Book Fairs

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I finally understand why book fairs exist. Wandering the bustling halls of Frankfurt yesterday, I bumped into an amazing range of people.
It was a lovely surprise to catch up with John Barnett of South Pacific Pictures. He’s very pleased with how development of Cleo the movie is coming along. Watch out world!
Waiting in the green room before my presentation in the New Zealand pavilion, I had a 

chat with Lloyd Jones. He’s excited about the soon to be released movie of his masterpiece Mr Pip. Who wouldn’t be with the star of House in the leading role?
After the presentation, my New Zealand publisher was waiting to say hello. As was cat lover Katha, who’d driven two hours for the event. Katha presented me with a small tin of chocolates, which was very kind of her.
We then had coffee with delightful Witi Ihimaera. When I lived in Auckland Witi and I had lunch together every week, and I still miss him. He’s an inspiration on many levels.
Soon after, we bumped into my UK publisher Lisa Highton, and then Wenona Byrne of Allen and Unwin (Australia). Wenona did a terrific job finding so many foreign publishers wanting to translate my work into their own languages…and the list is set to grow even longer.
Stopping by my US publisher’s stand, we met Meryl and Jacky, who were hugely successful getting Cleo into US Readers Digest as well as a long list of book clubs. Bubbling with enthusiasm, they’re aiming to do the same with Cats and Daughters when it’s released in the US next March.
It was a wonderful day meeting so many people I wanted to thank in person.

In the evening we were honoured to attend dinner at a grand old hotel with some of the world’s greatest publishers and writers.
None of it would’ve been possible without my wonderful German language publisher Martina Schmidt. Martina has showered Philip and me with the most generous hospitality over the past week.
We were sad to say goodbye to her this morning as she headed back to Vienna.
Tomorrow, we farewell Frankfurt and fly to Athens. Only two and a half weeks left of what has been a magic carpet ride.


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