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June 9, 2012

The New Zealand Post Book Awards 2012 Finalists were announced this week.

People’s Choice Award
Voting opens today for the nation’s favourite book. Nominations can be made from this year’s finalist books on-line at www.nzpostbookawards.co.nz. The 2012 finalist book with the most votes will be honoured with the much-coveted People’s Choice Award.  VOTING CLOSES 6 July, 5pm.

In addition to individual category winners, and a People’s Choice Award, there will be a Māori Language Award winner and the overall New Zealand Post Book of the Year winner announced at a gala dinner in Auckland on 1 August 2012.

The overall New Zealand Post Book of the Year Award winner will receive $15,000. Winners of the four Category Awards will each receive $10,000. The Māori Language Award winner will receive $10,000 and the People’s Choice Award winner $5,000.

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Fiction finalists

From Under the Overcoat
Sue Orr
Vintage, Random House NZ
9781869790578 (Paperback)
9781869795511 (Ebook)
Rangatira
Paula Morris
Penguin Group (NZ)
9780143565758 (Paperback)9781742532219 (Ebook)
The Trouble with Fire
Fiona Kidman
Vintage, Random House NZ
9781869793593 (Paperback)
9781869793609 (Ebook)

Poetry finalists

The leaf-ride
Dinah Hawken
Victoria University Press
9780864736505
Shift
Rhian Gallagher
Auckland University Press
9781869404871
Thicket
Anna Jackson
Auckland University Press
9781869404826

Illustrated Non-Fiction finalists

A Micronaut in the Wide World: The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy
Gregory O’Brien
Auckland University Press
9781869404703
New Zealand Film – An Illustrated History
Diane Pivac, Frank Stark, and Lawrence McDonald
Te Papa Press
9781877385667
New Zealand’s Native Trees
John Dawson and Rob Lucas
Craig Potton Publishing
9781877517013
Playing with Fire: Auckland Studio Potters Society Turns 50
Peter Lange and Stuart Newby
Auckland Studio Potters Society– in conjunction with the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries Centre for New Zealand Art Research and Discovery (CNZARD)
9780958281713
Whatu Kākahu / Māori Cloaks
Awhina Tamarapa
Te Papa Press
9781877385568

General Non-Fiction finalists

Bligh: William Bligh in the South Seas
Anne Salmond
Penguin Group (NZ)
9780670075560 (Hardback)
9781742287812 (Ebook)
The Broken Book
Fiona Farrell
Auckland University Press
9781869405762
The Hungry Heart: Journeys with William Colenso
Peter Wells
Vintage, Random House NZ
9781869794743 (Hardback)
9781869794750 (Ebook)
So Brilliantly Clever: Parker, Hulme and the Murder That Shocked the World
Peter Graham
Awa Press
9781877551123
Tupaia: The Remarkable Story of Captain Cook’s Polynesian Navigator
Joan Druett
Random House NZ
9781869793869 (Hardback)
9781869797133 (Paperback)

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