Winter Health Events in July – Food and Sports

Hear an inspiring talk by Kenny McFadden (Steven Adams’ coach) on how he changed a young man’s life with basketball; listen to Anne Else talking about memories of New Zealand cooking and baking based on her world-renowned book: The colour of food: a memoir of life, love & dinner,  and get energized by having a go at Pilates with Anne from Thrive Pilates.
All events are free to attend, located on the warm Central Library ground floor.

Wednesday 12 July, 5:30-6:30pm, Anne Else Talk: The Colour of Food, A Memoir of Life, Love and Dinner
Monday 17 July, 12-1 pm, Anna (Thrive Pilates): Pilates Lesson
Saturday 29 July, 2-3pm, Kenny McFadden Talk: Steven Adams and Basketball

Author talk by Anne Else: The Colour of Food, a memoir of life, love & dinner

Syndetics book coverWellington author Anne Else will be sharing her inspirations of food based on her internationally renowned book: The colour of food : a memoir of life, love & dinner / Anne Else.
“She has the writer’s instinct for a good story and the editor’s keen eye for accuracy and brevity… This is a disarmingly intimate life account that fast forwards and winds back as she savors and suffers a life of friendship, motherhood, love, loss and mealtimes.”- Susette Goldsmith, Listener [sourced from Amazon.com]

Anne Else is a New Zealand writer, editor, blogger, and the author or co-author of five books on women and social history. In 2004 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature. The Colour of Food is her first book about her own story.

5:30-6:30pm, Wednesday 12 July,
Wellington Central Library Ground Floor.

Anna from Thrive Pilates: Pilates Lesson

Syndetics book coverHave a go with Pilates at Wellington Central Library. Anne from Thrive Pilates will teach you how to do Pilates, so wear your comfy clothes and start exercising on the floor.
Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility and posture. Thrive Pilates has given pilates a modern twist and is a fun way for you to achieve core control, alignment, precision, axial elongation, breathing, concentration and movement integration.

12-1 pm, Monday 17 July,
Wellington Central Library Ground Floor.

Kenny McFadden talk: Basketball

Syndetics book coverKenny McFadden was awarded Sports Legend of Wellington in 2014 and was introduced to the Hall of Fame. He is the coach who had changed Steven Adams from a troubled youth to an NBA star in the OKC Thunder team. Kenny McFadden was a “player-coach” of the Wellington Saints he took the team to 7 straight finals appearances winning 5 NBL titles from 1982 to 1988. Kenny founded Hoop Club, the largest basketball club in New Zealand. Kenny was the head coach for the Junior Tall Blacks, taking them to the FIBA U19 World Championships in 2009 in Auckland.  Kenny is also the president of the Wellington Basketball Association. Join Kenny McFadden for his inspiring talk about how he had changed a young person’s life through basketball.

2-3pm, Saturday 29 July,
Wellington Central Library Ground Floor.

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The Long Road from a Broken Heart – NZ author talk on 27 February

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Come along to an author talk by brilliant Kiwi cyclist and photographer Jeremy Scott.
Time: 12-1pm on 27th of February 2017
Location: Ground Floor at Wellington Central Library, 65 Victoria Street.

“Major open heart surgery as a four-year-old child taught Jeremy that life was precious and something to cherish. He began to see life as a rollercoaster ride, filled with challenges and experiences. On the 5th October 2011, Jeremy began a challenge that was of his own design, a journey that was many years in the planning; a 2 ½ year, 51,916km unsupported bicycle ride from London to New Zealand. As he pedalled his way around the planet he accumulated more than enough kilometres to circumnavigate the earth.

While separate encounters with the Iranian and Filipino Mafia had Jeremy fearing for his life, it was the beautiful acts of kindness offered by strangers throughout the world that will forever warm his heart. While this beautiful story of self-discovery will leave you feeling genuinely inspired, Jeremy’s stunning photographs from the road will render you speechless.

At the conclusion of this phenomenal journey, Jeremy wrote the highly successful book ‘The Long Road From a Broken Heart’. It is not only a story about life in the saddle, it is a story about the beautiful side of humanity and an example of what someone can achieve if they believe in themselves and have the courage to chase their dreams.” (Author biography).

Copies of the book will be available for purchase, which he will be happy to sign after the talk.

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Learn more about publishing your masterpiece at Central Library on Friday 9th Dec

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UPDATE: We are happy to announce that we will now be hosting this event at Central Library on FRIDAY 9th DECEMBER at 1PM. Thank you for your patience!

For all of us who are curious about the process of writing and want to know more about what comes next for writers and sometimes takes many years before we can find those labours of love on our library shelves, we have invited author and 2017 Burns Fellow Craig Cliff together with Mākaro Press publisher and author Mary McCallum to join us at the Central Library. They will be discussing how the editing and publishing process works drawing on their own experiences.

indexindexCraig Cliff, author of A Man Melting: Short stories and The Mannequin Makers will be the Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University in 2017. He hopes to be as prolific as he was in 2008, when he set himself the goal of writing a million words in a year (and blogged about it at www.yearofamillionwords.blogspot.com). He only wrote 800,767 words in the end, some of which can be found in his short story collection, A Man Melting, which won Best First Book in the 2011 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. His novel, The Mannequin Makers (2013), has been translated into Romanian and will come out in the U.S. next year.

index3index2Mary McCallum is an author turned publisher. She started up Mākaro Press in Wellington over three years ago and has already published 50 titles, mainly poetry and fiction, and some non-fiction including memoirs. Six titles have already been shortlisted for major awards. Mary is also the author of the award-winning, The Blue (Penguin 2007), a children’s novel Dappled Annie and the Tigrish (Gecko 2014) and a chapbook of poetry The Tenderness of Light. Mary has reviewed books on National Radio for nearly 15 years, and has worked as a bookseller, creative writing tutor, broadcast journalist and TV presenter.

index4Eastbourne: 100 years was published in 2006 and includes one of McCallum’s essays.

 

 

 

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Learn more about Publishing your Masterpiece at the Central Library, 16 November 6pm – EVENT CANCELLED

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Due to the recent earthquakes that have affected the region, this event is now cancelled.

An alternative date will be announced in the next few days. Please keep checking our website for updated information. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope you can join us in a few weeks time. Thank you for your understanding.

To celebrate the art of writing during this Novel Writing Month and to inspire those of us who are taking part in this year’s Nanowrimo challenge, but also all of us who are curious about the process of writing and want to know more about what comes next for writers and sometimes takes many years before we can find those labours of love on our library shelves, we have invited author and 2017 Burns Fellow Craig Cliff together with Mākaro Press publisher and author Mary McCallum to join us on Wednesday 16 November at 6pm at the Central Library. They will be discussing how the editing and publishing process works drawing on their own experiences.

indexindexCraig Cliff, author of A Man Melting: Short stories and The Mannequin Makers  will be the Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University in 2017. He hopes to be as prolific as he was in 2008, when he set himself the goal of writing a million words in a year (and blogged about it at www.yearofamillionwords.blogspot.com). He only wrote 800,767 words in the end, some of which can be found in his short story collection, A Man Melting, which won Best First Book in the 2011 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. His novel, The Mannequin Makers (2013), has been translated into Romanian and will come out in the U.S. next year.

index3index2Mary McCallum is an author turned publisher. She started up Mākaro Press in Wellington over three years ago and has already published 50 titles, mainly poetry and fiction, and some non-fiction including memoirs. Six titles have already been shortlisted for major awards. Mary is also the author of the award-winning, The Blue (Penguin 2007), a children’s novel Dappled Annie and the Tigrish (Gecko 2014) and a chapbook of poetry The Tenderness of Light. Mary has reviewed books on National Radio for nearly 15 years, and has worked as a bookseller, creative writing tutor, broadcast journalist and TV presenter.

index4Eastbourne: 100 years was published in 2006 and includes one of McCallum’s essays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A talk with author Patti Clark

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Do you long to lead an extraordinary life?

Come and hear author Patti Clark talk about her book This Way Up at the Central Library on Thursday 20 October at 1pm on the ground floor. She will discuss the motivation secrets she uses to help others effect positive change in their lives.

From Patti:
“This Way Up is a self-help book aimed primarily at women, but really it’s relevant to everyone.  It’s a story of healing for people who, after spending a lot of their  life nurturing and giving to others, struggle with feeling purposeless.
The first half of the book is a story, and the second half is a workbook.  The workbook’s aim is to help readers work through personal challenges, discover new inspiration, and harness their creative power. It’s a step-by-step way out of this sense of loss and into a life filled with meaning and joy.

From a Reader:
“This Way Up heals and transforms lives. Too often women struggle to find a purpose, after spending much of their life nurturing and giving to others. It’s a story and built-in workbook that supports you through personal challenges, unlocks inspiration through visualisation and harnesses creative power. Author, Patti Clark’s easy seven tools guide you out of feeling a sense of loss and into a life filled with enthusiasm, creativity, and abundant joy.”

In the Press:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/hauraki-herald/84408297/self-help-book-this-way-up-launched-in-thames

A love for Africa – Author talk with Denise Carnihan

“Little did Kiwi woman Denise Carnihan know that what started as her son’s school project on ‘family origins’ would result in visiting her newly discovered family in South Africa in 2009, and lead her and her family on a completely different life journey, culminating in building a fully functioning school in a poor region of Kenya in 2011.

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Inspired by her initial adventure, Denise decided to do a volunteer stint at an orphanage in Kenya. “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could build a little school in a big slum for say 50 kids was the random comment she made to her husband, Chris when they both returned to Kenya the following year. Incredibly, this became the reality for Denise and Chris Carnihan from a small coastal town in New Zealand. They then literally “stumbled” head first into building and establishing their very own primary school – in a large slum, opening with not 50 children as planned … but 117.

Within 18 months the roll had grown to 380+ children and 12 staff. Denise, talks passionately about her love for Africa and her beautiful African journey. And she describes candidly the joys; the immense satisfaction and the overwhelming drive needed to persevere, together with the enormous challenges, battles, and frustrations in establishing a project in a slum of Kenya, where communication and culture operate in extremes.” (Syndetics summary for I share my heart with Africa : a journey like no other)

Come and meet the author who will be sharing her extraordinary tale at the Central Library on Thursday 12 May at 1pm. Denise will also be available to sign copies of her book at the end of the talk.

You can also listen to Denise’s conversation with Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand last November here.

 

 

An evening with local author Emanuel E. Garcia

It is with pleasure that Wellington City Libraries will be hosting an evening on Thursday, 19th November at 6.30 pm with local author Emanuel E. Garcia who will be reading from his latest novel titled Venetian Rogues.

Emanuel, originally from Philadelphia, has lived in Wellington since 2006 and is multitalented. Not only is he is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and writer, but an internationally acclaimed classical music specialist, theatre director, actor and painter.

Venetian Rogues is his fourth novel, and Emanuel is a strong believer in the importance of listening and reading aloud.
We invite you to join us at the Central Library to enjoy an evening of engaging entertainment.

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An evening with suspense/thriller writer Michael Robotham

It is with much pleasure that Wellington City Libraries will be hosting an evening with popular Australian suspense/thriller writer Michael Robotham on Thursday 27th August 2015 at 6.00pm on the ground floor, Central Library, 65 Victoria Street.

He started his career as a journalist in Sydney, later moving to the United Kingdom where he worked for several national newspapers, finally becoming a features editor. From 1996 he became a ghost writer, collaborating on over fifteen ‘autobiographies’.

Syndetics book coverHis first novel titled, The Suspect was published in 2002 and became an instant best-seller, translated into 22 languages.
A recipient of many awards for crime writing, he has published a further 9 novels. Life and Death published in 2014 has now been followed by his most recent titled, Close your Eyes.

Syndetics book coverWe invite you to join us and the many readers who enjoy Michael’s work at the Central Library on the 27th August 2015. Michael will speak about his work, and will be available for questions. This is free event but we recommend booking. Please RSVP to Linda Bruce by phone: 801 4065 or email: Linda.Bruce@wcc.govt.nz.

Meet the NZ Post Winners on 28 August at Central Library

Fresh from the awards ceremony the night before, the winning authors from the New Zealand Post Book Awards come together on 28 August at Central Library to discuss NZ-Post-Awardsstheir books, love of writing, new projects, inspirations and challenges and the books currently on their own ‘must-read’ lists at this free event.

Featuring the winners of these awards:

  • 2014 New Zealand Post Book of the Year
  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • General Non-Fiction
  • Illustrated Non-Fiction
  • People’s Choice

Audience questions will follow, and the winning books will be available for purchase from a Unity Books stand. The authors will be signing copies at the event.

Visit www.nzpostbookawards.co.nz for more information about this event. Full updates on the awards can be found on the New Zealand Post Book Awards’s Facebook page and via @BooksellersNZ on Twitter.

Thursday 28 August
12.15pm – 1.15pm
Wellington Central Library, Ground Floor, 65 Victoria St

 

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An evening with suspense/crime writer Karin Slaughter – Tuesday 12 August

Syndetics book coverIt is with much pleasure that Wellington City Libraries will be hosting an evening with popular American suspense/crime writer Karin Slaughter on Tuesday 12th August 2014 at 6.00pm on the ground floor, Central Library, 65 Victoria Street.

Prolific writer Karin Slaughter’s first novel Blindsighted, published in 2001 became an instant bestseller that sold more than 30 million copies world wide and was translated into 32 languages. This novel set the scene and characters for five other novels in a series titled the Grant County. In 2006 she published Triptych followed by two other novels that formed the Will Trent/Atlanta series. Unseen, published 2013 was the fifth novel in her Georgia series.
Karin Slaughter’s most recent novel, the thrilling murder mystery titled Cop Town is also set in Atlanta, where she resides.

We are especially pleased to welcome Karin as not only is she such a thrilling writer but she is also a strong advocate for libraries.  We invite you to join us and the many readers who enjoy her work at our evening in the Central Library on the 12th August. Karin will be in conversation about her work and will be available for questions. This is a free event, and her novels will be available for purchase and signing.

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