Usually I bathe in the luxury of listening to authors at WORD Christchurch but this year the mood and the energy is low, so I suppose there is a certain synchronicity that I chose to only go to Landscapes of the mind: Adventures in mental health - possibly because my landscape is need a bit…
However as time has gone on I seem to have had my lot with positivity, and have been thinking about those titles I have read over the years where the characters are not only fascinatingly flawed but are rather unpleasant.
I wrote about American Dirt as one of the titles to look out for in 2020, and if the reserve list for this title (which has just been published and is not yet on our shelves) is anything to go by it would seem that the publicists were right. However many commentators are saying that this book may be one to look out for, but for all the wrong reasons.
Cool stuff from the Selectors: plants for changing climates, equatorial forests, and a kiwi graphic novel
Opening Wild Dogs Under My Skirt at Haeata Community Campus was probably a first for the Christchurch Arts Festival, but it was at the request of the poet Tusiata Avia to have it here as this was the place she grew up. The audience was a mixture of the often stereotypical arts festival attendee (of which I fit nicely into) and a great turnout from the Pasifika community. There were family and friends — and a sense that this was an occasion.