Line-up revealed for the Auckland Writers Festival 2019

by The Listener / 13 March, 2019

This year's line-up for the Auckland Writers Festival boasts a collection of international stars alongside the country's finest.

Among the international guests are Irish novelist John BoyneGeneration X author Douglas Coupland, Pakistani-British writer Kamila Shamsie, British historian Sir Antony BeevorThe Book Thief author Mark Zusak, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson and memoirist and Wilco lead singer Jeff Tweedy, profiled in next week's Listener.

Local talent includes CK SteadFiona KidmanWiti IhimaeraLloyd JonesVincent O'SullivanPaula MorrisJoanne DraytonMaurice GeeSir Kim Workman and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who will talk about a book covering her rise to power in 2017.

The guest list – international authors coming to this year's festival:

  • Jill Abramson: American journalist and author of The Merchants of Truth.
  • Akala: British hip-hop artist, writer and poet.
  • Sir Antony Beevor: British writer and military historian.
  • John Boyne: Irish writer best-known for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
Jill Abramson. Photo/Peter Yang/Supplied

Jill Abramson. Photo/Peter Yang/Supplied

  • Elaine Castillo: Filipina-American author.
  • David Chariandy: Canadian writer and academic. 
  • Alexander Chee: American-Korean fiction writer, teacher and poet.
  • Eugenia Cheng: British writer of popular mathematics books.
  • Artemis Cooper: British writer and biographer, granddaughter of Lady Diana Cooper.
  • Douglas Coupland: Canadian writer, designer and visual artist best known for Generation X.
  • Patrick Dewitt: US-based Canadian novelist and screenwriter.
  • Val Emmich: American writer, singer-songwriter and actor.
John Boyne. Photo/Peter Sapienza/Supplied

John Boyne. Photo/Peter Sapienza/Supplied

  • Jenny Erpenbeck: German novelist, playwright and opera director.
  • Sally Gardner: British children's author, who also writes adult fiction under the pen name Wray Delaney.
  • Peter Godfrey-Smith: Australian professor of history and philosophy of science.
  • Charles Graeber: American writer and former medical student.
  • Andrew Sean Greer: American Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction novelist.
  • Carla Guelfenbein: Chilean author and former designer and fashion editor.
  • Caoilinn Hughes: Irish poet and novelist.
  • Porochista Khakpour:  American-Iranian novelist and former refugee.
  • Richard McGregor: Australian journalist and author.
  • Anne Michaels: Canadian poet and novelist.
Carla Guelfenbein. Photo/Barbara San Martin/Supplied

Carla Guelfenbein. Photo/Barbara San Martin/Supplied

  • Sisonke Msimang: Australian writer and daughter of South African freedom fighters.
  • Mary Norris: American author, "comma queen" and longtime copy editor of the New Yorker.
  • Susan Orlean: American journalist and author of The Orchid Thief, inspiration for the film Adaptation.
  • Sarah Perry: Award-winning British novelist.
  • Anshel Pfeffer: British-Israeli journalist and biographer of Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • Kate Raworth: British economist and author of Doughnut Economics.
  • Anna Rosling Ronnlund: Swedish co-author of Factfulness.
  • Ola Rosling: Swedish co-author of Factfulness.
  • Kamila Shamsie: Pakistani-English author of Home Fire.
Kamila Shamsie. Photo/Supplied

Kamila Shamsie. Photo/Supplied

  • Tony Tan: Malaysian-Australian chef and food writer.
  • Tui Atua: Former Samoan Prime Minister and "leading cultural custodian of the Pacific".
  • Maria Tumarkin: Australian author cultural historian and professor of writing.
  • Jeff Tweedy: Memoirist and singer-songwriter of American rock band Jeff Tweedy.
  • Rebecca Vaughan: British actor and playwright.
  • Renée Watson: American novelist, educator and activist.
  • Luke Wright: British poet, performer, publisher, curator and broadcaster.
  • Markus Zusak: Australian author of The Book Thief.


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