Children’s Choice – October 2009 Issue

October 15, 2009 at 10:16 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Books, Children's, City Library, Fiction, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Suggestions, Waikouaiti | Leave a comment

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The latest issue of Children’s Choice has been published and contains a good list of books for kids spanning fiction, non-fiction, picture books as well as news updates from staff working in the children’s area.

Head over to our library website to read the latest issue.

Author Talk – Vanda Symon @ Dunedin Public Libraries

October 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Author Visit, Books, City Library, Events, Fiction, Free Event, Library_News, New Zealand, NZ Book Month, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Author Talk – Vanda Symon @ Dunedin Public Libraries

Originally uploaded by Dunedin Public Libraries

Passionate Prose & Pavolva

Part of New Zealand Book Month – Vanda Symon shared her experiences as a local author with a passion for writing.

Head to our YouTube channel to catch video coverage of this event.

Thursday 8 October, 10.30am
1st Floor, City Library
Free

Hilary Mantel wins The 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction with Wolf Hall

October 7, 2009 at 9:03 am | Posted in Book Awards, Books, Fiction, Suggestions | Leave a comment

image - book cover - hilary mantel - wolf hallHilary Mantel is tonight (Tuesday 6 October) named the winner of the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for Wolf Hall, published by Fourth Estate.

Wolf Hall has been the bookies’ favourite since the longlist was announced in July, with William Hill taking over 90% of all Man Booker Prize bets on her book.

Wolf Hall was picked from a shortlist of heavy hitting literary authors including Sarah Waters, A.S. Byatt and J.M. Coetzee – who would have been the first person to win the prize three times. Hilary Mantel was herself a judge for the prize in 1990 when A.S. Byatt’s Possession won.

Wolf Hall is set in the 1520s and tells the story of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to prominence in the Tudor court. Hilary Mantel has been praised by critics for writing ‘a rich, absorbingly readable historical novel; she has made a significant shift in the way any of her readers interested in English history will henceforward think about Thomas Cromwell.’ (The Spectator)

This is the first time the publisher Fourth Estate has had a Man Booker Prize winner. They have previously published three shortlisted books – Nicola Barker’s Darkmans (2007) and Carol Shields’ novels Unless (2002) and The Stone Diaries (1993).

Hilary Mantel spent five years writing Wolf Hall and she is currently working on a sequel.

James Naughtie, Chair of the judges, made the announcement, which was broadcast by the BBC from the awards dinner at London’s Guildhall. Peter Clarke, Chief Executive of Man Group plc, presented Hilary Mantel with a cheque for £50,000.

James Naughtie, comments ‘Hilary Mantel has given us a thoroughly modern novel set in the 16th century. Wolf Hall has a vast narrative sweep that gleams on every page with luminous and mesmerising detail.

‘It probes the mysteries of power by examining and describing the meticulous dealings in Henry VIII’s court, revealing in thrilling prose how politics and history is made by men and women.

‘In the words of Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell, whose story this is, “the fate of peoples is made like this, two men in small rooms. Forget the coronations, the conclaves of cardinals, the pomp and processions. This is how the world changes.” ‘

Over and above her prize of £50,000, Hilary Mantel can expect a huge increase in sales and recognition worldwide. Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receives £2,500 and a designer-bound edition of their book. This year, shortlisted authors will also receive a year’s membership to The Groucho Club in London.

The judging panel for the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction was: broadcaster and author James Naughtie (Chair); Lucasta Miller, biographer and critic; Michael Prodger, Literary Editor of The Sunday Telegraph; Professor John Mullan, academic and author and Sue Perkins, comedian and broadcaster.

Sales related to the Man Booker Prize have been exceptionally strong this year. More than double the number of copies of books have been sold between longlist and shortlist announcement, and from shortlist announcement to winner announcement, compared to last year.

Source: Press Release – Colman Getty

Saucy Reading ‘The Day My Bum Went Psycho’ @ Dunedin Public Libraries

September 28, 2009 at 11:50 am | Posted in City Library, Events, Fiction, Free Event, Library Week, Saucy Reading, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Part of the Saucy Readings programme….visitors were able to watch an except from ‘The Day My Bum Went Psycho’.

How? By following Zack Freeman on an adventure with the Bum Hunter across the Windy Desert!

The excitement started with our sneak preview of the Fortune’s latest show!

Thursday 24 September, 4pm
Ground Floor, City Library
Free

After the pictures taken during this event? Visit our Flickr.com photoset for more!.

Stack Trek (City Library) – September 26th 2009

September 14, 2009 at 9:24 am | Posted in Books, City Library, Events, Fiction, Free Event, Library_News, Non-Fiction, Suggestions | Leave a comment

To go where few borrowers have been before.

Visit the City Library’s basement area for an opportunity to browse the Fiction collections in the basement yourself.

Find an old favourite, or discover a completely new author! Join us.

  • Saturday September 26th, 1:00pm
  • City Library
  • Free

Saucy Reading – The Day My Bum Went Psycho – Sept 24th 2009

September 8, 2009 at 8:41 am | Posted in Books, Children's, City Library, Events, Fiction, Free Event, Library_News, Saucy Reading, Suggestions, Young Adult | Leave a comment

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See some of The Day My Bum Went Psycho before it goes on stage! (Part of the Saucy Readings programme.

Be the first to follow Zack Freeman on an adventure with the Bum Hunter across the Windy Desert, through the Brown Forest and over the Sea of Bums into an explosive Bumcano.

The excitement starts here in our sneak preview of the Fortune’s latest show!

  • Thursday 24 September, 4pm
  • Ground Floor
  • City Library
  • Free

Childrens Choice – August 2009 Issue

August 7, 2009 at 10:44 am | Posted in Books, Children's, e-resource, Fiction, Library Publications, Library_News, Recent Updates, Suggestions, Website | Leave a comment

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The latest issue of Childrens Choice has been published and contains a good list of books for kids spanning fiction, non-fiction, picture books as well as news updates from staff working in the childrens area.

Head over to our library website to read the latest issue.

July 2009 Issue of NB now available

July 9, 2009 at 9:45 am | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, City Library, e-resource, Fiction, Library Publications, Library_News, Mosgiel, Music, New Zealand, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Suggestions, Waikouaiti | Leave a comment

image - nb july 2009Read all about the latest library happenings and more.. in our shiny new 5th issue of our library publication.

Great news !! 50 cent rentals to be abolished from July 1st 2009

June 29, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Bookbus, Books, Centenary, City Library, Fiction, Library_News, Mosgiel, Non-Fiction, Port Chalmers, Suggestions, Waikouaiti | 1 Comment

From July 1st 2009 all books and magazines that currently cost 50 cents to borrow will be available at no charge.

We’ve prepared a frequently asked questions page that contains the info you will want to know.

Changes to Fiction Collections at City Library – July 1st 2009

June 29, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Books, City Library, Fiction, Library_News, Non-Fiction, Suggestions | Leave a comment

From the 1st of July the City Library will be changing the arrangement of the Fiction Collections.

The Romance Collection is being expanded to include Chick Lit and Family Sagas.

What was Free Fiction will be changed to Classic Fiction and Contemporary Fiction.

Classic Fiction will include the traditional classics such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf; also Cult Fiction such as Anthony Burgess and Jack Kerouac; and Booker and Pulitzer prize winners which are still popular eg The god of small things by Arundhati Roy.

Long standing New Zealand authors are also in this category eg. Janet Frame, Katherine Mansfield and Maurice Shadbolt.

All other Free Fiction published in the last 10 years will be in Contemporary Fiction.

When Fiction is about 10 years old it is either changed to Upper Basement fiction stack or, if still popular, to Classic Fiction.

Mysteries and Thrillers, Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Short Story Collections remain the same.

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