3 Ratanui Street
The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Auckland Libraries, invite Auckland booklovers to an event featuring three talented local crime writers.
Over the past century, crime writing has evolved from puzzle-like entertainment 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.
2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards contenders Jonothan Cullinane, Katherine Dewar, and Simon Wyatt will discuss what drew them to crime writing, how they craft authentic characters and narrative tension, and the impact of setting on tales of crime and mystery. Coast FM book reviewer and Ngaio Marsh Awards judge Stephanie Jones will play referee and prosecute the offenders.
This is a free event.
Jonothan Cullinane's Red Herring is a noir novel set against the politics of the 1951 Waterfront Strike, and has been described as "a deft mix of politics and history with a local twist on the usual private-eye tropes" (New Zealand Herald).
Katherine Dewar's political thriller Ruby and the Blue Sky blends feminism, rock music, and climate change concerns into an exciting tale that has been praised as thrilling and beautifully written while addressing a variety of social issues (Culture Vulture).
Simon Wyatt is an ex West Auckland detective who wrote his The Student Body while recovering from a life-threatening condition. TheNew Zealand Heraldcalled his debut "a compelling tour through the mean and moneyed streets of West Auckland".