• Joy Cowley to give the annual New Zealand Book Council lecture – Oct 4 Te Papa

    This year’s Book Council Lecture will be given by beloved children’s author Joy Cowley at Te Papa on October 4. In her warm and engaging talk The Power of Story, Joy will draw on a lifetime’s experience of inspiring children to read. Entwining practical advice on how to spark a love for reading with her thoughts […]

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  • Storylines Auckland event Friday August 24

    The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust of New Zealand invites you to:   A preview event before the Booksellers New Zealand conference 25-26 August 2018 Book Launch: Children’s Literature in a Multiliterate World edited by Nicola Daly and Libby Limbrick with consulting editor Pam Dix.  Based on papers presented at the 2016 IBBY congress held in […]

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  • Hamilton Book Month

    It’s nearly August and Hamilton Book Month is about to get underway! We’d love to have you along. See http://hamiltonbookmonth.wixsite.com/2018 for details on all 20 events (15 are free) including our life writing and fiction panels, a play, travel writing and fiction writing workshops, a seminar, storytelling, poetry open mic, a comedian, illustration and design […]

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  • International Bestseller John Marsden Headlines Day Two of the NZSA National Writers Forum

    John Marsden, one of Australia’s most renowned authors will be appearing at the 2018 National Writers Forum in Auckland from 21-23 September 2018. Organised by the New Zealand Society of Authors, the NWF is New Zealand’s only conference for writers from across the profession. Marsden is the author of many award-winning books including the most […]

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  • Dr Anita Heiss – one of the NZSA National Writers Forum 2018 Keynote speakers

    Dr Anita Heiss, one of Australia’s best-known authors of indigenous literature is visiting Auckland from 21-23 September as a keynote speaker at the 2018 National Writers Forum. Organised by the New Zealand Society of Authors, this conference is the only national conference for writers from across the profession. Dr Heiss, who is an author, poet, […]

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  • PANZ shortlists for 2018 PANZ Book Design Awards announced

    The best of New Zealand’s book designs come under tight scrutiny but the shortlist has been announced 11 Jun 2018 It appears it’s not just the cover a book is judged on as the judges announce the finalists in the 2018 PANZ Book Design Awards. The weight of stock, the binding and the smell of […]

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  • FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 NEW ZEALAND CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS

    A bumper crop of excellent books for young New Zealand readers have today been announced as the 33 finalists in the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.   From sharks and dawn raids to earthquakes, kidnap plots, Jean Batten and the familiar chaos that is kids at breakfast time, their range […]

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  • New Zealand Book Council launch READNZ campaign #readNZ

    ReadNZ campaign 2018 Our books matter. Our authors and their stories are world-leading. ReadNZ is a campaign to get more of us reading books written by New Zealanders. New Zealand books reflect the rich social and cultural history that has shaped us as a nation. There is a special joy in reading about ourselves, and […]

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  • Recognising the importance of our arts, culture and heritage

    Thursday, 17 May 2018, 2:22 pm Press Release: New Zealand Government Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Recognising the importance of our arts, culture and heritage Budget 2018 lays the foundations for a significant programme of work that highlights the essential role the cultural sector plays in the wellbeing of our society, […]

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  • Good news for NZ Bookshops – a level playing field at last (in October 2019)

    Retailers’ relief as uncompetitive GST loophole is to be closed   Bookshops and other small businesses and their communities across New Zealand will have a sense of relief that the loophole allowing offshore retailers  an unfair 15% price advantage when selling into New Zealand is to be closed, finally. “Closing this loophole will remove the […]

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  • STORYLINES MARGARET MAHY MEDAL AND LECTURE AWARD 2018

    Janice Marriott 2018 Margaret Mahy Medal winner Children’s author, screenwriter, mentor, audio producer, editor and teacher, Janice Marriott, was awarded the 2018 Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal  for lifetime achievement and her distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s children’s literature at the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy Awards Day on 8 April. Her Margaret Mahy Medal was presented by […]

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  • IPA President Michael Kolman addresses first European Children’s Bookstore Conference at Bologna

    Getting ‘Our Publishing Houses in Order’ On Sunday (March 29), the first European Independent Children’s Bookstore Conference was held at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair. Arranged by Bologna’s organizers in cooperation with the Association of Italian Independent Children’s Bookstores, the event was designed to “highlight the various cultural and economic aspects faced by independent bookstores […]

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