Events

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 info@booksellers.co.nz, including event title, short blurb, and full information. We will also promote your events on social media as they arise.

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.

The Jane Austen Symposium, Wellington, 8 April 2017

Guest speakers include New Zealand award winning author Sarah Laing and fashion historian The Dreamstress, Leimomi Oakes.
 
Ticket includes: morning/afternoon tea and a regency lunch
Date: Saturday 8 April, all day, at the Thistle Inn. 
Ticket $195
 
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South Auckland School Students to Join Internationally Renowned Authors at Auckland Writers Festival

Students from three South Auckland schools will attend the Auckland Writers Festival Schools Programme and receive one-on-one mentoring, gratis, in an initiative aimed at fostering Māori and Pasifika writing talent.
 
More than 90 students from Sir Edmund Hillary College, Otahuhu College and Manurewa High School will be rubbing shoulders with some of the best international and local novelists, poets, illustrators and performers in the programme which commences on 16 May.
 

Poetry dedication to Rachel Bush, Event at Volume

The new independent bookshop, Volume, is hosting a special reading of poems written by the late Rachel Bush. 
 
Shifts of Tongue features Wellington-based poet Harry Ricketts together with Nelson-based poets/writers Ruth Allison, Cliff Fell and Lindsay Pope. They will be reading a selection of works by Bush and some of their own work.
 
Bush, aged 75, passed away in March last year just one month prior to the publication of her final book of poems, Thought Horses. Bush grew up in Christchurch and later moved with husband, Maori traditional instrumentalist, Richard Nunns, to Nelson.
 

Bookslut editor and ex-feminist, Jessa Crispin, to appear in Wellington 2017

 
‘Despite the simplicity and obviousness of the dictionary definition of feminism, and despite years of working at feminist non-profits and decades of advocacy, I am disowning the label. If you asked me today if I am a feminist I would not only say no, I would say no with a sneer.’
 

The Great War for New Zealand Launch event to be televised

BWB Books is experiencing a lot of momentum behind The Great War for New Zealand by Vincent O'Malley and wanted to alert you to an event they're holding at the Auckland Museum on Monday (21 November). 
 
Mihi Forbes and The Hui (TV3) have just confirmed they are going to televise the event, for broadcast on Sunday 4 December. Details below.
 

Tala Tusi: The Teller is the Tale in 4 Tales, the NZBC Lecture, delivered by Selina Tusitala Marsh.

The New Zealand Book Council invites you to join us for the 2016 NZ Book Council Lecture:

Tala Tusi: The Teller is the Tale in 4 Tales. Delivered by Selina Tusitala Marsh.

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington
When: Friday 11 November, 6pm
RSVP: This is a free event, but spaces are limited. Please email rsvp@bookcouncil.org.nz to secure your seat