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 Happy New Year 

Ashburton 016 sent in this photo of their first book group of the year (looking very relaxed, we might add!) 

Happy New Year to you all!

 Welcome, NZ Women's Weekly Readers 

So you've enjoyed a few books during the holidays? Fantastic! You're in the right place to continue that holiday feeling. We're NZ's only nationwide book group organisation and are here to help you discover a world of wonderful stories - both fiction and non-fiction. We can help you find an existing BDS-affiliated book group or start one of your own.

To get an overview of what our book groups are all about, go to Get Involved. To see if there's an existing group looking for extra members in your location, go to our interactive map here.

If you'd prefer to set up a new group - or to get help to do so - email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

We lend books & discussion notes to self-directed groups, making it an affordable, convenient and fun way to be part of a book group. To read about some of our groups, check out the News section


      Papamoa migrant group 


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



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!



 Canterbury book groups invited to Ashburton Gallery 

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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 


  What does society gain from reading groups?  

This is one of the questions you can hear answered by BDS Promotions person Megan Blakie in this interview with Auckland book retailer Open Book. And what's her favourite book? Find out here.

Hear authors Ted Dawe & Graeme Lay, AUT Librarian Kim Tairi, and BDS member and legal scholar Melanie Brebner interviewed too, as part of the BDS-Open Book collaborative event for Book Night. Everything from censorship in New Zealand to Captain Cook! Click their names to hear the podcasts.


 Student book groups 


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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