New Zealand Book Month is almost upon us. Starting March 1st and running until the end of the month. It's a non-profit initiative begun in 2006 to acquaint NZ readers, books and authors and has taken on a few guises over the years.
Probably the most interesting of the events they came up with was the Sixpack, collections of six short stories (by different authors) sold for $6. That generated quite a hubub in the writing community with authors disciplining themselves to complete and send off stories for publication in the collection. Shame it vanished...
There are a lot of good locally centered events which are driven from the grass-roots writing community upwards: book launches for local authors, local dramatic groups performing NZ drama, interviews with the authors of life writing projects and local histories.
In Aotearoa New Zealand we're often told how to define ourselves (The little country that could - via some branding expert... the All Blacks...the America's cup soap operas) when I feel we could be thinking of ourselves more in terms of our stories. Who are they about, who wrote them, what do they say about us?
Here's a link to the events calendar to check out what's happening near you.
Events Calendar NZ book month