Author Talk: Janet Colson—The Shark Party vs. Cut + Paste

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Join us at The Dowse for a talk by Janet Colson, author of the acclaimed novel, The Shark Party, as she reflects on the exhibition Cut + Paste and the art of collage in relation to writing her novel. Proudly supported by Paper Plus Lower Hutt.

The Shark Party and other Escalator Press titles will be available for purchase. Light refreshments provided.


Art and illusion, possession and freedom are the heady components of this fast-paced, psychological drama centered around Carla Eastman and her relationship with Nathan Lowell. When Carla buys him a book about Kurt Schwitters, an artist he is thinking of collecting, a chance encounter with a man in the bookstore changes everything. Patrick, an environmental filmmaker, challenges her relationship and her artistic ambition. In the wake of their fierce attraction, the unscrupulous world that has seduced Carla begins to unravel and Nathan tightens his grip.

“The Shark Party is a brave, enthralling first book.” Siobhan Harvey, February 2015

“. . . my favourite aspect of the book was its investigation and exposé of the art world.” Pip Adam, NZ Books – a quarterly review NZ Books Review 11 March