Later this week I’m appearing at a few events at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, including a YA reading on Friday May 17th.
I’m also going to be an MC at the Schools Day programme on May 16th, so if you’re in coming in for one of those events, make sure you say hi to me!
Thanks to a very kind invitation from the New Zealand Embassy in Germany, I’ll be back in Berlin in early April for an event at the English Theatre. The NZ ambassador, Peter Rider, and I will be presenting a wide-ranging programme on NZ books and writers (and culture, history, sport!) as part of the theatre’s Berlin Sofa series.
I’m flying to Frankfurt this weekend to take part in a press conference on Monday June 18th: it’s about New Zealand as Guest of Honour at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. I’ll be writing some blog posts for the Book Fair site in the months leading up to the big event itself, so will post links here when items are published.
The NZ Book Council has published a handy round-up of reviews for RANGATIRA – you have to scroll down the page to see them. It includes links to TV and radio reviews. This doesn’t include everything to date, but it’s everything that’s available online.
Great news last night: RANGATIRA is a finalist in this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards. The other two fiction finalists are both excellent short-story collections: FROM UNDER THE OVERCOAT by Sue Orr, and Fiona Kidman’s THE TROUBLE WITH FIRE.
I’m very excited to be a finalist in our national book awards, and will be going home (thanks, Penguin!) in late July in time for the awards ceremony.
If you live in NZ and want to nominate RANGATIRA for the People’s Choice Award, you can do that at the Booksellers.co.nz web site. The deadline is Friday July 6th.
I’m looking forward to returning to my home town of Auckland for the festival next month. I’m going to be involved in a number of events, including a session with fellow novelist Stephanie Johnson, chaired by another fine novelist, Rachael King.
In addition, I’m taking part in the Schools Programme, interviewing Emily Perkins, and chairing a session with Mal Peet, Sebastian Barry, and Jesmyn Ward.
If you’re in Auckland in early May, I’ll see you there.
I’m en route to New Zealand to appear at this year’s Writers & Readers Festival in Auckland. If you’re in town, please come by one of my events (or one of someone else’s – it’s a great festival).
These are the events I’ve infiltrated in some way:
Wednesday, May 11
9:45 AM – 2 PM: MC for Schools Programme, featuring Meg Rosoff, Garth Nix, Sean Williams, Brian Falkner and Apirana Taylor. ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre.
Thursday, May 11
9:45 AM – 2 PM – MC for Schools Programme, featuring Margo Lanagan, Cassandra Clare, Meg Rosoff and Bernard Beckett. ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre.
Saturday, May 14
10 – 11 AM ‘Wordy Day Out’: In conversation with Cassandra Clare. Fisher & Paykel Auditorium, University of Auckland Business School.
1 – 2 PM ‘Wordy Day Out’: In conversation with Meg Rosoff and Margo Lanagan. Fisher & Paykel Auditorium, University of Auckland Business School.
2:30 – 3:30 PM ‘Wordy Day Out’: Talking about my own YA writing. Lecture Theatre 098, University of Auckland Business School.
6 – 8 PM ‘Inspiring Works’: A discussion (me, director Colin McColl, playwright Victor Rodger) following a public reading of John Guare’s ‘Six Degrees of Separation’. Upper NZI Room, Aotea Centre.
Sunday, May 15
1 – 2 PM ‘Fantasy: Freedom All Round’. In conversation with fantasy writers Garth Nix, Cassandra Clare, Margo Lanagan and Elizabeth Knox. Lower NZI Room, Aotea Centre.
2:30 – 3:30 PM ‘An Hour with Tea Obreht.’ In conversation with Tea. ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre.
Hope to see you at the festival.