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.
Friday, September 26, 2014
WRITERS ON MONDAYS
A Home in this World
In his new memoir The
Grass Catcher: a digression about home, Ian Wedde writes,
'We are all at home in places constructed as narratives, and in selves
who act like characters in those narratives.' From early childhood in
post-war Blenheim to the remote regions of Bangladesh, from an English
boarding school to 1960s Auckland, from Jordan during the civil war of
1969-70 to family homes full of children, this memoir traces the many
shifts in Ian Wedde's life.
Helena Wiśhniewska Brow's Adam-Prize-winning
Give Us This Day: a
Memoir of Family and Exile, is the story of her father, Stefan
Wiśhniewska, one of the 732 exiled Polish children offered unlikely
refuge in New Zealand in 1944. From her childhood in small town New
Zealand to modern-day Russia, Poland and Iran, the book follows the
writer's search for meaning in the family lives shaped by exile: her
father's, her mother's and her own. Join these memoirists for a
conversation about home, exile, and character in creative nonfiction,
chaired by Harry
We regret that the author of How Does It Hurt?, StephaniePotocka de Montalk, is unable to join us on Monday,
due to a resurgence of the pain that is the subject of her memoir.
Writers on Mondays is presented with Museum of New Zealand
Te Papa Tongarewa, the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation, and
National Poetry Day.
These events are open to the public and free of charge.
DATE: Monday 29
12.15-1.15pm VENUE: Te
Papa Marae, Level 4, Te Papa (please note that no
food may be taken onto the Te Papa Marae).
Helena Wiśhniewska Brow's book launch
has a date change: it is now to take place on MONDAY 13 OCTOBER at Unity
Books from 6-7.30pm.