On July 12, as part of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival’s The Eleventh Hour series, I’ll be giving a talk called ‘Against Ideas’. I’ll be in Iowa City from July 9-15, teaching a weekend and week-long course, both on writing novels. The latter is fully subscribed, but I think there are are still places on the weekend course (July 9-10).
On August 16, back in Auckland, I’ll be giving a talk on Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane and Helen Dore Boylston at the University. I did a lot of Wilder research back in the 90s, visiting all the home sites – in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and upstate New York – and spending time researching at the Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, where the Wilder papers are held. (Little-known fact: I was a Hoover Scholar.)
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.
I’ll be returning to Iowa City next month to teach at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival: I’m teaching two week-long workshops and one weekend workshop. More details here. Also, my good friend Michelle Falkoff and I will be giving a reading in the famous Prairie Lights Bookstore on the evening of Tuesday, July 7th. We’re both reading from new YA novels.
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.
Three of my poems appear in a lovely new book, Puna Wai Korero: An Anthology of Maori Poetry in English. It’s published by Auckland University Press and edited by Reina Whaitiri and Robert Sullivan.