August 2008 sees the launch of one of the biggest paperbacks of the year, Sepulchure, from the Sunday Times Number One bestselling author of Labyrinth, Kate Mosse.
And to celebrate it, Kate Mosse will be joining twenty other international writers at the Christchurch Town Hall from 5–7 September for The Press Christchurch Writers' Festival 2008, an event which continues to grow in size and significance in New Zealand’s cultural landscape.
Kate Mosse is the author of two non-fiction books and three novels, including the multi-million copy international bestseller, Labyrinth. An unprecedented popular and critical success, Labyrinth was translated into thirty-seven languages and published in forty countries. The book took the world by storm, winning the ‘Best Read’ category at the 2006 British Book Awards, reigning number 1 in the UK for six months and becoming the biggest selling title of 2006.
Labyrinth also hit the bestseller charts around the world, including in New Zealand. The film and televisions rights for both novels are under negotiation.
Kate is also the Co-Founder & Honorary Director of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. This highly respected prize, open only to women writers, was founded in 1992, when a group of men and women involved in publishing met to decide if there was a way to introduce a prize that would value readers’ judgment and opinions, rather than those of literary reviewers.
The Orange Prize became the subject of debate earlier this year when writer and journalist Tim Lott strongly questioned its value on the UK’s Today show, and in an article in the Telegraph entitled ‘The Orange Prize is a sexist con-trick.’ Kate will be addressing these issues as well as talking about her involvement with the prize at a Christchurch Writers' Festival panel event entitled The Orange Prize – Do we still need it?
Kate is also a broadcaster for BBC television and radio, having hosted BBC Four’s flagship weekly book program, ‘The Readers & Writers Roadshow.’ Among Kate's guests on the show have been many of the world's leading authors, including Dr. Maya Angelou, Philip Pullman, Paulo Coelho, Ian McEwan, Joanna Trollope, Margaret Atwood, and Jean Auel.