“Megan Dunn is a comic genius,” Metro Magazine, 2018.

“It’s already one of my favourite New Zealand books,” Hera Lindsay Bird, The Spinoff, 2018.

“I like Tinderbox because it’s so Megan,” Robert Leonard, Chief Curator at City Gallery Wellington and Megan’s boss.


I have recently appeared in three events at WORD Christchurch Festival 2018. In one I spoke about the mermaids of The Wreck Bar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In another, I shared an instance of public shame. And last but not least I did a reading from Tinderbox in You Write Funny! The event was reviewed here. The upshot: I am compared to David Sedaris. Whoop!


My first book Tinderbox was published by Galley Beggar Press in November 2017.

It is about the end of Borders bookstores, Julie Christie and me – but not necessarily in that order.

The publisher says, “Riffing on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel about the end of readingTinderbox is one of the most interesting books in decades about literary culture and its place in the world. More than that, it’s about how every one of us fits into that bigger picture – and the struggle to make sense of life in the twenty-first century.”

Read the first chapter and order your copy here.