Our Writers at Auckland Writers Festival 2024

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Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen's novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and numerous other awards. His most recent publication is A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, A History, A Memorial.

He is a University Professor at the University of Southern California. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, he is also the editor of The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives.

EVENTS

FESTIVAL GALA NIGHT: CHOICES AND CHAIN REACTIONS

THURS, 16 MAY 2024: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

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VIET THANH NGUYEN

SAT, 18 MAY 2024: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

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PULP FRICTION: THE RISE OF BOOK BANS

SUN, 19 MAY 2024: 11:30am – 12:30pm

Hunua Room, Aotea Centre

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Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, Little Fires Everywhere and Our Missing Hearts.

She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and her work has been published in over thirty languages.

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CELESTE NG

FRI, 17 MAY 2024: 10:00am – 11:00am

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre

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GRAVE NEW WORLD: WRITING DYSTOPIA TODAY

SAT, 18 MAY 2024: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Hunua Room, Aotea Centre

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BEEF: WRITING ASIAN FEMALE RAGE

SAT, 19 MAY 2024: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Waitākere Room, Aotea Centre

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Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh is the New York Times bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. Born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand, she was first published in 2003. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages worldwide, including German, French, Japanese and Turkish.

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FANTASY & ROMANTASY UNWRAPPED

SAT, 18 MAY 2024: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Limelight Room, Aotea Centre

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SAMANTHA SHANNON

SAT, 18 MAY 2024: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Hunua Room, Aotea Centre

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Airanga Ngarewa

Born and raised in Pātea - Poi E Country, Airana Ngarewa (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru, Ngāruahine) is the author of the bestselling novel The Bone Tree. He won the short story and poetry competitions at the Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards in 2022.

EVENTS

WRITING THE NEW ZEALAND MAN: A NEW ERA

FRI, 17 MAY 2024: 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Limelight Room, Aotea Centre

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ASK ME ANYHTING! (EXCEPT ABOUT MY BOOK)

FRI, 17 MAY 2024: 6:00pm - 6:15pm

Daily Bread, 13 Galway Street

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HOW TO SURVIVE TE ARA KI TE ORA

SAT, 18 MAY 2024: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Hunua Room, Aotea Centre

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Kate Evans

Kate Evans is an award-winning journalist and nature writer from New Zealand. Her work has been published in The Guardian, The Observer, Scientific American, National Geographic, Undark, and BioGraphic. She is a regular contributor to New Zealand Geographic magazine and has won multiple national media awards for science and environmental journalism and feature writing. She has also worked as a television producer and video journalist for the BBC, ABC, TVNZ, and the Washington Post, reporting from West Africa, Indonesia, the Whanganui River and the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings.

EVENTS

A FEIJOAN LUNCH

WED, 15 MAY 2024: 12:30Pm - 2:30Pm

Origine,Commercial Bay Level 2/172 Quay Street, Auckland CBD

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Olivia Spooner

The Girl From London is Olivia's first historical fiction novel. Olivia has completed a number of writing courses, including a Masters in Creative Writing at AUT and has had several short stories published.

Olivia lives with her husband and three children in Auckland, NZ, and runs independent bookstore The Booklover Bookshop in the seaside suburb of Milford. She is the host of the Booklover Banter podcast where she chats with other booksellers, authors, publishers and others working in the book industry

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HERSTORY: BRINGING WOMEN OF THE PAST TO LIFE

SAT, 18 MAY 2024: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Waitākere Room, Aotea Centre

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith is a bestselling writer, comedian, and former-dentist. He pivoted from dentistry to comedy after a MS diagnosis caused him to partially lose his vision. He is a head writer for the TV show 7 Days, creates the tasks for Taskmaster NZ, and wrote for Wellington Paranormal. He is the go-to audience warm-up act for many shows including Dancing With the Stars, The Project, Have You Been Paying Attention? and Patriot Brains.

Events

DON'T SCARE THE DENTIST!

SUN, 19 MAY 2024: 10:30am - 12:00pm

5th Floor - Activities Galore

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Saraid de Silva

Saraid de Silva is a Sri Lankan Pakeha writer and creative based in Tamaki Makaurau. She is the co-creator and co-host of Radio New Zealand's Conversations with My Immigrant Parents, a podcast and video series in which immigrant whanau across Aotearoa have frank conversations about love, ancestry, home, food, expectation and acceptance.

Saraid was a contributor to A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices from Aotearoa New Zealand, and her work has been featured in The Spinoff, Fashion Quarterly, Pantograph Punch and Tupuranga Journal.

Events

SHOULD I HAVE READ THAT?

FRI, 17 MAY 2024: 7:00pm - 7:15pm

Rocketman, 10 Roukai Lane

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WRITING ACROSS GENERATIONS

SAT, 18 MAY 2024: 10:00am - 11:00am

Waitākere Room, Aotea Centre

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Shilo Kino

Shilo Kino (Ngā Puhi, Tainui) is a Newsroom columnist and a contributor to The NZ Herald, The Spinoff, The Pantograph Punch and The Guardian. She is taking an immersion te reo Māori course and making the podcast Back To Kura, and is the author of children’s book The Pōrangi Boy. All That We Know is her second book. She currently lives in Tamaki Makaurau.

EVENTS

STORIES TO SAVE LANGUAGES

FRI, 17 MAY 2024: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Limelight Room, Aotea Centre

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ASK ME ANYTHING! (EXCEPT ABOUT MY BOOK)

FRI, 17 MAY 2024: 7:00pm - 7:15pm

Daily Bread, 13 Galway Street

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Avi Duckor-Jones

Avi Duckor-Jones trained as a lawyer before gaining his MA in creative writing from Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters in 2013. His travel writing has been published with BBC Travel, The NZ Listener and Lonely Planet, among others.

Avi has worked as a writing instructor and trip leader for National Geographic, directed a school in Ghana, and is the winner of the reality television competition Survivor New Zealand. His first book, Swim, won the 2018 Viva la Novella award. He currently lives on Waiheke Island with his wife and two children, where he enjoys open-water distance swimming and works as an English Teacher at Waiheke High School.

EVENTS

WRITING THE NEW ZEALAND MAN: A NEW ERA

FRI, 17 MAY 2024: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Limelight Room, Aotea Centre

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