Get your mates together for a combined festival and book club experienceRegister Now
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 combining a six-month mini book club with livestream author sessions from the festival.
Your book club will read a selection of titles by WORD Christchurch 2022 authors, and receive discounted livestream tickets to their sessions during the festival. You'll also receive incredible value, as these discounts are exclusive to WORD Book Club 2022 participants.
Plus, BDS dispatch to book clubs NZ-wide — so groups can sign up from anywhere in the country!
In the Christchurch region and planning to attend the festival in person? Access the BOOK CLUB ONLY (excludes livestream tickets) registration form here.
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’ll also receive tickets to those same five authors’ livestreams, allowing you to extend and enrich your festival experience.
You can register to participate in the WORD 2022 Book Club anytime between now and the start of the festival on 31 August.
WORD Christchurch and 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:
BOOK CLUB ONLY (excludes livestream tickets)
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. In addition, you might like to arrange a watch party to view the livestreams together too!
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
When you register, you'll select five titles from this curated list for your book club, and five livestream sessions. You'll be emailed your livestream tickets once your registration is complete and your payment has been processed. 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. If you're getting together to watch your livestreams, this is great time to meet and hand out your first book set!
|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|
Kate De Goldi: Earthquakes and Cathedrals
Kate speaks with Liz Grant about love, pet minding, religious doubt, living with loss and what it was like setting a coming-of-age tale in Christchurch in the aftermath of the earthquakes.
|Bone People, The (Fiction), 1984||A provocative and poetic novel set in a remote South Island beach community. Hulme casts her magic on three fiercely unique characters who remind us that we, like them, are "nothing more than people". Bound in Maori mythology and Christian symbolism. Booker Prize Winner 1985....read more|
Keri Hulme: He kōtuku rereka tahi
An homage to the author of one of New Zealand's most famous books. Pour yourself a dram and settle in as guests share a passage from Keri’s work that has moved them, then respond with a specially commissioned piece of their own. With Stacey Morrison as host and joined by Whiti Hereaka, Tina Makareti and Ariana Tikao live on stage, and Patricia Grace and Marian Evans via video link. Representatives of Keri’s whānau will also read some of Keri’s early unpublished work.
|Believer, The (Non-Fiction), 2022||Some of the people you will meet believe in things most people don't. Ghosts. UFOs. Heaven and the Devil. The literal creation of the universe in six days. Others believe in things most people would like to. Dying with autonomy. Facing one's own transgressions with an open heart.....read more|
|Trauma Cleaner, The (Non-Fiction), 2017||Compelling and disturbing, this is the candid personal history of a transgender woman as well as an eye-watering uncovering of the specialised world of trauma cleaning...read more|
The Faraway Near: Sarah Krasnostein
How do people find certainty in the absence of knowledge? Live from her home in Melbourne, Sarah speaks with Kim Hill about getting to know the unique individuals in her book, and the complex paths that lead people to believe in UFOs, gods and ghosts.
|Grand (Non-Fiction), 2022||The debut memoir about mothers and daughters, drinking, birth and loss, running away and homecoming from prize-winning writer and broadcaster Noelle McCarthy. From Catholic Ireland in the '70s, '80s and '90s to sparkling Auckland in the first years of the new millennium, Grand is a story of the invisible ties that bind us, of bitter legacies handed down through the generations, and of the leap of faith it takes to change them...read more|
Noelle McCarthy: Grand
In conversation with Julie Hill, this session explores Noelle's razor sharp memoir, revealing the complexities of mother-daughter relationships
|Loop Tracks (Fiction), 2021|| It's 1978: the Auckland abortion clinic has been forced to close and sixteen-year-old Charlie has to fly to Sydney, but the plane is delayed on the tarmac.
It's 2019: Charlie's tightly contained Wellington life with her grandson Tommy is interrupted by the unexpected intrusions of Tommy's first girlfriend, Jenna, and the father he has never known, Jim. The year turns, and everything changes again...read more
|Event Info||Sue is part of two FREE live events in Christchurch. See the WORD Festival programme for more information.|
|Don't Sweat It (Non-Fiction), 2022||A candid, warm, and witty investigation into the realities of menopause, Nicky shares her own insights into this often-challenging phase of life, and interviews the experts for the latest, credible research on the many options out there to help women make the right choice for themselves...read more|
Don't Sweat It: Menopause
Respected writer Nicky Pellegrino and journalist, mother and author Miriama Kamo join forces for a candid and witty conversation about the realities of menopause.
|Bookseller at the End of the World, The (Non-Fiction), 2022|| Ruth Shaw weaves together stories of the characters who visit her bookshops, musings about her favourite books, and bittersweet stories from her full and varied life.
But underlining all her wanderings and adventures are some very deep losses and long-held pain. Balancing that out is her beautiful love story with Lance, and her delightful sense of humour...read more
Whose Life is it Anyway?
Ruth Shaw is joined by Megan Dunn and Clementine Ford with Victor Roger as Chair to discuss the complexities, challenges and joys of writing memoir.
|St John Mandel, Emily|
|Sea of Tranquility (Fiction), 2022||When detective Gaspery-Jacques Roberts is hired to investigate an anomaly in time, he uncovers a series of lives upended: the exiled son of an aristocrat driven to madness, a writer trapped far from home as a pandemic ravages Earth, and a childhood friend who, like Gaspery himself, has glimpsed the chance to do something extraordinary that will disrupt the timeline of the universe...read more|
|Glass Hotel, The (Fiction), 2020||When Vincent, a social chameleon of the highest order meets hotel owner and financier Jonathan Alkailitis, she enters a world centred on wealth. But this 'kingdom of money' with its luxurious complacency is doomed to go the way of all Ponzi schemes...read more|
|Station Eleven (Fiction), 2014||Moving between their pre-pandemic lives and their post-pandemic realities, this story focuses on a disparate group of people connected to Arthur Leander who is performing King Lear on the night the Georgia Flu hits North America. Centre stage, twenty years on, is a troupe of musicians and actors who tour the remaining pockets of population performing Shakespearean works and classical music...read more|
The Faraway Near: Emily St John Mandel
Emily joins Rachael King from New York City to discuss a writer’s life during a pandemic, the power of imagination when physical travel is out of reach, and how her new novel might just change your opinion of what time travel novels can be.
|Dictionary of Lost Words, The (Fiction), 2020|| It seemed inevitable that Esme Nicoll's life would be bound up with the publication of the first Oxford English Dictionary. Initiated in 1879 and completed in 1928, it is at the centre of this story with Esme's life playing out around its development, the rise of the suffrage movement and the horrors of WWI.
But Esme has something special to contribute to the herculean task of defining the English language - an abiding passion for the words discarded by the dictionary men, especially those relating to women...read more
The Faraway Near: Pip Williams
Inspired by the discovery that many words omitted from the original Oxford English Dictionary concerned women’s lives, Pip Williams took to the archives to learn more. In conversation from Adelaide with Nicky Pellegrino, this session explores Pip William's novel, The Dictionary of Lost Words, a fictional tale grounded in real historical events.