The Ceremony for the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards was held last night.
How many did you pick?
I was on the button with a few but missed more than I got right.
I do not envy the judges when they have such good quality to choose from.
It may be a hard market for publishers out there but it is obviously not the lack of talent and content which is causing the problem.
New Zealand Post Book of the Year and Fiction winner
The Big Music by Kirsty Gunn, published by Faber & Faber.
The Darling North by Anne Kennedy, published by Auckland University Press.
Pat Hanly by Gregory O'Brien and Gil Hanly, published by Ron Sang Publications.
Civilisation: Twenty Places on the Edge of the World by Steve Braunias, published by Awa Press.
Nielsen Booksellers' Choice
Shelter from the Storm: The Story of New Zealand's Backcountry Huts, by Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoint,
published by Craig Potton Publishing.
Patched: The History of Gangs in New Zealand, by Jarrod Gilbert, published by Auckland University Press.
Maori Language Award Winner
Nga Waituhi O Rehua by Katarina Te Heikoko Mataira, published by Huia Publishing.
Those previously announced:
NZSA Best First Book Poetry
Graft by Helen Heath, published by Victoria University Press.
NZSA Best First Book Fiction
I Got His Blood On Me by Lawrence Patchett, published by Victoria University Press.
NZSA Best First Book Non-fiction
Moa: The Life and Death of New Zealand's Legendary Bird by Quinn Berentson, published by Craig Potton Publishing.