What's On!

2016 Calendar of events on NZ Bookshop Day

What's On




Storytime Whangarei – "Our customers are super! Join us anytime from 9am – 2pm to create and decorate your own Superhero Cape. (Please bring an old adult sized t-shirt)."

From 2pm, they are holding Superhero Training and storytelling. Join them as they read Super Rabbit in their secret superhero grotto.     


Matakana Village Bookshop - Meet Mary-Liz and team
Celebrate NZ Bookshop Day with Mary-Liz and team situated within the beautiful Matakana Village.
North Shore
Paradox Books, Devonport – NZ Bookshop Day Sale (25% off all books - one day only!) Also every purchase goes into the draw for a wonderful Basket of Books prize.
The Booklover, Milford – Head to The Booklover for storytelling from 10am to 2pm, and informal discussions about the Man Booker shortlist (we have now read all six titles). This month’s top fiction titles will be available, and the staff will be ready to help. 

Paper Plus Select Sunnynook
 Join the team at Paper Plus Sunnynook for some fun! Come along and help them celebrate your local Book Shop. Kids, come dressed as your favourite book character, and be in to win a cool prize!
Have fun with our colouring and other competitions, (Adults, there is colouring for you too!) And be treated to our fantastic line up of local authors, who are excited to share their journey and their love of books with you!
Author Timetable:
10am Sally Sutton 
Fabulous selection for young readers and slightly older. Winner of Picture Book category NZ Post Awards, 2009. Popular with Diary of a …series
11am Peter Millett
Children’s author – Award-winning author of The Anzac Puppy and very popular Johnny Danger series and other cool boy stuff!
12pm Maria Gill
Come along and meet the award-winning author of  ANZAC Heroes.  Winner of the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults Non-fiction  and the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year!
1pm Claire Blunt
Children’s author, Claire loves kitty cats and reading. Claire raises money for UNICEF NZ with every book she writes and sells.
2pm Paris Whitehead 
Paris launched her book at the age of 13 at Campbells Bay School. She is truly an amazing Inspiration to all young writers!    
Readaway Books Howick  - Readaway has five local authors coming in to read and chat on NZ Bookshop Day. Here is the schedule: 
11 – 11.30am   Alan La Roche, with History of Howick and Pakuranga
                        Francesca Horsley, wtih Freedom to Dance (Wily Publishers)
11.30 – 12pm  Jennifer Beck, with Remember that November (Huia Publishers) and other assorted Scholastic titles
                        Linley Jones, with Apple tea and camel pee  (short stories)  and other Scholastic titles
12.00pm          Guy Clapshaw, with Tasman Echo Delta distributed by South Pacific Books                   
Central Auckland
Abacus Educational Book Supply - 
The Dorothy Butler Children's BookshopNon-stop Story morning. Local authors including Melinda Syzmanik, Paula Green and Joy Davidson reading books and telling stories all morning.
2pm - Sue Copsey will launch Ghosts of Moonlight Creek, and there will be Mystery Book giveaways.
The Women’s Bookshop, Ponsonby – Up to their usual antics with a 'Live' window display: This year's display will be based on the title Her Space, by Marilyn Jessen. We are having women 'doing their creative thing' in the window - not just women from the book, but a range of different activities - jewellery-making, yoga, fabric craft etc. They will change every hour or so.
Poppies Remuera – Poppies Remuera is launching  the Summer Jazz Concert series on NZ Bookshop Day....this will be held outside the store in the Village Green each Saturday through to Christmas with musicians from the University of Auckland School of Music. They’ve enhanced the Music on CD range in-store, and they are making sure their customers realise that their book store is THE place to gather and chat about interesting stuff. Their window displays for Bookshop Day will be showcasing 100% NZ books. There will also be a Summer Storytime Saturday for kids, with one of our fabulous Uni students as storyteller.
Time Out Bookshop, Mt Eden - Time Out is so excited for National Bookshop Day! To celebrate they're hosting A Day with Dogs, in honour of Dorothée de Monfried's new book of the same name! Bring the family and your four-legged friends for a doggy portrait and a Gecko Press activity pack. All pups will be featured on the @dogsattimeout Instagram.
At 4pm, Time Out are hosting a conversation with Peter Simpson, author of Bloomsbury South and Richard Wolfe (curator and author.) This will be a wine & cheese chat about NZ art and is supported by Auckland University Press.     


Muir's Bookshop and Cafe, Gisborne - Muir's Bookshop in Gisborne has a fantastic promo throughout the month of October: everyone who fills up their loyalty Book Club Card will receive a complimentary "book in a bag" as well as their usual $20 voucher to spend in-store. There are more competitions, and all winners will be announced on NZ Bookshop Day. They will be using NZ Bookshop Day Tote bag as giveaways.



Carson's Bookshop – Local Author Dawn McMillan will be in reading from her new book, Squeakopotamus, at 11.30am.



Books for Kids –  BFK is celebrating 45 years of business in Hamilton which they are going to kick off on NZ Bookshop Day! Birthday celebrations will continue for a month with BFK giving away 45 books, thanks to the support of their reps and publishers. 

They will host an author each Saturday during November (including Deb Hinde launching Hare, Dawn McMillan with her new book Squeakopotamus and Kat Merryweather with Kuwi's Very Shiny Bum.)
NZ Bookshop Day will include giveaways and everybody who purchases a book on the day will go into the draw for a signed copy of A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers. There will be also be a prize for the BFK book character of the day, so bring your kids along dressed as their favourite book character. Events will culminate with one of the original owners cutting the cake.
Paper Plus The BaseJJ Harvey Book Launch 3:30pm Dress-up as a book character & visit our store. Prizes for participating. In-store colouring too!
Penny's Bookstore - Come and visit Penny's pirates this bookshop day! Kids will be lead on a real pirate treasure hunt throughout the store and mall, and the children will receive a prize when they have gathered the golden letters to solve the mystery word. 
Paper Plus Taupo - Brilliant author/illustrator Donovan Bixley will be in-store, giving away drawings. 

Bay of Plenty

McLeod's Booksellers – We will be running a book treasure hunt in the shop, and also there will be yummy baking to celebrate our lovely customers! Tom Moffatt, local author of Barking Mad will be storytelling in the shop from 11am.
Books A Plenty – 10.00am  A Tiger Comes to Tea event - food, colouring, activities
11.00am A local busker outside the shop all day
1.00pm Stacey Gregg- a short talk followed by questions and signing, mix and mingle

Paper Plus Bethlehem –  Paper Plus Bethlehem Team will all be dressed up in their favourite story Characters, there is a colouring competition, Fancy dress competition, Face painting and free balloons and lots of give aways and discounts in our store!  We have the Hits radio station will also be around from 10 - 12am with giveaways.  Come and celebrate NZ Bookshop Day with your locally owned and operated Paper Plus Bethlehem!

10-11am – Margaret Harper – musician extraordinaire!
11-12am – Stacy Gregg – The Diamond Horse- talking about her latest book of 21 books!
12-1pm – Donna Dancealot – Balloon Artist retelling Peewee the kiwi in balloons!
1-2pm – Kat Mereweather – Kuwi the kiwi Author & Artist sharing her amazing talent for storytelling!

Hawke's Bay

Plaza Books - Meet Sophie Blokker, talented local illustrator and artist. She will be in store at 1pm.
Plaza also has an exclusive Sophie Blokker colouring competition - one for adults and one for children to be judged by Sophie, the prize will be one Sophie’s prints of your choice. Entry forms in store now.
And we have some great deals for Bookshop Day – 20% off ALL Children’s Books and Adult Fiction. 
We also have loads of Hunting Books for only $9.99 and by popular demand the All Blacks Poster Book for just $9.99.
Beattie & Forbes Books and Post  They have been in Ahuriri for a year and have been celebrating all month with free coffee from Crazy Good, Double Loyalty points and entry to a prize draw for a gorgeous Reading Accessory Pack. 
On the day you can meet talented illustrator and artist, Sophie Blokker at 11 am. Beattie & Forbes are running a colouring competition using Sophie’s designs – one for adults and one for children, they will be judged by Sophie, and the prize is one of Sophie’s gorgeous prints. Entry forms in store. You can also win $500 in book tokens, ask for a postcard to write on. And there will be coffee and cake to help you browse.
Marewa BookshopThis year we are going to decorate the shop with banners & balloons plus a huge window display. Customers that buy a book in the week leading up to Booksop Day will go into a draw to win a Book Hamper.
Specials will be outside on a trestle. 
Wardini Books Napier - It's going to be a NZ Bookshop Day Carny Extravaganza from 11am - 2pm on 29 October! They'll be having: a Book-onut Shy (buy any book and have a go at knocking down a 'book coconut'. If you knock it down, it's yours; a photo booth in which you can record yourself talking about your favourite book (they'll make a cool video later...); Hook a book - fishing rods from our little mezzanine dangling in to a pond of books, and a Book Bingo treasure hunt - numbers on a card, player has to find the name of the book associated with it. 
Havelock North
Wardini Books - Joining the Village Carnival Day fun. 

Poppies Havelock North - As above! 

Manawatu/ Wanganui


Paige's Book Gallery - This bookshop will see  Paige's Book Gallery in attendance at The Whanganui Girls College 125th reunion, complete with a stall full of beautiful and amazing books, which they will be inviting attendees at the reunion to purchase for the Whanganui Girls College Library. They will create an air of festivity due to it being a significant event for the College, plus being NZ Bookshop Day. It should be a load of fun, and with luck on our side, Whanganui Girls College Library will end up with a huge increase of gorgeous titles. 

Palmerston North

Bruce McKenzie BooksellersBruce McKenzie Booksellers in Palmerston North will celebrate NZ Bookshop Day with an all day printing demonstration by printmaker Heather Partel. Heather will hand set and print colourful postcards and bookmarks to give away during the day. She will use two Adana Table Top Presses kindly loaned by John Brebner of Homeprint. 

Using classic hand set fonts, the cards will celebrate  New Zealand authors in collages of names and quotations. Heather will be visible from the street and will talk to customers and book-lovers about the quality and uniqueness of old fashioned print and printing processes.  A folk music group and a classical trio will provide live music throughout the day.

The staff at BMB feel that NZ Bookshop Day is all about the physical book, and by reminding people where it all began, with the printing press, they will be re-enforcing the wonderful presence and future of the real book.
Palmerston North Central Library - Launch of Helen Lehndorf's Write to the Centre, from 4.30pm


Hutt Valley

Paper Plus Lower Hutt - We will be celebrating Dr Seuss this year for NZ Bookshop Day. All of our staff will be wearing crazy hats, and we will welcome visiting authors Juliette MacIver and Robyn Cooper in during the day. Robyn Cooper will be in at 10.30am, reading from her new junior fiction book Snails, Spells and Snazzlepops. And Juliette MacIver from 11am, reading from her new picture book Gwendolyn! 

And here are their in-store incentives, starting with 25% off all books for the day (Ts and Cs apply):

  • Win your height in books! Buy any book on Friday 28 or Saturday 29 October and be in the draw! 
  • Find Lower Hutt’s oldest dictionary. Then trade in your old dictionary and get 25% off your new dictionary and 5 Fly Buys points. 
  • We will give a free Hell Gourmet Snack Pizza voucher with any sale which includes a book
  • Face-painting in store, and free cupcakes while they last
  • Prize draw for the book prize will be held at 4.20pm. 
Millwood Gallery – Wellington’s Millwood Gallery is looking forward to NZ Bookshop Day. Owner Murray Pillar says, “Millwood Gallery’s 35th birthday neatly coincides with NZ Bookshop Day, so we are celebrating doubly. We’ve put together a programme of 35 days of celebration marking our 35 year starting on NZ Bookshop Day on Saturday, 29 October. Other birthday events include Sunday, 6 November when we open our special birthday exhibition with one work each from 35 of our artists. On the 35th day, on Friday, 2 December, we will open an exhibition of paintings by Philip Beadle.”
Vic Books  – Sarah Laing will join them at 12.30pm and talk about Mansfield & Me, discussing her drawings and taking questions. They will have some free filter coffee, and also have a range of limited edition Little Dough Co. donuts for our Bookshop Day fans. We'll also be having a special guest Storytime reader in the morning for the kids to feel part of the action. We can’t wait to see what happens here!
The Children’s Bookshop, Kilbirnie – They are holding a Tiger Who Came to Tea party from 2pm until 3pm for age 8 and under, with stories first. Our guest author Juliette MacIver will read some of her new books including Gwendolyn! and That’s Not a Hippopotamus, followed by an activity or two related to tea parties and then we’ll serve cake and a drink. Each child will also receive a take-home bag filled with activities and other little goodies. Bookings are essential Phone 387 3905. 
Marsden Books, KaroriThey have local  authors Ned  Barraud and Gillian Candler ( In the Bush, At the Beach etc. ) coming on the afternoon of NZ Bookshop Day to run a little quiz and we may have a dress-up competition too. All children who visit us will get a goody bag to take home. Adults will get a blind date book!
Ekor BookshopA day celebrating Scandinavian writing, food and culture!
Ekor's cafe is having Swedish delights made specially by French Cancan, the Ekorians and Ekor will be dressed in everything Swedish, and every Scandinavian book Niki can get her hands on (with some great children's books in their original languages thanks to Gecko Press) will be taking over Ekor's book shop. They even have our resident Swedish barista Lars Bringzen there to make you the best coffee in town! Come and experience a little Scandinavian magic for NZ Bookshop Day at Ekor Bookshop and Cafe!
Arty BeesLiterary Mash-ups and Mix-ups at Arty Bee’s
The thing that makes bookshops great is the interaction between the staff and the customers. Actual, real, person to person contact. The back and forth discussions, recommendations and discoveries of new authors. Sometimes the interactions can be a bit weird.
A few years ago a customer came into the store and asked for The Wind in the Willows. . . by D H Lawrence.What would The Wind and the Willows be like if it was written by D H Lawrence? or even Lady Chatterley’s Lover by Kenneth Graham? So for NZ Bookshop day we are celebrating that kind of interaction, the weird and quirky.
When it happens in bookshops it is often fun. In the lead up we want you to send us your ideas about quirky combinations of Books and Authors. Tweet the ideas to @artybees. If you go the next step, a blurb or a few paragraphs from the book in your imagination, email them to news@artybees.co.nz, so they can share them on Facebook and Twitter.
Finally if you make up the cover of the book we will print them off and put them on display in store for NZ Bookshop Day. We will give prizes for our favorite mix-ups and mash-ups but you will need to come into the store to collect your prize.
Unity Books WellingtonTerra Incognita at Unity Books Wellington
A handful of savvy explorers will strike gold on Saturday! Discover a book in-store that you would love to read, tell us the title and – referencing our unexpectedly accurate explorers map (above) –its location. You’ll  go into the draw to be one of the many lucky explorers to win your chosen, treasured book! There are heaps of prizes for heaps of winners, 
including a 1953 model television set, or a 2037 Sony e-reader. But mainly books; the kind you really want.
Paper Plus Johnsonville Mall From 10am - 4pm there will be in-store face-painting and spot prizes (books and toys) for best costumes - dress up as your favourite author. Juliette MacIver will be reading from her new book, Gwendolyn!, from 1pm.  


Page & Blackmore BooksellersFree books given away all day - every purchase over $10 wins. They will have a facepainter in-store from 12 noon to 2pm. There will also be a dress as your favourite book character competition, with prizes for Under 5; age 5 to 8; 8 to 12; teen; adult. Judging 2pm - every entry wins a prize. 

Paper Plus Blenheim - 11am - Author Brett Avison will be in store for a book signing/chat - his books include Bigger Digger, Stuck in the Muck, Pigs Might Fly, Ducks to Water, Hippo Lives in Havelock and Jacks Castle - Whopper is due November 2016. Doug Avery will also have an in-store book signing/chat - Doug features in the latest Country Calendar book, he is a well known local identity.


Piccadilly Books10am - Book signing and information session with Amanda Tiffen and Leigh Brown with their books A Life less Sugar and A Life Less Sugar Recipes.
The Original Children's Bookshop Christchurch 
Celebratory book party based on a favourite, The Tiger who Came to Tea.
Head to The Original Children's Bookshop in Christchurch to join the tiger's tea party. There will be balloons, party hats, stories, games and more. It's certain to be a great day out for all. 
Paper Plus Northlands
Paper Plus Hornby - At 11am, Paper Plus Hornby will host Mr Yipadee, a best-selling Kiwi children's musician and author, making it big in the UK. His songs have messages of positivity and FUN and children LOVE him. He is coming home to help promote his new book Jingle Bells, Rudolph Smells, and will be singing a few songs and signing books. 
Paper Plus South CityAt 1pm, Paper Plus South City will host Mr Yipadee, a best-selling Kiwi children's musician and author, making it big in the UK. His songs have messages of positivity and FUN and children LOVE him. He is coming home to help promote his new book Jingle Bells, Rudolph Smells, and will be singing a few songs and signing books. 
Paper Plus Merivale MallAt 3pm, Paper Plus Merivale will host Mr Yipadee, a best-selling Kiwi children's musician and author, making it big in the UK. His songs have messages of positivity and FUN and children LOVE him. He is coming home to help promote his new book Jingle Bells, Rudolph Smells, and will be singing a few songs and signing books. 
Scorpio Books, Riccarton - From 10am - 4pm, readings from Scorpio's Favourite Books. Local authors share and read from their favourite books, in conversation with Chris Moore. Browse as you listen to all-time favourite stories.
From 2.30pm - 4pm, Lynne McAra is running a Children's Illustration Workshop. McAra is the illustrator of Toby Goes To Grandma's and Toby Goes Cycling. Suitable for ages 6 - 12. 
Limited spaces available, to book a space email: rachel@scorpiobooks.co.nz
From 7pm, head along to the Scorpio Lit Quiz!
Hosted by Joe Bennett. Bring a team of up to 5 people to test your literary knowledge. $60 per table. 7pm. Spot prizes, drinks and nibbles provided. Limited spaces available. Purchase your table from Hereford St or phone (03) 377 8462.


University Book Shop Otago - At UBS Otago theu are starting by dressing as fairies – because we make magic happen here!
There will be red velvet cupcakes, decorated with chocolate ‘books’… for customers to snack on while writing a love letter on one of our free (pre-stamped) postcards, featuring the Annie Baird painting of the bookshop.
We also have some amazing local writers and illustrators, as organised by the local branch of the NZSA, coming in, in relays, to sit at the Brasch table (a large old dining table on the shop floor, used in what was Charles Brasch’s office in this building) to write, old or new school style, in public. Customers can buy a book and feed an author  in fact give them a kiss!’ with a bowl of chocolate kisses on the counter.
Storytime at 10.30am will feature bookish crafts.
Paper Plus Wanaka - Animals and books and reading. The horse is back by popular demand, with its friend the dog! Settle down for some one-on-one reading time with a reading dog in-store on NZ Bookshop Day.  

Penguin Random House announce Bookshop Day editions of Kiwi classics

To celebrate NZ Bookshop Day, Penguin Random House are publishing special ‘Bookshop Day Editions’ of two of New Zealand’s favourite books. What better way to celebrate Bookshop Day, than with two classic NZ books that we feel should feature on every Kiwi bookshelf.