Ockham NZ Book Awards 2022 finalists announced

The shortlists for the 2022 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:

Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction

  • a good winter (Gigi window, text)
  • Aljce in Land of Therapy (Alice Tawhai, Lawrence and Gibson)
  • interlacing (Bryan Walpert, Makaro Press)
  • Everything changes (Stephanie Johnson, Random House New Zealand)
  • Greta and Valdin (Rebecca C. Reilly, University Press)
  • Kurangaituku (Whiti Hereaka, Editorial Huia)
  • loop tracks (Sue Orr, University Press)
  • she is a killer (Kirsten McDougall, University Press)
  • the pink monkey (Emma Neale, Quentin Wilson Publishing)
  • Unsheathed (Clare Moleta, Scribner Australia)

General Award for Non-Fiction

  • after dark (Annette Lees, Potton and Burton)
  • bloody woman (Lana Lopesi, Bridget Williams Books)
  • Come back to Mona Vale (Alexander McKinnon, University of Otago Press)
  • Enough Horizon: The Life and Work of Blanche Baughan (Carol Markwell, Cuba Press)
  • From the center: the life of a writer (Patricia Grace, Penguin)
  • Terms: Treaty Agreements and the Future of Aotearoa New Zealand (Christopher Finlayson and James Christmas, Huia Publishers)
  • Helen Kelly: Her Life (Rebekah Macfie, Awa Press)
  • The alarmist: fifty years measuring climate change (Dave Lowe, University Press)
  • the mirror book (Charlotte GrimshawVintage)
  • Voices of the New Zealand Wars | A language of the New Zealand wars (Vincent O’Malley, Bridget Williams Books)

Mary and Peter Biggs Prize for Poetry

  • bird collector (Alison Glenny, Composite Press)
  • ghosts (Siobhan Harvey, University of Otago Press)
  • party legend (Sam Duckor-Jones, University Press)
  • rangikura (Tayi Tibble, University Press)
  • sea ​​light (Dinah Hawken, University Press)
  • sleeping with stones (Barford Series, Angel Press)
  • The sea walks towards a wall (Anne Kennedy, Auckland University Press)
  • My dad (Ruby Solly, University Press)
  • Drop (Joanna Preston, University of Otago Press)
  • Follow (Nicole Titihuia Hawkins, We Are Babies Press)

Booksellers New Zealand Aotearoa Prize for Illustrated Non-Fiction

  • Bill Hammond: Across the Evening Sky (Peter Vangioni with Tony de Lautour, Rachael King, Nic Low, Paul Scofield and Ariana Tikao, Christchurch Te Puna o Waiwhetū Art Gallery)
  • Conversātiō: In the company of bees (Anne Noble with Zara Stanhope and Anna Brown, Massey University Press)
  • Dress: Dress Fashion in Aotearoa New Zealand 1840 to 1910 (Claire Regnault, Te Papa Press)
  • An ancient artist: Isaac Coates and his Maori portraits (Hilary and John Mitchell, Potton and Burton)
  • as a gift for growing offspring | Treasures for the new generation (edited by Wayne Ngata, Anne Salmond, Natalie Robertson, Amiria Salmond, Monty Soutar, Billie Lythberg, James Schuster & Conal McCarthy, Te Papa Press)
  • Joanna Margaret Paul: imagined in the context of a room (Lauren Gutsell, Lucy Hammonds and Greg Donson, Dunedin Public Art Gallery)
  • NUKU: Stories of 100 indigenous women (Qiane Matata-Sipu, QIANE+co)
  • Shifting Grounds: Deep Stories from Auckland Auckland (Lucy Mackintosh, Bridget Williams Books)
  • Te Puna Waiora: The distinguished weavers of Te Kāhui Whiritoi (Ngāhuia Te Awekōtuku, Donna Campbell, Awhina Tamarapa & Nathan Pōhio, Christchurch Te Puna o Waiwhetū Art Gallery)
  • The Architect and the Artists: Hackshaw, McCahon, Dibble (Bridget Hackshaw, Massey University Press).

This year the prize money for the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction has increased from NZ$55,000 to NZ$60,000; the winners of the remaining three categories each receive NZ$10,000.

The shortlists for four titles in each category will be announced on March 2, and the winners will be announced at a public ceremony on May 11 during the 2022 Auckland Writers’ Festival.

For more information on the Ockham Book Awards 2022, please see the website.

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