Who's who, where's where and what's what in the arts in Nelson.
Why do we make things? Why do we choose the emotionally and physically demanding work of bringing new objects into the world with creativity and skill? Why does it matter that we make things well? ... read more
A compendium of non-fiction pieces held together by the theme of 'Home' and commissioned from 21 of New Zealand's best writers. Strong, relevant, topical and pertinent, these essays are also compelling, provocative and affecting, they ca... read more
Home: New writing is an excellent collection of essays from New Zealand writers. Each essay chosen by editor Thom Conroy takes you on its own journey, personal yet universal. In his introduction, Conroy reflects on the concept of 'home' ... read more
A History of Contemporary Jewellery in Australia and New Zealand: Place and Adornment is the first comprehensive history of contemporary jewellery in Australia and Aotearoa New Ze... read more
From éclairs to soufflés and macaroons to madeleines, when it comes to desserts, no-one does it better than the French. Beautiful, elegant and delicious, French desserts are easy to create at home as only a few basic r... read more
|Awards:||Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction Winner of Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017 - General Non Ficion. 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction.|
Can You Tolerate This? is a collection of twenty-one personal essays by Ashleigh Young.
In this spirited and singular book, Young roams freely from preoccupation to preoccupation - Hamilton's 90s music scene, family histories, ... read more
Like some sort of contrast medium, Ashleigh Young’s prose penetrates the fissures and fine vessels of her experiences so that when the reader turns their attention to her texts, subtleties and depths and dimensions hitherto unsuspect... read more
From the acclaimed author of The Old Ways and Landmarks -- an essay on the beauty and joy of reading, for anyone who has ever loved a book Every book is a kind of gift to its reader, and the act of giving books is charged with a speci... read more
|Awards:||Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction The E H McCormick Best First Book Award for General Non-Fiction - Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017.|
After the death of his brilliant, eccentric father, Adam Dudding went in search of the stories and secrets of a man who had been a loving parent and husband, but was also a tormented, controlling and at times cruel man.
Rob... read more
This is very, very good: a fascinating insight into the highly regarded literary editor Robin Dudding from the perspective of his son Adam. Editor, journalist, founder of the important and respected literary magazine Islands (197... read more
|Awards:||Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction Finalist - Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017.|
In April 2011, Anthony Byrt was living in Berlin and building a career as a critic, writing about contemporary art for magazines like frieze and Artforum International. Then one day his world turned upsid... read more
If you are looking to keep abreast of developments in contemporary NZ art, go no further than Anthony Byrt’s This Model World. Immensely readable, Byrt combines serious art discussion with his own persona... read more
Dance & Sport
'The bicycle is a time machine, a link to the past. But sometimes the bicycle also feels like a link to the future - not the future we once imagined, the one with flying cars and replicators, but more like the on... read more
Text by Steve Braunias, and photography by Peter Black, on the melancholy and beauty of New Zealand shops.
In The Face: Cartography of The Void, Chris Abani has given us a brief memoir that is, in the best tradition of the genre, also an exploration of the very nature of identity. Abani meditates on his own face, beginning with h... read more