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Author Talk: Sarah Moss in conversation with Kiran Dass
Oct
27
5:00 PM17:00

Author Talk: Sarah Moss in conversation with Kiran Dass

Join us for this special Labour weekend event
In association with
Wellington’s Verb Festival.

Ghost Wall is a burnished gem of a book, brief and brilliant, and with it Moss’s star is firmly in the ascendant.” – The Guardian

Kiran Dass talks with celebrated UK novelist Sarah Moss, whose latest book Ghost Wall is a taut, heart-stopping work that has captivated readers world-wide. During a hot summer at a camp designed to experience Iron Age living, a family’s deep tensions boil over. A story so compelling it is impossible not to read it in one sitting, Ghost Wall stirs truths about domestic violence, the physicality of living, and the historical and contemporary brutality of the patriarchy. Join one of the finest writers of our time for a conversation about her life and work.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sarah Moss is the author of the novels Cold Earth, Night Waking, Bodies of Light, Signs for Lost Children and The Tidal Zone. She has been shortlisted for The Wellcome Book Prize three times as well as the RSL Ondaatje Prize for her non-fiction account of living in Iceland; Names For the Sea: Strangers in Iceland. Three of her books have been Mumsnet Book club choices. She is professor of Creative Writing at Warwick University. Photo credit Sophie Davidson

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Author Talk: Attraction by Ruby Porter
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Author Talk: Attraction by Ruby Porter

Ruby will be in conversation with Cait Kneller, talking about her debut novel.

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.

This is our August Lit Reads title. See more here.

Free entry. BYO.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ruby Porter is a tutor of creative writing at the University of Auckland. She has been published in Geometry Journal, Aotearotica, Spinoff and Wireless, and a selection of her poetry is available on NZEPC. In 2018, she also won the Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Contest.

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Author photo by Claire Foley

Author photo by Claire Foley

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Kid's Author Talk: The Gareth Ward Hour at Time Out Bookstore
Sep
2
4:00 PM16:00

Kid's Author Talk: The Gareth Ward Hour at Time Out Bookstore

AN HOUR OF
BOOKS & MAGIC!

Join us at our special after school event as we host Gareth Ward - magician, storyteller, bookseller and author as he celebrates the launch of The Clockill and the Thief.

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This would be a great event for kids aged 10 to 15. We will have staff on hand to look after your book loving child, so feel free to drop them off and pick them up afterwards. (Perhaps in time to pick up a copy of one of Gareth’s books!)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gareth Ward, a.k.a. The Great Wardini is a magician, hypnotist, storyteller, bookseller and author. He has worked as a Royal Marine Commando, Police Officer, Evil Magician and Zombie. He basically likes jobs where you get to wear really cool hats – as writer and compere of Napier City’s inaugural Steampunk murder mystery evening he wore a rather splendid bowler.

His first novel ,The Traitor and the Thief, a rip-roaring young adult Steampunk adventure, won the 2016 Storylines Tessa Duder Award, the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Youth Novel, a 2018 Storylines Notable Book Award and was a finalist in two categories at The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

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Author Talk: Self-Publishing in New Zealand by Dave MacManus (Offsite)
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Author Talk: Self-Publishing in New Zealand by Dave MacManus (Offsite)

In 2019 it's easier than ever before to get your book produced through self-publishing. It's also harder than ever to get your book noticed in a noisy publishing market. How do you cut through the noise and make your book stand out? Come along and hear Dave MacManus from The CopyPress in Nelson take you through the steps of self-publishing.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
How your book is edited, designed and distributed all play a role in how well it will sell. Dave will cover how to find people to help you at each step and how to maximise your book's potential. Whether you're a newbie or an experienced self-publisher, this talk will help take you to the next stage of your journey.

How do you publish, market and distribute a book in New Zealand?

This book demystifies the self-publishing process and provides some much-needed clarity on the topic, with information and resources specific to New Zealand. Self-Publishing in New Zealand will take you through the whole operation, from decisions about print and design, to effective sales and marketing, to getting your book into bookshops and other retail outlets. It will provide you with questions to ask your printer or publisher, and help you spot potential scams.

The face of self-publishing has changed. It’s easier than ever before to use distribution channels to showcase your work and get it into the hands of your readers. With the right resources and knowledge you can turn your writing dreams into publishing reality.

Whether you are new to self publishing, or an experienced independent author, Self-Publishing in New Zealand will help you find the best strategies to maximise your book’s potential.

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Author Talk: A Conversation with my Country by Alan Duff
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

Author Talk: A Conversation with my Country by Alan Duff

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Telling it how he sees it.

A fresh, personal account of New Zealand, now, from one of our hardest-hitting writers. 

Following Once Were Warriors, Alan Duff wrote Maori: The Crisis and the Challenge. His controversial comments shook the country. A quarter of a century later, New Zealand and Maoridom are in a very different place. And so is Alan – he has published many more books, had two films made of his works, founded the Duffy Books in Homes literacy programme and endured ‘some less inspiring moments, including bankruptcy’.

Returned from living in France, he views his country with fresh eyes, as it is now: homing in on the crises in parenting, our prisons, education and welfare systems, and a growing culture of entitlement that entraps Pakeha and Maori alike.

Never one to shy away from being a whetstone on which others can sharpen their own opinions, Alan tells it how he sees it.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Alan Duff was born in Rotorua in 1950. He has written novels, including Once Were Warriors, One Night Out Stealing and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, a novella (State Ward), several children’s books and a number of non-fiction works. Once Were Warriors won the Pen Best First Book of Fiction Award and What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? won the Montana New Zealand Book Award for Fiction. Both novels were made into internationally acclaimed films.

Duff was the driving force behind the Books in Homes scheme, which, with commercial sponsorship and government support, aims to break the cycle of illiteracy, poverty, anger and violence among underprivileged children by providing books for them to own.

The New Zealand Listener claimed that Duff’s debut, Once Were Warriors, ‘bursts upon the literary landscape with all the noise and power of a new volcano’, while acclaimed writer Witi Ihimaera wrote, ‘This is the Haka, the rage of a people who, yes, once were warriors . . . A kick to the guts of New Zealand’s much-vaunted pride in its Maori/Pakeha race relations. A breathless fearless debut.’

The Sydney Morning Herald regarded the sequel, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?, as ‘a masterpiece’: ‘powerful, authentic, moving, brilliantly written . . . a profound and passionate novel . . . a memorable experience’. The Australian praised its ‘universal truths to be savoured for their poetic insight’, while the Canberra Times called it ‘a brilliant work . . . poetic and full of hope’.

The New Zealand Listener wrote that What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? ‘carries the story on with doubled brilliance. The new book is just as dynamic, just as in-your-face as the first one, but less violent, more layered, more fundamentally thoughtful and challenging.’

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Author Talk: The Little Girl on the Ice Floe by by Adélaïde Bon, translated by Ruth Diver
Aug
16
6:30 PM18:30

Author Talk: The Little Girl on the Ice Floe by by Adélaïde Bon, translated by Ruth Diver

Join us for a celebration of this extraordinary memoir of recovery from childhood sexual assault. A powerful new voice in the #MeToo conversation, The Little Girl on the Ice Floe is an unflinching yet luminous account of the author’s rape at age nine, her long road to recovery, and the trial of the serial rapist twenty years later. A heart-breaking, triumphant true story.

The evening will include a reading by the translator, Ruth Diver, followed by a discussion and Q&A with a team-member from HELP Auckland, the charity providing support for sexual abuse survivors.

Wine and nibbles provided. Go into the draw to receive a copy of the book signed by the author. Koha donations to HELP.

RSVP to supporthelp@helpauckland.org.nz

 
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ADÉLAÏDE BON is a French writer, actress and voice artist. She graduated from the École Supérieure d’Art Dramatique in Paris, is trained in the techniques of the Theatre for the Oppressed, and has worked on issues of gender equality in partnership with the European Association Against Violence Against Women. She lives in Paris in a blended family. The Little Girl on the Ice Floe is her first book.


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RUTH DIVER is a New Zealand literary translator. She won the 2016 Asymptote Close Approximations Fiction Prize, and collaborated with Ros Schwartz on the translation of The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent. A former lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Auckland, she now lives in Paris. The Little Girl on the Ice Floe is her first full-length translation. 


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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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Author Talk: Shaun Bythell at the Rydges Hotel
Aug
26
6:00 PM18:00

Author Talk: Shaun Bythell at the Rydges Hotel

THIS EVENT IS RUN BY BOOKSELLERS NZ
General Admission: $20
Buy tickets here

Shaun Bythell's book, Diary of a Bookseller, chronicles a year in the life of The Bookshop - the largest second-hand bookshop in Scotland. Situated in Wigtown, which is an official 'Booktown', it contains over 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving along twisting corridors. '

Called 'Warm, witty and laugh-out-loud funny' by Daily Mail, and a delightful, amusing daily diary that is just a pleasure to read,' by Lincoln Gould on The Reader, Diary of a Bookseller has sold in the UK and across the world in its tens of thousands. And now you have the opportunity to see him live in conversation, after his appearance at the 97th Booksellers NZ conference.

Bythell appears with Booksellers NZ, in association with WORD Christchurch and Pirate & Queen. He appears at The Loft in Featherston at 7pm on Monday 27 August, at Meow bar in Wellington from 8.30-9.30pm on Wednesday 29 August, and in Christchurch with WORD from 10-11am on Saturday 1 September.

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Conversations with Dr. Ro
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

Conversations with Dr. Ro

A Chicago native, Dr. Ro has lived her life to inspire others. When disaster and emotional turmoil consumed her thoughts, she became suicidal. Come hear how she moved from a place of darkness to light and be empowered to use life’s obstacles to find passion and purpose. 

RSVP to drro.consultdream@gmail.com

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Author Talk: The Infinite Game by Niki Harré
Aug
17
6:30 PM18:30

Author Talk: The Infinite Game by Niki Harré

Join Niki Harré as she talks about her new book, The Infinite Game. This session will include a Q&A and a chance to play the game!

Whether we are competing for a job, building a business or championing a good cause, some days it can feel as if we are trapped in an endless competition for status, wealth or attention. Maybe if we learn to play the game and follow the rules we’ll come out on top.

But is life really a finite game – a game of selection and rules, winners and losers, players and spectators?

In The Infinite Game, Niki Harré asks us to imagine our world anew. What if we are all part of a different type of game entirely – a game in which playing matters more than winning, a game that anyone can join at any time, a game in which rules evolve as new players turn up – an infinite game? Harré looks at our society (are people pawns or participants?) and ourselves (what kind of player would you like to be?) to offer an inspiring vision of how we might live well together.

Deeply informed by psychological research and a life of social activism, Niki Harré’s provocative book teaches us all how we might live life as an infinite game.

Niki Harré is associate professor of psychology at the University of Auckland. She is the author of numerous scholarly papers on community psychology, youth development and social change, as well as the book Psychology for a Better World: Working with People to Save the Planet (revised and updated edition, Auckland University Press, 2018). She has conducted numerous ‘infinite game’ workshops in New Zealand and overseas.

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