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06/16/2018 02:10 AM



Our Book of the Week this week is Fish Soup by Margarita García Robayo, comprising two novellas and a swathe of short stories from this exciting Colombian writer. Each of the stories portrays characters grappling with, or pushing against, the limitations of their situations, their capabilities or their pasts, fatally drawn to whatever it is they lack, their intentions too easily derailed (or revealed) by their encounters with others, seemingly oblivious of the consequences of their actions until it is too late (at least for them). 

>> An extract of Fish Soup

>> Charlotte Coombe on translating Margarita García Robayo's work. (>>Find out more about the translator.)

>> 'Orchids'.

>> The author reads (in Spanish)

>> The book is published by Charco Press, a tiny press based in Edinburgh, bringing Latin American authors into English

>> The cover is designed by Pablo Font. See some more of his work

>> Carolina Orloff of Charco Press on Latin American literature

>> Other Charco Press books at VOLUME

>> Also published by Charco Press, Ariana Harwicz's indelible Die, My Love was long-listed for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize. Read Thomas's review




06/08/2018 10:15 PM



The thought part of the act. Our Book of the Week this week is this fascinating first retrospective collection of the work of Christchurch artist Tony de Lautour. US v THEM (published by the Christchurch Art Gallery) is an excellent survey of the practices and obsessions of this savagely interesting artist sprung from Christchurch's itching cultural underbelly. With essays and contributions from Peter Vangioni, Blair Jackson, Lara Strongman, James Dann, Sara Devine, André Hemer and Peter Robinson. 

>> The "low-brow high art world of Tony de Lautour".

>> Standing room only (with image gallery).

>> From earthquakes to fatherhood

>> Real Art

>> At CAC: "De Lautour’s early works drew from wide-ranging sources including seedy underground street culture, tattoos, post-punk music and comic books as well as fine English porcelain and antiques. De Lautour was awarded a New Zealand Arts Laureate in 2012, and over the past decade his painting has developed into a unique take on geometric abstraction."

>> High on the wall (timelapse).

>> About the cover image.

>> The thought part of the act


06/01/2018 09:20 PM


To the Mountains: A collection of New Zealand alpine writing edited by Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey (published by Otago University Press) is this week's Book of the Week. This thoughtful and wide-ranging collection, surveys the ways we think about, view, approach, climb and dream about mountains. New Zealand, after all, is only held above the surface of the ocean by the mountains upon which it depends. The selection of non-fiction, poetry, fiction and journals includes work by Rachel Bush, Freda du Faur, John Pascoe, Brian Turner, Graeme Dingle, Fleur Adcock, Edmund Hillary and Hone Tuwhare. 

>>Alpine Inspiration (an interview with Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey)

>> Vintage NZ climbing

>> 'Winter 4K' by Sam Deuchrass



05/26/2018 02:26 AM


BRAZEN: Rebel ladies who rocked the world by Pénélope Bagieu is a series of witty and enjoyable graphic-novel-style biographies of women from across the globe and throughout time whose indomitable spirit enabled them to live remarkable lives despite overwhelming adversity. BRAZEN is our BOOK OF THE WEEK. 

>> An interview with Bagieu about the book

>> Watch Bagieu draw a mermaid

>> An interview (in French).

>> Someone looks through the book.

>> Live illustration! 

>> Other graphic novels by Bagieu

05/18/2018 10:53 PM



Use our Book of the Week to make new mythical beasts out of pre-existing mythical beasts. The pages of Myth Match: A fantastical flip-book of extraordinary beasts are split, providing endless permutations, both of the pictures and (cleverly) the descriptive text.

>> See how the book works

>> The book is designed by Good Wives and Warriors

>> How the book was made

>> Try it yourself







05/12/2018 12:30 PM



"This will be a classic of New Zealand literature," says The New Zealand Listener of this week's Book of the Week this week, All This by Chance by Vincent O'Sullivan (published by Victoria University Press). This thoughtfully written novel traces the trauma of the Holocaust and of unspoken secrets through three generations of a family, crossing between Britain and New Zealand. 

>> Read Stella's review

>> O'Sullivan reads and talks

>> "The best New Zealand novel of 2018." (The Spinoff)

>> O'Sullivan has a long and rich career as a poet and writer of short stories

>> The cover is by Keely O'Shannessy.

>> Focus! (a book trailer for O'Sullivan's poetry collection Us, Then)

>> O'Sullivan will be at the Marlborough Book Festival in July (recommended). 



05/05/2018 12:41 AM



BOOK OF THE WEEK: Ostensibly a memoir of sixteen years living with their dog, Rosie, Afterglow by Eileen Myles is a beautifully written contemplation of everything that has touched on Myles's life in that time (and a lively experiment in the memoir form).

>> I Must Be Living Twice: New and selected poems, 1975-2014

>> Chelsea Girls, Myles's autobiographical novel of surviving as a poet in New York in the 1970s and 1980s, assailed the 'wall' between memoir and fiction. 

>> Merk

>> Myles would have made a good US President

>> The story behind the presidential bid

>> Myles will be NO LONGER appearing next week at the Auckland Writers Festival as their event has been CANCELLED

>> Myles will be judging this year's Sarah Broom Poetry Prize.

>> Meet Myles at her home page.


04/28/2018 01:58 AM


Our Book of the Week this week is Jesmyn Ward's novel Sing, Unburied, Sing. As 13-year-old Jojo approaches adulthood, how can he find his way in the U.S. South when he and his family race rural poverty, drug addiction, the penal system, the justice system, racism and illness? 

>> Read Stella's review

>> "A ghost story about the real struggles of living." 

>> Ghost whisperers.

>> In conversation with Edwidge Dendicat

>> Sing, Unburied, Sing has just been short-listed for the 2018 Women's Prize for Fiction. Find out what else is on the list

>> Jesmyn Ward at VOLUME



04/21/2018 01:12 AM



Our Book of the Week this week is New Zealand's answer to Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. GO GIRL: A STORYBOOK OF EPIC N.Z. WOMEN, written by Barbara Else and illustrated by Sarah Laing, Sarah Wilkins, Fifi Coulston, Ali Teo, Helen Taylor, Phoebe Morris, Sophie Watkins, Rebecca ter Borg and Vasanti Unka, is full of inspiring stories and wonderful illustrations. It includes Whina Cooper, Janet Frame, Beatrice Tinsley, Frances Hodgkins, Georgina Beyer, Huria Matenga, Jane Campion, Joan Wiffen, Karen Walker, Kate Edger, Katherine Mansfield, Mai Chen, Merata Mita, Mojo Mathers, Patricia Grace, Suzie Moncrieff, Farah Palmer, Selina Tusitala Marsh, Lucy Lawless, Kate Sheppard, Nancy Wake, Sophie Pascoe, Margaret Mahy, Lydia Ko, Merata Mita, Lorde, Rita Angus and Te Puea Herangi.

>> Barbara Else on why Go Girl needed to be written.

>> The problem with Hairy Maclary

>> We'll be posting a woman each day on our instagram page and on FaceBook

>> See also: 
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.
Literary Witches ; 
Brazen: Rebel ladies who rocked the world
I Know a Woman: The inspiring connections between the women who have shaped our world ; 
Bygone Badass Broads
The Periodic Table of Feminism
Rad Women Worldwide
I Am a Wonder Woman
Three Cheers for Women! ;
A Galaxy of Her Own: Amazing stories of women in space ;
Power in Numbers: The rebel women of mathematics
Women in Sports: 50 fearless athletes who played to win ;
Because I Was a Girl
Herstory: 50 women and girls who shook the world ;
Visible: 60 women at 60 ;
200 Women
And, of course, Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different


04/14/2018 05:59 AM



Wanted: The search for the Modernist murals of E. Mervyn Taylor is our Book of the Week this week at VOLUME. Edited by Bronwyn Holloway-Smith and published by Massey University Press, the book shows that New Zealand artist E. Mervyn Taylor was not only an internationally influential wood engraver. During the burgeoning of New Zealand cultural nationalism of the 1960s, he also produced a dozen murals for government and civic buildings. Some were later destroyed or covered over. This book records the recovery of a distinctive artistic legacy. 


>> The great mural hunt

>> Pictorial parade (1962): "Hutt Science, Patrons of the arts".

>> The restoration of 'Te Ika-a-Akoranga'. 

>> A list of the murals, some of which had been boarded over before rediscovery.

>> Some wood engravings in the Auckland Art Gallery

>> A brief biography (Te Ara). 


04/07/2018 10:18 AM



Our Book of the Week this week is Jesse Ball's intelligent and beautifully written new novel Census (published by Text). In Census, when a widowed doctor, who cares for his adult son who has Down Syndrome, learns that he hasn't long to live, he takes a job as a census taker for a mysterious government agency and takes to the road with his son. 

>> Read Stella's review

>> Hear Stella review the book (without singing) on Radio NZ National (podcast).

>> Read an extract

>> Pursuing an abstract form of writing

>> Ball talks about writing the book

>>...and about walking around with his dog

>> Ball talks about how his relationship with his brother, who had Down Syndrome, led him to write this book

>> The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association

>> Other books by Jesse Ball at VOLUME



03/31/2018 10:51 AM



In Ariana Harwicz's sensitive and brutal novel Die, My Love, a woman finds herself incapable of feeling anything other than displaced in every aspect of her life, both trapped by and excluded from the circumstances that have come to define her. This beautifully written, uncompromising book is this week's Book of the Week at VOLUME. 

>> Read Thomas's review

>> Read an excerpt

>> An actor reads an extract

>> Ariana Harwicz and her publisher Carolina Orloff in conversation at our shop in Paris

>> The author reads an extract in Spanish

>> What is it like to be listed for the Man Booker International Prize? 

>> Visit the website of Charco Press. The tiny Edinburgh-based press is run by two people (a New Zealander and an Argentinian) and is dedicated to publishing translations of contemporary Latin American literature. 

>> Have a look at the other books published by Charco Press

>> Read our reviews of other books were shortlisted for the 2018 Republic of Consciousness Prize

>> Find out which other books have been long-listed for this year's Man Booker International Prize

>> Follow the white rabbit. 























03/24/2018 12:09 AM


Tōtara: A natural and cultural history by Philip Simpson is our Book of the Week this week at VOLUME. As well as profiling the tree and its habits, the well-illustrated book explores its significance to Maori and to settlers, and its plight in the modern era.

>> Simpson (who lives in Golden Bay) shares his love of tōtara.

>> An interview with Philip Simpson

>> Tōtara are easy to grow (hint).

>> Threats to totara

>> Totara for the future

>> The book has been short-listed in the Illustrated Non-Fiction section of the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards



03/17/2018 12:10 PM


Our Book of the Week this week is Noémi Lefebvre's astounding novel Blue Self-Portraita single virtuoso looping interior monologue of a narrator caught up in regrets about her social failings and ambivalent impulses.

>> Read Thomas's review

>> Read an extract

>> Hear an extract read

>> The book is short-listed for the 2018 Republic of Consciousness Prize

>> A review by Eimear McBride in The Guardian

>> "An intelligent woman is supposed to raise herself above these anxieties." 

>> Arnold Schoenberg's Blue Self-Portrait

>> The book is published by the exemplary Les Fugitives, a press that  publishes only books written by award-winning, female, francophone writers who have previously not been translated into English. Visit their website

>> Other titles from Les Fugitives at VOLUME:
Suite for Barbara Loden by Nathalie Léger (read Thomas's review)
Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi (read Thomas's review)
Translation as Transhumance by Mireille Gansel (just arrived!)




03/11/2018 11:18 PM



50 writers and artists (Lydia Davis, Sarah Vowell, Sarah Manguso, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Diane Williams, Jesse Ball, Sheila Heti, Carrie Brownstein, Etgar Keret, Jonathan Lehtam, Valeira Luiselli, Heidi Julavits, Sherman Alexie, &c, &c, &c, &c, &c, &c) have contributed to this week's Book of the Week, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #50the bumper 50th issue of one of the most interesting outlets of good writing from America.  

>> Read Stella's review.      

>> Enjoy McSweeney's Internet Tendency.  

>> A fuller list of contributors


03/03/2018 10:09 AM


Book of the Week: If Apples Had Teeth by Milton and Shirley Glaser
If apples had teeth, they would bite back. If trees were pink, they would be nevergreens. This silly, inventive picture book illustrated by the outstanding graphic designer of the protopsychedelic era will make your brain turn somersaults. Each page presents a counterfactual situation, encouraging children to speculate about their world in a playful way. Art, poetry and meaning are all profitably generated from nonsense, and a creative life can be achieved by learning to look at the familiar in fresh ways. A facsimile of the original 1960 edition, the book is exquisitely produced and printed (on just the right paper stock!), and is the perfect addition to the shelf of either an imaginative child or anyone interested in period design. Sometimes the counterfactual is counter-counterfactual (how liberating!): If a zebra wore striped pajamas, you would never know. {T}

>> Also in stock (and new): Posters by Milton Glaser. From the early psychedelic work to recent production, with Glaser's own commentary, this book marks half a century at the forefront of graphic design. 

>> Visit Glaser's studio

>> To inform and delight

>> Milton Glaser's website

>> "Great design makes ideas new."



02/24/2018 07:19 AM



Is it preferable to love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less? Our Book of the Week this week is The Only Story by Julian Barnes. 

>> Read Stella's review


>> "Time, love and the slippery nature of memory."

>> Julian Barnes on the art of fiction

>> Julian chats with Clive


>> "Barnes writes with such shattering emotional acuity."

>> Thoughtful answers to interesting questions from Spanish students

>> The author's website

>> Mixed doubles, a long tradition

>> Julian Barnes at VOLUME






02/17/2018 08:24 AM


Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor is this week's Book of the Week at VOLUME. This sparely written novel is a sort of infinitely dissipated thriller in which the flow of time in a rural village eventually suffocates the mystery and in which the forensic description of everyday life and the rhythms of nature in a small community in which a crime may have been committed becomes almost more terrifying than the possible crime itself.  

>> Read Thomas's review (below).

>> The author reads an extract and you listen

>> "It's a book about time. It's a book about detail.

>> "Visionary power." - James Wood

>> "Why is it always a girl who is missing?"

>> Reservoir 13 won the 2017 Costa Novel Award

>> "McGregor has revolutionised the most hallowed of mystery plots.

>> Also read McGregor's The Reservoir Tapes: 15 back-stories of characters in Reservoir 13



THOMAS'S REVIEW: 





































Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
There are thirteen reservoirs in the moors above the village in central England near which a thirteen-year-old girl disappears, reservoirs that must be continually monitored and repaired if they are to continue their function and withstand the effects of time. The girl separates from her parents and disappears. Reservoir 13 seems at first as if it might be going to be a sort of thriller, but if it is a thriller it is an infinitely dissipated thriller, a thriller infinitely slowed (the book is thirteen years long without any resolution for the fate of the missing girl). The mode of expectation built in the reader, however, cannot be discharged, the suspense of a thriller is not lessened but transposed, heightening our awareness of every detail of this novel, this archive of the minutiae of human behaviour and of the natural world, this essay in the great, awful equivalence of all things, in which each breakfast, the behaviour of each bird is freighted with significance, but not with the sort of significance from which plot is usually built. Not only is this book a thriller that overturns the expectations of a thriller while still achieving the effects upon the reader of a thriller, it is a novel that overturns the expectations of a novel (plot, protagonists, ‘viewpoint’, shape, interiority, &c) while achieving the effects upon the reader of a novel. Written scrupulously in the flat, detached, austere tone of reportage, infinitely patient but with implacable momentum, a slow mill grinding detail out of circumstance, a forensic dossier on English rurality, the novel is comprised of detail after detail of the human, animal and vegetative life in a small rural community over thirteen years. The narrative, so to call it, shifts, within paragraphs, from subject to subject, or, rather, from object to object (there is an ambiguity of agency to the term ‘subject’), the persons, the nature, the seasons all particles borne on and changed by the awful impersonal force of time. McGregor’s swift, precise sentences heighten our awareness and make every detail, every observation first beautiful and then, cumulatively, horrific, with the horror of time passing, of the great destructive central force of nature that is time. Time suffocates the mystery of the girl’s disappearance, and, in McGregor’s forensic description, everyday life and the rhythms of nature of a community in which a crime may have been committed become more terrifying than the possible crime itself, whatever it may have been. Each detail is indeed a clue, but not a clue towards the solution of a crime so much as a clue towards understanding the kind of world in which this crime, whatever it was, if a crime was committed, a crime against a young woman, even a child, could be committed, and in which such a crime seems to have no real consequences. The crime may be submerged beneath the accretion of quotidian concerns but the increasingly panic-inducing alertness for clues spreads out upon the whole countryside and the whole community, infecting them with suspicion, even culpability for unspecified and even indefinable crimes, for guilt is not predicated upon crime. McGregor writes with terrible understatement, cumulatively insinuating suspicion and distaste upon his characters. We are first drawn in, then repelled, then detached. As detail is heaped upon detail, as the narrative focus becomes more and more diffuse, as each season is repeated, as the characters move closer to and further away from each other, as agency is grasped at and relinquished, as time deprives them of their situations and capacities, as the tone of the novel becomes flatter, if possible, as the events, such as they are, become less and less interesting, largely through repetition, certainly less and less consequential, the reader is not bored, as might be expected, but more and more fascinated and appalled, caught in the awful forward, or, worse, circular motion, not wanting to miss a word, a sentence, a clue to what becomes an existential crime. The guilt for every disappearance, for all harm, for all loss, for each act done or not done, lies with time. Everything will be erased. Everything will be lost, but, even worse, everything will continue. 


02/10/2018 10:00 AM



“We wanted the strangers to be comfortable. We wanted them to be more like us, and to be more responsive to our own willing faces. We wanted them to be available." When two strangers arrive in a rural town, refugees from a disaster they cannot name, why do they end up locked in a cage and dehumanised by the townsfolk? 
This week's BOOK OF THE WEEK is Lloyd Jones's new novel The Cage

>> Read Thomas's review

>> Jones discusses the book with Gregory O'Brien

>> Radio from across the ditch

>> Some book club notes!

>> If you're in Wellington on Tuesday 13th, go to the launch at Unity Books. 

>> Jones wrote this book in anger over the ill-treatment and passivity Jones observed directed by ordinary citizens towards Syrian refugees in Hungary. Here are some other books at VOLUME dealing with the refugee crisis: 

Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck (reviewed by Stella)

Charges by Elfreide Jelinek (reviewed by Thomas)

Mediterranean by Armin Greder (a powerful wordless picture book)


Violent Borders: Refugees and the right to move by Reece Jones


Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbours by Slavoj Žižek


I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See by Giles Duley


Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah


Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier


The New Odyssey: A history of Europe's refugee crisis by Patrick Kingsley


Crossing the Sea: With the Syrians on the exodus to Europe by Wolfgang Bauer


The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon


Illegal by Eion Colfer, Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano


The Right to Have Rights by Alastair Hunt, Stephanie DeGooyer, Werner Hamacher, Samuel Moyn and Astra Taylor 

The Quiet War on Asylum by Tracey Barnett





02/03/2018 10:01 AM



Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide. Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding. Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. And now there's a spirit inside her. The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father's rich and powerful ancestors. And now England is on the brink of Civil War. 
Our BOOK OF THE WEEK this week is A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge. 

>> Read Stella's review

>> Visit the author's website

>> Rachel Vale on designing the cover of A Skinful of Shadows

>> How to paint your nails to match the book

>> Meet Frances Hardinge

>> Galloping Imposter Syndrome: on winning the Costa for The Lie Tree

>> Books by Frances Hardinge at VOLUME.

01/27/2018 09:06 AM



This week's Book of the Week is Go Went, Gone, Jenny Erpenbeck's subtle and insightful novel exploring the ways in which a retired academic is changed by learning more about the refugees who have arrived in his city. 

>> Read Stella's review


>> "A powerful response to the refugee crisis."


>> "What happens when you're only seen [i.e.seen only] as a refugee?"


>> A quarterly interview.

>> At the Library of Congress.

>> Other Jenny Erpenbooks at VOLUME

A few other books on the refugee crisis:


Charges by Elfreide Jelinek (reviewed by Thomas)


Mediterranean by Armin Greder (a powerful wordless picture book)


Violent Borders: Refugees and the right to move by Reece Jones


Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbours by Slavoj Žižek


I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See by Giles Duley


Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah


Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier


The New Odyssey: A history of Europe's refugee crisis by Patrick Kingsley


Crossing the Sea: With the Syrians on the exodus to Europe by Wolfgang Bauer


The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon


Illegal by Eion Colfer, Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano


The Right to Have Rights by Alastair Hunt, Stephanie DeGooyer, Werner Hamacher, Samuel Moyn and Astra Taylor 







01/20/2018 07:45 AM



This week's Book of the Week might help you understand what is wrong with the world, and possibly even help you think of ways in which it could be better. Yanis Varoufakis, author of Talking to My Daughter About the Economy, A brief history of capitalism, was the Greek Finance Minister who led negotiations with Greece's creditors (chiefly the IMF and the German-dominated Eurogroup) and decided to stand down rather than continue in a compromised position against their intransigence. He is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Athens. This book was written to answer his fourteen-year-old daughter's question, "Why is there so much inequality?"

>> Varoufakis is a co-founder of the Democracy in Europe (DiEM25) movement

>> Varoufakis is a tireless speaker and campaigner for a more equal society

>> Varoufakis and his daughter Xenia

>> A potted history of Varoufakis and the Syriza government

>> "Capitalism is ending because it has made itself obsolete."

>> On Brexit, the rise of nationalism, and other ills

>> "Capitalism will eat democracy."


01/13/2018 09:36 AM



The stories in László Krasnahorkai's The World Goes On, this week's Book of the Week at VOLUME, convey the simultaneous striving and resignation of lives lived as a sort of ongoing eventless apocalypse (so to call it).

>> Read Thomas's Review.


>> "The narrators in The World Goes On find themselves wandering in a world of forgotten revelations and corrupted messages, blindly groping toward ineffable essences that forever remain out of reach."


>> "This collection – a masterpiece of invention, utterly different from everything else – is hugely unsettling and affecting: to meet Krasznahorkai’s characters, to read his breathless, twisting sentences, is to feel altered."

>> "It's as though there's a black hole hiding behind the pages."

>> Read a sample story, 'Downhill on a Forest Road'.


>> Read another, 'Chasing Waterfalls'. 

>> Krasznahorkai was awarded the 2015 Man Booker International Prize

>> What are the advantages, disadvantages and dangers of translation?

>> "Reality examined to the point of madness." 

>> Between theatre and reality (recommended interview).

>> Krasznahorkai's novel Satantango was made into a 7-hour film by Hungarian master Bela Tarr. Tarr and Krasznahorkai have worked together on a number of occasions. 

>> The whale scene from The Melancholy of Resistance (filmed as The Werckmeister Harmonies by Bela Tarr) is revisited in one of the stories in The World Goes On

>> "The deepest loss is the loss of a culture of poverty. Nowadays we only have people who don't have money, but everyone has the same dream." 

>> The author's website

>> FaceBook, even

>> Is avoiding madness like avoiding a heart attack? 


>> "The sublimely startled appearance of a corpse reanimated with electric shocks." Warning: content may disturb. 

>> Krasznahorkai at VOLUME



01/06/2018 08:50 AM



Our Book of the Week this week is Jennifer Egan's elegant and insightful new novel Manhattan Beach

>> Read Stella's review

>> “Writing entirely outside of my lifetime was extremely challenging." 

>> "I wanted to write a book that addressed the issue of female power."

>> Lit Up

>> Egan chats with Claire Messud. 

>> Manhattan Beach considered in the Los Angeles Review of Books

>> Egan's website

>> Jennifer Egan at VOLUME


12/30/2017 08:38 AM



Our Book of the Week this week is Gavin Bishop's hugely impressive pictorial history Aotearoa: The New Zealand story. Spanning our history from the Big Bang until tomorrow, this is a book that should be on every bookcase (whether there are children in the house or not). 

>> Bishop at The Sapling (includes page spreads).

>> Visit Gavin's website

>> RNZ interview with Gavin Bishop

>> Bishop's The House that Jack Built also tells a New Zealand story.