Welcome to the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2011, and is officially (technology permitting) my first live blog from Wellington Town Hall.
My tie is blue, just so you can picture the scene.
Okay so to remind you the categories and nominations are:
The Hut Builder-Laurence Fearnley (Penguin)
The Night Book-Charlotte Grimshaw (Random House)
Their Faces Were Shining-Tim Wilson (VUP)
The Mirror of Simple Annihilated Souls-Kate Camp (VUP)
The Radio Room-Cilla McQueen (OUP)
Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English – Whetu Moana II
by Albert Wendt, Reina Whaitiri and Robert Sullivan
(Auckland University Press)
99 Ways Into New Zealand Poetry-Paula Green and Harry Ricketts (Random House)
Blue Smoke-Chris Bourke (Auckland University Press)
Mune: An Autobiography by Ian Mune (Craig Potton Publishing)
No Fretful Sleeper: A Life of Bill Pearson by Paul Millar (Auckland University Press)
The Tasman: Biography of an Ocean by Neville Peat (Penguin Group NZ)
Brian Brake: Lens on the World by Athol McCredie (Te Papa Press)
Pounamu by Russell Beck, Maika Mason and Andris Apse (Viking, Penguin Group NZ)
Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton by Nigel Watson and Jane Ussher (Murdoch Books)
The Dress Circle by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Claire Regnault and Lucy Hammonds (Godwit, Random House NZ)
The Passing World: The Passage of Life: John Hovell and the Art of Kowhaiwhai by Damian Skinner (Rim Books)
Best first book
Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction: Everything We Hoped For–Pip Adam (VUP)
Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry: Dear Sweet Harry-Lynne Jenner (Auckland University Press).
E.H. McCormick Best First Book Award for Non-Fiction for Whaikōrero: The World of Māori Oratory-Dr. Poia Rewi(Auckland University Press)
Okay few technical hitches this evening but here is the definitive list of winners.
Congratulations to them all.
Signing off N