Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Kawau Island Author receives third American Literary Award
Lin Pardey with her latest latest book, Bull Canyon, a Boatbuilder, a Writer and
other Wildlifewas one of two finalists for the 2012 WILLA Literary award
in creative non-fiction. Presented by Women Writing the West at their national
convention in Albuquerque New Mexico, this prestigious award is named for the
Pulitzer Prize winning writer, Willa Cather.
In addition, Bull Canyon was
one of three finalists in both the non –fiction and also the memoir categories
of the 2012 Next Generation Literary Awards presented by the Independent Book
Publishers of America.
Lin, from Southern California, sailed to New
Zealand with her Canadian husband Larry in 1985 and purchased a small property
on Kawau Island. In her words, “it was the ultimate fixer upper.” Three years later they both became New
Zealand citizens. Though they often were away for extended periods as they
voyaged to far corners of the earth, four of her eleven books have been written
at the home they created on this small island just 30 miles north of Auckland.
Canyon tells of the four years Lin spent living and
writing in an isolated canyon in the mountains south of Los Angeles before
sailing to New Zealand. “I would never have finished Bull Canyon without the encouragement of the Kawau Island
Bookworms. The whole group read the earliest drafts and made suggestions that
helped me clarify my thinking as I worked to create a highly readable story to
show how two people, working together, can move mountains (or at least hills).”
That Lin succeeded is shown by warm reviews and now three awards. Publisher’s
Weekly stated, “their accomplishment is significant, highly Romantic, and
admirable. With many homespun snapshots included, readers may feel as if
they're following the fantastic adventures of an old friend.”