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.

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 to secure your seat

Capital to crawl with talent when literary festival returns in November

Wellington’s best-loved little literary festival – LitCrawl – returns for just one night next month, showcasing the words and wisdom of Aotearoa’s finest poets, parents, critics, essayists, illustrators and artists at some of the capital’s quirkiest venues. 

FESTA 2016 releases programme of vibrant urban creativity for Labour Weekend

A village of resourcefulness (designed and fabricated from waste materials), where skilled craftspeople undertake high quality crafts that are zero waste in nature in a series of temporary shelters; a hands-on activity for kids where they create ‘mutant monsters’ from the parts of old toys; a pop-up restaurant in a bespoke pavilion where diners encounter the full food system; a spectacular temporary city, where waste materials are transformed into beautiful installations, which in turn transform vacant sites in and around the Christchurch Art Gallery in a bold, reimagined Christchurch.

NZ Book Festival on in Auckland, Saturday 5 November

Be a part of New Zealand’s biggest ever book signing and chat with over 70 passionate Kiwi authors from all over New Zealand. You’ll be able to browse through, and purchase, books you might not find on mainstream book shop shelves, discovering gems from a diverse range of genres – and authors!
It’s an exciting time for the literary world, with the resurgence of independent publishing bringing new voices to the fore, allowing for diversity in the publishing landscape.  The NZ Book Festival brings writers and readers together to share this common love of the written word.

Recent whale sightings in New Zealand art and literature

A lecture to be held next week at Victoria University of Wellington will explore Gregory O’Brien’s “sightings” of whales in contemporary New Zealand art and literature. 
The lecture, titled Always song in the water, will analyse the ways in which whales are used as metaphors and potent symbols, and continue to surface, often quite surprisingly, in all manner of personal and cultural narratives.

Barbara Else gives her Margaret Mahy speech for a Wellington audience

An invitation from The Children's Bookshop, Wellington
Award-winning writer and literary agent Barbara Else was named the 2016 winner of New Zealand’s top award for children’s writers and illustrators in March. The Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal is awarded annually for lifetime achievement and an outstanding contribution to New Zealand children’s literature.
As part of the award Barbara was invited to present a public lecture in Auckland in April. 

Ladies' Litera-tea 2016, 30 October 2016

The Women's Bookshop in Ponsonby is again holding their famous Ladies' Litera-tea this year, this time the day after National Bookshop Day.
We are thrilled with the exciting line-up of authors this year – confirmed so far, in no particular order, are:
Catherine Chidgey with her long-awaited, stunning new novel The Wish Child 
Helene Wong with her fascinating experiences of Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
Poet Paula Green taking you on enchanting travels in New York Pocket Book