki Ro Wai – Keri Kaa & Martin D Page

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Taka Ki Ro Wai
Keri Kaa & Martin D Page

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