2 Mar 2022

NZ book awards finalists announced

From Morning Report, 8:57 am on 2 March 2022

The shortlists for the 2021 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced.

That's four books in four categories -- fiction, poetry, general nonfiction and illustrated nonfiction -- chosen from 40 longlisted titles.

Once again this year, small presses and academic publishers dominate the shortlist, this despite our commercial publishers being responsible for a lion's share of new books.

All but three of the shortlisted titles are by women.

New Zealand Book Awards Trust spokesperson Paula Morris spoke to Susie Ferguson.