Author Talk: Witi Ihimaera on Navigating the Stars

12:30 pm
13:15 pm
Unity Books Wellington
57 Willis Street

Unity Books and Random House NZ/Vintage warmly invite you to a talk from the much-loved Witi Ihimeara on his latest book, Navigating the Stars. All welcome - pending a move to Alert Level 1..

Navigating the Stars: Maori Creation Myths From master storyteller Witi Ihimaera, a spellbinding and provocative retelling of traditional Maori myths for the twenty-first century. In this milestone volume, Ihimaera traces the history of the Maori people through their creation myths. He follows Tawhaki up the vines into the firmament, Hine-titama down into the land of the dead, Maui to the ends of the earth, and the giants and turehu who sailed across the ocean to our shores . . . From Hawaiki to Aotearoa, the ancient navigators brought their myths, while looking to the stars — bright with gods, ancestors and stories — to guide the way. ‘Step through the gateway now to stories that are as relevant today as they ever were.’

"There is so much richness in this book I think I'll have to read it several times over . . . When you're reading this book you feel as though you are an active listener, you're sitting in the room and you hear all these voices inform the tale . . . I appreciate these interruptions because sometimes they're so funny . . . it's beautiful . . . the story is layered in so many different ways . . . I think that it's something that everyone should have in their library." Michelle Rahurahu Scott, Radio NZ