An Evening with Geraldine Brooks
WORD Christchurch and Bookenz, in association with Hachette NZ, are proud to present an evening with Pulitzer prize-winning writer Geraldine Brooks, in conversation with Morrin Rout.
With more than two million copies of her novels sold, Australian-American author and journalist Geraldine Brooks has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. She has worked for the Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. In 2006 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel March, which imagines the life of the patriarch of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women, who leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War.
Brooks’ new novel, The Secret Chord, takes on one of literature’s richest and most enigmatic figures: King David, a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in 1000 BC Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.
Full of drama and richly drawn detail, The Secret Chord is a vivid story of faith, family, desire and power that brings David magnificently alive.
When: Wednesday, 18 November, 7.30pm
Who: Geraldine Brooks
What: In Conversation
Venue: Merivale Lane Theatre, 10 Merivale Lane
Price: $20 (service fees apply)Buy Tickets
Murder in the Court
The Ngaio Marsh Award, in association with WORD Christchurch and The Press, is pleased to announce that whodunit and who-won-it will be revealed at an entertaining event at The Court Theatre on 4 October. The Court Jesters will improvise a murder mystery on the spot and read tantalising excerpts from the finalists’ books, before announcing the winner. Who will take out this prestigious national award?
Five Minutes Alone, Paul Cleave
The Petticoat Men, Barbara Ewing
Swimming in the Dark, Paddy Richardson
The Children's Pond, Tina Shaw
Fallout, Paul Thomas
The Ngaio Marsh Award is made annually for the best crime, mystery, or thriller novel written by a New Zealand citizen or resident. This year’s winner will receive the Ngaio Marsh Award trophy, a set of Dame Ngaio’s novels courtesy of her publisher HarperCollins, and a cash prize provided by WORD Christchurch.
WORD Christchurch will also be giving away a set of the finalists’ novels to an attendee on the night.
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When: 4 October 2015, 5pm
What: The Ngaio Marsh Award
Venue: The Court Theatre
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Naomi Klein: Festival of Dangerous Ideas
CAPITALISM AND THE CLIMATE: Is capitalism now at war with our planet?
Tune in for a live broadcast from our partners at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, 1.30pm New Zealand time, on Saturday 5 September.
Naomi Klein is a Canadian author, social activist and filmmaker known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalisation and capitalism. She is best known for No Logo, about branding and the alter-globalisation movement; The Take, a documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories; and The Shock Doctrine, a critical analysis of the history of neoliberal economics. Her 2014 book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate argues that the climate crisis can’t be addressed in the current era of neoliberal market fundamentalism. She is a member of the board of directors of the climate activist group 350.org.
This broadcast is made possible by the Sydney Opera House and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.