Two Girls in a Boat by Emma Martin
Victoria University Press, pb ($30)
Thursday, March 2nd, 2013. A stellar crowd gathered to celebrate the launch of Emma Martin’s debut collection of short stories, Two Girls in a Boat (Victoria University Press). Despite early-onset-winter temperatures a good hundred people came to show support, buy the book, and listen.
Fergus Barrowman opened the night with some proud words from the publisher. Emily Perkins, author of The Forrests, kindly spoke about the stories that have been brewing for years. Emma Martin herself was in high form, making people sniffle back tears with her account of how the book was written, the time she had put into it and the support she had been given. She also shared an excerpt from the title story, which won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2012.
It’s always lovely to see so much support for NZ literature. Thank you to everyone who came, to Victoria University Press for having us host the launch, to Emily Perkins for her kinds words, and most of all to Emma Martin for giving us such a treat of a book. Photos below © Matt Bialostocki // Unity Books