Thursday, March 18, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Lee Child's New Zealand events

Further to my post of 21 January in relation to thriller writing mega star Lee Child's upcoming promotional tour of New Zealand, I have now received the confirmed events and appearances list - and what a list it is!

Previously we knew that Child was making appearances in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, and Dunedin, which in of itself would give many New Zealanders a chance to meet/see the creator of Jack Reacher, a hero Stephen King called “the coolest continuing series character now on offer”.

Courtesy of Random House NZ publicist Jennifer Balle, today I've received the full list of public appearances and bookstore signings Child will be making during his six days in New Zealand. And it's a big list, giving even more opportunties for Kiwi readers and fans to get up close to one of the biggest names in world writing. I was also fortunate enough to speak to Lee Child earlier this morning by telephone (he is currently in New York, having just attended the Left Coast Crime festival in California), and he is excited about returning here for the first time since 2005. He said he's always had good feelings about New Zealand because it was one of the first countries to embrace the Reacher series.

Last year Child's 13th Reacher novel, GONE TOMORROW, was the #2 overall bestselling international adult fiction title for the year, in New Zealand. His 14th, 61 HOURS, has just been released. I will be posting more about my interview with Lee Child at a later time, but in the meantime, here is his New Zealand schedule, hot off the presses (note, there may be one more Auckland event added - I will keep you informed):
  1. Auckland - Sunday, 11 April, 7pm: Rosmini College Auditorium, 36 Dominion St, Takapuna. Tickets $15 from or at door
  2. Wellington - Tuesday, 13 April, 6pm: Duxton Hotel. Tickets $20 (includes glass of wine) phone 0800 50 50 90
  3. Nelson - Wednesday, 14 April, 6pm: The Boathouse.Tickets $5 tickets from Page & Blackmore booksellers
  4. Christchurch - Thursday, 15 April, 7pm: James Hay Theatre, Christchurch Town Hall. Tickets $15 from Ticketek on sale from 24 March
  5. Dunedin - Friday, 16 April, 6.30pm: Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Tickets $40 single; $70 double (includes wine-tasting and nibbles) from Paper Plus, George St

Sunday, 11 April (Auckland)
11am-12 noon: The Warehouse, Albany
1pm-2pm: The Warehouse, Westgate
2.30pm-3.30pm: The Warehouse, Sylvia Park

Monday, 12 April (Auckland)
1-1.30pm: Dymocks, Broadway, Newmarket

Tuesday, 13 April (Auckland)
12.00-12.30pm: Borders, Queen St
1.00-1.30pm: Whitcoulls Corner, Queen St

Wednesday, 14 April (Wellington)
12 noon-12.30pm: Whitcoulls, Lambton Quay
1pm-1.30pm: Borders, Lambton Quay

Thursday, 15 April (Christchurch)
11.30am-12 noon: Borders, Riccarton Mall
12.00pm-12.30pm: Paper Plus, Riccarton Mall
1pm-1.45pm: Whitcoulls, 111 Cashel St

Friday, 16 April (Dunedin)
12 noon: Whitcoulls, 143 George St
1pm: Paper Plus, 251 George St

So, New Zealand readers, which event will you be attending?


  1. Wow thats great!! All those "Chains" having book signings but no independents. :-(


  2. Page & Blackmore (an independent) is running the Nelson event, but I do hear what you say Linda. You going to pop up to Auckland, or down to Wellington, for one of the events?