Tuesday, May 5, 2015


The Ngaio Marsh Award, in association with the New Zealand Book Council, invites booklovers to a thrilling event featuring three talented local writers.

Crime fiction has evolved from puzzling whodunits to the modern social novel. But how do writers balance insights into issues – like the corruption that speckles human history – with delivering page-turning entertainment? 

Ben Atkins, Dinah Holman, and Ben Sanders discuss how they explore real-life themes via fictional tales, the life of an author, and why they love crime fiction. Craig Sisterson directs traffic and provides spoiler warnings. 

WHEN: Wednesday, 6 May 2015
WHERE: Takapuna Library, 9 The Strand
WHEN: 6pm for light refreshments, 6.30pm panel discussion

Entry: $5 public, $3 for Friends of the Library
RSVP: Helen Woodhouse, (09) 890 4903 or helen.woodhouse@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Ben Atkins’ DROWNING CITY has been hailed as an “extraordinary debut” (North & South) and “thoughtful, evocative, unsettling” (The Dominion Post). It is longlisted for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award.

Dinah Holman’s A HISTORY OF CRIME: THE SOUTHERN DOUBLE-CROSS is an “ingenious first novel” delving into Victorian-era New Zealand (Radio NZ). It is longlisted for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award.

Ben Sanders is a #1 New Zealand fiction bestseller whose upcoming thriller, AMERICAN BLOOD, has been optioned for film adaptation by Warner Bros.

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