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.
I was 15 when I first read THE FIRE NEXT TIME by James Baldwin.
A tiny volume first published in 1962, THE FIRE's incendiary look at racial
injustice in mid-century America excoriates the American dream as “a
nightmare, on the private, domestic, and international levels.” It is
personal memoir. It is literary essay. It is unflinching report. It is
passionate letter addressed to black boys who are making the transition to
black men in race-dominated America. It is searing testament. It is blazing