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.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
In Conversation - David Hastings and Iain Sharp
N C O N V E R S A T I O N
DAVID HASTINGS AND IAIN SHARP
‘Dreadful murder at Opunake’ said the Taranaki Herald in
November 1880 when a young woman called Mary Dobie was found lying under a
flax bush on the Taranaki coast with her throat cut.
David Hastings will talk with Iain Sharp about his book The Many Deaths of Mary Dobie which
is a murder story, starting as a whodunit then becomes a whydunit. It
takes the reader back to the social and political tensions before the
invasion of Parihaka in 1881: Pākehā feared it was an act of political
terrorism, Māori thought it would be the cue for the state to use force
David Hastings is a former editor of the Weekend Herald. He
wrote Over the Mountains
of the Sea: Life on the Migrant Ships, 1870–1885 and Extra! Extra! How the People Made
the News. In his day job Iain Sharp is a manuscripts librarian
in the Sir George Grey Special Collections at Auckland Library. He is well
known as a reviewer, writer and poet.
SUNDAY 28 AUGUST
Entry by koha ($5)
KERR STREET ARTSPACE
at the foot of Takarunga