Christchurch has a stellar selection of book-related events coming up in May. Take a look!
Tuesday 14 May sees two events: Max Hastings and Sylvie Simmons will be talking at Middleton Grange.
I’ve just finished reading I’m your man: the life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons. It is brilliant. Sylvie talked a lot to Cohen and those who know him. We delve into his family, personal life and history, and Cohen’s creative process is also unfurled and explored.
Her wealth of knowledge doesn’t get in the way of a great story. I loved the anecdote about Iggy Pop and Cohen. Leonard spotted a personal ad in which a woman wanted to meet a man who combined the energy of Iggy and the class of Cohen. He thought they should reply as a double act – married Iggy was less keen – but the result is a fab photo of Iggy and Leonard on the couch. The Personal Ad woman must have flipped out.
PS If you want more Cohen stuff – CDs, DVDs, and books – the library has quite an impressive collection.
Max Hastings will be fascinating too. He is an author, journalist, and broadcaster who has written many books of war history and some great memoirs (I am in the throes of Did You Really Shoot the Television?: A Family Fable and it’s a witty and compelling read).
- More about the Max Hastings event.
- More about the Sylvie Simmons event.
- Find out more on The Press Christchurch Writers Festival website.
Sorry to report the Ben Goldacre event is cancelled …
Monday 20 May: Another must-see is Ben Goldacre talking Bad Science, Bad Pharma at the Aurora Centre. Goldacre is the enemy of illogical baggy thinking. Bad Science is the kind of book that gets you all riled up. It stimulates your critical thinking and makes you look at the media’s reporting in a more jaundiced way. Crappy infographics! Science research corralled by advertisers! GGGrrrr. His follow-up is Bad Pharma and it tackles the actions of pharmaceutical companies. Lots of library customers (including me) are keen to get their mitts on this.
These three authors will also be appearing at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.
Want more literary stuff? Try The Press Christchurch Writers Festival workshops:
- Workshops on e-publishing with author Felicity Price and publisher Jenny Howarth.
- The Good Prose – a two-day session with Lyttelton-based columnist and author Joe Bennett.