Canadian-born New Zealander Eleanor Catton is one of those writers who matures young—she was only 28 last year when her novel, The Luminaries, hit the world stage. Winner of both the Governor General’s Award and the Man Booker Prize, The Luminaries places you right into the flurry of New Zealand’s 1860s gold rush, yet still intrigues you with its intricate structure.
It has everything you could want in a great book: adventure, mystery, love, atmosphere, style, and enough pages to get lost in for a good long while. Robert Macfarlane, the chair of judges for the Man Booker Prize, calls it “a magnificent novel: awesome in its structural complexity; addictive in its story-telling; and magical in its conjuring of a world of greed and gold.”
Catton will read from The Luminaries, then have an on-stage conversation with Festival Director Charlene Diehl.
Books will be available on-site. Cash bar.