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.

Seminar: Selling Self-published Books to Bookshops

Don’t just print it, sell it - book markets and methods
Come and join your fellow self-published authors at this seminar about what bookshops look for, when stocking a self-published book. Held during the Booksellers NZ conference, this is a unique chance to meet some booksellers and learn more about the industry you are now part of. 
  • Learn from experts about the realities of the book market.
  • Find out how to make your book more visible in the marketplace.
  • Learn about the Nielsen database for books and why it’s so important.

Yarns in Barns Festival of Reading Programme announced

A literary feast awaits visitors to the Wairarapa following the announcement of the biennial Yarns in Barns Wairarapa Festival of Reading Programme.
Witty debate, music, food and fitness, tales from the barn and the bush, literary discussion plus poems in a vineyard will all feature in this years Festival.

Escape to Tauranga for Queen's Birthday weekend

Escape to Tauranga for Queen’s Birthday weekend and an ideas and books-focused festival that includes performance, discussion, story-telling, workshops and an Italian-themed morning tea.

New Zealand’s ‘other’ national sport has its time to shine

There’s no denying that rugby is New Zealand’s national sport, with our All Blacks currently sitting atop the world podium, but for some it’s pipped at the post by another type of ‘sport’: reading.
Kids’ Lit Quiz, dubbed “the sport of reading”, was founded by New Zealand quizmaster Wayne Mills in 1991. The annual literature quiz tests students aged 10 to 13 years old on their ability to read and retain key points and facts from a variety of books for their age group. Categories include authors, titles, setting, characters, poetry and nursey rhymes.

Launch of Maukatere: Floating Mountain

We hope you can make it to the Wellington launch of Maukatere: Floating Mountain by Bernadette Hall, with drawings by Rachel O'Neill, proudly published by Seraph Press.
When: Thursday 2 June 2016, 6.00pm
Where: Ekor Book Shop Cafe, 17B College Street, Wellington
Maukatere: Floating Mountain is a single long poem sequence that explores and celebrates life below Maukatere (Mt Grey) in the Hurunui. It features 10 exquisite drawings by Rachel O’Neill. It is published a handsome hand-bound and hand-numbered limited first edition of 170.

Established and Emerging Voices Collide

Launch of Ika 4 Journal of Literature and Art
Auckland Writers Festival, Saturday 14 May 2016 at 12pm
Well-known New Zealand writers mix with emerging South Auckland talent in the newest edition of Ika published by the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT). 
Ika 4 will be launched as part of the 2016 Auckland Writers Festival, at a public event at Auckland Central City Library on Saturday 14 May from 12.00-1.00pm. 

What Lies Beneath: The Children's War Book Exhibition

The What Lies Beneath exhibition focusses on 10 New Zealand children's books about war. For more information about the exhibition, check out Maria Gill's blog here.

Currently on display at Auckland Central Library for the month of April, it will then be heading off on a journey around New Zealand taking in Birkenhead, Queenstown, Palmerston North, Whangarei, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Dunedin. The exhibition will officially open on Tuesday April 19th from 5pm - 7pm at Auckland Central Library.