Community Read kicked off yesterday at the Library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre – Book chat, tea, and tales with bestselling author Jenny Pattrick. Jenny and her husband Laughton sang a little number especially composed by Laughton for the book launch of Heartland.
As much as I hate the expression “where else would this happen” it still crossed my mind. Jenny read excerpts of the book including the last chapter and answered questions from Roberta Smith, the chair.
- Jenny has never belonged to a book club.
- Manawa is based on a small town where she has stays frequently and where her son lives.
- The three elderly Aunts and their tragic family story of soldier brothers was based on her own Great Aunts and family.
Although I have never lived in rural New Zealand Jenny Pattrick had me busting to read the book every spare moment. To follow Donny Mac, the Virgin and the small number of character locals who permanently live in the dying community that is Manawa. A very New Zealand story from a strong New Zealand author.
There’s more to come tonight and tomorrow, for adults and kids alike:
Jenny Pattrick’s Heartland brought to life by the Court Jesters – Friday 19 August 7pm to 9pm at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Storytime for Songbirds with Jenny Pattrick – Saturday 20 August 2pm to 3pm at at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre
Join Jenny for a special interactive, toe-tapping storytime featuring the enchanting The Very Important Godwit. Fly in with the whole family to enjoy a musical storytelling extravaganza!
Find out more.
- Borrow the book or the Wheelers eBook of Heartland
- Borrow The very important godwit
- Visit our page on the Community Read