Latest News

 Discount for BDS members 

Going West Books + Writers Festival is generously offering BDS members a 10% discount off individual session tickets! Wahoo! Details in the latest BDS newsletter. 


AUCKLAND: Going West Books + Writers Festival, 8-10 September, Titirangi. BDS will be sponsoring a Reading Nook, for people to relax and read before/between sessions at the festival.

 Volunteer Gold  


We acknowledge Pat Norton's amazing 20 years of volunteering with BDS. Most of us have probably handled a book that she has covered for the scheme. Read about her superb contribition here.


  Other Literary Events 

NATIONWIDE: Nationwide Poetry Day is 25 August, the event's 20th anniversary. Find out what's happening. 

For other literary and book festivals, see the latest BDS newsletter.






 BDS Book Night highlights 

The tally for Book Night 2017 was 2,222 registered readers. We had a 'smashing' array of 45 events around the country on Tuesday 23 May. Thanks schools, libraries, City of Literature, book groups and other organisations and individuals for your superb efforts to make the event such a success.

You can check out our News page to read about what readers and towns (and canines!) got up to on Book Night. 

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 Literary news 

 Too true! 

"Encouraging reading, particularly reading for pleasure, is critical to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of our nation’s prosperity.” Read more from the NZ Book Council and its latest research here.


Podcasts of featured writers from the Auckland Writers Festival 2017 can be heard here. 

  Aotearoa Reads - NZ Book Council's pick of Kiwi authors 

For lively written, audio and video content on Kiwi books and writers, see Enjoy the latest reviews, commentary, interviews and book recommendations on the web, handpicked by the NZ Book Council team.

 Children & Young Adults 

For reviews of the latest books for children and young adults on the Book Council website see here. 

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