Finalists for the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced, including four books shortlisted for the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction category.
The finalists in the Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction category are renowned historian and anthropologist Dame Anne Salmond FRSNZ for Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds; journalist Diana Wichtel for her debut book Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father; Massey University Professor of History Michael Belgrave for Dancing with the King: The Rise and Fall of the King Country 1864-1885, and cartoonist Tom Scott for his memoir Drawn Out.
General Non-Fiction category convenor Ella Henry says there was a high degree of unanimity among the judges about these four books. “One book made me laugh, one made me cry, one reminded me of New Zealand’s complex history, and the other gave me great hope about the future of our nation.”
The complete list of finalist books were selected by four panels of three specialist judges and were drawn from 40 longlisted titles selected out of more than 150 entries.
New Zealand Book Awards Trust chair Nicola Legat says this year’s shortlist demonstrates the diversity, depth and skill of New Zealand writers.
“These books reflect who we are as people and how we are developing as a nation, demonstrating that the writer’s role is as important now as it was half a century ago. Like many of the books nominated in previous years’ awards, the cream of this year’s crop are destined to become classics.”
"These finalists join a literary hall of fame that dates back to 1968 and features New Zealand’s most famous and distinguished writers."
Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize:
Illustrated Non-Fiction Award:
Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non Fiction:
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 15 2018, held as the first public event of the Auckland Writers Festival.
To find out more about the shortlisted titles go to http://www.nzbookawards.nz/new-zealand-book-awards/2018-awards/shortlist/