Book Club: Spring by Ali Smith
Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

Book Club: Spring by Ali Smith

Ali Smith's third installment in the seasons quartet is an intelligent landscape of humanity in our age, filled with deep empathy and sharp insights. 

Following three disparate lives; a mourning film producer, a detention facility guard and a young girl whose search for justice seals a bond between them, Spring is a call to truth, community and compassion during an age of isolation.

And don’t worry if you haven’t read the others, the quartet doesn’t need to be read in order.

Tickets are $10, wine & nibbles are provided.

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Book Launch: Abbey Mcfly by Carmen Haines
Jun
29
5:00 PM17:00

Book Launch: Abbey Mcfly by Carmen Haines

Little Abbey Mcfly must learn not to lie.
As when her lies grew her friends became few.
Is she lying again - or this time is what she said true?

Carmen Haines grew up in a small rural town of New Zealand.  Her love of writing poetry started at an early age, inspired by her father ‘Pete’ who loved story-telling and encouraged her to write.  Later in life she moved to Auckland where she now lives with her husband and two children.  She began writing stories again when her children were young.  ‘Abbey McFly’ was written for her eldest child as a fun way to talk about the consequences of not telling the truth!

Carmen works as a paediatric emergency nurse and educator.  “I work with children every day, this enables me to see the magic of storytelling and the joy children get out of reading or hearing stories. In my work as a nurse I use distraction and storytelling which more often works better than analgesia!”

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Book Launch: Lay Studies by Steven Toussaint
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Book Launch: Lay Studies by Steven Toussaint

Cover: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, 'Bird', 1913–14 (circa). © Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge

Cover: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, 'Bird', 1913–14 (circa). © Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge

In Lay Studies, Steven Toussaint conducts an impressive range of lyric inventions, pitching his poems to that precarious interval between love and rage. Beneath their formal dexterity and variety, these études sustain a continuous meditation on the concords and dissonances of worshipful life in an age dominated by spectacle, violence, and environmental devastation. With great skill and compassion, he depicts scenes of domestic life in his adopted home of New Zealand, a transient year of religious and artistic soul-searching in the United Kingdom, and a growing sense of dislocation from his native United States in the Trump era. These are poems of profound contemplative inwardness, conjuring and conversing with a vast tradition of literature, scholarship, and art. Lay Studies is a powerful collection and a welcome music. 

These are elegant poems. They have verve, they have wit and no little learning. They reveal a mind like a knife. An ear of the same quality. All of which = what's needed in a calamitous time that calls itself the Information Age. —John Taggart

Steven Toussaint writes with a formidable blend of intellectual toughness and technical command. These finely worked poems range over a wide territory, local and global, religious, social (a devastatingly intelligent piece, 'Yes or No', evoking the world of online pseudo-discourse), and offer many memorable images and phrases (a favourite is 'The furious pleasure / of a man being listened to'). This is an excellent collection of demanding and rewarding poetry.—Rowan Williams

Steven Toussaint was born in Chicago in 1986. In 2011, he immigrated to New Zealand and now lives in Auckland. He has studied poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the International Institute of Modern Letters, and philosophical theology at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of a previous collection, The Bellfounder (2015), and a chapbook, Fiddlehead (2014).

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Lit Reads Book Club: Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi
Jul
22
6:30 PM18:30

Lit Reads Book Club: Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi

Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2019, Celestial Bodies is an intergenerational saga following the lives and relationships of an upper middle-class Omani household.

Through the stories of older generations gripped with tradition and their younger counterparts, hungry for modern indulgence, Celestial Bodies explores master-servant hierarchies, class, sexism and the waning binds of tradition in an Oman changed by economic forces. Celestial Bodies tells a complex, modern story of a family and a country.

Jokha Alharthi is the first female Omani novelist to be translated into English

Tickets are $10, wine & nibbles are provided.

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Author Talk: An Evening with Toby Faber
Jul
30
6:00 PM18:00

Author Talk: An Evening with Toby Faber

Toby Faber, grandson of the founder of Faber & Faber, will be speaking about the vibrant history of this legendary publisher, including publishing T.S. Eliot, William Golding, Ted Huges and Sylvia Plath (and rejecting George Orwell).

Toby Faber is the author of Faber & Faber: The Untold Story and a new crime thriller, Close to the Edge.

RSVP to books@timeout.co.nz.

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Book Launch: Getting Off the X by Jo Patti
May
26
1:00 PM13:00

Book Launch: Getting Off the X by Jo Patti

Join American author, educator, explorer and New Zealand citizen, Jo Patti, as she returns to Aotearoa for a special book tour event.

Author of two books, Kismet, a volume of poetry, and Getting Off The X, a collection of non-fiction stories about risk-taking and getting out of danger - including her own personal story of tragedy - Jo has deep connections with Aotearoa.

“It’s time now more than ever to return to beautiful New Zealand to share perspectives gained from first hand experiences in many different situations and countries. I look forward to catching up with friends and meeting more people throughout the country, as well as seeing if or how New Zealand has changed,” Jo says.

Now based in Texas, Jo’s book, Getting Off The X was published last year, and features people all over the globe “getting off the x” - the common thread that ties all the chapters together.

Join Jo for a reading and to hear more about her stories. She will also be selling copies of Getting Off The X.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jo Patti was born into a first generation immigrant family in New Jersey, USA. At high school, she earned several scholarships and graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington D.C. There, she was chosen for a number of special programmes including a course in Psycho cybernetics, a PADI Scuba diving certification and the Philodemic society. She was also the first woman to win the Circumnavigator’s travel grant and was awarded an AUIE fellowship for Tropical Terrestrial and Marine Biology field research and study in Central America.

Jo is also a New Zealand citizen. In 1989, she was employed by Kahurangi National Maori Dance Theatre in Hastings and the sponsorship of Wiremu Te Tau Huata, his son, Tama Huata and other elders gained her family citizenship in 1994.

Jo’s second child, her daughter Sequoia (an athlete adventurer, entrepreneur and writer, who toured New Zealand just last year), was born there, in Napier, 1991.

In the mid 1990s, her family returned to NSW, Australia, for her to continue her work in the Gumbayngiir Aboriginal communities and teach at Southern Cross University Coffs Harbour campus.

In 2001, she returned to New Zealand where she received a scholarship and graduated from Massey University with her Post Graduate Degree in Education in 2003, then continued her studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM in Wellington while it was directed by Adejola Musa Olatunji (Tunji). Jo was asked to become part of the faculty at the Wellington campus, to create a curriculum and help start a program for refugees using auricular acupuncture, in late 2005.

Jo’s work has since taken her all over the world, and her contribution is significant. She’s worked across the globe in education, health, monitoring, evaluation, research and training.

In 2013, Patti suffered personal tragedy, when her son, Denali Schmidt, was killed, along with his father, climbing the K-2 in Pakistan. Neither body has been found, and her daughter, Sequoia has since returned to the site to look for her brother and father.

Jo's website hosts her blog "Viewpoints" posted every Tuesday online at jopatti.com.

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Book Club: Severance by Ling Ma
May
20
6:30 PM18:30

Book Club: Severance by Ling Ma

Our next title for Lit Reads is a bold, heady debut novel by Chinese American author, Ling Ma.

Following the plight of Candace, a millennial graphic designer trapped in an inane job at publishing house, Severance is a fresh post-apocalyptic novel examining the existential malaise of our generation.

A jolting, acerbic read that imagines a crumbling New York at the height of an environmental apocalypse. Through time-lapses and moments both earnest and satirical, Severance tells the story of our time; of capitalism, environmental decline, immigration and the hollow ache of urban ennui.

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Book Launch: Balance - Food, Health + Happiness by Rachel Grunwell
May
12
5:00 PM17:00

Book Launch: Balance - Food, Health + Happiness by Rachel Grunwell

Join Rachel Grunwell & Beatnik Publishers for this special Mother’s Day Book Launch.

New Zealand wellness expert Rachel Grunwell interviews more than 30 experts globally to create a comprehensive book that will help you live a healthier and happier life.

Respected journalist Rachel Grunwell interviews 30 experts globally to get the best of tips on how to uplift your mind, body and soul so that you can live your best life. Along the way, Rachel also shares her story on how she went from being an unfit, stressed out investigative journalist and mother, to someone who is now a multi-marathoner and wellness expert who coaches others with fitness and lifestyle plans.

As well as interviews with experts, Balance has 30 recipes for nutrient-dense, delicious snacks and smoothies, including some sweet treats, because the book is all about ‘balance.’

Balance is a science-based book with the best tips from a variety of experts that will inspire you to move well, eat well, think well, feel well and live well. What are you waiting for? Dip in!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Award-winning journalist Rachel Grunwell is a respected wellness expert, magazine wellness columnist and recipe creator, qualified coach and yoga teacher. On top of that, the mum-of-three is the blogger behind the Inspired Health website which inspires people to move more and live well. She’s one of NZ’s top wellness influencers and has worked with lots of globally- renowned brands. Rachel has gone from being an unfit mum to a multi-marathoner, and is passionate that being ‘busy’ should not be some crazy badge of honour. Rachel has interviewed more than 30 global experts about science-backed health and happiness tips, and believes her book Balance will help you to de-stress, have more emotional intelligence and be happier. She has used many of the tools in her book to positively uplift her own life – and she shares how you can achieve balance in your life too.

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Book Club: For the Good Times by David Keenan
Apr
15
6:30 PM18:30

Book Club: For the Good Times by David Keenan

Announcing our April Lit Reads title! For the Good Times by David Keenan, a harshly brutal but also romantic and sometimes comic insider’s account of The Troubles in 1970s Belfast.

It follows a sharp-suited, Perry Como and family-loving Provisional IRA gang and is told as a compelling oral history by Sammy, a Republican foot soldier as he looks back on what he ironically calls his “happy days.” The novel charts the lads as they carry out business in a Mickey Mouse decorated van and take over a comics shop amongst a backdrop of violence, arms raids and explosions.

Exhilarating and phantasmagorical, this cold-eyed novel with a wild and loyal heart is volatile and vividly realised.

For the Good Times was Time Out’s Book of the Month in February.

Tickets are $10, wine & nibbles are provided.

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Book Launch: Truthteller by Stephen Davis
Apr
12
5:30 PM17:30

Book Launch: Truthteller by Stephen Davis

An Investigative Reporter’s Journey Through the World of Truth Prevention, Fake News and Conspiracy Theories.

There is a war on truth. And the liars are winning. There is an increasingly large number of weapons in the arsenal of the rich, the powerful and the elected to prevent the truth from coming out — to bury it, warp it, twist it to suit their purposes. Truthteller reveals how governments and corporations have covered-up mass murder, corruption and catastrophe. In a world where Putin and Trump have successfully branded journalists as traffickers in fake news, while promoting the actual creators of fake news, an investigative reporter shows the tools that are used to deceive us and explains why they work. Using exclusive documents and interviews drawn from three decades as an award-winning reporter, editor, foreign correspondent, television producer, documentary filmmaker, and journalism educator, Stephen Davis reveals shocking details of deception in the United States, the UK, Russia, Sweden, the Baltic republics, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, the Arctic and Antarctic.

 
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Book Launch: I Am Not a Poet by Roohani Sawhney
Mar
21
5:00 PM17:00

Book Launch: I Am Not a Poet by Roohani Sawhney

About the book:
"I am not a Poet" is a series of thoughts that reflects the social and internal idiosyncrasies which each one of us goes through. It is not a pedantic read or a lover's parody but reflections on the real life from the eyes of the author-an awakened dreamer, who doesn't want to leave her dreamland yet wants to stay close to reality. She depicts the aberrations of the customary life through her art and unfolds the thought that went behind it. She touches upon multi-varied dichotomies in life, that starts with tracing a woman's journey, then dwelling into explaining the internal and external conflicts of an individual's convictions. In the denouement of the narrative, the author expresses her own journey as an artist. It largely supports the notion of self-reflection and acceptance. 

About Roohani: 
A Social Anthropologist by profession but an awakened dreamer in real, who doesn't want to leave her dreamland yet wants to stay close to the reality. Roohani is highly inspired by the tribal regime and is on a voyage to explore the intricate ideologies that run parallel to the tribal society. Her education in the field of Sociology intrigued her into exploring the eclectic philosophies that govern the social systems. The same is well reflected in her art and publications. She is a published author and a fine artist. She wishes her work to be a catalyst to evoke thoughts of social and personal reformation.

 
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Book Launch: The Julian Calendar by William Henry
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Book Launch: The Julian Calendar by William Henry

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Good things take time...

This is the theme of the celebratory launch of Simon Hertnon's (writing as William Henry) debut novel, The Julian Calendar. You could write a book about how this novel came to be, but we'll just say the first draft was finished in 1993!

The novel, which has been described by advance readers as "deeply moving", "a beautiful and sensitive story", "vividly and warmly told", and just plain “wonderful”, is a fictionalised account of the first year of Simon’s real-life relationship with expat London bookseller, John Garmonsway, who died last year in Wellington, aged 89.

The story is told alternately in the voices of the odd-couple main characters, Daniel, a sensitive young photojournalist, and Julian, a retired publisher who lives in an 'Aladdin's Cave' of books and music. Both men have lost the courage to love unconditionally and, to complicate matters, Daniel is heterosexual and Julian is homosexual.

Set mainly in London, the story follows Daniel’s journey to release himself from a failed love affair with an Australian nurse. But can he really let go of the ghost-love that is melancholy?

Against a vibrant backdrop of literature, music, travel, and humour, Daniel and Julian explore a new kind of love – platonic and restorative – that is no less rewarding, or risky, than the romantic love that has already scarred them both.

Come along and buy a signed copy of this remarkable and poignant debut novel. Simon, the author of three non-fiction titles, will say a few words, read a few passages from the novel, drink a toast to John, and probably be very emotional.

Refreshments provided. Please RSVP to simon@nakedize.com or sign-up for the event via facebook.com/WilliamHenryAuthor

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Author Talk: Anne Kennedy with Kiran Dass
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Author Talk: Anne Kennedy with Kiran Dass

Following on from our February Lit Reads Book Club, we are extremely pleased to welcome Anne Kennedy to join us to talk about her book, The Ice Shelf.

Anne Kennedy is an inventive poet and fiction writer. She has also developed scripts and worked as an editor. In her first two collections of poetry, the poems appear in sequence, and focus on female protagonists. While her first book explores domesticity and motherhood, the second is focused on a family of giants, particularly a young woman giant. Her poems and short stories have been included in anthologies and journals, and she has received several key awards. Her collection, The Darling North, won the poetry category at the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards.

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The Ice Shelf is a sharp, comic novel following Janice- a recently separated writer- as she tries finding a home for her new fridge while editing her manuscript. A punchy, witty and self-aware novel that tackles love, the environment and the art of acknowledgements.

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Anne will be interviewed by our wonderful book buyer Kiran Dass! One of New Zealand’s leading literary critics, Kiran is a reviewer and journalist who has written about books and music for the NZ Herald, NZ Listener, Sunday magazine, Sunday Star-Times, Metro, Landfall, NZ Books, Dominion Post, The Spinoff, The Pantograph Punch and The Wire (UK). Kiran has a monthly book review slot on RNZ’s Nine to Noon and a fortnightly book review slot on Auckland’s 95bFM Breakfast show.

Please email any questions you might have to books@timeout.co.nz with the subject ‘Anne Kennedy Q&A’.

All are welcome!

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Author Talk: Passion Reveals Purpose by Tosin Adewumi
Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

Author Talk: Passion Reveals Purpose by Tosin Adewumi

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Passion is what drives us to do our best work. Without it, we lack the motivation to get things done, let alone persist and succeed. When passion is channeled through the right pursuit, however, passion breeds purpose...and inevitably, success for you and everyone around you.

For most people, survival dictates our work, and we pursue money at the expense of self- fulfillment. Small wonder that so many of us experience dissatisfaction with work and life. But here’s the good news: it doesn’t have to be that way! You can discover your passion and your life’s work.

This book will help you:

• Understand who you are and what makes you unique

• Determine the priority that things and people should take in your life

• Cultivate better and meaningful relationships

• Identify what is most important to you and what you are passionate about doing

• Identify your true potential

• Live a fulfilled, focused, and purpose-driven life as you inspire others to do the same

Tosin Adewumi is the author of online resources: Passion Reveals Purpose, The All-Round You blog and the eBook "Wisdom Is Profitable: Wisdom for Everyday People on Everyday Issues". An accomplished musician and a passionate writer. He is an IT Consultant with Bachelor of Information Systems and a post-graduate degree in eCommerce. An alumnus of Griffith University Conservatorium of Music and the Founder and Music Director of the internationally recognized music recording group Brisbane City Gospel Choir from Australia. Tosin's passion is to inspire people to discover their life's purpose and do their most fulfilling and meaningful life's work.

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Offsite Book Launch: Smart Mothering by Dr Natalie Flynn
Mar
4
5:30 PM17:30

Offsite Book Launch: Smart Mothering by Dr Natalie Flynn

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'This is the one book every new parent actually needs.' Nigel Latta

'Natalie has a wealth of knowledge on so many topics and provides great bite-sized pieces of advice.' Nadia Lim

'Finally a book that deals with the things that really matter, based on the actual science and a depth of clinical experience.' Nigel Latta

Psychologist Dr Natalie Flynn has examined all the research on key baby topics such as feeding, sleeping and crying. The result? Smart Mothering, a revolutionary book that separates the facts from the opinions.

Find out what research says about the dilemmas so many parents face: What if I can't breastfeed? Is it best to feed on demand? Can I leave my baby to cry? Should I vaccinate my baby? Is bed-sharing a good idea? Natalie provides the answers to these questions and many more.

Smart Mothering is objective, accessible and practical. With helpful tips, succinct summaries and clear diagrams it demystifies the often confusing and overwhelming world of parenting. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to make informed decisions about how best to care for their baby.

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Auckland Fringe Event: I DIDN'T INVITE YOU HERE TO LECTURE ME
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

Auckland Fringe Event: I DIDN'T INVITE YOU HERE TO LECTURE ME

Seven years of asides – the stuff that didn’t make it to the PowerPoint, that had only marginal relevance: the throwaway things that person gesturing up the front didn’t even know they were saying.


They did say them, and someone was writing them down.


This Auckland Fringe, your lecturer returns to deliver all the digressional wisdom that wasn’t scripted, that might have meant more than the 1,680 hours that were.


Gather your best-thinking friends and have this orator of the in-between serve you up a 50-minute degree in just about everything. 
 

Writer/Producer – Amy Mansfield
Performer – Mika Austin  

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Auckland: Get Your Energy Back! CANCELLED
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Auckland: Get Your Energy Back! CANCELLED

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CANCELLED

Hosted by PM in Australasia

$15 entry

Do you have a daily list of 'to do's' that you follow before you can even start to think about exciting new ideas that could change your life? Often we don't get further than the first 2 tasks on the list, ending up disappointed because we didn't have the time and energy to do the things that really matter to us. In this interactive talk, Clinton & Anne-Chloe will dive into the source of this energy in order to reconnect with our energized selves!

Please note: payment at the venue (Cash only!)

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Author Talk: The Inheritance Thief by Adrienne Nairn
Feb
22
6:00 PM18:00

Author Talk: The Inheritance Thief by Adrienne Nairn

Hampshire Police used the international crime-busting agency Interpol to investigate alleged ‘harassment’ of an elderly British woman by a step-daughter who lived 20,000 miles away - in New Zealand.

In this way Adrienne Nairn, became a "wanted" woman.

Despite the insistence of senior Hampshire Police officers that the force did not get involved in family matters it then proceeded to do so, involving the international crime-busting agency Interpol in its work.

This is just one of the series of bizarre incidents captured in Adrienne's autobiography My Brother My Enemy published by Stentorian Publishing Ltd in New Zealand.

Still selling well, Adrienne felt the need to turn this gripping story into a novel which she has now done with the help of Maria de Jong, a life story writer. Launched in the UK late last year Adrienne is now promoting the book in New Zealand.

But beyond this personal story of two siblings who became enemies, it should also serve as a timely reminder for those with parents approaching their twilight years, or those who know they are nearing the end of their lives.

As this book demonstrates, looking the Police or the Courts for salvation in these circumstances is fraught with difficulty in the UK. However, Adrienne was in contact with the Hon. Jo Goodhew, former Minister for Senior Citizens, who wrote an informative letter highlighting how New Zealand has already gone further than the UK by ensuring citizens granting Powers of Attorney must obtain separate legal advice and the fact that a wide range of people can apply to the Family Court if problems arise. A copy of this letter is printed as an Addendum to The Inheritance Thief.

Adrienne has given numerous talks in her local town of Taupo concerning her unusual fight for justice, receiving a number of letters from a varying range of people regarding their own experiences.

Adrienne is joined by Maria de Jong, a full time writer of biographies and memoirs. Through her business, Life Stories, Maria provides ghost writing, editing and publishing services and has written a number of books.

My Brother, My Enemy
The Inheritance Thief

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Book Club: The Ice Shelf by Anne Kennedy
Feb
18
6:30 PM18:30

Book Club: The Ice Shelf by Anne Kennedy

The Ice Shelf is a sharp, comic novel following Janice- a recently separated writer- as she tries finding a home for her new fridge while editing her manuscript. A punchy, witty and self-aware novel that tackles love, the environment and the art of acknowledgements.

Anne will also join us for a follow-up Q&A on March 14th 7pm-8pm and will be interviewed by our wonderful book buyer Kiran Dass! Please email any questions you might have to books@timeout.co.nz with the subject ‘Anne Kennedy Q&A’.

Anne Kennedy is a New Zealand novelist, poet and screenwriter who has won the NZ Post Book Award for Poetry and was The International Institute of Modern Letters Writer-in-Residence in 2016.

Kindest,
Suri

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Author Talk:  The Second by Alan J Cooper
Feb
16
12:00 PM12:00

Author Talk: The Second by Alan J Cooper

Visiting Time Out Bookstore from Canada, Alan J Cooper considers our nature and culture by looking at power and conflict in people’s action, and through his erudite interpretation of emotional and intellectual tensions in society, he explores the nature of “belief”...

By way of the book’s diary-style entries we follow the protagonist, a vibrant French Canadian, Chantelle, who promotes a spirituality based on principles and not traditional dogma.

Embracing her activism she moves across the U.S. and Canada, engaging the complex ideologies that shape politics, religion, and spirituality, as she tries to balance her rocky romance with an aspiring half-Jewish architect while continuing her embrace with activism, and a connection to a New York organization with a hate-based agenda kept secret from her.

But while Chantelle’s spirituality roots her beliefs, we see the “religious” more frequently lean toward evil over good...

The Second is a work of profound and moving secular spirituality that touches all the markers of religion, a modern-day American Gothic in which the novel’s characters ultimately confront their individual identities through the realization of just how hard it is to make belief believable.

My published true story is BRAIN INJURY by Alan J Cooper, after being struck by an impaired driver. My published novel is The SECOND, illustrating the difference between spirituality and religion. There is a 5-minute video at www.alanjcooper.com. I am working on the third. 

 
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Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #9
Jan
21
6:30 PM18:30

Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #9

Hello fellow Lit Reads members,

Here’s a big summer read for you!

Pascale from Penguin Random House says, ‘Murakami’s new novel Killing Commendatore is the Kyoto-born author at his whimsical best. Compelling and enigmatic, it follows a Japanese portrait painter and the unusual happenings that unfold when he moves into the mountainside home of a famous artist. This quirky slow-burner will keep you guessing until the very last page. And there are plenty of pages; 681 to be exact. Art, history, and love weave together in this beautifully balanced story. As always, Murakami delivers a great read.’

Feel free to send any questions my way!

Kindest,
Suri

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Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #8
Nov
26
6:30 PM18:30

Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #8

Hello fellow Lit Reads members!

The 2018 Man Booker Prize has been announced which dictates our next book club choice. Our final Lit Reads title, The Milkman, is a gripping, experimental novel exploring oral histories, unreliable narrators and gossip set at the height of the troubles. 

More stock is expected to arrive to the shop next week, so please get in touch if you would like us to hold you a copy.

We will also be discussing our favourite reads of the year, hearing from a book club member in the US and announcing a chance to win a $100 voucher. 

We've also created a new Facebook page for Lit Reads members to continue discussions online. We'll be posting news and reviews about titles and upcoming Book Club sessions, as well as a list of reader's recommendations from each Book Club. 

Thank you to everyone who came to last book club- our largest yet! Due to the great turn out, we'll be moving more furniture out of the way and providing more seating. 

We look forward to seeing you for our final book club meeting for the year on November 26th at 6.30pm. 
 

Feel free to send any questions my way!

Looking forward to seeing you all in November.

Kindest,
Suri

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Book Launch: The Friday Poem edited by Steve Braunias
Nov
22
6:00 PM18:00

Book Launch: The Friday Poem edited by Steve Braunias

Come and celebrate The Friday Poem! Steve will give a brief, pithy speech on the state of New Zealand poetry, and introduce readings from five poets who feature in the book – Courtney Sina Meredith, Kevin Ireland, Dominic Hoey, Simone Kaho, and Steve Toussaint.

“Something exciting is happening in New Zealand poetry, a sort of revolution,” claims Steve Braunias in his introduction to this stunning new anthology of 100 poems. As literary editor at The Spinoff, he has published new poetry every Friday for the past four years.

Along the way introduced the phenomenal Hera Lindsay Bird to a wide audience, and discovered startling and often hilarious work by other young women poets. The best of their poems appear here alongside writing by established poets such as Sam Hunt, Bill Manhire, poet laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh, Elizabeth Smither, Brian Turner, and Ashleigh Young. It also finds room for former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig.

Observations on our way of life, Pasifika voices, te reo, satire, confession, love poetry, poetry for funerals, a poem for Anzac Day – The Friday Poem is New Zealand poetry at its best.

Please RSVP to books@timeout.co.nz

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Nov
20
6:00 PM18:00

Author Talk: Billy Bragg

We are thrilled to have the trailblazing singer, songwriter and political campaigner Billy Bragg (UK) appear at Time Out ahead of his three SOLD OUT shows in Auckland this month. Billy will appear in-store for a brief Q&A and to sign copies of his fascinating book Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World - a thrilling insight into youth culture and Skiffle, the democractic DIY genre which was an influential precursor to rock & roll.

Strictly limited places.

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Author Reading: TRUE? Short stories by Michael Botur
Nov
17
5:30 PM17:30

Author Reading: TRUE? Short stories by Michael Botur

Aussie. Apps. Poets. Parole. Trysts. Travel. Rehab. Refugees. Jail. Journos. Strippers. Celebs. Drugs. More drugs. * TRUE? is 16 short stories of ordinary Kiwis working through shame and scandal.

About the author: Michael Botur, born 1984, is a writer originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, who now lives in Whangarei with his wife and two kids. Botur is author of four acclaimed indie short story collections. He published the novel Moneyland in 2017 which has had thousands of reads on Wattpad. Botur holds a Masters of in Creative Writing degree from AUT University and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies from Massey University, as well as degrees in arts and literacy. Botur makes a living from writing as a columnist, corporate communications writer, blogger, advertising writer and journalist. Botur has published creative writing in most NZ literary journals and has won various prizes for short stories and poems since beginning writing in 2005. He has been making money from creative writing since the age of 21 and was in 2017/18 included in collections put together by University of Otago (Manifesto 101) and University of Canterbury (Bonsai: Small Fictions.) Botur has published journalism in most major NZ newspapers and magazines including New Zealand Herald, Herald on Sunday, Sunday Star-Times, The Spinoff, Noted, Mana and North & South. In 2017 Botur launched the only online ‘gallery’ for NZ short story writers, www.NZShortStories.com, where he makes all of his published work free to read and download.

Online:
www.NZshortstories.com/item/true-2018/
www.MichaelBoturWriter.com

@MichaelBotur

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Book signing: The Rift by Rachael Craw
Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

Book signing: The Rift by Rachael Craw

Rachael Craw will be visiting Time Out to celebrate her new series, The Rift. This is action-packed YA fantasy based on Greek mythology, perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater, Sarah J Maas and Garth Nix.


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When the Rift opens, death follows.

The Rift is the exciting, fast-paced new YA thriller from best-selling author, Rachael Craw. For generations, the Rangers of Black Water Island have guarded the Old Herd against horrors released by the Rift. Cal West, an apprentice Ranger with a rare scar and even rarer gifts, fights daily to prove he belongs within their ranks. After nine years away, Meg Archer returns to her childhood home only to find the Island is facing a new threat that not even the Rangers are prepared for. Meg and Cal can’t ignore their attraction, but can they face their darkest fears to save the Island from disaster?

Rachael Craw began her working life as an English Teacher after completing a degree in Classical Studies and Drama at the University of Canterbury. She dabbled in acting, directing and writing for amateur theatre productions and small independent film ventures. Her passion for dialogue and characterisation finally led to long-form writing with the Spark series. Rachael's enthusiasm for classical heroes, teen angst and popular culture informs much of her creative process. She enjoys small town life at the top of the South Island of New Zealand where she lives with her husband and three daughters.

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AUTHOR TALK: The Catalan Kitchen by Emma Warren
Oct
28
11:00 AM11:00

AUTHOR TALK: The Catalan Kitchen by Emma Warren

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The Catalan Kitchen is a celebration of eighty-five authentic and traditional dishes from Spain's culinary heart.

The Catalonia region is situated on the west coast of the Mediterranean and blessed with one of the richest food cultures in Europe. Although Catalonia is still geographically and politically connected to Spain, Catalans consider themselves independent with their own language, history, culture, and cuisine. Its food is considered unique in Spain, and it is home to one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world.

Catalan cuisine does not center around tapas, and although pintxos do feature heavily, they are not the mainstay of the region and most dishes are larger, stand-alone meals. Dishes are heavily influenced by pork and fresh seafood, with a focus on fresh, seasonal produce that varies from recipes as simple as crushed tomatoes smeared on bread to hearty, slowcooked stews. Famous dishes include cal ots--large salad onions cooked on a coal barbecue and then dipped into nutty and addictive Romesco sauce, a unique paella made without saffron and the addition of vermicelli noodles, myriad types of Catalan sausage served with white beans, sauces such as aioli and picada, and multiple pastries and desserts including cr me Catalan (a version of cr me br l e). Beautifully packaged with stunning location and food photography, The Catalan Kitchen is the ultimate cookbook for lovers of Spanish and Mediterranean food.

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Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #7
Oct
15
6:30 PM18:30

Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #7

Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club meets every month to keep you in touch with fellow book worms and keep you up to date with the book world.

October’s book is This Mortal Boy by Dame Fiona Kidman. This novel is based onthe true story of Albert ‘Paddy’ Black, a youngIrish immigrant who was the second last person to be hanged in New Zealand. A heatbreaking, human tale that must be read!

Your $10 ticket price will cover wine & light nibbles, as well as build a kitty to compensate guest speakers.

Purchase tickets here to RSVP.

Contact Suri at books@timeout.co.nz for any questions.

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Author Talk: The World Beyond the Stairs: Mary's Journey by J.T. Grainger
Oct
13
4:00 PM16:00

Author Talk: The World Beyond the Stairs: Mary's Journey by J.T. Grainger

J.T. Grainger is a new fantasy/science fiction author based in Indianapolis, Indiana. In his spare time, he works in public education and provides support and services to students with special needs. He holds a degree from Indiana University, loves traveling and spent a period of eight years writing and revising the manuscript for his four-part fantasy fiction series, The World Beyond the Stairs.

On her drive home from work, Mary Reynolds is caught in a horrific ice storm and takes refuge at her grandmother's house for the night. Unbeknownst to her, she opens an invisible passageway to a strange new world called Divinity. In this wondrous land, adults resemble children and all living creatures communicate through a special telepathic bond. Unfortunately, Divinity is governed by Count Devursuraac who rules with an iron fist as he challenges all those who refuse to follow his unjust laws. As Mary discovers the beauty and horrors of Divinity, she and her companions search for a way that will take her back home to her husband and children. Reality or a dream? You decide.

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