Hunters and fishermen grabbing a beer at a “Blokes Night” listening to stories in the Mosgeil library and a kiwi forensic scientist telling the truth behind crime and pathology thrillers are among the contrasting events being organised throughout the country in March for Bookmonth 2013.
And upwards of $20 million of $5 vouchers will again be distributed through schools, letterboxes and retail outlets to be used to buy any book over the value of $10 from participating bookshops.
In Mosgeil the local library has organised an event for 6 March especially focussed on the books and stories of fishing and hunting in the region. The event in the Massey Library Waitakere on 14 March will feature Dr Anna Sandiford, author of Expert Witness a non-fiction look at the work of forensic scientists and pathologists on some of the most celebrated New Zealand crime scenes.
New Zealand Book Month is expected to be better than ever when it returns in March 2013, with a host of events organised to celebrate books, authors and reading around the country.
“Book month is focussed on extending the joy of reading throughout the country. Our community campaign this year consists of more than 170 events involving more than 140 New Zealand authors and scores of volunteers,” said NZ Book Month project manager, Megan Dunn.
“Books Change Lives” remains the theme for NZ Book Month with new ambassadors Ben and Libby Crawford, Oscar Kightley, and Dominic Harvey, joining Anna Langbein and Sir Peter Jackson in the line-up of celebrities promoting the event.
“Our ambassadors each year share their stories about the books that have influenced and shaped their lives. Oscar Kightley reminds us of the power of fairy tales to connect different cultures, while Libby Crawford talks about one of the most rewarding aspects of reading: enjoyment. We hope that readers new and old will get enjoyment from this instalment of NZ Book Month! There’s never been a better time to pick up a book.
A list of regional activities can be found on the New Zealand Book Month website www.nzbookmonth.co.nz.