My new essay book, On Coming Home, was reviewed today in the Sunday Star-Times in New Zealand, and the review is posted online here.
On Thursday April 23rd, my story ‘False River’ – shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award – will be read at an event at Foyles Book Shop in London. You can buy a ticket from the Foyles web site. The actor reading the story is Gary Dourdan, of CSI fame. I’ll be in London all that week, to attend the two nights of readings at Foyles, as well as the awards ceremony itself.
I’m going to be teaching at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival later this month, which means a stretch of hot weather, I hope. It’s ten years since I lived in Iowa City, and I’m always really happy to go back. My novel class there is full, but I think there are still spaces available on my weekend course. I’m also giving a public lecture, in their Eleventh Hour speaking series. It’s an American version of my “Imperial World: the Politics of International Book Prizes” talk. The talk takes place at the University of Iowa, Biology Building East, Room 101, at 11 AM on Thursday, June 19th.
Just a reminder that I’m appearing in five events this weekend (May 30-June 1) at the Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature. Please come along if you’re in London. Check out the link above for details of events and venues.
One of the events is the launch of the special NZ issue of Five Dials.You can subscribe to Five Dials for free by clicking this link.
Witi Ihimaera and I are working with the London-based kapa haka group, Ngati Ranana, to do something quite special at the ANZ festival in late May. There’s a link to our event here. If you’re in London, please come along to see us read/perform on May 31st, in King’s College Chapel.