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.

Children's Book Launch: Beyond the End of the World, by Zee Southcombe.

Children's Book Launch: Beyond the End of the World
At: Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop (Ponsonby, Auckland)
Time & Date: Saturday 20 February, 2pm-4pm
Come along for nibbles and drinks, a giant colouring page, and of course a chance to meet the author (Zee) and illustrator (Jane). There'll also be 10% off storewide during the event.

LitCrawl Presents ... Three Nights of Literary Goodness

LitCrawl Wellington makes an excursion into the Wellington Fringe Festival, presenting a fantastic lineup of writers jammed into three one hour sessions on March 3, 4 and 5.
Venue: Potocki Paterson Gallery, Level 1, 41-47 Dixon Street.
Dates: March 3, 4, 5.
Time: 8-9pm.
Tickets: $25/$20

Honouring Celia Lashlie’s life, work and values

The contribution social justice advocate Celia Lashlie made to New Zealand society will be acknowledged at a one day seminar this month, hosted by the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.
After Celia’s death in 2015, Kim Workman from the Stout Research Centre began a conversation with the Celia Lashlie Projects team—a group of Celia’s family and friends who aim to honour Celia’s work and help to support projects which would have been close to her heart.

Goethe-Insitute, Royal Society of NZ and VUP to launch Transit of Venus


Goethe-Institut, Royal Society of New Zealand and Victoria University Press warmly invite you to a reading and book launch event for:
Transit of Venus / Venustransit
at 6pm on Tuesday 23 February
at the Royal Society (auditorium), Turnbull St, Thorndon, Wellington. 

Michael King Writers' Centre hosts Poets' Picnic, Monday 1 February

Auckland Anniversary Day 2016
Poets’ Picnic in the Garden 
Monday 1 February – 
12 noon to 4 pm 
Poetry readings from 2 pm 
BYO picnic 
Free tea and coffee

Featherston Booktown 2016 dates announced

Featherston Booktown is to hold its next major event on 20-22 May next year, following the highly successful inaugural event In October 2015.
National and international second hard and antiquarian book sellers, renowned kiwi authors, book binders, illustrators, craft printers and other artisans will all be included in the next year’s programme according to Booktown Operations Director, Kate Mead.

First Ruapehu Writers Festival on sale

Tickets are available for the first Ruapehu Writers Festival, to be held at Ōhakune from 17-20 March 2016.
The festival is being co-organised by Victoria University of Wellington Associate Professor and 2016 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, Dr Anna Jackson of Victoria’s School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies. Other co-organisers are her husband and Tuatua Café owner Simon Edmonds, and poet and publisher Helen Rickerby.
Dr Jackson says the festival will be a long weekend of readings, talks, panel discussions, a workshop, a poetry slam and some more unusual events such as a literary waterfall walk, a bike ride and a pony trek.

New Zealand’s First Openly Gay Novelist Launches Inaugural LGBTIQ Literary Festival

Twenty-five years ago, renowned novelist, historian playwright and film-maker Peter Wells launched his short story collection, Dangerous Desires, the country’s first gay themed work published with the author’s actual name; today he launches the country’s inaugural LGBTIQ Writers Festival –  samesame but different