Polis Books announced last week that Ted Dawe’s Into the River is coming to the United States in June of 2016.
Into the River went from winning awards to being the first book banned nationally in New Zealand in over twenty years. The government claims that Into the River was banned because of its strong language, references to sexual behavior, violence, and drug use. The criticism from the literary world was extreme and prompted Polis Books to reach out for publication.
The novel, prequel to Dawe’s Thunder Road, is about a young Maori boy – Te Arepa Santos – whose life is changed when he is presented with the opportunity to go to a prestigious boarding school in Auckland. Doing so, however, will mean battling with his cultural upbringing and unfamiliar social customs.
Jason Pinter, publisher of Polis Books, is thrilled to be able to give readers the chance to be able to experience this work.
“It’s only fitting that during Banned Books Week, when we celebrate freedom to read and fight against censorship, that we add Into the River to the list of books whose message will not be silenced.”
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