Au­thor talks about war book

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

The im­pacts of World War I con­tin­ued long af­ter the dec­la­ra­tion of Ar­mistice Day, and the com­mu­nity can be part of keeping th­ese sto­ries alive by at­tend­ing a book launch.

Ro­torua au­thor Lyn­d­say Camp­bell will be telling the story be­hind her new novel The Aro Street Girls at the Ro­torua Library next Fri­day.

Joanne Dil­lon, Ro­torua Library mar­ket­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and events lead, says the library is de­lighted to host Lyn­d­say for the book launch.

Lyn­d­say’s lat­est novel, The Aro St Girls, is set in Welling­ton fol­low­ing World War I and is based on the true story of her great aunt who died dur­ing the flu epi­demic.

While peace may have been de­clared on November 11, Ar­mistice Day, the im­pacts of World War I con­tin­ued long af­ter.

Joanne says nov­els like The Aro St Girls keep the sto­ries of war alive, par­tic­u­larly the New Zealand sto­ries.

“With it be­ing 100 years since the ar­mistice was signed be­tween the Al­lies of World War I and —

Ger­many, it’s im­por­tant we en­sure that the sto­ries of the war con­tinue to be told.

“In shar­ing th­ese sto­ries we can ac­knowl­edge those who lost their lives or re­turned home for­ever changed, as well as the im­pact on their loved ones and the coun­try as a whole.”

Joanne says at the launch you get an in­sight, not only into the con­tent of the book, but also into the process of re­search­ing and writ­ing it.

“At this event the au­thor will share sto­ries told to her by her grand­mother and from her own life.”

Lyn­d­say will also walk the au­di­ence through the fas­ci­nat­ing jour­ney she took to re­search, write and pub­lish this book, both in print and ebook for­mats.

“Read­ing a book af­ter you have at­tended a book launch and met the au­thor adds an ex­tra level to the read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We in­vite you to come along to meet Lyn­d­say and hear her story.”

All are wel­come, though peo­ple need to RSVP for cater­ing pur­poses.

■ This can be done at­toru­al­i­ or by call­ing (07) 348 4177.

A gold coin koha is ap­pre­ci­ated and tea and cof­fee will be pro­vided.

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Lyn­d­say Camp­bell will be talk­ing about her lat­est book at the Ro­torua Library.

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