And more Book Launches!
The Children’s Bookshop at Kilbirnie seems to have been inundated with Book Launches the last few weeks.
Following on Gillian Candler and Ned Barraud’s launch of Under the Ocean came Aimee McNaughton and Dominique Ford’s Joy Cowley Award winnerI Can’t Imagine How that Happened. Last night saw the first launch (the second will follow on the Kapiti Coast in a few weeks) of Mandy Hager’s Singing Home the Whale. Mandy is just home from her time in Menton where, for the past months, as the recipient of the Katherine Mansfield Menton fellowship, she was the writer in residence at the Villa Isola Bella. Mandy looked wonderfully well and bronzed after her time in the sun of France and moved a lot of us to tears as she read from her book – particularly from the beginning about the meeting of boy and the then, young orca. Eirlys Hunter launched what is truly an amazing book. And now we must wait for Mandy’s next one which is about Abelard and Heloise who are one of the most celebrated couples of all time, known for their love affair... and for the tragedy that separated them. This of course was the main reason for her time away – research and for writing and a little moonlight swimming in the warm waters of the French Riviera.