Monday, May 17, 2010

A Kiwi crime triple-pack: Cleave, Cross and Symon

In another great sign in terms of growing recognition of the quality locally-written crime fiction that is being produced, next week(Thursday) in Wellington there is an event being held featuring three of New Zealand's most prominent modern-day crime writers: Paul Cleave, Neil Cross, and Vanda Symon.

While it is great that Kiwi audiences pack out events for the overseas crime writers that do visit, traditionally we haven't been that good at having events with New Zealand writers (outside of the occasional festival event or book launch). So it's great to see the Book Council organising next week's Murder They Wrote evening, and giving readers a chance to meet and listen to some of our own high quality crime writers. Hopefully this can lead the way for more local crime writing-centric events, large or small, over the coming months and years.

Murder They Wrote is being held at CafĂ© L’Affare, College Street, Wellington at 6 pm on Thursday 27th May. Tickets are $16 ($14 for NZ Book Council members) and can be purchased at the Information Desk, Wellington Central Library. Be in quick – attendance is limited.

More information is available at the Book Council website.

Hopefully lots of people head along, and show some support for our great local crime writers. Having interviewed all three, I can promise you it will be an entertaining and fascinating evening - they are all very interesting people that aren't short of an opinion or two. So if you are in the Wellington area, make sure you head along!

You can read my 9mm interviews with Paul Cleave here, and with Vanda Symon here. You can my review of Neil Cross's latest psychological thriller CAPTURED, and Paul Cleave's latest BLOOD MEN here.

Have you read any of Paul Cleave, Vanda Symon, or Neil Cross's books? What do you think? What questions would you want to ask them at such an event?

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