Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Launches in April

Next month sees three diverse book launches at the Children’s Bookshop in Kilbirnie:

Thursday April 4, 6:00pm
Anzac Day: The New Zealand Story 
by Philippa Werry
Useful for the whole family, this fascinating new book exposes the rich history behind Anzac Day, seeking to answer the many questions children often ask their parents around the 25th.

Wednesday April 10, 6:00pm

Mysterious Traveller 
by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham
Many of you will know that renowned author Mal Peet is in Wellington teaching at IIML. Mal and Elspeth are from over the ditch and don’t know too many people here yet, so this is your chance to welcome them and celebrate the launch of their picture book. As John McIntyre says, “Bring your friends ... we need to make this a big Wellington event.”

Saturday April 13, 3:00pm
A Winter’s Day by Melinda Szymanik
Melinda is thrilled to be invited to come down to Wellington and launch her new book. Come along and be part of the welcome and join us for dinner afterwards. Here is a snippet from Barbara Murison’s review: “This book, which is based on the experiences of Melinda's father and his family, is hard to put down and even harder to forget.”


Fundraising book fair

A book fair will be held in the Ngaio Town Hall from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday 13th April, as a fundraiser for the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation in Hanoi, Vietnam. All proceeds will be donated to Blue Dragon to support its work in providing education and training for kids in crisis in Vietnam. Trustees of the Blue Dragon Children’s Trust (NZ) are organising the fair.
There are several ways you can help:
  • Donate any unwanted books, DVDs or CDs. If possible, please contact a trustee and arrange to deliver the donations to a trustee’s house. If necessary, one of us can pick up the books.
  • Please tell friends, neighbours and work colleagues about the call for book donations and the date of the book fair.
  • Contact one of the trustees if you would like to help set up the fair on Friday night, 12th April, or help on the day.
  • Come to the book fair and buy some books, DVDs or CDS. As always, there will be some great bargains.

 If you’re interested in donating to this worthy cause, send us an email ( and we'll forward the relevant contact details.

Wellington Storytellers’ Café

The next event of the Wellington Storytellers’ Café is at 7:30pm on Tuesday 2nd April 2013, at Toi Ponēke, 61-69 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro. It will be hosted by Moira Wairama, and guest tellers will be Judy Frost-Evans and Linda.
Judy Frost-Evans lives by the sea in Pukerua Bay, where she inhales the salt laden breezes, listens to the sounds of the sea, is inspired by the graceful flight of the sea birds riding on the updraughts, and keeps a lookout for whales in the Kapiti Channel. She will bring us tales from the Belly of the Whale.
Linda writes regularly on controversial social issues for adults and young people, and as a storyteller, generally tells World stories, myths and legends. At this month’s Storytellers’ Café, she’ll be combining the two, in tales that entertain, startle and surprise.
Entry $5.
For more information about events at Toi Poneke:

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Congratulations Sabrina!

In WCBA-member-success news ... Sabrina Malcolm has been shortlisted not once, but twice for the Storylines Joy Cowley Award.

Full shortlists for Storylines Awards are available at the Storylines website.