Courtesy of a friendly publicist contact at Hachette NZ, I've discovered that US thriller writer Gregg Hurwitz will be in New Zealand for a lightning visit in early September on the way to his appearance at the Brisbane Writers Festival (NB - his visit hasn't yet been listed on the Hachette NZ website, but it is confirmed, and Hurwitz mentions it on his website).
From his bio, Hurwitz seems like an extraordinarily interesting guy who's packed quite a lot into his life thusfar - he is a Shakespearian scholar, thriller writer, screenwriter, and graphic novellist. He was a college athlete at both Harvard and Oxford, now lives in the San Francisco Bay area, has taught and guest lectured at USC and UCLA, and has had his thrillers nominated/shortlisted for both the International Thriller Writers award, and the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
Hurwitz is touring in support of his latest thriller, OR SHE DIES, and will be visiting Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on 7 and 8 September 2009. He has two Auckland events that the public can attend on 7 September:
12.00 – 1.00pm: Takapuna Library
RSVP to Helen: email@example.com
2.30 – 3.30pm: Botany Library
RSVP to Leigh: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read more about Gregg Hurwitz at: http://www.gregghurwitz.net/
After seeing how well run the Linwood Barclay event was in Takapuna (and the very good crowd they got), I will definitely be heading along for Hurwitz (as well as the Tom Rob Smith event this month). If we can continue to show support for crime/thriller authors, perhaps we can convince the various literary festivals to include more of them in future (hint hint Auckland Writers Festival organisers....) Hope to see plenty of others there.