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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.

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: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…

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.

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:
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 …

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 Planet FM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show.
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 Rosl…

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 Planet FM website and 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 OrrThis Mortal…

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 week's episode on the Planet FM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show.
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. ZimmermanAli…

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 Planet FM website and 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.

Catch us on Planet FM104.6…

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 week's episode on the Planet FM website. 

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.

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 week's episode on the Planet FM website and read on for the books and authors mentioned in the show.
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 …

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 week's episode on the Planet FM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show.
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 FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35p…

Desert Island Bookcase

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Wondering what to read this summer? Need a book to escape into while you're on the road or relaxing in the park? Auckland's Tāmaki Pataka Kōrero Central City Library is here for you!

Six months ago, we asked Aucklanders to choose their all-time favourite book: the book they always recommend to friends, the book they would want with them if they were stranded on a desert island, the book they could read over and over again.

We've now curated all your suggestions into one exclusive collection: The Desert Island Bookcase. With over five hundred titles, you'll be spoilt for choice!

So, drop into the desert island on the ground floor of Central to borrow a 'treasured' favourite or browse our curated Desert Island Bookcase list on OverDrive and find some gold!

Follow our Desert Island Bookcase Instagram this summer to get some great reading recommendations and tag #desertislandbookcase to tell us what your Desert Island picks would be.

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.

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

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 Wendt
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.

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. 
Catch us on Planet FM104.6, Sundays at 9.35pm. Recent s…

Auckland Libraries Top 100 2018

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Welcome to our picks of the year’s most popular books at Auckland Libraries!

Every year expert librarians curate our Top 100 list from titles which hit our shelves in 2018 and proved especially popular with our readers.

It’s a great way to find recommendations for summer reading or ideas for holiday gift-giving. With ten categories to choose from, we’ve made sure there’s something for everyone.

You will find the Top 100 under the Top 10 book lists section on the Auckland Libraries website. 

If you’re looking for the perfect read to complete your next challenge, start browsing here.

You can register and report your Great Summer Read challenges right up until 31 January.

Over 2000 Aucklanders have taken part since the launch in 2015 and we've given away hundreds of prizes.

Visit aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/gsr to see the challenges and the full list of prizes.

The Great Summer Read He Pānuitanga Raumati wildcard challenge

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It's the last challenge on the list but we're seeing people choosing it as their first! And why not? It's the chance to set your own challenge!

It could be something you've always meant to do but never quite had the courage, like writing a fan letter to your favourite author. Or something where you’d welcome a little extra incentive - like maybe winning a prize - to persevere, like reading a book in the language you studied in school.

If you haven't already got an ace up your sleeve to play, try one of these great suggestions from our librarians.

Be sure to tell us about your wildcard in the comments section below, whether it’s one of these or one of your own!
Share a favourite quote from the book you read.Take an insect/bird/animal guide with you on a wildlife hunt and see how many species you can find in your garden, neighbourhood, at the beach, etc.Judge that book by its cover! Choose a book without looking inside.Read a book about a famous player of a sport you …

The Great Summer Read is back!

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Want to heat up your reading this summer?

Sign up for The Great Summer Read He Pānuitanga Raumati and dive into our fun reading challenges. And if that’s not enough of a win, we're giving away books, eReaders, tickets to Auckland's hottest shows and attractions, even designer eyewear!

Every challenge you complete gets you an automatic entry into our weekly prize draws. You check your challenges in right here on our website - it couldn’t be easier. You can do as few or as many challenges as you like. Completing five or more different challenges gets you into our bonus draw.

The more books you read, the more chances you have to win. But even if you only have time to read one book this summer, you could be a winner!

The Great Summer Read He Pānuitanga Raumati runs for all of December and January.

You can register and report your challenges right up to 31 January. Over 2000 Aucklanders have taken part since the launch in 2015 and we've given away hundreds of prizes.

Visit auckl…

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 week's episode on the Planet FM website.
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.

Books and Beyond: Anne Kennedy

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Prize-winning poet and novelist, Anne Kennedy, chats with Karen about her new novel The ice shelf, a wicked and hilarious satire on life and literati as experienced in the course of a wild night in Wellington by a modern-day Moll Flanders.

Listen to this week's episode on the Planet FM website and read on for the books mentioned in the show.
Anne's books: The ice shelf The last days of the national costumeThe darling North The time of the giantsSing-songAuckland 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: Lorraine Thomson

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This week on Books and Beyond, Louisa talks to Lorraine Thomson about walking the 800km Camino de Santiago across northern Spain from France.

Listen to this week's episode on the Planet FM website and read on for books related to the show.
Lorraine's book:The French way: trekking the 40-day El Camino de Santiago by Lorraine ThomsonOther books about the Camino de Santiago: Camino de Santiago by Andy SymingtonPilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago (Camino Frances) by John BrierleyOn the Camino by Jason Jason (graphic novel)The Lore of the Camino de Santiago: a literary pilgrimage by Jean Mitchell-LanthamThe way, my way: a Camino memoir by Bill BennettI'll push you: a journey of 500 miles, two best friends, and one wheelchair by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck Kiwi authors who have written about the Camino de Santiago:Kiwi on the Camino: a walk that changed my life by Vivianne FlintoffExciting Eighties: a time of high expectations by Esther PaddonA movie about the Camino …

Books and Beyond: Surprising literary prizes

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The 2018 winner of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Title is being chosen this week by public vote! Karen and Louisa tell you all about it while recalling some other offbeat literary awards, such as the Weird-Ass Picture Book prize and the Three Tokes Anti-award.
Listen to this week's episode on Planet FM and read on for the books mentioned in the show. 
Diagram Prize historic winners and shortlisted candidates:Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on nude miceThe 2009-2014 world outlook for 60 milligram containers of fromageHow to avoid huge shipsGreek rural postmen and their cancellation numbersCooking with Poo The mushroom in Christian art Mr Ando’s Pennine diary: memoirs of a Japanese chicken sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the future of American mass hysteria Estonian sock patterns all around the world Advanced pavement researchDivorcing a real witch: for pagans and people that used to love themDiagram Prize 2018 short list: Are gay men mo…

Books and Beyond: Take a walk!

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Inspired by this month's Auckland Walk Challenge, Karen and Louisa recommend good reads for pedestrians and ramblers, whether they are walking for protest, pilgrimage, therapy or exercise.

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 showWalking historic Auckland by David PalmerThe bottom of the harbour by Joseph MitchellWanderlust by Rebecca SolnitA philosophy of walking by Frédéric Gros100 days: walking Te Araroa by G.J. CoopThe pants of perspective by Anna McNuffTe Araroa: walking New Zealand's 3000 kilometre trail, photography by Mark WatsonWalking in ruins by Geoff NicholsonThe alchemist by Paolo CoelhoThe Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald 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 a…