Pop­u­lar Six Pack re­turns

Central Leader - - News - By Heather McCracken

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 edcl@snl.co.nz.

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

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.

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