Booksellers NZ is delighted to announce that the winner of the ‘Love Letter to Bookshops’ competition, held as part of the NZ Bookshop Day festivities, is Marcus Hobson, who wrote a love letter to Books a Plenty bookshop, in Tauranga.
Reading to dogs? Dogs in bookshops? Scandinavian delights? Buy a book and feed an author? All this, and much more, are all on offer on Saturday, 29 October for NZ Bookshop Day – Your Place, Your Bookshop.
This year 170 bookshops from Whangarei to Invercargill are celebrating their vibrancy and uniqueness, as well as the vital role that bookshops play inour communities.
Kia ora Christchurch bookshops! The booksellers of Ōtautahi work in a challenging, ever-changing environment as our city rebuilds post-earthquakes. Over the last six years, they have demonstrated grit and determination, and played an integral part of the city’s regeneration.
There is more change afoot in the Christchurch bookshop scene. Scorpio Books has a new shop at 120 Hereford Street, right in the centre of the city rebuild. Piccadilly Books is opening a new branch in Bishopdale. Papertree, currently in Addington, are expanding to five stores, including one in Riccarton, and one in Rangiora. There are even rumours of a new Paper Plus coming in another suburb.
Bookshops are an entry to 30,000 universes, as author Matt Haig remarked recently on Twitter, and this is why booksellers are so special. They are the ones who know which book will open which door for which person. They are the ones who ride the currents of bestselling colouring books, and massive cookbooks; books by YouTubers and books by celebrity musicians, never losing sight of the end game: to sell books to the readers whose lives they might change. Our bookshops are the spine of the community, possibly even the hinge of humanity: they are what builds our minds.
The winners of the Top 50 books chosen in the 50/50 Women survey we conducted (with help from Harper Collins) for NZ Bookshop Day, were Lynne Paterson at Dunstan High School, Amanda Sanders at Queenstown, Katy Dugdale from West Auckland, and Christine Major from Ponsonby.
We are particularly delighted about Dunstan High School and wish to thank to all the publishers for their generosity.
Lynne Paterson, Dunstan High School, Alexandra
"For a small library like ours this is a spectacular windfall."
On New Zealand Bookshop Day, Saturday 31 October, The Women’s Bookshop released the results of its latest 5-year survey to find the Top 50 Women's Writers of the last 50 years.
Margaret Atwood topped the list again, way out in front for the third time. (See full list below)
Conducted online by readers nationwide, voters were asked to choose their top 5 women writers of the last 50 years, followed by their favourite book by each author. Many found it hard to select only five, but the result is a stunning list of books that are not only popular but important and influential.
“The last few years have been tough for the book trade, but book sales are rising again and there’s a positive outlook amongst booksellers. We’re definitely thriving, rather than just surviving,” says Booksellers NZ Chair, Mary Sangster (pictured below).
“Booksellers were very pleased when Nielsen Data reported that, for the year to 3 October 2015, there’s been a 9.3% growth in New Zealand book sales’ volume, with a 3.7% growth in value. This is not just a New Zealand phenomenon; in the UK book sales are also up. Figures released by the UK’s Nielsen Bookscan show sales of print books, for the first 36 weeks of 2015, rose by 4.6% (worth £739.5m) when compared with the same period last year.
New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) celebrates Book Week with a grass roots campaign.
Facing a second year with no NZ Book Month, the NZSA has taken the initiative and is running a grass roots campaign with the message 'Read NZ Buy NZ'. NZSA Book Week will take place October 26 to November 1.