Bookumentary Talks on the Big Screen


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Every Friday from 30 August, talks, interviews and presentations by authors, writers, illustrators and poets will be played on the big screen in the Community Pride area at Rotorua Library, Te Aka Mauri.   

The Bookumentary screenings will include esteemed ​NZ authors such as Dame Ann Salmond who, in an interview with Chris Wikaira about her latest book, "Tears of Rangi" she challenges us to rethink our relationships with the waterways, land and each other.  ​​​

Described as a literary star, Witi Ihimaera has written 7 short story collections, and 15 novels, including "The Whale Rider" and "The Matriarch.'  "Pounamu, Pounamu", a classic New Zealand book of short stories by Ihimaera, has not been out of print since it was first published in 1972 - 47 years ago.   Ihimaera talks about his creative journey from writing books to writing ballet.

The unmistakable voice of David Attenborough speaks out about the "creeping disaster" of climate change to mark Conservation Week on Friday 20 September.  Sir David Frederick Attenborough, broadcaster, writer and natural historian is interviewed by HRH Prince William.

Local girl and spoken word artist, Alina Siegfried aka Ali Jacs will inspire us with a slam poetry tribute to the book, Big world small planet.

The sessions will run each Friday from 10.30am.  Time to grab a coffee from the Coffee Cart and find a good spot to listen in.

It is envisaged that Bookumentary will provide an opportunity to get more insight into the authors whose work we enjoy reading so much.

Bookumentary Timetable

Friday 30 AugustAli Jacs ​Poetry slam.
​Friday 6 September​Emma Thompson and Ian McKeown discuss novel and movie "The Children's Act".
​Friday 13 September​Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori​Dr Anne Salmond discusses her most ambitious book to date, Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds.
​Friday 20 September​Conservation Week​​Prince William interviews David Attenborough on his life's work​.
​Friday 27 September​Chinese Language Week​Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process.
​Friday 4 October
A Conversation with Daniel Radcliffe and JK Rowling​
​Friday 11 October​​​Revealing the truth about writer Danielle Steel​.
​Friday 18 October​Conversation with New Zealand Writers: Paul Cleave, Sophie Siers and Kelly Joseph.
​Friday 25 October​Ian Rankin and Val McDermid put 'mystery' questions to each other.
​Friday 1 November​Markus Zusak discusses his novel Bridge Of Clay at Auckland Writers Festival 2019.
​Friday 8 November​Two interviews with author of "Becoming" and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
​Friday 15 November​Donovan Bixley of "Flying Furballs" talks about how he brings words and pictures together to tell the story and balances the roles of author and illustrator.
​Friday 22 November​Tara Westover discusses her bestselling memoir "Educated".
​Friday 29 November​Nigella Lawson: In Conversation​ at Auckland Writers Festival 2018.
​Friday 6 December​Heather Morris, author of the international bestseller "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" discusses the real-life Lale who inspired her debut novel.
​Friday 13 December​Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice.
​Friday 20 December​​

Page reviewed: 12 Feb 2020 10:19am