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Ben Naparstek: In Conversation


Fri 14 May 2010, 12:00pm–1:00pm

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

There aren’t many 20-somethings who find themselves Editor of a major magazine, let alone conducting more than 40 interviews with some seriously big hitters in the literary and intellectual world. Ben Naparstek was appointed editor of The Monthly, a magazine which focuses on Australian politics, society and culture in May 2009 at the age of 23.

His first book, In Conversation: Encounters with Great Writers (2009), is a collection of interviews with the famous, the difficult, and the sometimes downright elusive. How did he get on with the likes of Michel Houellebecq, Paul Krugman, Bernard-Henri Levy, Janet Malcolm, Toni Morrison, and Haruki Murakami? And what, in his opinion, makes a good interviewer, and alternatively, interview subject.

Ben talks to New Zealand Listener Arts and Books Editor Guy Somerset.

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

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