Wednesday, July 27, 2011

2011 NZ Post Book awards

At about 10 p.m. I gave up waiting for Stuff, the Herald, Creative NZ, Booksellers NZ or even Facebook to notify us of the winners of the NZ Post Book Awards announced tonight in Wellington – and then thought – Twitter! Specifically, the IIML Twitter. And lo, the results were there awaiting. In no particular order:

Fiction: The Hut Builder by Laurence Fearnley

Poetry: The Mirror of Simple Annihilated Souls by Kate Camp

General non-fiction: Blue Smoke by Chris Bourke

Illustrated non-fiction: The Passing World by Damian Skinner.

Book of the year: Blue Smoke by Chris Bourke

A few minutes later Booksellers NZ updated its site with the full results, adding that Chris also won the People’s Choice Award, which makes a unique hat-trick.

I hope he has a hangover in the morning. He has earned one. That book has been years in the making, and a lifetime of thinking.

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