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Article Image Winner's spoils

Our Book Night prize-draw winner Shaia Stowers has spent her winnings. Her mum Marama Warr wrote in to say:  "Shaia had a great time spoiling herself at the bookshop this weekend. Big thank you... Read More

Article Image Pleasant surprises for prize winner and prize giver

Tawa BDS Book Group member Sallie Hill had the honour of presenting 8-year-old Shaia Stowers with first prize for Book Night 2017. The convenor of book group Wellington 141, who represented... Read More

Article Image Kaitaia Comes Second!

When we discovered that Lorraine Goodhue, recipient of the Book Night second prize, lives in Kaitaia we asked a local BDS book group convenor to present her with the prize.  [Photo above... Read More

Article Image 16 public libraries

A total of 16 public libraries arranged activities for Book Night 2017.  Along with 17 schools and 7 other organisations, libraries from Kaiataia to Dunedin, Hastings to the Hutt, organised... Read More

Article Image Meet between the lifts

An invitation was sent out by the central library of the University of Canterbury to 'meet between the lifts' on Level 3.  The curious invitation attracted a small group of... Read More

Article Image Everyone and their dog was behind Book Night

Dunedin, UNESCO City of Literature, offered a raft of community reading spots for Book Night and boasted the only animal to be attending the nationwide reading event in an official capacity. Dart,... Read More

Article Image Standing room only for authors in conversation

"Great turn out, catering superb and Charity and Anna entertained us well," sums up a volunteer helper at Napier's Book Night event featuring Hawkes Bay authors Charity Norman and Anna Mackenzie in... Read More

Article Image Anne Enright's lilting voice

  Jennifer Mullins in animated conversation with author Anne Enright at WORD Christchurch's Autumn Season event.   Marg Dockrill of Timaru 007 won our winter competition run in... Read More

Article Image Mt Somers Springburn School

The Ashburton Guardian produced these two stories about Mt Somers Springburn Primary School's involvement in Book Night. Click images to read the stories.         Read More

Article Image ‘Treasure Chest’ on Pacific Street

Dunedin's Pacific Street celebrated the arrival of a 'treasure chest' on Saturday 27th May when BDS book group members and residents unveiled a Treasure Island themed miniature library on the edge of... Read More

Article Image Hannah Kent in Dunedin

Photo of Hannah Kent courtesy of Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival.   Australian author Hannah Kent's debut, atmospheric novel Burial Rites is set in Iceland and has proved a... Read More

Article Image Auckland BDS member wins third

Retired maths teacher Jenny Bosley won third prize in the Book Night draw and received a hand screenprinted, organic cotton BDS tote bag. The Auckland based convenor of AUCK 058 took part in the... Read More

Article Image Subdued then lively

Christchurch group CHCH 318 sent in this scanned photo of them reading during Book Night.  Convenor Liz Friedel says they combined their usual meeting with the nationwide reading event. Then... Read More

Article Image Wall of fame

At Redwood School in Wellington, the librarian invited families to participate in Book Night from home and then to forward her some photos. 60 families sent in snaps, which were presented as a slide... Read More

Article Image Capital reading capers

Here are two more schools in the Wellington region that joined in Book Night. Reignier Catholic School had a "hugely successful evening" with storytime and milo and marshmellows. Librarian Maree... Read More

Article Image Satire at the Clocktower

Otago University's Centre for the Book celebrated Book Night with an event organised by Dr Shef Rogers, Head of Department of English and Linguistics (back row, 3rd from left). To right of Shef is... Read More

Article Image Wine not?

It's not often libraries and wine mix together, but on Book Night wine industry expert Allan Scott was the drawcard for a Book Night event at Marlborough District Libraries in Blenheim. The... Read More

Article Image Fundraising fun in Glendowie

Glendowie College sent in this summary of the school's Book Night reading and philanthropic activitites, provided by a staff member for the school newsletter: "On Tuesday night, 33 onesie clad... Read More

Article Image 'Reading in' on the West Coast

The largest town in the West Coast region kept its library doors open late and the staff on duty wore nightwear, all to help celebrate Book Night. The Greymouth District Library on Mackay... Read More

Article Image Wild about Book Night

Business owner Steven Wild never read a full novel at high school but is now an advocate for Book Night, BDS' nationwide reading event in May.(photo by Mandy Caldwell) Kiwi business owner Steven... Read More

Article Image Winners with Allen & Unwin

  Lucky BDS member Susan Kennedy of Dunedin 039 won the fabulous Box in a Box prize containing the latest novel by Charity Norman (See You in September) along with a $20 food voucher,... Read More

Article Image The life journey of a barcode

When a box of sparkling new books arrives at the Sydenham office of Book Discussion Scheme, not all staff view the arriving package with the full reverence it deserves! One such person is our... Read More

Article Image Fossicking for fancy rocks

There's been geocaching (locating 'treasure' using GPS coordinates) and photo fads of travelling gnomes in exotic places; now the latest social media craze is re-appearing rocks! Cass Hendry wrote... Read More

Article Image Cultural mix in Tauranga

With the help of friends, Pam Hansen convenes a thriving English as Second Language book group in Tauranga.  "We began 18 months ago with five ex students from my ESL class who wanted to keep... Read More

Article Image The Commuting Book

Bored at the bus stop? We've been working with Christchurch-based The Commuting Book to provide commuters with reading material. Read about it in our Media Release. If you want to donate good... Read More

Article Image Third Island comes aboard!

BDS delivers nationwide and, true to our word, we are now couriering book-sets and discussion notes to Rakiura. A group of readers on New Zealand's third island, also known as Stewart Island, joined... Read More

Article Image How do books Change Lives?

How do books change lives? Jeannie Woodhouse, the convenor of Nelson 018, wrote in recently to share how a non-fiction book had made an impact on a member of her book group. Half the Sky was... Read More

Article Image Living Stories event - and the art of making a new life

Live storytelling (by adults for adults) was the focus of a BDS event held in West Auckland in October. Our Auckland BDS rep, Melissa Parker, organised the event at her local Te Atatu Peninsula... Read More

Article Image Skype with Canadian author of 'Three Souls'

Queenstown BDS members had the opportunity to skype the Canadian author of a popular novel in the Scheme. Sue Harcome's book group, Queenstown 010, won the chance to have an online conversation... Read More

Article Image Book group connection with Stephen Daisley

It's amazing what you can learn from a WORD Christchurch author session! Jo Kinley won her book group, Christchurch 377, tickets to hear Ockham Book Award winner Stephen Daisley talk about his... Read More

Article Image Pattrick's Heartland makes a quintet

A song, two readings by Jenny Pattrick from her latest novel, and a rather large chocolate cake left two BDS staff feeling replete after attending a Community Read event run by Christchurch City... Read More

Article Image Book aroha at Arohata

You might think it's straightforward for women 'doing time' to be able to read and discuss books, but running a book group inside a prison has its share of practical hassles. "It can be fun; it... Read More

Article Image Library book groups help get people talking

"The air outside is bitterly cold but inside the Shirley Library the atmosphere is warm and welcoming." So starts a library news story about their book-group collaboration with BDS. Read... Read More

Article Image Book Night winner's torch-light treasure hunt

The winner of the prize draw for New Zealand's first Book Night is a 7-year-old boy who read a book from the Goosebump series and solved book-related clues by torchlight. He won a $150 book... Read More

Article Image Indoor picnic lures second-prize winner to Book Night

A Lower Hutt woman who attended an indoor picnic at her local library with her family has won second prize in New Zealand's inaugural Book Night. Caitlin Carew, from Belmont, was awarded a $75... Read More

Article Image Christchurch Star Book Night article

Article (16 June 2016) from the Christchurch Star about Book Night:       Full article submitted by post-graduate journalism student Alex Lim: Thousands of readers engaged... Read More

Article Image Book Night a success!

The official tally for Book Night 2016 is 1340 participants! The first ever event of its kind in New Zealand ended at midnight on 24 May, with a tally of 1167 participants. Registrations continued... Read More

Article Image Making bookmarks an enticing activity

It was a windy but wonderful day at the recent International Cultural Festival 2016 in Auckland. "Our BDS stand was quite eye-catching and attractive, except when the wind blew everything off!" says... Read More

Article Image Not quite all in the same boat

A makeshift lifeboat in a member's lounge provided a unique setting for a Kapiti Coast book group's discussions.  Waikanae 007's Glenda Henshilwood came home from work to find that... Read More

Article Image Blind Foundation members can join groups for free

We are thrilled to announce that BDS and the Blind Foundation are working together to help visually impaired people join (or remain in) BDS book groups.   Blind Foundation members who are... Read More

Article Image Freedom in a BDS Tote Bag

  Yes, freedom really does come in the form of a tote bag!  ...BDS has teamed up with an ethically run organisation to coordinate the production of this stylish shoulder bag. Branded... Read More

Article Image Orange is the new book - Your Weekend article

To read Philip Matthew's article about the prison book group at Christchurch Women's, which featured in Your Weekend on 14 November 2015, click here or below. Read More

Article Image Booknotes are like a key

Booknotes are like a key: they help book groups unlock the content, details and depth of a story. "We produce booknotes for groups to use as a framework for discussion," says BDS Booknotes Organiser... Read More

Article Image Snippets of History (1000th group celebrations)

We reached the milestone of having a 1000th BDS group (1000 groups concurrently registered with the Scheme) in November 2013. To mark - and help celebrate - this achievement, we invited all... Read More


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