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Books and Beyond: Cornish pastiche

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Alison and Karen take a literary journey to Cornwall and discover why this rugged and mysterious place continues to provide inspiration for so many writers.

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


Books mentioned in the show:Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier ; introduced by Sarah DunantFrenchman's creek by Daphne du Maurier ; with an introduction by Julie MyersonDaphne Du Maurier : enchanted Cornwall : her pictorial memoir edited by Piers Dudgeon ; photographs by Nick WrightDaphne du Maurier by Margaret ForsterRoss Poldark : a novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787 by Winston GrahamRough music by Patrick GaleA perfectly good man by Patrick GaleSword at sunset by Rosemary SutcliffThe crystal cave by Mary Stewart
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 9.35 pm. Recent shows can be listened to via …

Books and Beyond: Young, gifted and black

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On tonight’s show, Alison and Karen discuss books by some celebrated Black authors who write about communities divided along racial lines.

Listen to the episode on the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Books mentioned in the show:Salvage the bones: a novel by Jesmyn WardMen we reaped: a memoir by Jesmyn WardThe underground railroad by Colson WhiteheadThe Nickel boys by Colson WhiteheadThe terrible by Yrsa Daley-WardGo tell it on the mountain by James BaldwinTheir eyes were watching God by Zora Neale Hurston  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 9.35 pm. Recent shows can be listened to via the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Books and Beyond: For the love of animals

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Books that celebrate the human-animal bond are a firm favourite among our readers. Karen and Louisa talk about some classics of the genre and some new arrivals on the literary scene. If you’re having a ruff day, this episode will leave you feline pretty good!

Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries podcast.



Books mentioned in the show: Finding Gobi: the true story of a little dog and an incredible journey by Dion Leonard with Craig BorlaseFlush, a biography by Virginia Woolf ; new introduction by Trekkie RitchieAfterglow : a dog memoir by Eileen MylesMy family and other animals by Gerald DurrellBlack Beauty by Anna Sewell Boo to a goose by Mem Fox Kahu: the cautious kiwi by written by Brian Birchall We’re going on a bear hunt by retold by Michael RosenTe haere ki te rapu pea nā Michael Rosen ngā kōreroMission impawsible by Krista DavisMurder most howl by Krista DavisNot a creature was purring by Krista Davis Auckland Libraries' radio show Books and Beyond explores the world…

Books and beyond: Peter Bland

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Peter Bland, prize-winning poet, playwright, charismatic actor and recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement talks with Karen about his life and his work. Hear him read some of his gorgeous poetry and tell some wonderful anecdotes.

Listen to the episode on the Auckland Libraries podcast.


Books mentioned in the show:Sorry, I'm a stranger here myself: a memoir by Peter BlandCollected poems: 1956-2011 by Peter BlandExpecting miracles by Peter BlandJust looking by Peter BlandAuckland 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 9.35 pm. Recent shows can be listened to via the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Books and Beyond: Joan Didion

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Alison and Karen get into the Joan-zone as they discuss this celebrated essayist and style-icon.

Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Books mentioned in the show:Democracy by Joan DidionLive and learn by Joan DidionSlouching towards Bethlehem by Joan DidionWe tell ourselves stories in order to live: collected non-fiction by Joan DidionGood and mad: the revolutionary power of women's anger by Rebecca TraisterMy misspent youth: essays by Meghan DaumThe unspeakable: and other subjects of discussion by Meghan DaumThe Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars by Meghan Daum
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 9.35 pm. Recent shows can be listened to via the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Library hacks: Five tips to finding a good read

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If you haven't visited the library in a while, finding your way around can be quite a daunting task. We all know libraries are full of fascinating, gripping and titillating reads, but with endless options - where do you begin?

We’re sharing our top five tips to help you get the best out of your library experience. Whether you know exactly what you’re looking for or don’t know where to start, these library hacks will help you find those hidden gems and make the checkout process a breeze. 1. Recently returned
The recently returned section is a great place to start, as these are tried and tested by other customers! There will be a variety of genres on display, for those who don’t know what they’re looking for or if you're looking to try something new.
2. My Librarian
Finding a good book can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re interested in! You can request a personalised recommendation from one of our librarians, just by filling out a short questionnaire! They’ll use their expert …

Books and Beyond: Travelling by train

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Alison and Karen talk about trains. Travel, romance, elegance, intrigue and crime. It’s always better on the tracks.

Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Books mentioned in the show:Orient Express: the story of a legend by text by Guillaume Picon; photography by Benjamin Chelly; preface by Kenneth BranaghMurder on the Orient Express by Agatha ChristieThe girl on the train by Paula HawkinsThe flight attendant: a novel by Chris BohjalianGoing west by Maurice GeeStamboul train: an entertainment by Graham GreeneStrangers on a train by Patricia HighsmithThe Kreutzer sonata and other stories by Leo Tolstoy
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 9.35 pm. Recent shows can be listened to via the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Books and Beyond: We’ll always have Paris

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Alison and Karen talk about Paris – the city of light, love and literature.

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 piano shop on the Left Bank: the hidden world of a Paris atelier by T.E. CarhartFinding Fontainebleau: an American boy in France by Thad CarhartThe little Paris bookshop: a novel by Nina George; translated by Simon PareThe flâneur: a stroll through the paradoxes of Paris by Edmund WhiteInside a pearl: my years in Paris by Edmund WhiteThe elegance of the hedgehog by Muriel Barbery; translated from the French by Alison AndersonA moveable feast by Ernest Hemingway
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 9.35 pm. Recent shows can be listened to via the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Books and Beyond: Stacy Gregg

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Alison talks to beloved children’s author, Stacy Gregg, about her new book Prince of Ponies and
finds out why horses have such a strong place in our imaginative and literary worlds.

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 9.35 pm. Recent shows can be listened to via the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Books and Beyond: Literary cats

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Alison talks about cats in literature and finds out what makes them so alluring to readers and writers.

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 travelling cat chronicles by Hiro Arikawa ; translated by Philip Gabriel (2017)The guest cat by Takashi Hiraide; translated by Eric Selland (2014)Sleeping with cats by Marge Piercy (1986)Cat out of Hell by Lynne Truss (2014)Cleo: the cat who mended a family by Helen Brown (2010)Dewey: the small town library cat who touched the world by Vicki Myron (2008)THE CAT by Georges Simenon (1967)I am a cat by Soseki Natsume (originally published 1905)
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 9.35 pm. Recent shows can be listened to via the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Books and Beyond: In search of a better life

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Alison discusses books about migration and finds out what it’s like to try for a new start in a new land.

Listen to this episode and read on for the books mentioned in the show.

Books mentioned in the show:We have always been here : a queer Muslim memoir by Samra HabibWithout a country by Ayşe Kulin ; translated by Kenneth DakanScribe : a novel by Alyson HagyBeirut Hellfire Society : a novel by Rawi HageDo not say we have nothing by Madeleine ThienGirls burn brighter by Shobha RaoOnly killers and thieves : a novel by Paul Howarth
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 9.35 pm. Recent shows can be listened to via the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Books and Beyond: Seeing the world through fresh eyes

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Alison talks about some exciting new books by emerging writers and discovers that the timeless themes of love, loss and belonging continue to be explored in literature. Writing is in good hands!

Listen to this episode and read on for the books mentioned in the show.

Books mentioned in the show:The woo-woo: how I survived ice hockey, drug raids, demons and my crazy Chinese family by Lindsay WongPeach by Emma Glass Kismet: a novel by Luke TredgetPink Mountain on Locust Island by Jamie Marina LauSight by Jessie GreengrassOur homesick songs by Emma HooperHalf gods by Akil KumarasamyAuckland 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 9.35 pm. Recent shows can be listened to via the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Books and Beyond : Tessa Duder

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Alison chats with acclaimed author, Tessa Duder, about her new book, First map: how James Cook charted Aotearoa New Zealand, which has been released in time for the Tuia Encounters 250 commemoration of the first onshore encounters between Māori and Pākehā.

Listen to this episode and read on for the books mentioned in the show.

Books mentioned in the show:The trial of the cannibal dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas by Anne SalmondThe life of Captain James Cook by J.C. BeagleholeSarah Mathew: explorer, journalist and Auckland’s ‘First Lady’ by Tessa Duder
Auckland Libraries' new 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 9.35 pm. Recent shows can be listened to via the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Comic Book Month

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Kapow! It's Comic Book Month! All September, we're celebrating the incredible worlds of graphic novels, comics and manga.
Take 3 for Comic Book Month Win tickets to Armageddon!
Borrow any three items from our graphic novel collection between 1 - 30 September, fill out a Take 3 entry card, and you and three friends could be at the Armageddon Expo in Auckland (25 - 28 October, Labour Weekend).
We have 10 sets of Armageddon passes to give away, plus three POSTPocalypse graphic novel prize packs, including the just-released final book in the series from Beyond Reality Media.
Visit your local library to explore our collection of graphic novels and manga for adults, teens and kids and pick up an entry card (1 - 30 September).
Competition terms and conditions apply. New titles and booklists
Comic Book Month is a great chance to spotlight the incredible reads the genre has to offer. New titles: graphic novels for adultsNew titles: graphic novels for kidsComics and graphic novels on Ove…

Books and Beyond: Literary bad boys

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Alison and Karen consider the phenomenon of the bad boy from a literary standpoint, from Byron to the Beats.

Listen to this episode and read on for the books mentioned in the show.

Books mentioned in the show:Young romantics: the Shelleys, Byron and other tangled lives by Daisy HayJust kids by Patti SmithM train by Patti SmithRimbaud: the double life of a rebel by Edmund WhiteA season in hell by Arthur RimbaudInfinite jest by David Foster WallaceEvery love story is a ghost story: a life of David Foster Wallace by DT MaxA supposedly fun thing I’ll never do again by David Foster WallaceBrief interviews with hideous men by David Foster WallaceThe liars’ club by Mary KarrOn the road by Jack KerouacDharma Bums by Jack KerouacBig Sur by Jack KerouacAuckland Libraries' new 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 9.35 pm. Recent shows can be l…

Books and Beyond: Paula Green

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Karen talks with Paula Green about her new book Wild honey: reading New Zealand women’s poetry, in which she celebrates the many ways poems by women deserve a place in Aotearoa’s literary canon.
Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries podcast.

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 9.35 pm. Recent shows can be listened to via the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Books and Beyond: Cook Islands Language Week 2019

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This week four Cook Islands librarians joined Louisa in the Planet FM studio, to celebrate Cook Islands Language Week.

Angelique Tuaputa, Melissa Manapori, Mati Ngari and Jaspreet Jador share books and stories connecting them with home, family and the history and culture of the Cook Islands.

Listen to this episode and read on for the books mentioned in the show, and for more information about Cook Islands Language Week, Te Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani.
Books mentioned in the show:Angelique: Social fabric of the Cook Islands by Susanne Küchler and Andrea Eimke; with photographs by Andrea EimkeMati: Some aspects of Rarotongan life by Taira Rere, or the earlier version, Other aspects of Raotongan lifeLouisa: Vikings of the sunrise by Te Rangi Hiroa Sir Peter Buck (1938), and republished as Vikings of the Pacific (1959)Jaspreet: Cook Islands heroes written by David Riley, illustrated by Michael Mulipola For more information on Cook Islands Language Week, read our blog or visit the

Books and Beyond: Ivana Mlinac

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Ivana Mlinac, youth worker, University of Auckland researcher with an MA in criminology and now debut author, talks with Karen about the storybook she wrote for young children experiencing the negative impacts of parental incarceration, to connect with them, help them explore their feelings, believe in themselves and find their own paths.

Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries podcast.
Check out Stardust: we always share the same sky by Ivana Mlinac on the Auckland Libraries catalogue.
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. Listen to recent Books and Beyond shows on the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Books and Beyond: Margie Thomson

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Journalist, Margie Thomson, talks with Karen about her new book, Whale Oil, a gripping investigation of how blogger Cameron Slater destroyed an Auckland businessman’s reputation and career, and a journey of discovery into the strange and nefarious world of cyberbullying and fake news.

Listen to this episode and read on for the books mentioned in the show.

Books mentioned in the show:Whale OilWomankind: New Zealand women making a differenceAll Blacks don’t cryThe resilient farmer: weathering the challenges of life and the landAuckland 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. Listen to recent shows on the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Books and Beyond: Stephanie Johnson

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Award-winning novelist, Stephanie Johnson, talks with Karen about her new book West Island, a fascinating biographical investigation of five kiwis who made their homes and reputations across the Tasman during the 'Golden Age', about writing romantic sagas as the young Australian novelist Lily Woodhouse, and shares library appreciation.
Listen to this episode on the Auckland Libraries podcast.

Books mentioned in the show:West Island: five twentieth-century New Zealanders in Australia by Stephanie JohnsonPlaying for both sides by Stephanie JohnsonAs it was in the beginning by Dulcie DeamerThe butcher shop by Jean DevannyThe white cry: poems by Douglas StewartJarulan by the river by Lily WoodhouseGreen mansions by W.H. HudsonAuckland 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 po…