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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, 13 September, 2020

Still Waters Run Deep

This episode of Books & Beyond features not only motorcycle mamas but also other feisty women who are navigating high seas and river rapids. Join Alison and Ineka to find out more.

Previous podcasts

  • SUNDAY 6/09/2020

  • SUNDAY 30/08/2020

  • SUNDAY 23/08/2020

  • SUNDAY 16/08/2020

  • Opening Little Boxes

    • SUNDAY 12/07/2020
    • Arts & Literature

    1 pandemic, 1 household, 3 generations, 5 humans, 1 dog, 1 cat. Alison and Ineka talk with Cathy Casey and Kees Lodder, two of the authors of Opening Little Boxes, written during the COVID-19 lockdown. The book explores creativity, mindfulness, and finding love and understanding in an uncertain and frightening time. Opening little boxes / Kees Lodder, Cathy Casey, Manuela Bertão, Alex Casey; foreword by the Right Honourable Helen Clark. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Auckland City Mission and Lifewise.

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