The shortlist for the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards has been announced today. The Society is sponsoring the General Non-Fiction category and the winner of the category will receive the inaugural Royal Society Te Apārangi Award for General Non-Fiction.
The General Non-Fiction category’s finalists are Anthony Byrt’s This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art; Adam Dudding’s My Father’s Island; Ben Schrader’s The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities, 1840-1920, and Ashleigh Young’s Can You Tolerate This? Convenor Susanna Andrew says the judges chose the books that thrilled them with their vigour, originality and wisdom. “These four stood apart from the rest from the very start for their honesty and prose style and for being alive to the very art of writing.”
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Aotea Centre on Tuesday May 16, 2017, held as the first public event of the Auckland Writers Festival. The awards ceremony is open to the public. Tickets to the event can be purchased via Ticketmaster once festival bookings open on Friday 17 March.
The full list of 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards finalist titles:
ACORN FOUNDATION FICTION PRIZE
ROYAL SOCIETY TE APĀRANGI AWARD FOR GENERAL NON-FICTION