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Auckland Writers Festival

Event Details

Friday 19 May 2017
Date:

Friday 19 May 2017

Time:

04:00pm until 05:00pm

Venue:

Lower NZI Room, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD

Location:

Auckland

Sunday 21 May 2017
Date:

Sunday 21 May 2017

Time:

12:00pm until 01:00pm

Venue:

ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

Location:

Auckland

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

Earlybird $20

Standard $25

Students $12.50

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

Earlybird $20

Standard $25

Students $12.50