What's on at LILAC 
Kia ora

It's Quiz Night on Friday 25th August! Plus a visit by crime writer Kim Hunt on Friday 11th. And some rather good new books.

Opening hours:

Thursdays and Saturdays 11am - 2pm

Wednesday early evening sessions resume in September

An evening with author Kim Hunt

Friday 11th August 6:30 for 7pm @ LILAC

Kim Hunt is a kiwi author of crime mysteries who lived in Australia for many years. Now she is back home, writing and getting on with practical projects. Her first Cal Nyx mystery The Beautiful Dead which was published in 2020 (available at LILAC), was shortlisted for Best First Novel in the 2021 Ngaio Marsh Awards. The second Cal Nyx novel The Quarry has just been published.
Kim will talk about The Quarry, her writing journey and background as an author.

Ranger Cal Nyx works alone in the vast NSW bush reserves but is pulled away from the quiet and solitude by a coded message that only one other person could understand.

Dif, the only remaining link to her family, is in danger. He's also the last person the police are going to take seriously.

No stranger to the complications of Dif's life, and with her femme interstate, Cal burns rubber up and down a lonely coastline, calling in favours from her unique contacts to intercept a relentless killer.

Are Cal's skills, bravado and risky schemes enough to bring a single-minded murderer out of the shadows? Can she save the one and only person who truly gets her?

Light refreshments provided. Koha

Quiz night at Lilac Friday August 25th, 7pm - 9:30pm

Gather your lezzie friends for a fun night out.
Teams of 4 or 5, or register individually and we’ll put you into a team
$20 per team, or $5 per person entry
Nibbles provided, BYO drinks

Register your team by emailing lilac@lesbian.net.nz

 If you have a team, tell us your team’s name and names of team members
If you want to join a team, just your name
Payment: Cash or online (on the night or before). LILAC bank account: Westpac 030502 0030496 00 using your name and "Quiz" as the reference.
Be in quick! Space is limited in the LILAC Lounge, so we will need registrations before the event.

All lesbians welcome.

More events at the LILAC Lounge planned for 2023

The Collective have come up with a list of events, with details still to be firmed up.

September: Spring Art Exhibition opening
October: Lesbian Herstory Month event: a local history tour of places of lesbian interest in the CBD, finishing at LILAC; plus another coming out meetup
November: AGM
Film fundraisers whenever we spot an interesting movie

We welcome suggestions from members of events they would like to see at the LILAC Lounge, and could help to organise and run them.

Art at LILAC

Current exhibitions at LILAC

The current exhibition at LILAC is a display of Alison Bechdel's calendars from the 1990s, from a private collection.
Too young to remember Alison's Dykes to watch out for comic strips? We have the books at LILAC. And check her website - there's a blog post about her visit to Paekākāriki in 2014!

Also on display are card reproductions of paintings by Wilhelmina Irving, an Indonesian-born woman of Dutch heritage who spent her adult life in New Zealand.

Spring Exhibition at LILAC

Lesbian artists are busy creating their works for the Spring exhibition. There are still a few canvases - email lilac@lesbian.net.nz if you are interested in contributing to the exhibition.

DIY Exhibitions at LILAC

A shout out to any lesbian artists wanting to hold an exhibition at LILAC in 2023 - you're welcome to get in touch. Email lilac@lesbian.net.nz

Book Group is taking a break until Spring

In the meantime there is a display of sporty books for relaxation or distraction during the footy tournament 

New books on the shelves  - arrived 3rd August

Including two winners of 2023 Lambda Literary Awards ... we bring you the best

The Lesbiana's guide to Catholic school, by Sonora Reyes

Sixteen-year-old Mexican American Yami Flores starts Catholic school, determined to keep her brother out of trouble and keep herself closeted ... more.
Winner of the 2023 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ+ Young Adult fiction

Lost & found : a memoir, by Kathryn Schulz

Part memoir, part guidebook to living in a world that is simultaneously full of wonder and joy, and of wretchedness and suffering ... more.
Winner of the 2023 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir/Biography

Mrs. S, by K. Patrick

A striking debut novel that explores sexual power and sensual discovery amid a heatwave at an English girls’ boarding school ... more.

LILAC gratefully acknowledges the invaluable financial support we receive from the Armstrong and Arthur Charitable Trust for Lesbians.

The A&A Trust  commemorates the support of Bette Armstrong and Bea Arthur for the lesbian community in Wellington. It is a registered charity that welcomes bequests and donations to enable it to assist lesbian communities in the Wellington region.

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