A man and his cat

Originally posted on Martinborough Musings:
I’ve just finished reading my first print on paper book this year. Cover-to-cover reading, that is – I still refer to printed books professionally and I still produce them in my own publishing business. But other than that, it’s been Kindle all the way for personal reading until this week. The odd book out was A street cat named Bob:… Continue reading A man and his cat

Paul Vitello tribute to Margaret Mahy

This morning I heard Mike Hosking from Newstalk ZB talking about this tribute by Paul Vitello in the New York Times –  and Mike is right – it is an articulate piece. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/books/margaret-mahy-childrens-author-dies-at-76.html?_r=1&ref=obituaries It seems Margaret’s tattoo has piqued the interest of many, as Vitello mentions it too. I wonder if I will be brave enough to have the tattoo of pirate or something equally as quirky when … Continue reading Paul Vitello tribute to Margaret Mahy

Margaret Mahy Tribute Evening

It is great to see the library community responding to the loss of Margaret Mahy so actively and so quickly. Birkenhead Library for example – they are hosting an evening where people can bring along their favourite Margaret Mahy work and share memories. For more information see: http://www.shorelibraries.govt.nz/Whats-On/Events-Listing/Margaret-Mahy-Tribute-Evening.aspx For my part, I bought a nice new copy of A Lion in the Meadow to keep at home for … Continue reading Margaret Mahy Tribute Evening

Tributes to Margaret Mahy

There are some moving tributes to Margaret Mahy posted on the New Zealand Listener website  – it becomes so apparent how much she was (and will remain) revered: http://www.listener.co.nz/culture/books/margaret-mahy-memories/. In particular, Jane Hurley’s words resonate with me: ” If I were stuck on a desert island for years, the person I’d most want to be stuck with would be Margaret Mahy. Every day would be full of enthusiasm and … Continue reading Tributes to Margaret Mahy

Rest in Peace Margaret Mahy

It is with great sadness that I read last night of the passing of author Margaret Mahy – she was a truly inspiring woman and literary legend – her works enthralled the children I worked with in a local school, and gave them, and my own children, hours of reading pleasure – this one being a favourite. What a wonderful legacy of writing for children she leaves us. Thank you … Continue reading Rest in Peace Margaret Mahy

Ooh La La… Walking in Paris.. and bit of Venice too.

I love serendipity – as luck would have it,  I stumbled upon two enticing books today, via a blog that Bookman Beattie follows: Collage of Life (http://collageoflife-henrqs.blogspot.co.nz). I found much to interest me in Jeanne’s blog and I was delighted to find reference to Australian author John Baxter and this book:  When  I return to Paris this book will be tucked under my arm. The three day stay we had there … Continue reading Ooh La La… Walking in Paris.. and bit of Venice too.

Now for something completely different … South America

You have a treat in store if you like to read excellent travel writing… Annie Irving is an inspiring woman – she left her career in academic publishing in Auckland to experience new countries and new cultures by immersing herself in them  -“meaningful travel” as she so aptly puts it.  She chose Latin America – Peru to be exact, where she is a Project Manager, running Picaflor House (for underprivileged children): http://www.volunteer-in-peru.org/index.html.  Annie is now writing weekly … Continue reading Now for something completely different … South America

French people love bookstores – hallelujah …

I have just been reading  an article which came via one of my RSS feeds, and it makes me realise why am such a Francophile. Not only do the French have style and panache, they are sensible as well!  According to the article by Elaine Sciolino, published in The New York Times (June 20, 2012) , the French are still flocking to bookstores – Merci Les … Continue reading French people love bookstores – hallelujah …

How to keep living the Italian dream…..

By following others who love it too – I am still reading blogs which took my fancy before we went to Italy, and continuing to follow them will help to keep the dream alive…  I particulary like Liz Taylor’s A New Life in Tuscany – it’s very evocative and well written – you can find the link to it and others on my blogroll. I am still … Continue reading How to keep living the Italian dream…..