Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Pacific Room’ the debut novel from Michael Fitzgerald

Michael Fitzgerald’s debut novel The Pacific Room (Transit Lounge $29.95) tells of the last days of Tusitala, ‘the teller of tales’, as Robert Louis Stevenson became known in Samoa where he chose to die.
In 1892 Girolamo Nerli travels from Sydney by steamer to Apia, with the intention of capturing something of Jekyll and Hyde in his portrait of the famous author. Nerli’s presence sets in train a disturbing sequence of events.
More than a century later, art historian Lewis Wakefield comes to Samoa to research the painting of Tusitala’s portrait by the long-forgotten Italian artist.

On hiatus from his bipolar medication, Lewis is freed to confront the powerful reality of all the desires and demons that R. L. Stevenson couldn’t control. Lewis’s personal journey is shadowed by the story of the lovable Teuila, a so-called fa‘afafine (‘in the manner of a woman’), and the spirit of Stevenson’s servant boy, Sosimo.
Set in an evocative tropical landscape haunted by the lives and spirits which drift across it, The Pacific Room is both a love letter to Samoa and a lush and tender exploration of artistic creation, of secret passions and merging dualities.

 
Available 1 July  at all good bookstores .
RRP - A29.95  -  Transit Lounge Publishing, Melbourne

Author pic right.

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What's on: July highlights at Auckland City Libraries



July school holidays
Saturday 8 July - Sunday 23 July
Hooray! The July 2017 school holidays are almost here! We've put together a great programme of events to keep kids busy these holidays, related to the theme 'What Lies Beneath...'
Thursday 6 July, Pukekohe Library
Former Franklin sexton Joe McClunie will talk about his role and his knowledge of the cemeteries and their histories. This talk is part of Pukekohe Library's Heritage Matters series.
Diana Bowden
Thursday 13 July, Devonport Library
Join us at the launch of Her Finest Hour to hear war historian Gabrielle McDonald-Rothwell talk about her book on Diana Rowden, the unknown wartime secret agent and "one of SOE's finest and bravest".
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Tuesday 4 July, Remuera Library
Brett Murray will talk about his epic adventure in Siberia, working with the scientists, rangers and environmentalists who work to protect the Siberian tiger from extinction.
monsters under the bed
Friday 7 July, Helensville Library
Bring along a soft toy to join in the fun of our Monster Storytime. Leave your toy overnight, so they have a library sleepover, then pick them up the next day!
Don't miss ...
microgreens
Saturday 1 July, Highland Park Library
Find out how to grow your own healthy microgreens, salads and sprouts. Save money and eat well with zero waste.
Herewini Easton
Wednesday 12 July, Central City Library
Join Herewini Easton on a pictorial journey of the ancient shoreline of Auckland’s waterfront, from Point Erin to Brickfield Bay.
awake man
Thursday 20 July, St Heliers Library
This talk covers myths around sleep and provides ideas on how to improve one's sleep. It also looks at other ways to de-stress.
simonne Butler book cover
Saturday 22 July, Waitakere Central Library
The woman behind the headlines in her own words. Double-edged Sword, The Simonne Butler Story question and answer session.
anime boy
Every 2nd Thursday, Mangere Town Centre Library
Do you love anime characters and movies? Reading manga and graphic novels and hearing about series that others have read and enjoyed?
wood-turning
Saturday 29 July, Blockhouse Bay Library
Arts at the Library: Wood-turning demonstration with Graham Bourquin.
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