Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
AWRF 2011 - An Hour With Sarah-Kate Lynch
by Annie Boyd
Chair Maggie Barry
Sarah -Kate Lynch should officially be titled a National Treasure.Footnote:Annie Boyd is a fashion consultant and occasional contributor to this blog. How funny, genuine, frank, unassuming, vital and charming is she!?
I loved this session (should mention I have been a fan of her writing from day one), there was a warmth in the room and a feeling that we were all secretly delighted to be there.
SK (as long time friend Maggie Barry called her) loves a happy ending and is an unashamed romantic. Which is good, cause I am too, and I think the world needs more of us.
She is also not afraid of raising the tough issues, so her books take you on a journey, and don’t spin the obvious.
We smiled and chuckled and nodded in agreement and recognised the genius of a born story teller.
I really loved her honesty about the random nature of ideas, locations and characters: the power of the born observer: and the curiosity and warmth which enable her to make life-long friends in an airport queue!
She spoke at length about Dolci di Love, her latest book set in a small and picturesque Italian village peopled by slightly eccentric characters, another SK trademark, and with the usual focus on food and the good things of life.
At the end she answered her (packed) audience's questions with generosity, skill, and wit.