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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, 21 April, 2019

Margie Thomson

Author Margie Thomson chats with Karen about her new book Woman kind, in which she tells the stories of 53 amazing kiwi women of different ages, backgrounds and interests, but all with a passion for helping others and effecting positive change.

Previous podcasts

  • SUNDAY 14/04/2019

  • SUNDAY 7/04/2019

  • SUNDAY 31/03/2019

  • SUNDAY 24/03/2019

  • Dawn McMillan: I need a new bum!

    • SUNDAY 17/03/2019
    • Health

    Louisa chats with Kiwi author Dawn McMillan, whose picture book “I need a new bum” sold out worldwide after being read aloud by YouTube sensation The Scottish Granny. Dawn’s new book is “There’s a tui in my teapot | He tūi kei rō tipata”

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