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August 3, 2011

The NZ Post Book Awards winners for 2011 are:

Blue Smoke : the lost dawn of New Zealand popular music 1918-1964 / by Chris Bourke

  • Winner: 2011 Book of the Year  
  • Winner: People’s choice award
  • Winner: General non-fiction

New Zealand Post Book Awards convenor of judges, Paul Diamond, described the winning work as a magnificent book that achieves what it sets out to do, and reveals a hidden social history. ‘Blue Smoke tells us about ourselves, our music, and the way we take things from overseas and make them our own.’


The passing world : the passage of life : John Hovell and the art of kowhaiwhai / by Damian Skinner

  • Winner: Illustrated non-fiction

Awards’ judge Bob Harvey described Skinners’s work as a beautiful book that showcases Hovell’s astonishing design and creativity for marae projects on the East coast, urban Auckland and in the Coromandel.




The hut builder / by Laurence Fearnley

  • Winner: Fiction

‘In this novel, Laurence Fearnley continues her committed exploration of Southern lives, and in doing so creates something new  –  a 21st century approach to a sort of 20th century Pakeha origin story. Through the character of
Boden Black, butcher, poet, and sometime mountaineer, she gives voice to the taciturn archetype of the Great Southern man, and reaches into awkward corners of the psyche with tenderness and empathy’, says judge Emily Perkins.


The mirror of simple annihilated souls / by Kate Camp

  • Winner: Poetry

Judge Michael Harlow says, ‘In ‘The Mırror Of Simple Annihilated Souls, Kate Camp has rather courageously accepted the challenge to make words sing to that universal and always fascinating experience: what is it that love desires the self to do, and be.’

  NZ Post Book Awards further information



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