22 Nov 2016
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The 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlist, announced today, celebrates an impressive range of books by both established and emerging authors.
Forty titles have made the coveted and highly competitive longlist; ten in each of the four Awards categories – Fiction (The Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize), Illustrated Non-Fiction, General Non-Fiction (the Royal Society of New Zealand Award for General Non-Fiction) and Poetry. The books were selected by four panels of specialist judges and were drawn from 150 entries.
"The awards received a large number of entries again this year and the standard was very high across all categories,” says New Zealand Book Awards Trust chair Nicola Legat. “That shows that this country’s publishing, and indeed its literature, is in rude good health. If you are in any doubt about what you might read over summer, these 40 fine books are the place to start."
The Trust is also celebrating a partnership with a new funder, the Royal Society of New Zealand, which will fund the General Non-Fiction award. “The New Zealand Book Awards Trust values the funding support the awards have received from Ockham and the Acorn Foundation,” says Trust chair Nicola Legat. “These two funders, along with Creative New Zealand, absolutely understand the role of our national literature in sustaining and extending thinking about national issues, and in supporting the writing careers and creativity of our best writers.
“The Royal Society of New Zealand’s decision to fund the General Non-Fiction prize reflects its multi-disciplinary coverage of science, technology and the humanities. We now have four supporters of similar passion, commitment and gravitas. We are delighted and honoured to have the Society’s investment in great New Zealand writing.”
The 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlisted titles, in alphabetical order by author, are:
FICTION (The Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize)
GENERAL NON- FICTION (Royal Society of New Zealand Award for General Non-Fiction)
The judges will announce their shortlist on March 07, 2017. The winners will be announced on May 16 2017, at the opening night event of the Auckland Writers Festival.