NZ Bookshop Day 2018

Saturday 27th October is New Zealand Bookshop Day. Hurrah for the bookshop! There will be events, great deals on books and competitions too. Events Scorpio Books What: Author talks and readings, as well as an evening literary quiz. Author talk with Dr Simon Pollard at 10.30am (Simon is a spider biologist and award-winning author of The Genius…
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Shaun Bythell – The Diary of a Bookseller: WORD Christchurch Festival 2018

Today at Christchurch's The Piano, a packed out audience was treated to a hilarious hour with Shaun Bythell. His beloved Diary of a Bookseller charts a year in the life of the largest second hand bookshop in Scotland. It is one of the ultimate books about books, packed with stories of eccentric book buyers, sound book recommendations, and accounts of…
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For Book Collectors Old and New: WORD Christchurch 2018

Held in The Piano this was a small select audience of self-confessed book lovers, book accumulators and book collectors. The speakers were Shaun Bythell owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland (and author of novel The diary of a bookseller)and Brian Phillips who has after a long career in publishing in New Zealand now sells collectable…
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Simpson & Williams, 238 High Street, Christchurch: Picturing Canterbury

This store advertised itself as "The busy booksellers, stationers and printers ". Envelopes, writing paper, pen and ink were provided free. Stamps could be purchased here, as could postcards of local and New Zealand views, magazines, etc. The business had its origins in a printing and stationery firm, founded in 1862 by J.T. Hughes which…
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A quick guide to NZ Bookshop Day in Christchurch – Saturday 28 October 2017

This Saturday 28 October your mission is to visit your local bookshop. It is the third official NZ Bookshop Day. Booksellers New Zealand has a competition: Win $500 worth of NZ book tokens by sharing the bookshop love. Get a postcard from a participating bookshop, fill it out and hand it back, tell the bookshop just why you…
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Love Letter to A Bookshop : New Zealand Bookshop Day – Saturday 28 October 2017

Bookshops I have loved, lost, and looted : a confession. Write a love letter to your favourite bookshop Dear Diary. I can't send this to a Bookshop; I'm cheating on all of them! I have no control over myself. Wherever I go, I have to see the local bookshop. Where did it all start? My first love was…
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