WORD Book Club

Get your mates together for a combined festival and book club experience

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Registrations for WORD Book Club 2022 are now closed

word book club will return in 2023

Welcome to the WORD 2022 Book Club

Nau Mai!

Book Discussion Scheme are proud to be partnering with WORD Christchurch to bring you the inaugural WORD Book Club — a chance for you and your mates to extend and enrich your WORD Festival experience by adding a six-month mini book club to your festival sessions. 

Your book club will choose five titles from our curated list of WORD Christchurch 2022 authors, and together you'll read and discuss one title a month for the six months following the Festival. Plus, BDS dispatch to book clubs NZ-wide — so groups can sign up from anywhere in the country!

 Read on to find out how it all works, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your questions.

How does it work?

WORD 2022 Book Clubs will meet once a month for six months. We’ll send your group five books written by WORD 2022 authors, one every month from the time you register. 

You can register to participate in the WORD 2022 Book Club anytime between now and 30 September.

What's the cost?

Book Discussion Scheme have worked hard to bring you an amazing offer for the inaugural WORD 2022 Book Club. You’ll receive:

For the special price of:

WORD Book Groups also only need a minimum of three members to get started (normally seven) so you can start experiencing the benefits of book group without having to get a larger group together.

How do we join?

The goal is to get more out of both your reading and your festival experience, so this involves getting at least a couple of friends to join you. Your monthly book club catch-ups will be a chance to discuss the books you've read and share your thoughts and feelings.  You may also want to relate what you've read to any relevant sessions from the Festival.

Step One: Rally

  • Gather a group of between three and ten members for your book club
  • Nominate a coordinator. They’ll be responsible for handing out and returning the books. If you’re outside of Christchurch, we’ll send your book sets to their address.
  • Choose a monthly meeting day that works for everyone

Step Two: Register

Complete the registration form ensuring you:

  • Choose five titles from our curated list of WORD 2022 author works
  • Include a name and email address for each member
  • Pay your discounted book club fee
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Step Three: Read

  • Books start arriving (or are ready for pick up) about seven days before each of your monthly meetings
  • Read one book each month
  • Meet to discuss each book with your group

Step Four: Return

  • Return each book set to BDS within seven days of your meeting. 
  • Overdue books may delay your next set, so make use of our convenient return courier bags which enable you to book a pick-up online. BDS HQ in Christchurch also provides an after hours dropbox for returns.

Step Five: Review

Books offered as part of the inaugural WORD 2022 Book Club will later be available to regular BDS book clubs, so we invite your group to send us a review of each title you receive.

Please contact us with any other questions or suggestions — we're keen to hear from you!

Read on to understand more about how your six-month WORD Book Club will go

List of books

When you register, you'll select five titles from this curated list for your book club. About seven days before your first book club meeting, you'll receive the first of your chosen titles, with enough copies for everyone to read the same book at the same time — reading is better when done together!

De Goldi, Kate
Eddy Eddy (Fiction), 2022 Eddy, an orphan who lives with his librarian uncle, has been expelled from school and is grappling with identity, love, death, loss and religion...read more
10PM Question, The (Fiction), 2008 Frankie Parsons is an apparently sensible, talented Year 8 with a drumbeat of worrying questions steadily gaining volume in his head. Only Ma takes seriously his catalogue of persistent anxieties, but of course it is Ma who is the cause of the most worrying question of all...read more
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