Bumper March for Christchurch

March is shaping up to be a bumper month for author visits to Christchurch.

This evening (Wednesday 3rd March) Xinran, of  The Good Women of China fame, will be speaking at Christchurch Girls’ High School about her new book Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love which deals with the poignant experiences of Chinese women who were forced to give up their daughters through adoption or abandonment.

Next Monday, 8 March, is the turn of Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian, a novel which, according to Wikipedia, has the distinction of having been the first debut novel to enter the prestigious New York Times bestseller list at number one.  She will be promoting her latest offering, The Swan Thieves, a novel set in the world of Impressionist art, in an interesting departure from her previous work which took as its inspiration the life of Vlad the Impaler (the medieval prince who became famous as the fictional Count Dracula).

The Greatest Show on EarthThen on Thursday 11 March, The Press presents a Literary Liaison evening with Richard Dawkins, the prominent evolutionary biologist and author of the bestseller The God Delusion.  His new book outlining the evidence in favour of evolution is titled The Greatest Show on Earth and promises to be similarly successful, if the 29 outstanding holds by Christchurch City Libraries customers are any indication.

The Long SongLast, but certainly not least, Andrea Levy, winner of the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel Small Island, will speak at Our City O-Tautahi on Tuesday 25 March. Her latest book, entitled The Long Song, deals with 19th century Jamaica, in the years before and after the end of slavery.

If you are interested in attending talks by visiting authors, keep an eye on the following:

And if you want to read more about the authors and books  mentioned above, don’t forget the vast selection of resources in our  Books, Literature and Reading section.

2 thoughts on “Bumper March for Christchurch

  1. kauri girl 5 March 2010 / 12:45 pm

    Wow. A busy month indeed.

    I’m hoping to see Richard Dawkins speak – and to see if there is a bun fight in the audience from vocal opponents of his works.

    I *loved* the Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (everyone else in my book group thought it was a bit naff … sigh), so will be putting a hold on her new one to see if it matches up in storytelling!

    Did anyone see Xinran on the 3rd?

  2. Marion 8 March 2010 / 9:25 am

    I heard Xinran talk at the Christchurch Literary Festival and she was great. I hope this trip people found her worth listening too.
    Really looking forward to Andrea Levy – apparently she is a very lively talker. I thought the Historian was very well told – I was hooked on all the twists and turns but in the end I found the whole premise just a bit too much. All that rushing about Europe – sort of Da Vinci Code with intelligence

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