Winners announced for the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2017by The Listener
Her fourth novel (published by Victoria University Press) celebrates the power of words and “exposes the fragility and strength of humanity,” the judges said at the awards held tonight at the Aotea Centre as part of the 2017 Auckland Writers Festival.
Chidgey, already winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, takes home the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize.
Ashleigh Young took out the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? (Victoria University Press).
Historian Barbara Brookes won the illustrated non-fiction prize for A History of New Zealand Women (Bridget Williams Books).
Andrew Johnston won the poetry prize for his “slow-burning tour de force” Fits & Starts (Victoria University Press).
Young, Johnston and Brookes each win $10,000 for their respective awards.
Earlier this year, Young also won the Yale University Windham-Campbell Prize, worth $230,000.
Four authors also won Best First Book Awards at the event:
The Judith Binney Best First Book Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction: Ngarino Ellis for A Whakapapa of Tradition: 100 Years of Ngāti Porou Carving, 1830-1930, with new photography by Natalie Robertson (Auckland University Press).
The Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry: Hera Lindsay Bird for Hera Lindsay Bird (Victoria University Press).
The E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for General Non-Fiction: Adam Dudding for My Father’s Island: A Memoir (Victoria University Press).
The Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction: Gina Cole for Black Ice Matter (Huia Publishers).
This year’s four main category award winners will appear at a free event at the Auckland Writers Festival: The State We’re In on Friday 19 May at 5.30pm in the Heartland Festival Room, Aotea Square.
Catherine Chidgey and Ashleigh Young are featured in the May 27 issue of the Listener, on sale Monday, May 22.
Years of avoiding the question of an alternative road appear to be over.Read more
Actor Ansel Elgort talks to Paperboy about starring in the hit film Baby Driver, doing stunts, and his contribution to the incredible soundtrack.Read more
Meet some of the Auckland champs turning food destined for the bin into three-course dinners and inventive dishes.Read more
The Project host talks about government underfunding of DoC, being told to cheer up by Maggie Barry, and wanting to crush Hosking.Read more
Documentary maker Annie Goldson has gone behind the headlines to create a remarkable portrait of Kim Dotcom – the man who changed the way we use the iRead more
It's still "party vote National", but the PM says he wants National voters to support the Act leader in Epsom and United Future leader in Ohariu.Read more