Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Friday, December 01, 2017
‘The NZ Book Festival’ Celebrating New Zealand Indie Books
2018 - The NZ Book Festival's fifth year How did
festival was held in 2014 in Devonport on Auckland’s North Shore.
It began life as an idea by independently published children’s
author Louise de Varga. “The
first book festival was a tentative toe dipping to see if writers
and readers would come to an event geared especially for them. And
they did.” To find out more history and meet the
festival volunteers check our About Us page.
"Why giving up worked for me."
We’ve all read those well-intentioned self-help
books where in 56 easy steps you too can succeed at everything.
Books with encouraging titles such as Weight Loss for Dummies, Make the Big Bucks, You
Deserve It, Be a Better You, and of course, Mind over Matter. Actually
the last one may be a physics book, but you get the gist.
The reason these books fly off shelves is because
they deal with a problem. Unfortunately the problem is YOU! It’s
appears to all and sundry that you don’t look the way you should,
you don’t think the way others think, and of course you’re doing it
all wrong too. Click here to read Louise's full
blog post. Click here to read more blogs on
What's in a name?
The idea of an indie book festival was first
suggested at a NZ Society of Authors monthly meeting. With lots of
enthusiasm the name Auckland Independent Book Festival was born.
Though rather boring it 'said' that the 2014 event was being held
in Auckland and would be showcasing indie authors and indie
After the success of the first festival it was suggested it be
changed to NZ Independent Book Festival for the 2015 event. The new
name reflected the large number of exhibitors that had come from all
over New Zealand to participate.
In 2016 it's name was changed to NZ Book Festival. The independent
was dropped. Readers don't care if the book is traditionally or
independently published. What's important to them is they have
access to great books written by Kiwi indie authors and an
opportunity to talk with the authors. Writers want to be able to
discuss their writing aspirations with indie publishing
professionals who know what it takes to become a published author.
A festival celebrating indie authors, books, publishing, writers
The NZ Book Festival - the place
for authors to meet readers, and for businesses to meet aspiring
registrations now open.