Last night I attended the NZ Post Book Awards as neither judge nor nominee which was a very fine thing to do! The Auckland Town Hall was like a children’s wonderland. Everyone oohed and aahed when they walked in. There was even a cake under a glass dome on the table, that looked like it had been plucked out of a fairy story. There was a little label saying Eat Me! And so we did!
I was delighted to see two of my favourite books do well. I talked about the Supreme Winner and Winner of the Picture Book category, The Boring Book on Poetry Box here. Vasanti Unka was surprised and delighted that her book won.
I also talked about one of my favourite novels of 2013, Elizabeth Knox’s Mortal Fire here, in my review of The New Zealand Herald. This book won Best Young Adult Fiction.
Here are two things I heard winners say in their speeches that I just loved :
Joy Cowley said, ‘We are a people of children’s books and people associated with children’s books are lovely people.’ Hear! Hear! Joy won Best Junior Fiction Category.
Keri Kaa said, ‘There are many words and images you can use, but only the right combination will do. When you have the right combination the words and images are so much more.’ I totally agree with this and it seems like a very fine recipe for poems. Keri won the Maori Language Award.
NZ Post Book Awards
*The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka. New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category.
*The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson. Best Non-Fiction.
*Dunger by Joy Cowley. Best Junior Fiction category winner.
*Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox. Best Young Adult Fiction winner.
*A Necklace of Souls by Rachel Stedman. Best First Book.
*The Three Bears … Sort Of by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley. Children’s Choice category winner.
*Bugs by Whiti Hereaka. Honour award.
*Taka Ki Ro Wai by Keri Kaa and Martin Page. Maori Language award.