Sunday, July 19, 2009

the angelic conversation

Thank you Rachael King for finding the trailer for The Vintner's Luck!

I can't wait. And I can't wait to read Knox's The Angel's Cut [ where Xas from VL hits Hollywood] but it's on hold while I finish Eleanor Catton's The Rehearsal which is up for the Montanas in a week's time.

There's a fascinating interview with Catton in The Times Online. And really, this young woman - a mere 24 years old - is a stellar talent. With the Vintner's Luck movie in my head at the moment, I can't help but think that that Catton is a talent in the way of Elizabeth Knox: each of them ignores literary fashion and forges a singular, highly original voice.

Wellington's Writers on Monday series has Knox speaking on August 17 at Te Papa 12.15-1.15 pm. Meanwhile, this week's Writers on Monday event [July 20, Te Papa's Soundings Theatre, 12.15] is a curtain-raiser for Montana Poetry Day on Friday with some Best NZ Poems being read by the poets that penned them. And there are some more poets reading at Unity Books on Friday lunchtime [July 24] from 12.30 including the likes of Alison Wong and Airini Beautrais.

I'd highly recommend abandoning the usual lunchtime chit-chat for these snippets of the angelic conversation.

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