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Fri 14 May 2010, 4:30pm–5:30pm

Where: Lower NZI Room, Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Dr, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard, from 12 May: $19.50
  • Earlybird: $16.50
  • Club Member: $15.50
  • Student: $9.75
  • Additional fees may apply

Poet Alison Wong’s debut novel, As the Earth Turns Silver, has had rave reviews.

Set in the early 20th century, it is an intertwining story of two families: Wong Chung-yung has recently arrived in Wellington and finds himself in a land that does not welcome Chinese; Katherine McKechnie is struggling to raise two children after the death of her husband. In a climate of hostility towards foreign newcomers, and with the First World War an ominous presence, Katherine and Yung embark on a poignant, dangerous and far-reaching love affair. ‘… a truly beautiful book about the sadness of racism and why we allow ourselves to be hurt by love.

I have been lucky enough to work with some great writers exploring Chinese culture … Alison Wong is one of those.’ (Toby Eady)

Chair: Graham Beattie.

Presented as a part of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.

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