Author Talk: The Mires by Tina Makereti

Author Talk: The Mires by Tina Makereti10 Jul - 12.30pm-1.15pm
Author Talk: The Mires by Tina Makereti

About the event

Celebrate the launch of The Mires by Tina Makereti, published by Ultimo Press by joining us in-store to hear from Tina in conversation with Ingrid Horrocks about her new novel.

The Mires by Tina Makereti

All welcome!

About the book:
Three women give birth in different countries and different decades. In the near future, they become neighbours in a coastal town in Aotearoa New Zealand. Single parent Keri has her hands full with four-year-old tearaway Walty and teen Wairere, a strange and gifted child, who always picks up on things that aren't hers to worry about. They live next door to Janet, a white woman with an opinion about everything, and new arrival Sera, whose family are refugees from ecological devastation in Europe.

When Janet’s son Conor arrives home without warning, sporting a fresh buzzcut and a new tattoo, the quiet tension between the neighbours grows, but no one suspects just how extreme Conor has become. No one except Wairere, who can feel the danger in their midst, and the swamp beneath their street, watching and waiting.

About the author:
Tina Makereti is a New Zealander of Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Rangatahi-Matakore and Pākehā descent. Her novels include The Imaginary Lives of James Pōneke and Where the Rēkohu Bone Sings. In 2016 her short story ‘Black Milk’ won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Pacific region. She also co-edited Black Marks on the White Page, an anthology that celebrates Māori and Pasifika writing, with Witi Ihimaera. Her novels, essays and short stories have won recognition in Aotearoa, and she has been the recipient of several writers residencies and awards. Tina teaches creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters, Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. She wrote The Mires while living on the Kāpiti Coast of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Wednesday July 10th, 12.30pm-1.15pm
In-store at Unity Books Wellington
Author Talk about The Mires by Tina Makereti