Friday, November 2, 2012

A born anarchist (my feature interview with Ian Rankin)


This week's issue of the New Zealand Listener (dated 3-9 November 2012) includes a large feature article based on my recent interview with iconic British crime writer Ian Rankin (see above). I had the pleasure of interviewing Rankin several weeks ago, purportedly about the release of his 'Rebus returns' book STANDING IN ANOTHER MAN'S GRAVE - but like the best interviews, we ended up talking about many more things than just the latest Rebus adventure. It was also one of the very first interviews Rankin had done about the new book - ahead of all the British press etc, which was nice because it meant Rankin wasn't jaded about answering similar questions about Rebus's return, why he brought him back, and wasn't given 'rote answers' he'd used in other interviews etc - the entire conversation was fresh and interesting and I came away from it inspired and 'buzzing'.

For those in New Zealand, you can read the feature article in this week's New Zealand Listener (the one with the Statue of Liberty on the cover). For those abroad, the full online version will be available in ten days. I will post a link to that then. Rankin also arrives in New Zealand for a book tour around that time:

Here's a quick summary:

Monday 12 November - AUCKLAND
A North Shore Libraries and Paper Plus evening event
Spend an hour with Ian Rankin as he converses with Craig Sisterson about his writing and his new novel 'Standing in Another Man’s Grave'.

Time: 7.00 – 8.30pm
Location: The Spencer on Byron Hotel, 9 – 17 Byron Avenue, Takapuna
Tickets: $20 available at www.eventfinder.co.nz

Tuesday 13 November - WELLINGTON
A Dominion Post and Whitcoulls evening event

Time: 6.30 – 8.00pm
Location: Amora Hotel, 170 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Tickets: $25, which includes a complimentary drink. Dominion Post subscribers will be able to purchase tickets for $20. They will available on dashtickets.co.nz from early October (and booking fees apply).

Wednesday 14 November - DUNEDIN
Event in conjunction with Otago University and the University Book Shop.

Time: 5.30 – 7.00pm
Venue: The College of Education auditorium, Otago University, Union Street East
Tickets: Free tickets are available from the University Book Shop, the Dunedin Public Library and the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies

1 comment:

  1. You are so lucky! I missed him when he came to Montreal last year for a reading, and a few years before that when he was here in Ottawa for our Writer's Festival. A whole tour in your country! I am picking up Standing in Another's Man's Grave for my Christmas present to myself. It's exciting to have Rebus back! and with Malcolm Fox, should be interesting.

    It sounds like you had a good interview with him, too. Is the link posted yet? I can't see it.

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