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Author Talk: Ruby and The Blue Sky - Climate Change Thriller


Thu 20 Oct 2016, 6:00pm–7:30pm

Where: Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Pl, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: kath32

Debut New Zealand novelist Katherine Dewar will be interviewed about 'Ruby and the Blue Sky', a feminist climate change thriller, by Dr Niki Bould of Ahika, Dunedin. The event is hosted by Dunedin Public Libraries and supported by University Bookshop Otago who will be selling copies at the event. There will be time for discussion with the audience and to sign copies.

Dunedin-based Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei said of the book “The world is what we make it. Beautiful, fierce, thriving. This is Ruby’s world and I want in.”

Karitane-based author Iona Winter said “'Ruby and the Blue Sky' is a deftly woven tale of light and shadow, love and hatred. In an abused world, Ruby provides us with hope.”

UK review site The Culture Vulture said “Have you ever read something you enjoyed so much that you didn’t actually want it to end? I was very disciplined to not just stay up all night and devour this one in one gulp.”

Ruby and the Blue Sky is a tale of fame, power, sacrifice - and tea.

Grammy night, 2021. Ruby wins ‘Best Song’ and makes an impulsive acceptance speech that excites nature lovers across the world.

While Ruby and her band celebrate, an extreme evangelical sect, funded by covert paymasters, dispatches a disciple on a ruthless mission to England.

As the band plays its sold-out tour, Ruby is pursued by eco-groupies insisting she uses her new fame to fight climate change.

Back home, in rain-drenched Leeds, Ruby must confront a challenge not even tea, beer or her mum’s veggie lasagne will make go away. In a storm and drought-plagued world, run by cynical old men and self-serving corporations, could one young woman lead change?

Torn between the demands of the climate campaigners and her bandmates, Ruby has to decide how much - and even who - she will sacrifice.

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