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.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
NEW ZEALAND’S BIGGEST LITERATURE FESTIVAL LAUNCHES 2012 PROGRAMME
Auckland Writers & Readers Festival
Before a large and happy audience comprising media, trade, authors, friends and a small army of volunteers the Festival's Artistic Director Anne O'Brien (right) revealed its full and most impressive May 2012 line-up. It comprises more than 100 leading international and
New Zealand writers and thinkers, including prizewinners Jeffrey Eugenides and Roddy
Doyle (photo left by Patrick Bolger); cosmologist and public intellectual Lawrence Krauss, prizewinning Rolling
Stone journalist Michael Hastings,
spy fiction author Dame Stella Rimington,
New Zealand icon Maurice Gee and
bestselling international crime writer Peter
Programmed to take place 9-13 May in the heart of Auckland,
and combining a dedicated two-day schools’ programme with three days and nights
of public sessions, it will feature a diverse programme of fiction, science,
religion, poetry, journalism, history and the arts, from literary offerings to
“This is a programme designed to reach out across the
country, providing stimulation, insight and pleasure to all New Zealanders, no
matter what their reading interests.
With a stellar line-up in and around the Festival’s Aotea Centre home,
delivered with the flair and polish for which we have become known, there is
something for everyone,” says Artistic Director Anne O’Brien.
TOP INTERNATIONAL TALENT
Twenty-three international writers are confirmed to attend. The
full list includes: prizewinning novelists Roddy
Doyle (Ire) and Jeffrey Eugenides
(US); English thriller writers Stella
Rimington and Peter James; fine
fiction authors Sebastian Barry
(Ire), Jesmyn Ward (US), Charlotte Wood (UK) and A.D. Miller (UK); Australian diva Kathy Lette (left), cosmologist and public
intellectual Lawrence Krauss (US);
Rolling Stone journalist Michael
Hastings; biographer Caroline
Moorehead, international economy consultant Chandran Nair, educational psychologist Barbara Arrowsmith Young (Can), evolution theorist Danny Vendramini (Aus) and essayists Geoff Dyer (UK) and Martin Edmond (Aus); and leading
children’s writers Oliver Jeffers, Eoin Colfer, Mal Peet and Emily Rodda.Spoken word performers are the Tony Award
winning Lemon Anderson (US) and
Australian Poetry Slam Champion Luka
Lesson (Aus) who will light up the stage.
AWRF ANNOUNCES INAUGRAL HONOURED NZ WRITER
The distinguished New Zealand line-up is headlined by a rare
appearance with much-loved Maurice Gee, the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival’s
inaugural Honoured New Zealand Writer.Free tickets to this session can be booked for under-18s.
Gee will be joined by some of our finest including Dame Anne Salmond, Dame Fiona Kidman, Witi
Ihimaera, Emily Perkins, Anthony McCarten, Brian Boyd, Ian Wedde, Lloyd Geering, Anne Kennedy, Greg McGee
and the inimitable Rhys Darby.
SESSIONS AT OTHER VENUES
There will be new sessions at The University of Auckland and
the Auckland Art Gallery andopportunities to
hear from leading arts practitioners including Dick Frizzell (right), Tusi Tamasese,
Doris de Pont and Nathan & Joel Haines.
Other sessions will touch on filmmaking, literary prizes,
contemporary Maori literature, the poetry of Tuwhare, the history of Remuera
and much more, as well as catered special events including Lunch with Dame Stella Rimington at Soul Bar, a pre-Mothers’ Day High Tea at Auckland’s
Langham Hotel, a Girls’ Night Out
adventure combining Cable Bay wine tastings and canapés in a session with Kathy
Lette, a Business Breakfast with
international consultant Chandran Nair at the Langham Hotel, and the highly
popular Poetry Idol.