Archive for October, 2012

Swedish book reviews

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Doing what you should never do – googling myself – I came upon this interesting blog:

Swedish Book Review

I thought the review of my own novel, ‘The Kindness of Your Nature’/’The Memory of Love’, was interesting and thoughtful, and I continued to read several others. I recommend it for anybody with an interest in Swedish literature.

Summer plans

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Time to start making plans for summer! The southern summer and January. I so look forward to teaching this one week course:

After Frankfurt

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Interesting to read the commentaries about New Zealand’s presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair¬†in the German media. Overall, sadly, they confirm my own impression.¬†An underwhelming response to New Zealand literature referred to as ‘stories without written language’. There are precious few proper reviews of New Zealand books, and no major presentations. I suppose¬†they drowned in the black water…

Here is a very good review of ‘Die Fremde am Meer’:

http://www.literaturmarkt.info/cms/front_content.php?idcat=81&idart=6541

Back from the Frankfurt Book Fair

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Back in Stockholm with mixed feelings. Perhaps my expectations were unrealistic, but I had such high hopes for New Zealand’s participation as the 2012 Guest of Honour. It was lavish, perhaps even extravagant,¬†chosing to fill¬†the more than 2,000 square metres of the New Zealand Pavilion with water and darkness. Stunning, perhaps, but not very practical. It was easy to forget that this was part of a BOOK fair. But I suppose time will tell if this will make an impact on how the world takes to New Zealand literature. Neither my German¬†nor my Swedish publisher¬†was approached by anybody New Zealand, while last year Iceland’s focus was entirely on building relationships and selling literary rights.

A comment from¬†German magazine Stern titled ‘Storytellers with no written language’!, but mentioning ‘Die Fremde am Meer’ as having ‘Bestsellerpotenzial’, bestseller potential:

http://www.stern.de/kultur/buecher/neuseeland-auf-der-frankfurter-buchmesse-geschichtenerzaehler-ohne-schriftsprache-1906944.html

Writing summer course

Monday, October 8th, 2012

In January, I will be teaching a five day creative writing course in Auckland. I am very excited about this opportunity, and hope it will be an interesting and inspiring week for the students – and for me!

Here is the information:

Feel free to contact me for more information!