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Sun 27 Oct, 1.30pm
60 mins, no interval

FULL $16

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Meet Nelson-based novelist Christine Leunens, whose novel Caging Skies is the inspiration for a major new Hollywood film.

This gripping novel, translated into 17 languages and just republished in a new edition, is about a boy who embraces the Nazi dream and becomes a member of the Hitler Youth, but soon discovers his parents are hiding a young Jewish woman in their home.

A New Zealand-Belgian novelist, Leunens is also the author of two other novels, Primordial Soup and A Can of Sunshine, and an upcoming Franco-NZ historical novel, South of Memory, set at the time of the Rainbow Warrior bombing.

She talks with Kerry Sunderland about Caging Skies’ fascinating journey from page to screen.

Christine Leunens is the author of three novels, which have been translated into more than 17 languages. Born in Hartford, Connecticut to an Italian mother and a Belgian father, she has dual New Zealand/Belgian citizenship. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University, and a PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington. She now lives in Nelson and is completing an historical Franco-New Zealand novel set around the time of the Rainbow Warrior bombing.

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