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.

John Kirwan on tour this October

The father of three teenagers, and an advocate for depression awareness, Sir John Kirwan is on tour this October to talk about the content of his new book, Stand By Me: Helping your teen through tough times.
Honest, enlightening and impossible to ignore, JK's new book is a powerful tool for parents, teachers and other care givers who're helping teens tackle mental health issues.

43 NZ Authors - Portrait Photography by Maja Moritz

The exhibition '43 NZ Authors - Portrait Photography by Maja Moritz' is now up in the Fendalton Library, Christchurch, New Zealand
1 September - 31 October 2014
The exhibition (without the info texts about the authors) can be viewed online 

Award-winning author back on NZ soil this October

Award-winning author, Kirsty Gunn, back on New Zealand soil to explore what it means to return home.
One of New Zealand’s leading writers is returning ‘home’ in early October, accompanying her acclaimed book Thorndon back to its roots in Wellington’s historic suburb.

Red zones, green frames and blueprints: An Auckland panel discussion on city-building after disaster in Christchurch

Join Russell Brown of Public Address with members of the Once in a Lifetime: City-building after Disaster in Christchurch’s editorial team as they talk about the making of this book, and reflect on the issues and challenges that have emerged in the Christchurch recovery process.
Lunch time panel discussion: 12 -1pm, 17 September

Exhibition Studio Level 3
Building 421
School of Architecture and Planning, 
The University of Auckland

Red zones, greenframes and blueprints: Wellington panel discussion on city-building after Disaster in Christchurch

Join economist Eric Crampton, writer Giovanni Tiso, architect Chris Moller and public health housing specialist Graciela Rivera-Munoz in discussion with co-editor Barnaby Bennett as they consider the issues and lessons learned from the Christchurch recovery process, and reflect on why these need to be heeded in the case of any Wellington seismic events.

18 September
12.30 - 1.30pm
LT1 Victoria School of Architecture and Design
139 Vivian St, Wellington

Going West Books and Writers Festival Friday 12th Sept - Sunday 14th Sept

For the 19th year The Going West Books and Writers Festival offers audiences a smorgasbord of literary delights in an atmosphere of intimacy and undeniable ease between audiences and writers. Murray Gray, assisted by Robyn Mason, has again designed a dynamic programme: a mixture of new authors and the changing world of letters and publishing along with an exploration of past writing and writers, both the well-known and the obscure.

Randall Cottage Open Day

Tucked away in Thorndon is a wondrous place - full of history and creativity. Randell Cottage is one of Wellington’s oldest restored cottages, and on Sunday 28 September it will open its doors to visitors. Volunteers will be on hand to give tours and tell the stories of this unique dwelling. 
If you are attending Spring Festival events across the road at the Botanical Gardens, then why not pop across the road and visit us between 11.00AM and 4.00 PM.

Meet Simon Gault, touring from Otago to the Wairarapa, 30 August - 12 September

Simon Gault is one of New Zealand's best-known chefs and favourite food personalities due to his string of award-winning restaurants and television appearances on MasterChef New Zealand and Chef on a Mission. He is a passionate advocate for New Zealand produce and shares his culinary skills through regular cooking demonstrations.
This is your opportunity to meet Simon and share some of the timeless recipes from his fourth cookbook 'Simon Gault Modern Classics'.
Find an event and booking information below. 

Internationally bestselling author Derek Landy to tour New Zealand in October

Derek Landy, the internationally bestselling author of the Skulduggery Pleasant books, will be touring New Zealand in October to celebrate the end of the juggernaut series. 
Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light is the ninth and final book in the series about the wisecracking skeleton detective and his partner in crime Valkyrie Cain. The book will be published on 1 September, with Landy’s visit to follow in October.