Popular Six Pack returns
Readers are once again tucking into six servings of homegrown writing for $6.
The third edition of the Six Pack, a collection of new writing released to mark New Zealand Book Month, is now on sale.
The owner of Ponsonby’s Women’s Bookshop, Carole Beu, says the bargain book is always a hit with readers.
“It’s a buck a story,” she says.
“It’s such good value and you get a real selection of quality writing.”
Ms Beu was also guest judge for the collection, which features short stories and poetry.
“We were a really interesting group of people, very varied age and ethnicity, which was appropriate because the six pieces of writing we ended up choosing were very different.”
Included are Mangere school teacher Ian Mackenzie, poet and children’s author Sue Wootton, writer David Geary, Wellington novelist Kate Duignan, history lecturer Aroha Harris and Aucklander Marisa Maepu.
Food is a focus for this year’s Book Month, to mark the release of several foodie books from Kiwi writers.
Some will be celebrated at the annual Ladies LiteraTea on September 28, which has already sold out.
The event combines a traditional afternoon tea with talks from women authors about their new books.
“It’s so popular, we’ll have to get a bigger venue next year,” Ms Beu says.
Festival director Michele Powles says last year’s Six Pack went straight on to the bestseller list, and prompted new readers to pick up the first edition.
“I’m expecting both those two titles will come back into the public eye again this time around,” she says.
She says the annual festival is growing and introducing more readers to local literature.
“We’re hoping to continue to provide New Zealand voices for New Zealanders.”
The Central Leader has three copies of the Six Pack Three to giveaway.
For a chance to win a copy, email your name and address with Book Month in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or write on the back of an envelope and post to Book Month competition, Private Bag 56910, Dominion Rd, Mt Eden.
Entries must be received by 9am on September 13.
For Book Month events, see www.nzbook month.co.nz.
Good buy: Women’s Bookshop owner Carole Beu was guest judge of this year’s Six Pack, a collection of six pieces of writing for $6.