WORD Christchurch: An evening with Zadie Smith

On Wednesday night at Christchurch's beautifully restored Town Hall, Zadie Smith, one of this generation's most important literary voices, took the mic at a WORD Christchurch event, her only New Zealand appearance. A writer apart In her introduction, WORD Christchurch director, Rachael King, quite justifiably described Zadie Smith as being on her dream literary festival…
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3, 2, 1… Horror

Librarians recommend 3 novels, 2 non-fiction titles, and 1 movie all in the horror genre in time for Halloween. Fiction Brother by Ania Ahlborn The Setting: small town, rural America in the 80's. Who does what? A sadistic redneck family from the Appalachian region with an unfortunate hobby - murdering young runaways. Why you might like…
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Halloween: Scarily fun

Dig out your fake cobwebs, black lipstick, and broomsticks - it's that time of year again. While it's true that spooky, scary stuff is not everyone's cup of witch's brew I cannot count myself in that group. I love of bit of dressing up and harmless horror. If you're a Halloween fan too, then here's…
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Stephen King’s The Institute: Great events turn on small hinges…

The Master has done it again - Stephen King comes up with another winner with The Institute. The Institute The Institute takes me back. This book reminds me warmly of some of my favourite Stephen King stories, without repeating them. A remarkable achievement for someone who has been writing for a lifetime - my lifetime…
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