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Pet Subjects
An evening with bestselling author Catherine Chidgey

Thursday 11th April, 7pm
CHB Municipal Theatre, Waipawa

Bestselling author Catherine Chidgey currently has two books on the NZ Top Ten Fiction list: The Axeman’s Carnival and Pet. What a coup for CHB to have Catherine in conversation with Louise Ward of Wardini Books! 

Catherine Chidgey is a novelist and short story writer whose work has been published to international acclaim.  In A Fishbone Church won Best First Book at the New Zealand Book Awards and at the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in her region. In the UK it won the Betty Trask Award and was longlisted for the Orange Prize.    


Golden Deeds was Time Out’s book of the year, a Notable Book of the Year in The New York Times and a Best Book in the LA Times. She has won the Prize in Modern Letters, the Katherine Mansfield Award, the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship, the Janet Frame Fiction Prize, and the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize for The Wish Child. Remote Sympathy was shortlisted for the DUBLIN Literary Award and the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction, and was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. The Axeman's Carnival won the Acorn at the New Zealand Book Awards - the country's biggest literary prize.


Raised in Wellington, New Zealand, Chidgey was educated at Victoria University and in Berlin, where she held a DAAD scholarship for post-graduate study in German literature. She lives in Ngāruawāhia and lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Waikato.

Louise Ward is a former police officer and teacher, now co-owner of Wardini Books in Havelock North and Napier, finally putting that English Literature degree to relevant use. She reviews books for RNZ, Kete, Bay Buzz and the Napier Courier and plays fiddle in a couple of bands. Louise is a Hawke’s Bay mainstay of fun, style and all things literary!

We are super excited about this event and it will be be popular so get your tickets quick!

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