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.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Changes to Tauranga line up
Tauranga Arts Festival may have lost one of its key overseas
writers but has been able to call on top Kiwi speakers to fill the gap.
Due to unforeseen circumstances Pulitzer Prize-winning
author and New Yorker staff writer
William Finnegan has withdrawn from the programme. “It’s just one of those
things,” festival director Jo Bond says. “William really regrets he can’t be
here but we fully understand his reasons and wish him well. ”
Ms Bond notes that this is the first time in 10 festivals
that a change has had to be made to the programme.
Mr Finnegan was due to appear in two writer sessions on
Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22.
Lives of Brine,
which he was sharing with his old surfing buddy Phil Jarratt of Australia, has
been renamed Lives on the Line and
now features Mr Jarratt talking about his memoir alongside long-time Listener writer Diana Wichtel.
Ms Wichtel’s first book, Driving
to Treblinka, about her Holocaust-survivor father, a Polish Jew, is
published this month. Ms Wichtel moved to New Zealand from Canada with her
mother and siblings aged 13. Her father was to follow but she never saw him
Alternative Facts retains the theme of global threats to
democracy and media freedom and is now a conversation between well-known
business and political journalist Rod Oram, who is one of the inaugural Edmund Hillary Fellows looking at
fostering global change from New Zealand; long-time financial journalist
and managing editor of the online NewsroomProBernard Hickey; and Professor Jonathan
Boston, author of Safeguarding the
Future: Governing in an Uncertain World, published this year as a BWB Text.
People holding tickets to either session are able to get a
refund through Ticketek or can use the ticket they have to attend the new
“We apologise for any inconvenience,” Ms Bond says, “but
we’re thrilled that we’ve been able to obtain top-class speakers in William’s
place. It isn’t every day that there’s an opportunity to hear so many quality speakers in one place.”
Lives on the Line: Saturday, October 21, 1-2pm. Alternative
Facts:, Sunday, October 22, 2.30-3.30pm. Single tickets and day passes from
Baycourt box office or Ticketek. See the full programme at