Events

18/05/2017 - 7:00pm

The Festival gala once again showcases the story-telling chops of eight writers who deliver a seven-minute true story, propless and scriptless, inspired by the theme “The Heart of the Matter”.

19/05/2017 - 2:30pm

The mighty Pacific ocean links the continents of Asia, the Americas and Australasia and harbours a multitude of islands. American novelist Brit Bennett (The Mothers), Pasifika short story writers Gina Cole (Black Ice Matter) and Courtney Sina Meredith (Tail of the Taniwha) and non-fiction writer Scott Hamilton (The Stolen Island) whose work unpicks Tongan history, deliver 10-minute readings. Introduced by Owen Scott.

Free Event - no ticket required.

2:30pm – 3:20pm Limelight Room, Aotea Centre 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD

17/05/2017 - 8:00pm

A year of surprises, 2016 saw Britons vote to leave the European Union and Americans elect Donald Trump as president, leaving many dumbstruck and locked in an us-and-them tussle across politics, economics, race, gender and geographies.

05/04/2017 - 12:15pm

In this talk Ben Schrader offers some reflections on the writing of his recent book The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities, 1840-1920 (Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 2016). This is a free public event but please RSVP to events.natlib@dia.govt.nz with Big Smoke in the subject line.

20/04/2017 - 5:30pm

Svetlana Boym called nostalgia ‘a romance with one’s own fantasy.’ Both the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump thrived on nostalgia. But nostalgia for what? And whose nostalgia is it? 

In this BWB Winter series conversation, Andrew Dean (author of Ruth, Roger and Me) talks with BWB Texts publisher Tom Rennie about what nostalgia is doing to our contemporary politics.

Thursday 20 April, 5.30 for 6.00 pm

Scorpio Books (The BNZ Centre, Hereford Street, Christchurch)

19/04/2017 - 5:30pm

Svetlana Boym called nostalgia ‘a romance with one’s own fantasy.’ Both the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump thrived on nostalgia. But nostalgia for what? And whose nostalgia is it?

In this BWB Winter series conversation, Andrew Dean (author of Ruth, Roger and Me) talks with BWB Texts publisher Tom Rennie about what nostalgia is doing to our contemporary politics.

Wednesday 19 April, 5.30 for 6.00 pm

Vic Books Kelburn (Victoria Univeristy, Kelburn Parade, Wellington)

06/04/2017 - 2:00pm
The end of antibiotics – the end of modern medicine?
08/04/2017 - 10:30am
Max Harris and Shen Narayanasamy talk about how to change the world.
07/04/2017 - 12:00pm
Mountain-biking enthusiast Laura Williamson has written The Bike and Beyond: Life on Two Wheels in Aotearoa New Zealand.
09/04/2017 - 3:00pm
A former Prime Minister and a working historian discuss the Waikato War at the Festival of Colour in Wanaka.

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