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 Welcome, Auckland Philharmonia members 

So you enjoy books as well as music? Fantastic! You're in the right place to find out about NZ's only nationwide book group organisation and to 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


 Competition 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!



Hear Joy Cowley, the Book Council's honoured guest speaker 

The Power of Story was written and delivered by Joy Cowley at the NZ Book Council's annual lecture, held at Te Marae at Te Papa. Teachers, writers, parents and children came along to meet and listen to Joy and, in many cases, to get their favourite books autographed.

You can listen to or read Joy's lecture here


 Snidgets and Fantastical Beasts 

Oh my...shudder... have you seen the BOOK trailer for the upcoming film?  Yes, you read that correctly... as with many movies, Fantastical Beasts has a book that inspired it....  by JKK Rowling. Get your mokopuna and tamariki reading it now (and the big kids, too!) As for that snidget, it looks remarkably like a Kiwi.


  A collective noun of authors 

BDS members in greater Christchurch had the chance to meet respected authors Lloyd Jones and Tina Makereti at a special member-only event during the WORD Christchurch festival. Read more here.

Ngaio Marsh Crime award nominee Charity Norman popped into BDS to sign a few of her books (we have four of her titles in the Scheme). Read about her visit here.


  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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