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Award-winning New Yorker staff reporter Patrick Radden Keefe is a tenacious journalist known for meticulously needling into the guts of a complex story. In Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty he explores the jaw-dropping tale of a wealthy philanthropic family whose fortune rested on the opioid crisis that ravaged the United States. His new book Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks compiles his New Yorker articles. In conversation from New York with Guyon Espiner.


The Faraway Near bar

The Faraway Near is our beautiful, intimate venue for international digital events. Grab a seat, with the night’s overseas guest seated at your table via a life-sized screen, sharing drinks and conversation. These sessions are more dinner party than hushed theatre, and were the hit of 2021’s festival.

Our guests are broadcast from their own homes around the world, and appear in informal conversation with a skilled interviewer who’s sitting with you in the bar. The bar will be open throughout, and you’ll have a chance to ask questions of your guest as well.

Choose to sit at the dining tables with our writers in the most intimate A reserve spots, or join others in the lounge to tune in from the big B reserve screen.

A Reserve: our most intimate seats, at a dining table with a small group, and your writer life-sized on screen.

B Reserve: in the lounge with a larger group, tuning into your writer on a bigger screen.

Friday, 2 September
TSB Space, Tūranga, 60 Cathedral Square 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm A Reserve $42/$37
B Reserve $33/$28
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