Wanaka Gets New Mountain Book Event

New to Wanaka for 2016 is the book and literature event being held in both Wanaka and Queenstown. The event includes a literature competition, workshops, storytelling, poetry, speakers and author readings. The goal of the new shows are to offer a variety of formats to make adventure, mountain and expedition stories accessible to a range of new audiences. The event complements the well attended and much loved Film Festival content and offers both the adventurers and the audience different ways to be involved with the Festival.

Let’s Talk about Writing: A reading and Q & A session with author David Hill

High school students and their parents are invited to join author of young adult fiction David Hill for a reading from his fiction and a Q & A session on the writing life. The current Massey writer-in-residence, David has published over thirty volumes and is a winner of the Esther Glen Medal and the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. While writer-in-residence at Massey he has been writing a Young Adult novel set during World War II as well as a picture book based on the life of New Zealand aviator Jean Batten.

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.
  • Find out about the steps you need to take to engage booksellers and readers to make sure that your book sells and keeps selling.
Featuring speakers Tony Moores (Manager, Poppies Group), Nevena Nikolic (Marketing Manager, Nielsen Book NZ), Karen McMillan (PR expert, self-published author), Mary Egan and Sophia Egan-Reid (Egan Reid designers), Stella Chrysostomou (bookseller), and Zee Southcombe (bookseller, self-published author). 
When: Saturday 2 July, 10am - 12 noon
Cost: $100 per participant, payable by direct credit or PayPal
Where: Calder McKay Room, Heritage Hotel, Hobson St, Auckland 
Includes: Take-away information sheets about selling your self-published work in to bookshops 
Registrations open: Monday 30 May, closing 5pm, Wednesday 22 June
Bookshops and libraries: Please print this PDF flyer and give it out at your bookshop or library branch over the coming weeks. 

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.

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.