The General Non-Fiction Award will be judged by Hocken Librarian and experienced documentary and cultural heritage collections advisor Sharon Dell; respected bookseller, reviewer and practising artist Stella Chrysostomou and well-known journalist, presenter and voracious reader Guyon Espiner.
Not until then. Her book — a fictionalised, moving account of Paddy Black, the second to last New Zealander to be hanged, at Mt Eden prison in — has featured in the best-seller top 10 charts ever since it was published in June last year, by Penguin Random House. When Te Papa get it right, and back a work of expert scholarship, they do the best-looking books in New Zealand by a country mile.
I know what to expect. Cotter and Morgan couldn't attend the Panz ceremony because they were at home with their newborn son, Finn, but last night they took him to the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults hoping the 6-week-old would be calm enough to see his parents presented with the Margaret Mahy and best picture book awards.
My era, my time and my concerns. Tatau is a sensitive and vivid af photoessay, a real knock-out, and a totally deserving winner.
Last month, it won the duo and designer Te Kani Price the Publishers Association of NZ Panz design award for best children's book and was also nominated for best book cover.