Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Murder in the Library - Queenstown - 1 June

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Queenstown Lakes District Libraries, invites booklovers to an event featuring two talented local writers.

2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards entrant Brian Stoddart (A STRAITS SETTLEMENT) will be in discussion with Central Otago journalist Rhys Chamberlain, who has also published a crime novel (EMOTION), about what they love about mystery stories and how to create compelling characters, evoke vivid settings, and blend real-life issues into page-turning plotlines.

WHEN: Thursday 1 June 2017
WHERE: Queenstown Library, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown
WHEN: 5.30pm

This is a free event.

Brian Stoddart is a professor who works on education reform in Asia and the Middle East. He is an international expert on sport and culture, and former Vice-Chancellor at La Trobe University. He is the author of the Le Fanu series of mysteries set in 1920s India, praised as "pitch perfect" blends of mystery and history, providing the "twin joys" of vivid atmosphere and characterisation.

Rhys Chamberlain is a local journalist, writer and former teacher who previously reported on police issues for the Otago Daily Times and now covers a range of Central Otago issues for Fairfax Media. He has also written a New Zealand-set crime novel, EMOTION, which reviewers called "edgy and relentless" and packed with "hearty doses of betrayal, double-crossing and corruption at every turn".

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