"I know it may appear mean-spirited," comments Deborah Hill-Cone, "to write a bad review about anyone who has the courage to speak publicly about their mental illness." And then she proceeds to write the bad review.
The latest literary funding grants from Creative New Zealand, featuring established novelists, literary festivals, and The Spinoff Review of Books.
Steve Braunias interviews literary sensation Ashleigh Young, who won the award for best book of non-fiction at last night's Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.
Who will laugh like a loon and who will cry bitter tears at Tuesday night's Ockham New Zealand Book Awards? CK Stead is shortlisted for the fiction prize; we usually give fiction a really wide swerve at the Spinoff, but today we present his short story 'Marriage Americano', taken from his shortlisted book, The Name on the Door is Not Mine.