Featherston to hold second Booktown event in May
Featherston, New Zealand, will hold its second major Booktown event from 20-22 May this year.
The town held its first Booktown event in October last year as part of its bid to become an official Booktown, defined by the International Organisation of Book Towns as a ‘small rural town or village, close to major cities, in which second-hand and antiquarian bookshops are concentrated’.
This year’s program, which brings together second-hand and antiquarian booksellers, authors, book binders, illustrators and craft printers, will be themed around Featherston’s links with World War 1 and railway development.
Operations director Kate Mead said there was ‘great enthusiasm’ from Featherston locals to hold the event again, and to establish the town as a ‘centre for the celebration of the book as an artefact’.
Mead said this year’s event will be held earlier in the year in the hope of better weather and to ‘align’ with Clunes Booktown, which has planned its festival for 30 April to 1 May.
Organisers will announce program details soon.