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A Book Show Not Just For Book Worms

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A BOOK SHOW NOT JUST FOR BOOK WORMS

Everyone loves a good book, and thanks to funding from NZ On Air, New Zealand's favourite book show - reviewing the latest and greatest books - will be back on our screens soon.

"It's the book show for everyone, not just bookworms," said NZ On Air Chief Executive, Jo Tyndall.

Ms Tyndall said that, as with the previous series, the programme would be intelligent and topical, funny and clever.

"New Zealand's a country that supports and values culture and the arts. Bookenz is all about books, writing, and authors, and provides New Zealanders with another means of tapping into the rich cultural diversity of our nation," said Ms Tyndall.

Bookenz is to be produced by the Gibson Group, the team behind the award-winning arts and media programme Backcht.

"Banish all thoughts of a staid programme with a bespectacled old man reviewing book after book from a comfy armchair," said Bookenz producer, Gordon Harcourt.

"This show's alive and kicking. A dynamic mix of lively debates on issues that matter to writers and readers, and informative interviews with authors, playwrights and screenwriters.

NZ On Air has allocated $185,610 to the Gibson Group to produce 10 half-hour programmes of Bookenz II. The series will screen on TVOne later this year.

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