New Zealand books by New Zealand authors – the NZ Book Festival
The NZ Book Festival is an annual event for independently published New Zealand authors to come together and share their books with readers and meet other authors and publishing industry professionals.
The first 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.”
After the success of 2014, the NZ Book Festival has gone from strength to strength. Now this exciting annual event for authors and book lovers has firmly established itself on Auckland’s busy event calendar.
Authors and publishing service providers come from all over New Zealand to take part in this once a year celebration of all things literary.
“I love that visitors can chat face to face to published authors and delve into the story behind the stories. As well as talk to publishing businesses about their own writing aspirations. Everyone has time to unwind, have something to eat and drink and immerse themselves in what the festival has to offer. Now that’s something you can’t do at your local bookshop.”
“I for one am looking forward to another amazing year at the NZ Book Festival. I hope to see you there.”
What’s on in 2018 at the NZ Book Festival
2018 is the fifth year running for the NZ Book Festival, This year promises to bring even more New Zealand authors with amazing titles and bargains to be had for readers, as well as a great range of representatives from the NZ publishing industry on hand to offer emerging Kiwi writers their insights to independent publishing.
Family-friendly event with something for everyone as well as book lovers
Visitors to the NZ Book Festival will have plenty of books and activities to choose from. There will be goodie bags to be had for the first 100 people through the doors plus activities and games. Remember to grab a feedback and competition form on your way in and cast your vote for the best exhibit. It’s also a great excuse to catch up with your favourite author from last year.
- Reading corner and fun activities in the Kids Zone
- Books to buy from new and returning authors across many genres
- Competitions and interactive fundraisers
- A delicious range of food and drinks – including Jed’s coffee for FREE
- Goodie bags for the first 100 visitors (1 per family/group)
More opportunities for emerging authors and writers of all levels
- Free advice and event specials from businesses with independent publishing services
- Talk to independently published authors about their experiences
- Connect with illustrators, cover designers editors and proof readers
Meet the NZ Book Festival Committee
The NZ Book Festival is made possible each year thanks to the dedication and hard work of our committee members.
Louise de Varga
Louise brings a wealth of experience to the committee, being the force behind both the 2014 and 2015 NZ Independent Book Festivals. Louise has a passion for reading, writing and people, and published her first children’s picture book Kapowai the Dragonfly in 2014. It is because of her love of bringing writers and readers together that the NZ Book Festival was born.
Andrene is a thrice-published author, with her 1970s chick-lit trilogy. She is about to launch a new novel called Dietvale, which will be available at the NZ Book Festival in November. Andrene has over twenty five years in production management working for large multi-national ad agencies. During this time, she has been responsible for the implementation and overseeing of numerous large scale events, such as the book festival.
Robyn P Murray
Robyn is the author of nine children’s books, one translated into Spanish and Braille. She contributed to and published two more; plus anthologies of stories, and has read her work on radio. She enjoys marketing, selling, meeting and sharing with other writers the demanding, rewarding job of writing books. Robyn has attended the NZ Book Festival each year and recommends highly writers and readers attend.
Fiona has made a living out of writing for over 12 years, in business communications, content marketing and editing services. In 2007 she set up her own business, BigWords, which provides marketing copy and online content services for SME clients throughout New Zealand. In 2013 Fiona launched an independent publishing label in Northland called BigWords-Books to assist local writers with self-publishing to bookstore standards, which she now operates out of Dunedin. Fiona has plenty of tips for authors on self-promotion and creating an online brand.
Vicky has written 5 historical fiction novels inspired by early immigrants to New Zealand. She has been a supporter of the NZBF since its inception and wishes to see it become a fixture on the cultural and event scene. Vicky holds a MA (Hons) in English and Education and has decades of experience as a business owner and professional conference organiser. She hopes her experience will help the NZ Book Festival achieve its goals.