Rotorua Noir
to Jan 28

Rotorua Noir

What is genre, what does it matter, and to who? Where does crime end and horror begin? How do you balance romance and thrills in a romantic thriller? What's the difference between a young adult mystery and an adult crime novel with a teenage hero? And who decides, anyway? A quartet of Kiwi novelists whose acclaimed tales straddle the borderlands of different sections in our bookshops share their experiences and thoughts on juggling reader expectations and creative freedom.

Featuring Tina Shaw, Brynn Kelly, Kirsten McKenzie, Jude Knight, and Darise Bennington (chair).

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10:00 AM10:00



The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Auckland Libraries, invite Auckland booklovers to an event featuring four talented local crime writers. 

Over the past century, crime writing has evolved from puzzle-like reading into modern novels delving deeply into people, places, and psychology. Still the world's most popular form of storytelling, crime fiction can take readers into all aspects of society, providing page-turning entertainment and memorable characters while also addressing real-life social issues. 

2018 Ngaio Marsh Awards contenders John Ling, Kirsten McKenzie, and Gary Paul Stephenson will be joined by 2017 Ngaios finalist Simon Wyatt to discuss how they craft authentic characters and narrative tension, and the impact of setting on tales of crime and mystery. Auckland lawyer and Ngaio Marsh Awards judge Darise Bennington will play referee and prosecute the offenders. 

WHEN: Thursday, 12 April 2018
WHERE: New Lynn War Memorial Library, 3 Memorial Drive
WHEN: 6.15 for a 6.30pm panel discussion

This is a free event.

John Ling is a West Auckland author who was born in Malaysia, and combines his East-West upbringing in his politically charged espionage thrillers. John is a USA Today bestselling author and his latest book REBELLION Is entered in the 2018 Ngaios. 

Kirsten McKenzie is a former Customs Officer who battled international crime for years before leaving to run a family antiques shop. She has written three novels, including the #1 bestselling thriller PAINTED, which is entered in the 2018 Ngaios. 

Massey author Gary Paul Stephenson travelled the world working for international companies for many years. His passion for the environment and interest in politics inspired his Charles Langham series of action-packed eco-thrillers. His latest novel THE ATLANTIC AFFAIR, is entered in the 2018 Ngaios. 

Simon Wyatt is an ex West Auckland detective who wrote his THE STUDENT BODY while recovering from a life-threatening condition. The New Zealand Herald called his debut "a compelling tour through the mean and moneyed streets of West Auckland".

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11:00 AM11:00


The Auckland Arts Festival White Night is a unique opportunity to see Auckland enlivened with a diverse range of arts activities.

For one night only, artists take over the city. Inspired by Nuit Blanche (Paris’s White Night), it’s a time for gathering friends and family under the night sky and stroll through your local neighbourhood to engage with well-known artists and artistic newbies. For free.

Kirsten McKenzie will be appearing with irreverent retro fiction author Andrene Low at Auckland's iconic Antique Alley, halfway down Dominion Road. Together Kirsten and Andrene will be holding live readings, and running Author Q&A's about their writing and publishing journeys.

We'd love to see you there. We'll be live from 6pm until nearly midnight... 

Antique Alley, 240 Dominion Road, Mt Eden, Auckland 1024

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