The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council, invites booklovers to an event featuring three talented North Island writers.
As crime writing has evolved from puzzle-like mysteries to novels delving deeply into people and places, it has continued to be the world’s most popular form of storytelling. But what makes the genre so fascinating?
2016 Ngaio Marsh Awards entrants Tina Clough, Jen Shieff, and Julie Thomas will discuss what drew them to storytelling, how they craft memorable characters, and the impact of our New Zealand setting on tales of crime and mystery. Former New Zealand Book Awards judge Stephen Stratford, who edited three of last year’s finalists, will referee.
WHEN: Thursday, 2 June 2016
WHERE: Cambridge Public Library, 23 Wilson Street, Cambridge
WHEN: 6pm for light refreshments, 6.30pm panel discussion
Entry: by koha/gold coin donation
RSVP: Cambridge Library, (07) 823 3838
Tina Clough’s RUNNING TOWARDS DANGER follows a women on the run in small-town New Zealand and has been described as “an interesting character study” with a “good sense of pace and menace” (AustCrimeFiction).
Jen Shieff delves into 1950s New Zealand life in her debut THE GENTLEMEN’S CLUB, which has been praised as “very well thought-out and constructed, detailing a complete world” (Radio New Zealand).
Julie Thomas’s BLOOD, WINE & CHOCOLATE is a #1 New Zealand fiction bestseller about witness protection, Waiheke Island wine, and London gangsters, full of “strong, believable characters” (Radio New Zealand).