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 Marjorie Latimer - our 'walking byline' 

Ever so sadly we say goodbye to a dedicated and long-term volunteer, Marjorie Latimer, who died on Sunday (15th).

Our favourite (only) nonagenerian volunteer was a walking advertisement for our BDS byline of 'open books open minds'. Marjorie had an alert mind, was an avid reader and was co-founder of a BDS book group that has been meeting just shy of 30 years. She kept up to date and fully engaged with world happenings, was kind-hearted, always had a smile (despite recent health 'wobbles') and inspired us all. She will be sorely missed by the BDS staff and other volunteers.

Her funeral is on FRIDAY 20 July in the afternoon. We will be short-staffed during this time.


 Adventurous - WORD Christchurch Festival 29 August - 2 Sept 

WORD Christchurch's diverse and adventurous festival programme is now launched. An exciting array of walking tours, talking tours, adventurous women and men, camels (huh?), poetry, Scottish writers and poets, and whales (huh?) are part of the adventurous literary contigent this year. For details of the fabulous line-up of literary heavyweights and new names of the publishing world, go to


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 From the inside 

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BDS received a letter from a prisoner who is part of a BDS book group. Read about it here 


  What does society gain from reading groups?  

This is one of the questions you can hear answered by BDS Promotions person Megan Blakie in this interview with Auckland book retailer Open Book. And what's her favourite book? Find out here.

Hear authors Ted Dawe & Graeme Lay, AUT Librarian Kim Tairi, and BDS member and legal scholar Melanie Brebner interviewed too, as part of the BDS-Open Book collaborative event for Book Night. Everything from censorship in New Zealand to Captain Cook! Click their names to hear the podcasts.


 Student book groups 


The NZ Association for the Teaching of English (NZATE) published in their new e-zine an article about four BDS-affiliated student book groups (including an all-boys one) at an Auckland College.  Click image to read the story.


 What you got up to! 


 Book Night inners announced 

Book Night is BDS' major event of the year: a free all-age reading event. Wendy Horne of Upper Hutt (at left) receives her Book Night first prize in the 16 years and over category. For her story, see NewsSean Wansbrough, of Mt Somers, got second. His story is here. Jett Wait of Hamilton won the first prize in the under 16 years category. His story is here.

Here's highlights of some of the 32 community events held during the evening of 22 May.

  Reading Local 

Read local. Support local. To find great NZ-related books and Kiwi authors, have a look at BDS' On-line catalogue using search categories 'Fiction-New Zealand'  and 'Non-fiction New Zealand'. You might also want to browse New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa, the only periodical dedicated to reviewing New Zealand books.


More book group related news can be found here.

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