'Grabit' Great Lake Tales is back for 2012, with a diverse and world class line up of seven New Zealand literary legends... and with additional events in the 2012 still to be announced - there is something on offer to suit every literary taste!
Tickets are now on sale - online at Eventfinder - or instore at Price's Bookshop.
Only $39 per person per event, including a glass of Vidal wine on arrival and canapes.
Or you can purchase a 'Season Pass' for $200 which gives entry for one person to all seven events. Click here to purchase.
Read about our 2012 guest speakers below.
Sunday 29 July: Paul Thomas - Author & Sports Biographer
Paul has also worked as an editor, public relations executive and a consultant. He is a prolific writer who has written numerous novels, select sports biographies and a collection of short stories. ... More»»
Sunday 5 August: Kate De Goldi – Author
Kate De Goldi is a short story writer, an author of young adult fiction, a children’s book author and a writer of journalism pieces. De Goldi also presents book reviews regularly on radio and television.... More»»
Sunday 12 August: Charity Norman – Author
Charity Norman was born in Uganda and brought up in successive draughty vicarages in Yorkshire and Birmingham. After several years' travel she became a barrister, specialising in crime and family law in the northeast of England.... More»»
Saturday 18 August: Libby O'Brien - The Other Story
Sometimes the news stories that are published in the paper aren’t always the most interesting story to be told. Libby O’Brien is a local reporter who has gone back to the people she has previously interviewed to find the real stories her interview subjects have to share. ... More»»
Sunday 19 August: Graham Beattie – Publisher & Literary Icon
Graham Beattie is a full-time book blogger and reviewer following a highly successful career as a publisher. Beattie's Book Blog is one of NZ's most read, receiving in excess of 10,000 visitors a week... More»»
Monday 20 August: Steve Gurney - Action Man
We're thrilled to have partnered with Taupo Chamber of Commerce in bringing kiwi icon Steve Gurney to Taupo for a special After 5 event at Hilton Lake Taupo.Steve's new book, Eating Dirt, is released in August and he will be here to share adventures and yarns from the book... ... More»»
Sunday 26 August: Raybon Kan – Author & Comedian
Named Best Comedian by Metro and North & South, Raybon is one of New Zealand’s most iconic comedians. Reader’s Digest listed him in the 50 Most Trusted Kiwis; and David Hartnell once listed him among NZ’s Top 10 Worst Dressed. Raybon has performed at comedy festivals in Montreal, Edinburgh, and Melbourne, and sold out comedy tours nationwide.... More»»
Sunday 2 September: Cameron Petley - Hunter, Chef & Cookbook Creator
After gaining a cult following on the Masterchef show for his down-to-earth personality and simple cuisine, Petley has been honing his skills and is now Head Chef at Putaruru restaurant Masters Table. His first cookbook will be released in August.... More»»
Sunday 9 September: Nicky Pellegrino – Author
Nicky Pellegrino is the author of best-selling novels like Recipe For Life and The Italian Wedding. This is a unique opportunity to hear Nicky talk first hand about her soon to be released novel, When in Rome.... More»»