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Lit Reads Book Club: Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
Sep
23
6:30 PM18:30

Lit Reads Book Club: Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss

Our next Lit Reads title, Ghost Wall, follows teenager Sylvie and her parents as they join an anthropology class on an expedition in Northumberland. Living the traditions of the Ancient Britons, the group's enactment of traditional domesticity takes a darker turn into the violence of Iron-age rituals.

Evoking the past and imbuing it in the present, Ghost Wall is an extraordinary novel that explores primordial rituals and its tethers to the present.

Tickets are $10, wine & nibbles are provided.

 
 
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Lit Reads Book Club: Attraction by Ruby Porter
Aug
19
6:30 PM18:30

Lit Reads Book Club: Attraction by Ruby Porter

Our next Lit Reads title, Attraction (the first recipient of the Michael Gifkins prize), follows three young women on a road trip through Auckland, Levin and Whāngārā.

An examination of the female experience, friendship, male jealousy and the legacy of family and colonialism, Attraction reckons with New Zealand's colonialist history and the abusive ghosts of love and familial past.

Tickets are $10, wine & nibbles are provided.

Ruby Porter will be joining us for an author talk on September 13th. See more here.

 
 
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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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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 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 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 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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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 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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Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #6
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #6

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.

Our next Lit Reads title is My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, author of the recently Man Booker shortlisted, Eileen

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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Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #5
Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #5

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.

Our next Lit Reads title is Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room, a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America.

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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Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #4
Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #4

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.

We are so pleased to have Ponti as our next Lit Reads pick! A humid, atmospheric debut novel that follows the three women, telling three stories in Singapore.

Ponti has been a 2018 staff favourite at Time Out and Sharlene Teo was a guest at the recent Auckland Writers Festival. 

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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Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #3
Jun
22
6:30 PM18:30

Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #3

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.

Our next Lit Reads title is Sodden Downstream. Shortlisted for the 2018 Ockham Book Awards, this book tell the incredible journey of Sita, a Tamil Sri Lankan refugee on her journey to Wellington City from Upper Hutt during a storm.

This is a story of empathy,  delving into issues of zero-hour contracts, immigration and isolation.

Brannavan will come in to talk more about his book and take questions from the floor                      

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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Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #2
May
21
6:30 PM18:30

Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #2

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.

Lit Reads will come together to chat about fresh, exciting titles with special guests.

Our next Lit Reads title is Winner of The National Book Award and Women's Prize Shortlisted title Sing, Unburied, Sing. A southern literary-gothic set in the fictional town of Bois Sauvage, Sing, Unburied, Sing explores the relationship between racism and violence in America.

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


Purchase tickets here to RSVP.

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Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #1
Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

Book Club: Time Out's Lit Reads Book Club #1

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.

Lit Reads will come together to chat about fresh, exciting titles with special guests.

This month, we will be chatting about Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi as well as getting a chance to meet each other.
We will also announce May's book choice and this will be available to purchase on the night.

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


Purchase tickets here to RSVP.

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