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Book Night 2017 Prize Draw Winners are:

1st: Shaia Stowers, of Tawa (see photo below), who won book vouchers to the value of $150 sponsored by Chreos Business SolutionsCongrats!  Read about her receiving her prize. (And spending it here!)

Photo by Justin Blakie

2nd: Lorraine Goodhue, of Kaitaia, who won book vouchers to the value of $100 sponsored by Chreos Business Solutions. See her receive her prize here

3rd: Jenny Bosley, of Auckland, who won an organic cotton, hand screenprinted Book Discussion Scheme tote bag. Read about her book group here.


 And the nationwide tally for Book Night 2017 is... 


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The Book Night 2017 tally is 2,222 registered readers. That's way, way more than the total for the inaugural event last year. We had a 'smashing' array of 45 events around the country. Thanks schools, libraries, City of Literature, book groups and other organisations and individuals for your superb efforts to make the event such a success.

Thanks to everyone for making reading such a sociable experience! Positive comments came through from Kaitaia to Rakiura, Whangarei to Dunedin, New Plymouth to Gisborne, Marlborough to Mosgiel. What a wonderful 'family' of readers you are. 

Your messages can be read on the interactive map on the Book Night website and a selection of photos can be viewed on our facebook page. You can also check out our News page to read about what readers and towns got up to on Book Night.  


 Steven read a 'classic' book on Book Night - and his own story is inspiring too 

steven wild book night

Business owner Steven Wild is exactly that: wild about Book Night. Read the inspiring story of how this managing director of business software company Chreos (, the major sponsor of the Book Night prize draw) went from being a high school pupil struggling with English to being a reading advocate. His story is here.


 Official canine involvement 

Dart, the search and rescue dog, was the only animal who attended Book Night in an official capacity. Watch what he got his snout into!

Why Book Night?

The event has a serious side: highlighting the benefits of reading for children and adults. OECD research shows that reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s future success. In adults, reading  helps keep adults mentally alert and has positive effects on memory, stress levels, and the aptitude for imagination and compassion. Reading is great for health and wellbeing!


 Literary events 

RAGLAN: Word Café kicks off on Friday, 30 June, for a weekend of literary activities. Detailshere.


WANAKA & QUEENSTOWN: July 7-9 An exciting line-up of debut and veteran authors, new books, keynote speakers, panel discussions, writing workshops, storytelling, readings and free sessions to cater for all ages. A community event not to be missed.



 Literary news 

Society of Authors has a new CEO, Jenny Nagle. Read about her here. 

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


 Other BDS competition winners  

charity box

'Charity Box': Lucky BDS member Susan Kennedy of Dunedin 039 has won the fabulous Box in a Box prize containing the latest novel by NZ author Charity Norman (called 'See You in September') along with a $20 food voucher, conversation starter notes, chocolate and other goodies. A huge thank you to Allen & Unwin Publishers NZ for this wonderful prize. "Very excited" about her win, she says! 

Charity Norman recently spoke at our collaborative Book Night event in Napier; you can read about it here.


anne enright book signing

Irish lilt: read about the road trip of a Timaru group who won 6 tickets to hear Anne Enright's lilting Irish voice at WORD Christchurch's Autumn Season in May. 


 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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