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.

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.

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.