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Best-selling New Zealand author to visit Invercargill Library

Monday 23 January 2012, 4:54PM
By Invercargill City Council
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INVERCARGILL

Best-selling author Tania Roxborogh is visiting the Invercargill Public Library on Friday, January 27 where she will hold a workshop for young adults and then a public seminar.

Outreach Librarian Kirsty Graham said Tania’s visit would mark the end of the library’s 2011-2012 summer reading programme.

Tania will be holding a writing workshop for young adults in the afternoon, followed by the prize giving of the young adult reading programme, Pursue 100, and then she will host an open public seminar that all members of the public are welcome to attend at 7pm.

“To have a best-selling author visit will be the cherry on top of an amazing season of reading programmes,” Ms Graham said.

Tania Roxborogh is the author of over 20 books across a range of genres. Her real life story ‘Fat, Like Me’ tells of her battle with the obsession with weight loss and gain and her ultimate decision to turn to stomach stapling. Since then has dropped over 50 kg of weight. In doing so she has transformed not only her own life, but those of her husband and two daughters.

“We hope the students taking the workshop have an amazing time learning from Tania as she has so much knowledge about the industry,” Miss Graham said.

“She has much experience with young adults so it seemed fitting to have her visit and share her inspirations with our participants.”

One of her most celebrated works is the Banquo’s Son trilogy where the first book, Banquo’s Son, debuted in 2009 at number three on the adult best sellers’ list in New Zealand and then enjoyed six weeks on the list.

It was awarded the inaugural YA Award for 2010 from the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa and a Notable Book Award for 2010 by the Storylines Children’s Literature Foundation of New Zealand and nominated for the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award 2010 in the Young Adult category. Bloodlines (book two) was selected by The New Zealand Listener as one of the top 50 Children’s books for 2010 (New Zealand and international books).

The open seminar is $5 door entry and refreshments will be provided.