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 NATIONWIDE: Nationwide Poetry Day is 25 August, the event's 20th anniversary. Find out what's happening. 


WELLINGTON: NZ Book Awards for Chilren and Young Adults, 14 August. Details here

CANTERBURY: Heritage Book Awards & Writing Competition (poetry, novel, short story, non-fiction) run by NZ Society of Authors. Details here.


 BDS Book Night highlights 

The tally for Book Night 2017 was 2,222 registered readers. That was way, way more than the total for the inaugural event last year! We had a 'smashing' array of 45 events around the country. Thanks schools, libraries, City of Literature, book groups and other organisations and individuals for your superb efforts to make the event such a success.

Thanks also to everyone for making reading on the night such a sociable experience! Positive comments came through from Kaitaia to Rakiura, Whangarei to Dunedin, New Plymouth to Gisborne, Marlborough to Mosgiel. What a wonderful 'family' of readers you are. 

Your messages can be read on the interactive map on the Book Night websiteClick on image below.  









 Book Night 2017 Prize Draw Winners are:

1st: Shaia Stowers, of Tawa (see photo below), who won book vouchers to the value of $150 sponsored by Chreos Business Solutions. Congrats!  Read about her receiving her prize. (And spending it here!)

Photo by Justin Blakie

2nd: Lorraine Goodhue, of Kaitaia, who won book vouchers to the value of $100 sponsored by Chreos Business Solutions. See her receive her prize here

3rd: Jenny Bosley, of Auckland, who won an organic cotton, hand screenprinted Book Discussion Scheme tote bag. Read about her book group here.


 Stories from Book Night 

You can also check out our News page to read about what readers (and canines) and towns got up to on Book Night. 

steven wild book night






 Literary news 


Podcasts of featured writers from the Auckland Writers Festival 2017 can be heard here. 

  Aotearoa Reads - NZ Book Council's pick of Kiwi authors 

For lively written, audio and video content on Kiwi books and writers, see Enjoy the latest reviews, commentary, interviews and book recommendations on the web, handpicked by the NZ Book Council team.

 Children & Young Adults 

For reviews of the latest books for children and young adults on the Book Council website see here. 


 Other competition winners  

charity box'Charity Box': Lucky BDS member Susan Kennedy of Dunedin 039 has won the fabulous Box in a Box prize containing the latest novel by NZ author Charity Norman (called 'See You in September') along with a $20 food voucher, conversation starter notes, chocolate and other goodies. A huge thank you to Allen & Unwin Publishers NZ for this wonderful prize. "Very excited" about her win, she says! 

Charity Norman recently spoke at our collaborative Book Night event in Napier; you can read about it here.





anne enright book signing

Irish lilt: read about the road trip of a Timaru group who won 6 tickets to hear Anne Enright's lilting Irish voice at WORD Christchurch's Autumn Season in May. 



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