Ahh another reason to be in Wellington: James K Baxter’s prose: a launch and a seminar

Victoria University Press warmly invites you to the launch of

James K. Baxter: Complete Prose
edited by John Weir

on Saturday 29 August
at Te Taratara ā Kae, Level 2, Rankine Brown Building, Kelburn Campus Library
Victoria University of Wellington

Seminar: 3.15pm–4.45pm
Launch: 5.00pm–7.00pm
(see below for programme details)
A seminar on aspects of Baxter’s writing life

Fergus Barrowman, publisher at Victoria University Press will introduce the seminar’s speakers:

Dr John Weir on his experiences editing Complete Prose;

Colin Durning, close friend and confidant of Baxter’s on his friendship with the writer;

Eli Kent, playwright and grand-nephew of Baxter, reading a Baxter manuscript on drama;

Dr Paul Millar, Baxter scholar, who will talk about his Baxter research.
Launch of Complete Prose

A karakia for the books will be followed by a performance from Dave Dobbyn singing Baxter’s ‘Song of the Years’.

Guests are invited to stay on for refreshments following the launch.

Copies will be available for purchase courtesy of Vic Books.

This four-volume set contains over a million words, from Baxter’s first draft of ‘Before Sunrise’ as a teenager in 1942 to his ‘Confession to the Lord Christ’ shortly before his death in 1972.

Edited with scrupulous care by John Weir, the Complete Prose is a testament to Baxter’s huge contribution to New Zealand literature, culture and society.

2662 pages: 4 hardback volumes with cloth spines presented in a box.
The box reproduces three details from ‘Poet Three Times’ (Tryptych) by Nigel Brown, acrylic on canvas, Fletcher Trust Collection. $200rrp
The seminar and launch are free to attend, however we do require guests to indicate their attendance by RSVP to Kirsten McDougall by Tuesday 25 August.

Please indicate if you will attend both the seminar and launch, or just one part of the programme
by email: kirsten.mcdougall@vuw.ac.nz
by post: VUP, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140
by phone: 04 4636531

The Rankine Brown Building is located on the harbour side of the main campus entrance off Kelburn Parade. You enter the library through the Hub (the old Quad). Te Taratara ā Kae is located on Level 2 of the library. Library staff wearing red vests are located on Levels 1 and 2 of the library and can help give directions.
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