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Auckland Writers Festival
Friday 19 May 2017
Sunday 21 May 2017
The Asia New Zealand Foundation is proud to support the Auckland Writers Festival bring two esteemed authors to New Zealand.
Street of Eternal happiness: Rob Schmitz
NPR Shanghai correspondent Rob Schmitz has created an unforgettable portrait of modern China through the eyes of an array of real-life people living along a single street in Shanghai in his book Street of Eternal Happiness.
From Zhao the shopkeeper to Auntie Fu, a fervent capitalist, and musician and café owner CK, here are stories that provide a tale of 21st century China, its multi-layered past and the influence of the state on individual dreams.
He speaks with Guyon Espiner about his life as a foreign correspondent and the streets of Shanghai.The Asia New Zealand Foundation supported the Auckland Writers Festival to bring Rob Schmitz to New Zealand.
- 12:00pm-1:00pm, 21 May
- ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
The Boat Rocker: Ha Jin
Ha Jin is the author of National Book Award for Fiction winner Waiting and most recently of the darkly-comic The Boat Rocker – an examination of the moral dimensions of journalism via the tale of a Chinese expat working in New York who suspects the hype surrounding a Chinese bodiceripper. Jin, who left China for good in 1985, writes from a position of both freedom and exile. The Boat Rocker however, notes The New York Times, “is no polemic masquerading as a novel”. Jin speaks with Michael Williams.
- 4:00pm – 5:00pm, 19 May
- Lower NZI Room, Aotea Centre
- 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD