Friday, August 15, 2014

Finally, Australia & New Zealand!!

I am coming. At last! I'm so excited! I've never been to Australia or New Zealand, and though this isn't the trip where I'm going to get to really experience much of either country, I will get to meet some book lovers, who are of course the BEST PART OF ANY COUNTRY! 

Here's the schedule of public events:


Wed, Aug 27 

Remuera Library 6:15 pm talk & signing
427 Remuera Road

Sat/Sun, Aug 30/31 

WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival

Sat, Aug 30, 1-2 pm CREATING WORLDS: YA Fiction panel
Laini Taylor, Elizabeth Knox, Karen Healey, Tania Roxburg

Sun, Aug 31, 1-2 pm SUPERNATURALLY: Laini Taylor & Elizabeth Knox
In conversation

(Can I tell you how thrilled I am to meet Elizabeth Knox who is one of my favorite writers??? Very thrilled! Fantastic books: The Dreamhunter Duet and Mortal Fire (YA), and Wake (adult). Read them!)


Tues, Sept 2

City of Sydney Libraries: Custom House Library 6 pm talk & signing
31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay NSW

Wed, Sept 3

Little Bookroom: 6:30 pm talk & signing
5 Desgraves St., Melbourne

Fri, Sept 5 - Sun, Sept 7

Brisbane Writers Festival

I'm teaching a three-hour writing workshop! Please come!

Fri, Sept 5, 5-6 pm FANTASY: THIS WORLD & THE NEXT panel
Laini Taylor, Isobelle Carmody & Kirilee Baker talk with Trent Jamieson about diving into fantastical other worlds, and bringing some of the magical to this Muggle one

Sat, Sept 6, 10-11 am UNNATURAL CREATURES panel
Laini Taylor, Rjurik Davidson & John Pickrell in a discussion that will look at how weird and wonderful existing (and historical) creatures are, and how fantasy fiction borrows biology and zoology etc to create otherworldly beings -- how fake is fantasy really?

Sat, Sept 6, 3:45-4:30 LOVE YA: EPIC LOVE, STAR-CROSSED OR CURSED panel
Laini Taylor & Aimee Kaufman: Who are your book boyfriends? What books score high on your swoon scale? And are we doing ourselves any favors when real life can seem just a little bit awkward and tame by comparison? The agony and ecstasy of that all-encompassing, overwhelming, EPIC love in YA fiction.

Sun, Sept 7, 1-2 pm LAWS OF MAGIC panel
Laini Taylor, Rjurik Davidson, Trudi Canavan & Kirilee Barker discussing mythologies, legends, and magic systems in genre fiction.



Unknown said...

I wish wish wish wish WISH I could come to the event in Christchurch! Sadly I booked a flight home that weekend :(( Hope you enjoy New Zealand!

Laurence King said...

Have a wonderful trip, Laini! I have never been to that part of the world, but it is quite high on my list :)

Unknown said...

Gah! Why does the universe loathe me so? Why!? You are finally visiting my home country and I will be in America! What cruel twist of fate is this? :’(

tone almhjell said...

Oooh, I want to go to all of these classes, especially the master class! And I really, really want to go to Australia and New Zealand. Have fun!

tone almhjell said...

Your Paris is more beautiful than any Paris I've seen, maybe except for Amelie. And you found Figenskar!

seedlessgrape said...

I am so envious (and also excited for you)! I visited both Australia and New Zealand and would loooove to go back. You are going to have an amazing trip!

I'm not sure if you're bringing the family along or if this fits into your NZ travel plans, but if you have a chance, I highly recommend detouring to Waitomo and checking out the glowworm caves there. They are truly breathtaking, and if you're feeling up for it and have the time, you should definitely try the full 5-hour tour offered by the Black Water Rafting Co. It's got a little bit of physical exertion and you do get wet (so bringing towels from your hotel are recommended), but it's not strenuous and it's by far the most fun and most memorable thing I did in New Zealand.

Unfortunately, Clementine is probably too small to do the Black Water tour, but there are other (dry) tours and like I said, the glowworms are simply breathtaking and well worth the trip.

In Australia, the farmers' markets and restaurants in Melbourne are out of this world. It's a major foodie city!

And if you have the chance, Fishface in Darlinghurst in Sydney had some of the most transcendent sushi I've ever had, hands down. On par with Nobu and all those other fancy Stateside sushi restaurants.

This is all very random information, but these are the most memorable things I experienced in 6 weeks in NZ and AUS and I just wanted to pass along the intel in case it's useful! I hope you have a wonderful time!!!!

Anonymous said...

DANGIT. DANGIT. I missed it. :( :( :( Please come back to Auckland again. :( :( :(

Catherine Buckle said...

Yay, just bought my ticket for the Christchurch event, am so excited!

Melanie said...

Yay! Thank you to your publicists for letting you come to Brisbane!!!!
A friend from my writing group and I are booked in to your masterclass and cannot wait :)

I hope you and your family enjoy your stay in our beautiful city.

Pauline said...

Laini - It was so lovely to meet you and hear you speak at the Brisbane Writer's Festival. Thank you for coming to Australia and we hope to see you here again.

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