Marsden Books Newsletter February 2016
Wellington is a great place to be in February, sunny days, long evenings and Karori alive again with the sound of children heading off for another year at school. The International Festival of the Arts is looming and we have the programme book for the Writers Week available at the shop. There is the usual great selection of overseas visiting authors including two of our favourite children’s authors, Sally Gardner and Cornelia Funke. The Wellington Writers Week is now competing with Auckland, which is an annual event. We all need to support the Wellington festival to make sure we continue to get these wonderful authors coming back to our city.
Monday March 21st 6 pm: Please join us to meet and hear Julie Thomas, author of Keeper of Secrets and the sequel, her new novel Rachel’s Legacy. RSVP by March 18th.
Friday April 1st 5.30 pm: Please join us to meet and hear author Jocelyn Robinson speak about Radical Reformers and Respectable Rebels, based on the true story of Grace Oakeshott who staged her own death in England in order to reinvent herself in the far flung colony of New Zealand in the early 1900s. RSVP by March 30th.
Easter Hours: Closed Good Friday, Open Saturday March 26th, Closed, Sunday, Monday.
Stocktake: On Saturday April 2nd we shall be closed early at 1 pm for stocktake.
Start Right Series: This is a series of workbooks covering the NZ Curriculum in English, Maths and Science which can be used as a resource at home. Available for Year 1 to Year 8.
Favourite Festival Authors:
Henry Marsh, a neurosurgeon who has written Do No Harm. A fascinating account of his life as a doctor and his opinions on the future of medicine.
Andrew O‘Hagan, author of The Illuminations. He uses the connected lives of a soldier in Iraq and his grandmother to tell the story of what we hide and what we reveal in our lives.
Patrick Gale, A Place Called Winter. The huge emotional toll of forbidden love.
Sally Gardner, has written many of our favourite children’s books for 5 to 7, Lucy Willow and the Operation Bunny trilogy. She also writes wonderful historical fiction for 12 year olds, I Coriander and The Silver Blade, to mention two.
The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes, an unsettling account of Shostakovich trying to survive under Stalin’s rule in Russia.
Exposure by Helen Dunmore. Another brilliant novel by this author set in London in the Cold War.
Happy Reading from us all at Marsden Books.