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Shoe Trouble Book Events

Join Eleanor Neil for special Shoe Trouble Storytimes this summer

Sunday 10 December 2023 EAST COAST BAYS LIBRARY

East Coast Bays Library
East Coast Bays Library, 8 Bute Road, Browns Bay, Auckland
Time: 11.00am


Warkworth War Memorial Library
1 Baxter Street, Warkworth
Time: 10.30am

Free admission, all welcome

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Salt: Coastal Connections Book Signing

Award-winning author, Terry Fitzgibbon will be doing the following book signings to promote his new book Salt: Coastal Connections (in stores now).

Saturday 25 November PAPER PLUS COASTLANDS

Coastlands Shopping Centre
Coastlands Shoppingtown Ltd, State Highway 1, Paraparaumu 5032
Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm


Coastlands Shopping Centre
Coastlands Shoppingtown Ltd, State Highway 1, Paraparaumu 5032
Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm

Free admission, all welcome

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Billy Bush Book Launch

Join Bill Bush to celebrate his new book Billy Bush: A front row view on life (on sale 8 June).

Thursday 8 June BELFAST

Belfast Rugby Football Club
18 March Place, Belfast
Time: 6pm

Hear Bill talk with Phil Gifford about the book
Memorabilia auction
Books available for sale and signing

Gold coin donation on the door
All Welcome
Cash bar available and finger food provided

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Abundance Book Events

Anna Valentine will be doing the following events to promote her new book Abundance (on sale 13 April).

Friday 14 April – KERIKERI

The Old Packhouse, 505 Kerikeri Road
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Taste testers & book signing
Free admission, all welcome

Saturday 22 April WHANGĀREI

Paper Plus Whangārei, 51 Cameron Street
Time: 12pm
Free admission, all welcome

UPDATED: Sunday 14 May – KAEO

Mother’s Day Long Lunch

The Veggie Tree, 32 Leigh Street, Kaeo
Time: 12pm – 4pm

Tickets $150 available from
Price includes a delicious five course degustation meal with recipes from the book, autumnal inspired drinks and a personally signed and gift wrapped copy of Abundance.

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A Respectable Veneer Book Launch

A Respectable Veneer Book Launch

Rachel Doré will be doing the following event to promote her new book A Respectable Veneer (on sale 9 March).

    Wednesday 22 March – PALMERSTON NORTH

    Second floor, Palmerston North City Library
    Time: 5.30pm
    Free admission, all welcome

    Friday 14 April – WHANGANUI

    Paige’s Book Gallery & Lockett Gallery, 60-62 Guyton Street, Whanganui
    Time: 5.30pm
    Free admission, all welcome

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    Ernest Rutherford Book Launch

    Ernest Rutherford Book Launch

    Maria Gill and Alistair Hughes will be doing the following events to promote their new book Ernest Rutherford: Just an Ordinary Boy (on sale now).

      Saturday 4 March – CHRISTCHURCH

      Rutherford’s Den, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch
      Time: 4pm -4.45pm
      Free admission, all ages
      More info: Available here

      Monday 13 March – NELSON

      Nelson Provincial Museum, cnr Trafalgar St & Hardy St, Nelson
      Time: 5.30pm 
      Free admission, all ages


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      Ross Taylor Book Tour

      Ross Taylor will be doing the following events and bookshop signings to promote his new book BLACK & WHITE (on sale Thursday 11 August). If you’d like to get your book signed in person please make sure you’re at the store by the stated time. Otherwise you can contact the store to pre-order a copy for Ross to sign when he visits.

      To keep everyone safe we ask that:

      • Hand sanitiser is used before approaching the signing table
      • Masks must be worn while Ross is signing your book
      • Please remember to keep your distance and if you wish to have a photo, you must stay in front of the table

      Thursday 11 August – AUCKLAND

      Book Signing: Whitcoulls St Lukes
      Time: 1pm

      Book Signing: Whitcoulls Newmarket
      Time: 1:45pm                    

      Saturday 13 August – WAIKATO

      Book Signing: Whitcoulls Te Rapa
      Time: 11:10am                                  

      Book Signing: Penny’s Bookstore
      Time: 11.45am                                  

      Book Signing: Paper Plus Hamilton Centreplace
      Time: 12:20pm

      Book Signing: Paper Plus Cambridge
      Time: 1.15pm                                                    

      Book Signing: Paper Plus Te Awamutu
      Time: 1:50pm                                                    

      Book Signing: Paper Plus Otorohanga
      Time: 2:30pm    

      Wednesday 17 August – PAPATOETOE

      Lunch event: Papatoetoe Cricket Club
      Time: 12pm – 2pm
      Tickets: Available here

      Thursday 18 August – WELLINGTON

      Speaking Event: The Wellington Wanderers Cricket Club
      Time: 6:00 pm
      Location: Gazley Mitsubishi – 75 Cambridge Terrace (map)
      Tickets: $55.00 – includes event entry, beverage and canapés, available here
      All proceeds will go towards Wellington Wanderers Cricket Club for the benefit of college and junior cricket.

      Friday 19 August – WELLINGTON / MANAWATU

      Book Signing: Whitcoulls Lambton Quay
      Time: 10am                                                        

      Book Signing: Whitcoulls Queensgate
      Time: 10:30am                                  

      Book Signing: Paper Plus North City
      Time: 11am                                                        

      Book Signing: Paper Plus Coastlands
      Time: 12pm                                                       

      Book Signing: Paper Plus Levin
      Time: 1pm                                                          

      Book Signing: Paper Plus Feilding
      Time: 2:30pm    

      Book Signing: Whitcoulls Palmerston North
      Time: 3:15pm                    

      Book Signing: Paper Plus Palmerston North
      Time: 3:30pm                                                    

      Speaking Event: Marist Cricket Club/ Bruce McKenzie Books
      Time: 4.45pm for a 5pm start                     
      Location: The Marist Club, 19 Pascal St
      Free event, all welcome

      Saturday 20 August – MANAWATU / MASTERTON

      Book Signing: Paper Plus Masterton
      Time: 12pm                                                       

      Speaking Event: Lansdown Cricket Club and Hedleys Books          
      Hear Ross Taylor in conversation with Paul Thomas
      Time: 4pm
      Location: Queen Elizabeth Park Sports Hub, Memorial Drive, Masterton
      Tickets:  $10 includes nibbles, available here

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      New Holland New Zealand changes hands

      New Holland Publishing Group Chief Executive Fiona Schultz announced today that the group has sold their New Zealand publishing business to Upstart Press Ltd, an Auckland-based independent publisher.

      New Holland Publishers has been publishing in NZ for over 20 years and has a successful list of non-fiction titles, from cooking to natural history, travel to pictorial and has built a steady list of bestsellers and  backlist titles among them Alison Holst , Peter Janssen and many other incredible writers and stories told by local New Zealand authors.

      Fiona Schultz commented “New Holland Publishers Group has always been proud of our New Zealand operation, which has contributed to many best sellers over the years and has built an incredible and solid backlist. I know Upstart Press is the perfect home for our business in New Zealand and our authors and titles are in safe hands with Kevin and his incredible team at Upstart Press”.

      Upstart Press was formed in 2013 by former Hachette NZ Managing Director Kevin Chapman and others and has made a name by publishing high profile sports stars such as Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, and Brendon McCullum.   Upstart Press also has a successful children’s and fiction list.  In addition, Upstart operates a warehouse business which supplies distribution to most of the university presses in the country.

      Kevin Chapman commented “I have looked at the New Holland list since my very first contact on returning to the country in 1998. It has always seemed a natural fit for the publishing lists I have been responsible for. So when Fiona agreed to discuss a sale with us I was very pleased, and to have concluded that process with a successful purchase is a great day for Upstart Press. We look forward to getting to know in greater detail the authors and books that are coming to us. Further details on a new imprint name as well as sales and distribution arrangements will be announced soon.”

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      Draw Some Awesome Competition

      ** This competition is now closed.** Congratulations to our lucky winner Annabel T of Kelburn. Check out her cool entry below, which saw her transform an upside down plant into a spaceship! There were so many creative entries from the very clever kids of Aotearoa.

      To celebrate the launch of Donovan Bixley’s new book Draw Some Awesome we want to see your awesome drawing.

      You could win $100 worth of AWESOME Donovan Bixley books from Upstart Press.

      How to Enter

      Watch the video below to get some helpful tips from Donovan.

      Look around your home for interesting shapes, like a hair dryer. Use your imagination to turn the shape into a fantastical drawing.

      Everyday inspiration is all around you… you could turn a pot plant into a drawing of a fancy ball dress, or maybe one of your mum’s shoes would make a cool spaceship. Let your imagination fly.

      When you’re done, send your entry through – we can’t wait to see it!

      Want More Info?
      Download this sheet here
      You might also want to pick up a copy of Draw Some Awesome from your local bookstore or order online here

      The Details
      Entry is open to NZ residents aged 16 and under.
      Email entries to by 11.59pm Friday 17 December.
      Entries must include the entrant’s name, age, phone number and address.
      There is one prize, consisting of $100 worth of Donovan Bixley books published by Upstart Press books. The winner can select the books they wish to receive, subject to stock availability. The books will be couriered to their New
      Zealand street address.
      The winner will be selected at random and announced on this page by Thursday 23 Dec.
      By entering, you give permission for Upstart Press and/or Donovan Bixley to display your entry on their social media channels and websites.

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      Book Launch: A Biker’s Tale

      It takes a brave and perhaps foolhardy type of person to attempt cycling’s Tour Aotearoa. This epic biennial event sees participants ride the length of mainland New Zealand, following a set route which covers 3000 km of mountain-bike trails, connected by back-country roads.

      Legendary New Zealand endurance athlete and coach John Hellemans took part in the 2018 edition of the Tour and shares the experience in ‘A Biker’s Tale’.

      Join John to celebrate the launch of the book.

      Date: Thursday 15 April
      Time: 5.30pm
      Location: University Bookshop Canterbury, University Drive, Ilam, Christchurch

      All welcome, just RSVP to Free parking after 5pm on campus.

      Can’t make the event but would like a signed copy? Order one here (free delivery):