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More than 180 bookstores participate in first NZ Bookshop Day

More than 180 bookstores have taken part in the inaugural New Zealand Bookshop Day on 31 October, an initiative launched by Booksellers NZ to ‘celebrate the unique place bookshops have in New Zealand life and their place in our communities’.

NZ Bookshop Day project manager Yvonne Cookson told Books+Publishing that 90% of participating stores want to take part again next year, according to early survey responses. ‘The stores that went all out and customised to suit their local community received a fantastic turnout and the collaboration with our fellow book industry associations was fabulous,’ said Cookson.

Among Cookson’s highlights was Wanaka Paper Plus, whose guests included celebrity chefs and a miniature horse. ‘Two German tourists got the surprise of their lives: a horse in a bookstore and meeting hero celebrity chef Annabel Langbein,’ said Cookson.

Other highlights were the Women’s Bookshop Auckland, which held its five-yearly ‘50 Women Writers of the Past 50 Years’ celebration on NZ Bookshop Day; Vic Books Wellington, whose staff ‘took on the colouring craze and embellished our campaign tote bags’; Wardini’s Books Havelock North, which launched its ‘Readers’ Realm’ trading cards, a project funded by the James Patterson bookshop grants; and The Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie, which partnered with Harper Collins NZ to give every school in New Zealand a chance to win their librarian’s height in books.

‘This was truly a case of booksellers, publishers, authors, trade associations, community associations working together for NZ Bookshop Day,’ said Cookson..

For more information about NZ Bookshop Day, including other stores’ activities, click here.


Category: Local news