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July book events (updated) feature bodgies, whanau, cycling and poetry

Six free events featuring local writers for your July diary from today onward.

Dame Fiona Kidman (above) will mark the publication of her new book This Mortal Boy (Penguin Books) in a lunchtime conversation with fellow author Redmer Yska from 12:00 to 12:45pm on Monday 2 July. The novel is based on the life of “jukebox killer” Albert Black, the second to last person to be executed in New Zealand; hanged as a murderer in 1955 at just 20 years of age.

Fishing for Maui, a novel about food, whānau and mental illness by Isa Pearl Ritchie (above) will be launched from 6:00 to 7:30pm on Wednesday 4 July.

Mākaro Press publisher Mary McCallum will have her latest poetry collection, XYZ of Happiness, launched by publishing rangatira Roger Steele at a once in a half-century event at Meow on Saturday 7 July from 3:00pm to 5:30pm. The afternoon will include musical entertainment from Mary’s band The Brooklyns.

Sequoia Schmidt began a month-long bike journey of Aotearoa in early 2017 and found that she connected with much more than just the land where she is from. She writes about her solo excursion in Changing Gears: Ups and Downs on the New Zealand Road (a finalist in the New Age: Non-Fiction category of the 2018 International Book Awards), and will talk about her journey on Tuesday 10 July from 12:00 to 12:45pm.

Victoria University Press is holding a double launch from 6:00pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 12 July for two debut collections by local poets. Poūkahangatus is by Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau ā Apanui/Ngāti Porou) who was the recipient of the Adam Foundation Prize in 2017 following her completion of the Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington. People from the Pit Stand Up is the work of Sam Duckor-Jones, a sculptor and poet who lives in Featherston. He won the Biggs Poetry Prize from Victoria University of Wellington in 2017.

Potton & Burton will launch Tony Williams Goldsmith at Unity Books on Tuesday 17 July from 6:00pm. This retrospective of the work of one of the finest jewellers and goldsmiths working in New Zealand is beautifully documented by Tony Goldsmith in conjunction with writer and editor Emma Neale and art and craft historian Rigel Sorzano.

The public is warmly welcomed to all these free events.

More information at the Unity Books website.