Book month on in August

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Hamilton Book Month will be on in August with 21 events including both literary icons and exciting new talent.

Co-director Catherine Wallace said audiences love interacting with visiting and local authors, hearing them read, buying their books and then having them personally signed.

The month will kick off with a fiction panel featuring New Zealand’s best-selling fiction author Deborah Challinor, multiple award-winner Catherine Chidgey and the 2021 Waikato University Writer in Residence Michalia Arathimas, chaired by Maebh Long. The authors will read from their work, talk about themes in their writing and take questions from the audience.

Award-winning and bestselling author Witi Ihimaera will also be running an entertaining and instructive workshop on memoir. “The memoir has become the most popular form in New Zealand today,” he writes, “either as autobiographical essay or book. It’s also the most rewarding, not only personally but also as a record for family and whanau about who you and they are.”

Ihimaera’s best-known novel is The Whale Rider, which was made into a hugely internationally successful film as was his novel Nights in the Garden of Spain.

Hamilton’s Central Library in Garden Place is hosting What Are Readers Reading? and a Blokes’ Book Club to discuss and share books on August 9 and 11.

Bob Campbell, Michael Cooper, Yvonne Lorkin and Joelle Thomson will talk about wine writing and there’ll be tasting of their recommendations for red and white wines under $35. Registration is required.

Waikato talent features at the Local Authors event when writers read from their work and talk about their books and how they got published.

Younger readers and those who like being read to will enjoy Rocket Storytime featuring Dawn McMillan at Chartwell Library and Storytelling in the Gallery at Waikato Museum.

The full programme and more about the events on during Hamilton Book Month can be found on its website at www.hamiltonbookmonth.com

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