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Books and Beyond

Here’s an exciting show from those in the know. Two serious and not-so-serious librarians from Auckland Libraries explore the world of books with guest authors, recommended reads, news and reviews, poetry and gems from the Central Library basement and Special Collections.  There are Book Club briefs with tips and connections. For book lovers, this is the listen of the week!


  • Producer / Presenter: Karen Craig

    Karen grew up in California, lived many years in Italy where she worked as a translator, before coming to New Zealand at the millennium and becoming a librarian. From a reading-obsessed family she likes all kinds of writing – fiction old and new from around the world, and non-fiction, especially memoirs, essays and travel writing. Besides writing and talking, not always about books, Karen watches movies, learns languages and savours travelling.

  • Presenter: Louisa Semmons

    Louisa is an Aucklander born-and-bred, with Cook Islands heritage.  From a sporty family, she used to run but is now a walker and yoga enthusiast. In 2016 she walked the Camino de Santiago.  After working in corporates and the not-for-profit sector, Louisa retrained as a librarian.  She continues to broaden her knowledge reading non-fiction, including biographies.  Fictional favourites include stories of the South Pacific as well as short stories.

Books and Beyond

Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Happy Pride!

Alison Fitzpatrick reprises a reading from the "After-Hours Storytime for Grown-ups and Other Family" held at our Grey Lynn Library as part of the 2019 "same same but different" LBGTQI literary festival, and chats with Karen about rainbow writing.

Previous podcasts

  • SUNDAY 10/02/2019

  • SUNDAY 3/02/2019

  • SUNDAY 27/01/2019

  • SUNDAY 20/01/2019

  • Joanne Drayton: Hudson & Halls

    • SUNDAY 13/01/2019
    • Health

    Karen chats with Joanne Drayton about Hudson & Halls: the food of love, her new book about the beloved TV chefs who helped change New Zealand’s attitude to that unspoken thing, homosexuality.

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