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Bookshops prepare for NZ Bookshop Day

Booksellers NZ’s fourth annual NZ Bookshop Day will be held on Saturday, 27 October, with bookshops around the country hosting events and promotions.

To mark 10 years of Nielsen operating in New Zealand, booksellers voted for their favourite New Zealand books using Nielsen BookScan bestseller charts to create a list of the top 20 New Zealand books. The list included seven novels, eight children’s and YA books and five nonfiction titles. As part of NZ Bookshop Day, the public have the opportunity to vote for their favourite local Bestseller of the Decade.

Stores around the country will celebrate the top 20 titles at NZ Bookshop Day events, championing a book chosen from the list before voting closes at midnight. More than 15 shops have registered details about their in-store events on the Booksellers NZ website.

Some highlights from participating stores include:

  • A canine-friendly Halloween party at Time Out Bookstore, Mt Eden, which is championing Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries (Granta)
  • The annual NZ Bookshop Day sale at Carston’s Bookshop, Thames, which is championing classic NZ cookbook Edmond’s Cookery Book (Goodman Fielder, Hachette NZ)
  • A raffle to win your height in books at Penny’s Bookstore in Hamilton, which is championing rugby player John Kirwan’s All Blacks Don’t Cry (Penguin)
  • The launch of picture book There’s a Tui in our Teapot (Dawn McMillan, illus by Nikki Slade Robinson, Oratia) at Books for Kids in Hamilton, which is championing Moo and Moo and the Little Calf Too (A&U NZ) by author Jane Milton and illustrator Deborah Hinde, who will appear at the shop that day.

Booksellers NZ is promoting the day on its Facebook and Instagram pages, and on its Twitter account, with the #readnz and #nzbookshopday hashtags. It has also put together a range of promotional material for bookstores, including tote bags and posters, and ideas for potential events.

To vote for Bestseller of the Decade, visit the Booksellers NZ website.


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