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 Winners of Charity Norman's latest  Literary Events 

The lucky winners of advance copies of Charity Norman's latest book, See You in September, are:

  • Vicki Hurst, of Mt Eden, Auckland
  • Susie Tocker of Karori, Wellington. 
  • Tsana Plessius of Glen Innes, Auckland

Congratulations! And thanks to Allen & Unwin Publishers New Zealand for the books. 

Susie emailed us: "What a wonderful surprise, I never win anything. I will share the book with my BDS group."


 Book Night - a fun nationwide reading event on Tuesday 23 May. Join in!  

We launched Book Night last year and marvelled at the wonderful messages and photos that appeared on the NZ map during the evening. Readers from around the country took part and shared photos of themselves reading - at home, work, on the bus...

Now Book Night is happening all over again ...and we don't want you to miss out on the fun!

Check out to find out how you can join in. It's sooooo easy (basically you read for fun for 15 or more minutes). That website page is also where you go on the night (Tuesday 23 May) to register that you participated and add an optional message and/or selfie. By registering, you also go into the draw for prizes of $150 and $100 book vouchers.

So...organise your whanau or book group, or head to a community event (they're also listed on the Book Night website)...or curl up with your cat or dog. Just make sure you read on Book Night, 23 May.

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!


Last year's results:

Last year, for the inaugural Book Night, more than 1300 readers registered online. We want that number to spiral up, up, up. So make sure you join in on 23 May. 

Last year's prize winner was a 7-year-old pupil (name withheld) from Rawhiti Primary School, the story here. 



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 Literary Events 


As part of WORD Christchurch's autumn season, leading science communicator and author James Gleick will give a mind-bending exploration of this fascinating subject. Tuesday 16 May 6pm. Details here.


In NZ's City of Literature, there's a spectacular line-up of literary talent. Check out the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival here.  



Auckland Writers Festival kicks off with a fantastic line-up for Gala Night ...don't miss out! Details of the festival 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.


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