Booksellers NZ Events calendar

Please find below the Booksellers NZ events calendar. This calendar features all of the booky events we have been told about, and some that we have found out about by ourselves! If you would like an event featured on this calendar, please email Sarah at, including event title, short blurb, and full information. We will also promote your events on social media as they arise.

"Masterful, provocative” novelist visits Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) is excited to host award-winning Australian novelist Charlotte Wood at one of its Writers on Mondays events this month.
Ms Wood will read and discuss her successful fiction and non-fiction work with IIML senior lecturer Emily Perkins at a free event at Te Papa at 12.15pm on Monday 24 July. Ms Wood will also conduct a master class at the IIML for creative writing students on the Master of Arts and PhD programmes.

Katherine Mansfield House fundraising event, 1 August

Katherine Mansfield is New Zealand’s most famous short story author whose writing is admired and studied throughout the world. The Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, Katherine’s birthplace at 25 Tinakori Road, Wellington, is a museum dedicated to celebrating her life and literary works.  
Help us keep Katherine Mansfield’s legacy alive by attending this fundraising event to launch the house and garden restoration project. New Zealand’s foremost literary house museum, the Katherine Mansfield House and Garden educates and inspires New Zealanders about Katherine Mansfield and her internationally acclaimed works. 

Books, Magic and Literary Stars

New Zealand’s popular children’s literature festival hosts evening event for adults and young adults
The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust’s first evening event this year will include magical entertainment from author Gareth Ward as ‘The Great Wardini’, a panel discussion with leading New Zealand authors on what makes an award-winning book, and a special guest appearance by Storylines' patron, Joy Cowley.

WORD Christchurch and Christchurch Arts Festival team up for Shifting Points of View

WORD Christchurch, in association with Christchurch Arts Festival, is pleased to announce Shifting Points of View, a series of events designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.

Riddling music of Manhire and Meehan launches Writers on Mondays

Writers on Mondays 2017, hosted by Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML), brings together a line-up of new and established talent to showcase what’s happening in the world of New Zealand writing and beyond. 

International Authors Ian Rankin, Stella Duffy, Hannah Kent and John Lanchester join Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival

An impressive line-up of international and Kiwi authors, including one of the world’s top crime writers Ian Rankin, writer and theatremaker Stella Duffy, multi-award-winning English novelist and journalist John Lanchester, Australian author Hannah Kent, English biographer and writer of Victorian thrillers MJ Carter and writer-performer Rebecca Vaughan, join the third Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival to be held May 9–14 2017. 

WORD Christchurch announces Autumn Season in association with AWF

Following the overwhelming success of their 2016 Writers and Readers Festival in August, WORD Christchurch has teamed up with the Auckland Writers Festival to keep the momentum going by bringing six top quality international writers to the city in May.

New Zealand’s Largest Literary Festival Launches Its Most Expansive Programme Yet

The 18th Auckland Writers Festival takes to the sea, the pavement, festival halls and a glittering pop-up venue in its most ambitious programme yet, which sees a record 42 international writers, historians, scientists, radicals and thinkers team with the world’s largest showcase of New Zealand literary talent in Auckland city from 16-21 May. 

Visit by author Winton Higgins, events in Wellington

Winton Higgins, author of a recently published novel, Rule of Law (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2016), will be visiting Wellington from Sydney from 23 April to 30 April 2017 for a series of events around his latest book. While in the city, he will also be speaking on ‘The Politics of Decency’, giving a talk to Wellington’s secular Buddhist community, and running a daylong workshop.

On Wednesday 26 April, Winton will be in conversation with Sir Anand Satyanand about Rule of Law at Unity Books in Willis St from 12 noon to 12:45pm. Sir Anand Satyanand GNZM QSO KStJ is a former lawyer, judge and ombudsman. He was the 19th Governor-General of New Zealand and is Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation.