AWF: New Zealand Listener Gala Night, with Alan Cumming, Peter Fitzsimons, Michele A’Court and more

I am sitting in the second row at the Gala Opening Event of the Auckland Writers Festival 2015. The line up of authors is impressive. They each have 7 minutes to tell a true story about themselves, based on the topic … Continue reading

Book Review: Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult

Available now in bookstores nationwide. Jodi Picoult certainly writes a compelling book – readers all over the world can’t put her books down and when they finally do, they are often left sobbing. This is an emotional book, but not … Continue reading

Book Review: The 52-Storey Treehouse, by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Available in bookstores nationwide. Who doesn’t love a new Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton book? These two are masters of humour for young readers, and their seemingly simple stories have so many layers of intrigue. This book,The 52-Storey Treehouse, follows … Continue reading

Book Review: The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton

Available in bookstores nationwide. This is an interesting book. The setting and story are fascinating. This book is set in 17th-century Amsterdam – a compact city that is dominated by canals, the constant threat of flooding, and a secretive society … Continue reading

Book Review: Project Huia, by Des Hunt

Project Huia is shortlisted in the Junior Fiction category of the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.  In Project Huia, Des Hunt has once again found a winning formula that appeals to both young readers and … Continue reading

Two great women at the Auckland Writer’s Festival on Sunday – Keri Hulme and Patricia Grace

A follow-on from the Auckland Writer’s Festival on Sunday 18 May, by Gillian Whalley Torckler Next on the agenda was an event described as the largest book club discussion ever. It was a celebration of “The Great Kiwi Classic” − The Bone People … Continue reading