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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, 12 August, 2018

Family matters

The spotlight’s on family history, from the 150 year old diary of an early settler through to publishing sensations of today like Diana Wichtel’s “Driving to Treblinka” and Michael Ondaatje’s “Running in the family”.

Previous podcasts

  • SUNDAY 5/08/2018

  • SUNDAY 29/07/2018

  • SUNDAY 22/07/2018

  • SUNDAY 15/07/2018

  • Lonely Planet writer Peter Dragicevich

    • SUNDAY 1/07/2018
    • Health

    Louisa chats with Peter Dragicevich, author of dozens of Lonely Planet travel guides, including guides for London, Venice and the Veneto region, Montenegro, Croatia and New Zealand. He has the dream job!

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