Saturday, 6 September 2008

New Zealand Book Month

New Zealand Book Month (NZBM) runs each September, showcasing New Zealand books and writers in the media, the web, and within a huge national events calendar.

NZBM began in 2006 and focuses on celebrating New Zealand books and writers. It aims to increase the readership and awareness of New Zealand books and build more commercially sustainable careers for New Zealand writers. The Month works to create a fresh new message about reading on a popular and very public basis. We work with a variety of literary organisations, publishers, booksellers, celebrities and charities to try and increase the spotlight on New Zealand writing across the board.

The flagship of NZBM is The Six Pack, a national competition that calls for entries from all people in New Zealand, and is judged by both the public and a panel of industry and celebrity experts. The result is a book of six short stories, poetry, and non-fiction that sells for six dollars in store. It’s the first New Zealand publication to come out simultaneously in Braille, electronic text, accessible audio format and print, and has been an instant best seller.

NZ Book Month is a non-profit initiative that has the whole book industry behind it, from writers and publishers to bookshops and libraries. Quite simply, the idea is to get more of us reading New Zealand books.

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