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Winter Mixers — Raise a toast to BDS!

Ever been curious about the other BDS book groups in your area? After 50 years of operation, BDS now serve 1,330 book clubs across New Zealand. While...

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Finding Connection in an Isolated Place: Life and Books on Rēkohu

We are CHAT 001 – a group of 12 women living in the Chatham Islands/Wharekauri/Rēkohu. We work at the local primary school (of which there are two...

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Find Me Unafraid: An Update

AUCK 465 recently read popular BDS title Find Me Unafraid and were inspired to write to Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), the organisation featured...

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Most Requested Books of 2023

Here are the 15 books that BDS book clubs around the country requested the most in 2023. As in 2022, NZ authors make a strong showing — while around...

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Come Hell or High Water

A Dannevirke book group has battled the effects of Cyclone Gabrielle in order to make their meeting.

Pam Menzies of DANNE 001 recently sent us some pictures...

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Open Day at Book Discussion Scheme

Come learn more about Book Discussion Scheme at our Open Day in Christchurch.

BDS are throwing open the doors on Sunday 10 September to invite people...

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How to Download and Print Your Book List

We received some requests from book club coordinators/convenors asking us to make it easier to download, print and share your book lists with your group...

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The Narrative Muse Book Club

Book Discussion Scheme (BDS) is partnering with Narrative Muse to offer the Narrative Muse Book Club — a chance for readers to ​enjoy a year of social...

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Interview on RNZ Nights

On 23 May, Book Discussion Scheme were invited to chat with Mark Leishman (Nights on RNZ National) about book clubs. Far from books 'being dead' they...

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May Meet Ups

We can help you get connected to a book group at one of our in-person events during May!

If you are in Christchurch, Waimakariri or Selwyn and are interested...

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Book Group Survey Results

At the end of 2022, BDS surveyed our book groups, asking them about the benefits and challenges of book group (including COVID-19) and how satisfied they...

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Men's book clubs about 'more than just reading books'

This article was originally published on 5 January 2023 by Carly Gooch on Stuff.


WATCH ON STUFF: David Grant runs a men’s book club which meets...
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Most Requested Books of 2022

Here are the 15 books that BDS book clubs around the country requested the most in 2022. Interestingly, six out of the 15 are by New Zealand authors —...

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How to build your book list

Choosing the books for your book group's reading year doesn't have to be a headache. Check out our top tips for building a book list for maximum enjoyment...

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Darker Reads for All Hallows' Eve

Crime, horror, thriller, suspense, mystery — whatever your darker reading 'pleasure', there are stories to make your skin crawl, your spine tingle and...

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BDS takes out People's Choice Category

BDS have taken out the top spot in the popular People's Choice Category of the 2022 David Awards.

The David Awards celebrate small business heroes, who...

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Otago Book Group Celebrates 40 Years

Lala Frazer wrote to us about DUNED 002, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. Lala shares memories of books they've loved, discussions they've...

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Orange Light Settings

We are pleased to let you know that under Orange Light settings, from Tuesday 7 June BDS office hours in Christchurch will return to normal:


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Book Club during Lockdown: ReadNZ interviews BDS

Read an interview of BDS Promotions person, Renee Blackburn, as she talks to ReadNZ about how New Zealand's book clubs are cope with lockdowns, what they're...

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Thrillers and Darker Reads

'cause this is thriller, thriller night...and we've got some chilling BDS reads for those of you want to indulge your more sinister side. From an intriguing...

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