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An Author at Our Table
Would you seize the opportunity to discuss your latest book club read in the presence of its author? Could you confess that you didn't enjoy it, or found it challenging? Would you question the...
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Six Spine-tingling Titles
Why do we get such a thrill out of being frightened? And why would a generally considered 'pleasant' pass-time like reading include so many genres dedicated to creeping us out? Crime, Horror,...
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Mental Health Awareness Week: Five ways books and reading build mental well-being
  New Zealand's 2019 Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 23-29 September. The kōrero/conversation about mental health in our country is an important one, so we've put together a list of...
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Five Reads for Te Reo and Tikanga Maori
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is 9-15 Mahuru/September 2019 and to celebrate we’ve put together a list of five BDS titles that feature te reo and tikanga Māori/Māori language and customs. Every New...
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Why I work at Book Discussion Scheme
I wanted to work for Book Discussion Scheme because I fell in love with their mission to promote reading and literacy. Open Books Open Minds: They are gateways to compassion, hope, love,...
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Megan's moving on
Megan Blakie has been our Promotions person for 8 years (part-time) and finishes in this role on Thursday 21 February, to take up new professional challenges. She writes: "A highlight of my job...
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NZ book prompts Lyttelton man's new career
Books can entertain, inspire and inform but a Lyttelton man’s monthly read led to a change of career. David Peers, who’s part of a seven-member all male book group with BDS, was prompted to...
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Same same but different - BDS' legal entity
By the start of the new financial year in April 2019, Book Discussion Scheme will become a charitable trust. Essentially the day-to-day operations will remain the same but legally, and at a...
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A Journey with Books 1999-2019
Dunedin 029 celebrated their 20th anniversary by going out for dinner (attended by five of the original members and the group's founder, who joined them from Waikanae!). Current convenor...
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20 years in Timaru
Timaru 008 sent in this end-of-year pic to say they have been going for 20 years. Three of the group are the originals.  "We are very proud of our group and have been there for one...
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 NZ book prompts new career  

This Lyttelton man embarked on a new career because of a book selected by his men's book group. Read about it here.

 

  Welcome Men Readers (... or their associates!) 

Our organisation's Chairperson reading to his grandkids

Kia ora and hello to those of you who listened in to the National Radio interview! We hope the two Peters - and our promotions person -  inspired you to 'dip your toe' into the world of book groups. As you can see from the photo of our organisation's Chairperson (above), you're never too young to enjoy the pleasure of reading...and it's never too late, either. 

If you missed the interview, listen in to https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/standing-room-only/audio/2018680900/male-book-clubs

To check out some of our men's groups, in particular, go to our News section.  You'll meet David, Peter S and Peter F there...


 NEW: Christchurch, non-fiction book group
 

BDS, in association with Christchurch City Libraries, is setting up a non-fiction book group. It will meet on the 1st Wed of each month in the relaxed & inspirational environment of Turanga central library. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or phone 941 7923 for details.

 

      Papamoa migrant group 

 

A migant book group is going great guns in a coastal suburb of Tauranga. Read about them here 

 

 Winner 

Sally Grimmett of NELSON 062 won the copy of Barbara Kingsolver's latest Unsheltered, donated by our wonderful publisher friends at Allen & Unwin - New Zealand. Happy reading, Sally!

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 From the inside 

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BDS received a letter from a prisoner who is part of a BDS book group. Read about it here 

 

 Student book groups 

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The NZ Association for the Teaching of English (NZATE) published in their new e-zine an article about four BDS-affiliated student book groups (including an all-boys one) at an Auckland College.  Click image to read the story.

 

More book group related news can be found here.

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