Congraulations to Bren MacDibble -a New Zealand author who has lived in Australia for two decades – for winning two categories with two different books in the same year at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
MacDibble’s How to Bee, which won the Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction, describes a dystopian future without bees where children perform the essential task of pollination. Judges said it was a tale to fire young readers with awareness and courage for the future.
They also heaped praise on In the Dark Spaces, written under the pseudonym Cally Black, which saw MacDibble claim the Copyright Licensing Award for Young Adult Fiction. Judges said it was a high-concept science fiction novel and an impressive tale of world class calibre.
Come join the party as Frankie and Miss Lionheart launch their books with science games, and fun. With prizes for the best dressed scientist and monster costume – but never fear, most scientists and some monsters look just like ordinary people!
50% from A.J. Ponder’s books sold at Rona Gallery will go to Te Omanga Hospice as part of the “Ponder This” exhibition. 3-20 August.
When: Thursday 17th August 6pm – 8pm
Where: Ron Gallery, 151 Muritai Rd, Eastbourne
Marie Williams has continued caring for others by gifting her Otaki bookshop to the hospice that cared for her during her battle with cancer.
It will be renamed Arohanui Hospice Marie’s Main Street Books, in memory of Williams, and will be open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm and Saturday from 10.00am until 1pm.
If you’re in Otaki drop in
A specialty Science Fiction & Fantasy bookstore is coming to Oamaru. Check them out on facebook.
The shop also has a blog which reviews Science Fiction and Fantasy books every week and sometimes interviews authors.
Drop in on yor next visit to the Steampunk capital city!
Nominations for the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel awards will open on 1st December 2015. The nomination period will close at 8.00 pm on 28th February 2016. The awards recognise excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2016 calendar year.
Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination please email firstname.lastname@example.org. See the website for the categories and get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies. We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.
The rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award can be found here.
Almost all the stories nominated for this year’s Campbell Award are available for download as a free ebook. The book contains more than 800,000 words of fiction by 111 authors.
The Campbell award is presented every year at the World Science Fiction Convention. It is an award for the best new writers. The award celebrates potential: Nominees are often young (though not always), and the Campbell award tends to serve as a signpost for fans, pointing the way to the next great read.
Download this ebook and treat yourself to a lot of wonderful stories. And see if you can identify the people who will go on to be the great names of science fiction in the future…
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