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Books and Beyond: Tina Shaw

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This week Karen chats with author Tina Shaw about her new YA novel Ursa, which was just launched at the 2019 Storylines Margaret Mahy National Award Day here in Auckland. 

Listen to this week's episode on the Planet FM website.

Ursa is a chilling exploration of totalitarianism set in an alternate world, inspired by Tina’s time living in Berlin for the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writer’s Residency.

Tina’s YA novel Make a hard fist was an Auckland Libraries Top 100 for 2018.

Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.

Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.

Books and Beyond: Crime time

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Karen and Alison talk about the joys of reading crime fiction and recommend some favourites, while considering some of today’s tropes on the subject, such as the idea that crime novels by women are more brutal than those by men.

Listen to this week's episode on the Planet FM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show.
Books mentioned in the show:
Tartan noir
Starting with Report for murderThe Lindsay Gordon series by Val McDermid.Kiwi noir
Starting with Overkill, The Detective Sam Shephard series by Vanda Symon. LA noir
Starting with When the bough breaks, The Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman.Scandi noir
The girl with the dragon tattoo by Stieg Larsson.Don’t look backby Karin Fossum.Starting with The bat, The Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo.Jar cityby Arnaldur Indridason.Starting with Faceless killers, The Kurt Wallender series by Henning Mankell.Smilla’s sense of snow by Peter Hoeg.Domestic noir
The Gone girl trilogy by Gillian Flynn: Gone girl, Dark places, Sharp …

Books and Beyond: April Fools' Day

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Karen and Louisa celebrate April Fools' Day with a look at literary hoaxes, from Ossian, an 18th-century Scottish fabrication of a 3rd-century bard, to Go Ask Alice, passed off in the 1970s as the true diary of an off-the-rails teen.

Listen to this week's episode on the Planet FM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show.
Books and authors mentioned in the show:Ossian’s Fingal 1792 by James MacphersonGo ask Alice by AnonymousThe woman in the window by A.J. FinnForbidden love by Norma KhouriFragments by Binjamin WilkomirskiSurviving with wolves by Misha DefonsecaGo ask Alice by AnonymousMaster and Commander by Patrick O’BrianHow green was my valley by Richard Llewellyn“Sonnet CX” by William Shakespeare 
Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.

Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts vi…

Books and Beyond: Owen Gill

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Bruce Clarke, Incredible Images, for Urban Hymns, Te Atatu, spring 2018.
This week on Books and Beyond, Owen Gill chats with Karen about the ideas in his new book, Turning Point Auckland: radical policy to prepare Auckland for 2 million people.

Listen to this week's episode on the Planet FM website.

Te Atatu, at the time the north-western motorway was under construction, Whites Aviation from the Alexander Turnbull Library Collection.
Owen is a public policy advocate who has experience in urban services and regulation in New Zealand and Australia. His change agenda aims to ensure that Auckland, where he was born and lives, will embrace three roles: productive city, city of the Pacific and city enjoyed by its population.

Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.

Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts vi…

Books and Beyond: Dawn McMillan

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This week we celebrate the success of the children’s picture book, There's a Tui in our Teapot, with its author Dawn McMillan. Dawn's earlier book, I need a new bum, featured in a video of the famous Scottish Granny reading to her grandchild, now seen by millions. The book is a favourite around the world!

Listen to this week's episode on the Planet FM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show.

Books by Dawn McMillan:There's a tui in our teapotI need a new bum!Home child: a child migrant in New ZealandWoolly WallyMister Spears and his hairy earsDoctor Grundy's undiesColour the starsSea secretsAuckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.

Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Planet FM website.

Books and Beyond: Catherine Robertson

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Karen chats with bestselling kiwi author, Catherine Robertson, about her new Gabriel's Bay novel What you wish for and about what Catherine wishes for her readers - interested and varied characters, topical themes and lots of laughs.
Catherine's Gabriel's Bay novels are:Gabriel's BayWhat you wish forAuckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.
Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Planet FM website.

Books and Beyond: Stars of Pasifika poetry

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Photos compiled by Penny Howard.
Happy Pasifika month! On Books and Beyond this week Louisa chats with two poets performing at the upcoming Stars of Pasifika Poetry event at Te Atatū Library.  

Ria Masae and Doug Poole share their poetry and pride in being able to express their Pacific identity writing and performing poetry.

Listen to this week's episode on the Planet FM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show. 
Doug's poetry:Mauri ola: contemporary Polynesian poems in EnglishNiu voicesDoug's online journalRia's poetry:Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 political poemsOther Pasifika poetry works mentioned in the show:Everything is here by Rob HeckEntangled Islands by Serie Barford
Doug and Ria are performing at Stars of Pasifika Poetry with some of Aotearoa’s favourite Pacific poets, Thursday 7 March at Te Atatū Peninsula Library from 7pm.

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Books and Beyond: Peter Bland

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This week on Books and Beyond, Peter Bland, prize-winning poet, playwright and charismatic actor ("Came a hot Friday") talks with librarian Karen about his life and poetry, and reads works from his most recent collections.

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Read on for the books mentioned in the show.

Peter read:"The stone owl" from The happy garden"Our garden is a jungle" from The happy garden"Harbours" from A fugitive presence"Living close to the border" from Voodoo Peter's memoir: Sorry, I'm a stranger here myselfView Peter's poetry videos on Facebook.
Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.
Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.

Books and Beyond: Happy Pride!

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Books and Beyond celebrates Pride this week! Alison Fitzpatrick reprises her reading for the "After-hours Storytime for Grown-ups and Other Family" (Move over Brothers Grimm, the Sisters Gay are here!) which our Grey Lynn Library hosted for the 2019 same same but different LGBTQI literary festival, and chats with Karen about rainbow writing.

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Books mentioned in the show:Fairytales for lost childrenby Diriye Osman (includes the story, "Watering the Imagination" read by AlisonThe spider's house by Paul BowlesThe collected works of Jane Bowles by Jane BowlesTales of the city by Armistead MaupinLogical family by Armistead MaupinThe golden gate by Vikram SethA boy's own story by Edmund WhiteMy lives by Edmund WhiteArts and letters by Edmund WhiteThe swimming-pool library by Alan HollinghurstThe trauma cleanerby Sarah Krasnostein Auckland Libraries' radio s…

Books and Beyond: Valentine's Day

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In this week's Books and Beyond episode, Karen and Louisa take inspiration from the Renaissance tradition of celebrating Valentine’s Day with "flirtatious entertainments", frolicking with great and less great love stories through the ages, and sharing a selection of New Zealand love poetry.

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Read on for the books mentioned in the show.


Books mentioned in the show:
The thorn birds by Colleen McCulloughPride and prejudice by Jane AustenPride and prejudice and kitties: a cat lover's romp through Jane Austen's classic by Jane Austen, Pamela Jane, and Deborah GuyolRomeo and Julietby William ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet: a chooseable path adventureby Ryan North, and William ShakespeareThe French Lieutenant's woman by John FowlesGolden flower: a romance of New Zealand by Dulce CarmanThe first bad man by Miranda JulyPoems shared in the show:
"The brief life of the love poem" in Failed love poems by Joa…

Books and Beyond: Talking points

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Sharing little-known facts, talking about the weather, gossiping, pondering the big questions… What are your favourite conversation topics as you while away a weekend afternoon at the beach, or, one of our long summer evenings? Karen and Louisa recommend a selection of books which will assure you a brilliant head-start at the game!

Listen to this week's episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.


Books mentioned in the show:The Guinness book of world recordsCome rain or shine: a weather miscellany by Storm DunlopThe cloudspotter's guide by Gavin Pretor-PinneyA million years in a day: a curious history of everyday life: from the Stone Age to the phone age by Greg JennerCan a bee sting a bee? and other big questions from little people compiled by Gemma Elwin HarrisIs it true? The facts behind the things we have been told by Max CryerFactfulness: ten reasons we're wrong about the world - and why things are better than you think by Hans RoslingThe merry wives of Battersea and …

Books and Beyond: Happy Anniversary Auckland!

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This week on Books & Beyond, Karen and Louisa celebrate Auckland Anniversary weekend by paying tribute to our city by choosing books of historical recollections, novelistic descriptions, and poetic odes.

Listen to this week's episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud


Read on for the books mentioned in the show:
Dove on the waters by Maurice ShadboltThe new animals by Pip AdamHigh hope in hard times: a history of Grey Lynn and Westmere by Kaaren HiyamaTe Atatu me: photographs of an urban New Zealand village by John B. Turner; historical essay by Grant ColeA fine prospect: a history of Remuera, Meadowbank and St Johns by Jenny Carlyon and Diana MorrowUrban village: the story of Ponsonby, Freemans Bay and St Mary’s Bay by Jenny Carlyon and Diana MorrowAuckland by the sea: 100 years of work and play by David JohnsonFlowers after the sun: poems by John PuleSonnets to Van Gogh & providence by John PuleLove as a stranger by Owen MarshallOne hundred poems and a year by Bob OrrTh…

Books and Beyond: New Year's resolutions

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On this week’s show, Karen and Louisa recommend books to power our New Year’s Resolutions, past and future.

Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.

Books mentioned in the show:Vanity Fair by William Makepeace ThackerayRage becomes her: the power of women’s anger by Soraya ChealyGood and mad: the revolutionary power of women’s anger by Rebecca TraisterZorba the Greek by Nikos KazantzakisToday will be different by Maria SempleBetter than before: mastering the habits of our everyday lives by Gretchen RubinConversations with Capote by Lawrence GrobelMa’am darling: 99 glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig BrownDo less be more: ban busy and make space for what matters by Martina Sheehan and Susan PearseRich enough? a laid-back guide for every Kiwi by Mary HolmEat up! by Ruby TandohTerminations by Henry JamesThe payoff principle: discover the 3 secrets for getting what you want out of life and work by Dr. Alan R. ZimmermanAlive, alive oh! and other things that matter by D…

Books and Beyond: Joanne Drayton

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Karen chats with Joanne Drayton about Hudson & Halls: the food of love, her new book about two television chefs who helped change the bedrock bad attitudes of a nation in the 1970s and 80s to that unspoken thing – homosexuality. They were also captains of a culinary revolution that saw the overthrow of Aunt Daisy and Betty Crocker and the beginnings of Pacific-rich, Asian-styled international cuisine.

Listen to this week's episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.


Read on for the books mentioned in the show.

Joanne Drayton is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, The search for Anne Perry, about the bestselling crime novelist who left behind another identity - that of Juliet Hulme of 'Heavenly Creatures' fame - as well as a number of critically-acclaimed biographies.

Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.

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Books and Beyond: Mike Lee

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Mike Lee wears his scholar and author’s hat as he talks with Karen about his new book Navigators and naturalists: French exploration of New Zealand and the South Seas (1769-1824), which weaves together geography, natural philosophy and human history, in telling the story of the great French naturalist-voyagers.

Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.




Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.

Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.

Books and Beyond: 50th anniversary

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Karen and Louisa celebrate the 50th anniversary of Books & Beyond with a stroll through past shows, bloopers, and the ones that got away, plus a dip into the Auckland Libraries Top 100 and Great Summer Read.

Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.


Books mentioned in the showBody parts: essays on life-writing by Hermione LeeGalileo’s middle finger: heretics, activists, and the search for justice in science by Alice DregerWinter eyes by Harry RickettsMurray’s Handbook for Scotland (1894) The trauma cleaner: one woman’s extraordinary life in death, decay and disaster by Sarah KrasnosteinThe Pacific: in the wake of Captain Cook with Sam NeillNavigators & naturalists: French exploration of New Zealand and the Pacific (1769-1824) by Michale Lee  Authors mentioned in the showJojo MoyesLiane MoriartyNicky PellegrinoCatherine Robertson Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from th…

Books and Beyond: Peter Millett

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This week on Books and Beyond Louisa chats to Peter Millett, author of over 50 children’s picture and fiction books. Peter introduces his new book More Classic Rhymes for Kiwi Kids, and the latest in his superhero Johnny Danger DIY Spy series, which we find out is as popular in the UK than home in Aotearoa NZ. 

Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.




Books by Peter Millett:The ANZAC biscuit man and other classic kiwi tales.Jean Battenby Peter and Ruth Millett. The ANZAC puppy.The kiwi go marching one by one, sung by Jay Laga'aia with lyrics by Ngaere Roberts.Johnny Danger: lie another day, as part of The Johnny Danger series.The petrifying plot of the plummeting pants, as part of The Boy Zero series.
Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond.

Catch us on Planet FM 104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts…

Books and Beyond: Deborah Shepard

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On Books and Beyond this week, Karen chats with author, oral historian and biographer, Deborah Shepard, about her new book The writing life, one of our picks for the 'Life and times' category of this year’s Auckland Libraries Top 100.

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The writing life comprises a series of curated conversations in which twelve of New Zealand’s most acclaimed and admired writers speak candidly about their lives and their work.
They are:Joy CowleyMarilyn DuckworthTessa DuderChris ElsePatricia GraceDavid HillWiti IhimaeraFiona KidmanOwen MarshallVincent O’SullivanPhilip TempleAlbert WendtAuckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond. 
Catch us on Planet FM 104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.

Books and Beyond: The Great Summer Read 2018

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The Great Summer Read He Pānuitanga Raumati is centre stage this week on Books & Beyond, as Karen and Louisa shared what they might be reading for their favourite challenges.

Listen to this week's episode on the PlanetFM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show:
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace ThackerayThe remains of the day by Kazuo IshiguroThe prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel SparkLean in by Sheryl SandbergBecoming by Michelle ObamaRosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead by Tom StoppardNightwork by Jachym TopolBlack Beauty by Anna SewellPinocchio by Carlo CollodiWatership down by Richard AdamsWinter eyes by Harry RickettsBonsai: best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James NorcliffeAuckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond. 
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Books and Beyond: Kirsten Warner

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Poet, writer and journalist, Kirsten Warner, talks with Karen about her debut novel The sound of breaking glass, a tour de force set in Auckland in the 1990s which invites us to contemplate how many ways of shattering or being shattered one person’s story can contain.

Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries SoundCloud.



The sound of breaking glass has just made the Auckland Libraries Top 100 of 2018 in the New Voices category.

Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, gems from the Central City Library basement and… beyond. 

Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent shows can be listened to as podcasts via the Planet FM website.