Thursday, November 11, 2010

Crime real and fictional at Takapuna Library this month

As regular readers of this blog will know, one of the best and most popular spots for visiting crime fiction authors here in Auckland is the Takapuna Library, where a fantastic team led by Helen Woodhouse put on some terrific events. I've been to several over the past year or two, including Linwood Barclay, Tom Rob Smith, Gregg Hurwitz, Peter James, and Simon Kernick - with the latter I even ended up 'onstage' myself, interviewing Kernick in front of an audience.

The Takapuna Library is also great at supporting local authors, and this month there are a couple of terrific-sounding lunchtime events - one crime fiction, one true crime.

First up, Donna Malane (pictured above right) will be speaking about her NZSA-Pindar Publishing Prize-winning debut thriller SURRENDER next Friday, the 19th November.

Then the following Tuesday (23 November) Scott Bainbridge will talk about his true crime book SHOT IN THE DARK, which looks at unsolved murders from 1920s-1930s New Zealand. Each event starts at 12pm, light refreshments will be served. $2 public admission, or free for 'Friends of the Library'.

RSVP Helen Woodhouse, phone 486 8469 or email

Both events sound terrific, and I recommend any booklovers in the area to head along.

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