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Books and Beyond

Here’s an exciting show from those in the know. Three 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: Alison Fitzpatrick

    A science graduate and constant reader, Alison began her career as a chemist but soon emerged from the lab to join the wonderful world of humans and books. Now a seasoned librarian, Alison is a self-described ‘free radical’ and flâneur who plays Tai Chi and performs in a ukulele band. She’s an open-minded reader who enjoys sampling the latest fiction, with a particular penchant for a good crime novel.

  • Presenter: Ineka Vogels

    Ineka loves a good yarn, a great read, and any coffee on offer. She’s found her happy place and hopefully her forever home in libraries, crediting her mum who spent the ‘80s dragging bags of books home from libraries and school fairs, four kids in tow. An unrepentant feminist and night owl, when Ineka’s not devouring a book, she’s happy dancing, singing and op-shopping (sometimes all at once).

  • 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.

Books and Beyond

Sunday, 17 October, 2021

Opening Little Boxes

Alison and Ineka talk with Cathy Casey and Kees Lodder, authors of Opening Little Boxes, which was written during the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020. All proceeds from the sale of this delightful book went to the Auckland City Mission and Lifewise.

Previous podcasts

  • SUNDAY 10/10/2021

  • SUNDAY 3/10/2021

  • SUNDAY 26/09/2021

  • SUNDAY 19/09/2021

  • All-ages YA

    • SUNDAY 20/06/2021
    • Arts & Literature

    Despite their age gap, Alison and Ai discover that they are sisters in YA fandom. Find out why in this episode of Books & Beyond....

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