September 15, 2016
Grace chance in book awards
Fresh from winning Waka Toi’s supreme award for her lifetime contribution to Maori arts, writer Patricia Grace is in line for another tohu.
Her latest novel is shortlisted for Massey University's Nga Kupu Ora Awards, which celebrate Maori books and journalism.
Chappy is a love story between a young man's Maori grandmother and Japanese grandfather.
The other entrant in the creative writing section is Helen Waka’s Waitapu.
Finalists for the Te Reo Maori section include broadcaster Scotty Morrison's latest book Maori Made Easy, He Iti Kahurangi by Heni Jacob and Toitu Te Whare, an edited collection of articles from 10 reo academics at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi.
The non-fiction section includes books on food sovereignty, developing leadership and working with Maori children with special needs.
In the history section, Danny Keenan’s Te Whiti o Rongomai and the Resistance of Parihaka is pitted against Tom Roa and Maehe Paki’s Maiea Te Tupua.
The arts section finalists are Rangihiroa Panoho, Lisa Reihana and Kereti Rautangata.
The winners will be announced at an event at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on October 3.
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