Our Top 11 Picks for Auckland Writers Festival 2019

Auckland Writers Festival 2019
14 March, 2019

Award-winning hip-hop artist, writer, poet and historian Akala fuses sound and storytelling. He speaks with New Zealand Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh.

Porochista Khakpour

In her latest book Sick: A Memoir, she examines the impact that illness has had on her life.

Joy Cowley

Celebrate her remarkable life in writing in this free session to end the Auckland  Writers Festival.

Patrick deWitt

The Canadian novelist and screenwriter Patrick deWitt is an amusing stylist of the highest order who credits his liking for “inane comedic dialogue” to early and sustained exposure to Monty Python.

Jeff Tweedy

Tweedy opens up about his creative process and the people and places that have shaped him.


Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.

Kinley Salmon

Are the robots really knocking at the door? And what does all this mean for Aotearoa? New Zealand economist Kinley Salmon, a graduate of Cambridge and Harvard universities now working in the United States, tackles these questions in his new book Jobs, Robots and Us

Andrew Sean Greer

Andrew Sean Greer’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning novel Less has amassed a legion of fans. He speaks with Noelle McCarthy about his work, and the wisdom to be found in the fabric of a life.

The New 90

Ten decades have passed since the end of the First World War. In that time the world has turned, but by how much?

Anshel Pfeffer

He is the author of Bibi:The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak is one of Australia’s most successful exports, a six-time novelist best known for The Book Thief, an international smash hit also adapted for the screen.