I'm Ted Dawe, the author of Into the River, the first book to be banned in NZ for 22 years. AMA!
I wrote a gritty Young Adult novel about a Maori boy going to a prestigious school on a scholarship and being systematically deracinated.
It won the top NZ book prize in 2013 (NZ Post Book of the Year) and it recently drew the attention of a fundamentalist Christian group named Family First whose actions led to the book being banned from sale as of 6th September 2015.
12:00am NZST 16th - Thanks for all the questions! Going to bed now. Will be answering questions again tomorrow night for a few hours. (from ~6pm NZST/4pm AEST/2am EDT)
11:30pm 16th - Thanks for the questions. I've tried to answer all of them, from here out I will probably only answer questions that haven't been answered earlier
I have a confession to make: I am a very slow typer! So I have persuaded my son to type for me as I bark out impromptu responses. A colleague at work told me today that I seemed reddit-literate. What the hell's that!?