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Page & Blackmore are proud to sponsor a number of events throughout the year, from book launches and signings to readings and workshops. We are also delighted to be the bookseller for the Pukapuka Talks as part of the Nelson Arts Festival 2021. This year’s events are listed below.




Sunshine Noir – Nelson Mystery in the Library
Saturday 12 June from 2pm at Elma Turner Library, 27 Halifax Street, Nelson
The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with Nelson Libraries, invites Top of the South booklovers to a thrilling event with three terrific New Zealand writers who have a talent for crime and mystery.
Multiple New York Times bestseller Nalini Singh is joined by #1 bestseller Rose Carlyle and local Nelson author and NZ Booklovers Award finalist Chris Stuart.
The trio will discuss how they craft page-whirring tales full of memorable characters, and incorporate real-life themes into their books.
Books will be available to purchase at the event from Page & Blackmore Booksellers.


Knock Knock: Confessions of a Kiwi Interviewer
Knock Knock – Author talk with local author Trish Palmer
Fri June 18th, 5.15pm, upstairs at Page & Blackmore

Trish Palmer has been working as an interviewer and area manager for market research companies for over 20 years, invited into the homes and private lives of an astonishing array of folk from every lifestyle imaginable. Come join us and hear first-hand of some of her poignant and humorous experiences on the job.


Page & Blackmore National Short Story Competition 2021
We are once again proud to sponsor the Page & Blackmore National Short Story Competition in association with NZSA Top of the South Branch.
This year’s judge is author Rajorshi Chakraborti. Entries close 30 April 2021.
Send your entries, and direct any questions to: Visit for rules and entry forms.
Good luck and happy writing!

Tuku ’21; The Boathouse Celebrates Nelson Writers
Wednesday April 7, 6pm at The Boathouse, Wakefield Quay
We are proud to collaborate with The Boathouse Society as they present a celebration of Nelson writers during Heritage Month. Two of our most loved Nelson based writers Karen Stade and Alexandra Tidswell take the stage with Jacquetta Bell to discuss their work, and then they’ll answer questions from the audience. Light complimentary canapes will be served and the bar will be open to purchase drinks.
This is a free event – attendance must be registered with


Nature and Wellbeing in Aotearoa New ZealandNature and Wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand by Catherine Knight – Author Talk
Thursday 4 March, 7pm,
Beachside Conference and Events Centre, Tahunanui Beach Park, 70 Beach Road, Tahunanui

Catherine Knight’s latest book looks at the restoration of ‘neighbourhood nature’ – places that all New Zealanders can freely access, irrespective of socioeconomic or other factors, and shares stories by New Zealanders on how important these local oases of nature are – and how vital they are to our wellbeing.


 ReflectionsReflections by Dave Briggs and JF Robert – Book Launch
Thursday 11 February, 5.30pm at Page & Blackmore

Join us we celebrate the launch of poet/author Dave Briggs and photographer JF Robert’s new collaboration Reflections.


For Reasons of Their OwnFor Reasons of Their Own by Chris Stuart
Thursday 26 November, 5.30pm, Page & Blackmore
Come and meet local author Chris Stuart who has written her debut novel, a crime thriller, For Reasons of Their Own. Chris will be telling us about the book and how she came to write it.


Addressed to GretaAddressed to Greta by Fiona Sussman – Author Talk
Wednesday 18 November, 5.30pm, Page & Blackmore

Fiona discusses her new novel, Addressed to Greta.
Greta is a fabulous character, funny (often unintentionally), sassy and so very real, flaws and all. She will make you laugh and also melt your heart.


Tableland: The History Behind Mount ArthurTableland by Ray Salisbury – Author Talk
Thursday 12 November, 5.30pm, Page & Blackmore

We are very excited to have Ray speaking to us about his gorgeous new book on the Tableland of Kahurangi National Park. Beautifully illustrated with the Ray’s photography, as well as a wide range of historic material and photos, this will be a book treasured by those with a connection to this area.


Note to Self: The Secrets of CalmNote to Self by Rebekah Ballogh – Book Launch
Saturday 7 November, from 2pm, Paragon Eatery, 2 Lakehouse Crescent, Richmond

Join Rebekah for the launch of her first book – an inspirational personal development book to aid with anxiety, overthinking and depression.


Lake Rotoiti School Book FairLake Rotoiti School Book Fair
Friday 6 November, 11am – 2pm, Alpine Lodge, St Arnaud

We are delighted to return for our third annual book fair, Lake Rotoiti School, 11am to 2pm.
Bring your bags and stock up on great reading for you, your friends and family.
If you have a wish list, email us and we shall bring your selected books for you.


Two Raw Sisters: All Eaters WelcomeTwo Raw Sisters: All Eaters WelcomeBook Signing
Thursday 5 November, 12noon – 1pm, Page & Blackmore

Following on from the phenomenal success of their first cookbook, the talented siblings Rosa and Margo Flanagan are back with a brand-new collection of accessible, delectable, inspiring plant-based recipes.


The Pukapuka Talks 10-17 October 2020
With a terrific line-up of writers from Nelson and around NZ, there’s a Pukapuka Talk for every reader. Featuring Annabel Langbein, Miriam Lancewood, Behrouz Boochani, Golriz Ghahraman and Rose Lu, comedian Eamonn Marra and Lil O’Brien, poets Rachel McAlpine, Chris Fell and John Newton, YA writers Rachael Craw, Brin Murray and Robyn Prokop, William Moloney and Nelson/Tasman-based authors Ian Trafford, Christine Leunens, Alexandra Tidswell and more.


Author Event
Driven by the Wind: The Memoir of Captain Henry Rose by Karen Stade
Thursday 21st November 2019, 5.30pm at Page & Blackmore

Driven by the Wind is based on a memoir Captain Rose wrote for his family in 1911. It has been extensively researched and expanded by local Nelson author Karen Stade and is published at the behest of Henry’s great grandson Alastair Rose.



Author Talk
Southern Nights by Naomi Arnold
Thursday 28 November 2019, 5.30pm at Page & Blackmore

Meet the night sky, down under.
Aotearoa New Zealand was founded on stargazing. It was celestial navigation that brought the first people here, and it was tatai arorangi, Maori astronomy, that helped people survive once they arrived. There is no better place on Earth to view the brilliance of other worlds.
Covering eclipses, aurorae, comets and constellations, backyard observatories, traditional stargazers and world-class astrophotographers, this is the unique story of the night sky that glows above us all.

Author Reading
Nanny Mihi and the Rainbow by Melanie Drewery
Saturday 30 November 2019 at Page & Blackmore

Come and enjoy a storytelling session with local author Melanie Drewery as she reads from the latest book in her beloved Nanny Mihi series.



Author Talk
Caging Skies by Christine Leunens
Thursday 5 December 2019, 5.30pm at Page & Blackmore

By turns disturbing and blackly comic, Christine Leunens’s captivating and masterful novel examines this world of truth and lies, laying bare the darkest corners of the human soul.
Meet author Christine Leunens and hear about her novel which has now inspired the excellent movie Jojo Rabbit.




Book Launch: The Claim by David Briggs
Thursday 7 November 2019 – 5.30pm, Page & Blackmore

The ClaimWhen his father dies leaving behind a legacy of debt and failed businesses, Evan Cadwallader is doubtful that the derelict cottage in the foothills of the Southern Alps will provide a solution, but decides to visit anyway. He falls in love with the simple property and its remote location and he tends and repairs it, creating a still oasis away from the loose and shifting life he leads in the world outside. He retreats there every summer, prospecting for gold.
A missing dog, a violent storm and an injured mystery woman sends his safe world spiraling…

Pukapuka Talks at Nelson Arts Festival
Labour Weekend 25th-28th October 2019

 This year our Readers & Writers at Nelson Arts Festival has been rebranded to Page & Blackmore Pukapuka Talks and we’re super excited about it. Some of the guests this year: Witi Ihimaera talks to Guyon Espiner, novelist Eliabeth Knox talks about her upcoming book The Absolute Book, Steve Braunias from The Friday Poem speaks with three New Zealand poets, Nelson-based novelist Christine Leunens on her book Caging Skies – soon to be a Hollywood movie, and loads more. For those budding (and established) writers, to kick the festival off there is a workshop chaired by Guyon Espiner and featuring Lily Woodhouse (the nom-de-plume of acclaimed NZ author Stephanie Johnson), Pic Picot (self-publishing his upcoming memoir) and Ray Caird (Blood of the Flax).
For the full list of events, head to our Facebook events page.

Author Talk with James Russell
Friday 25 October 2019, 4pm at Page & Blackmore

Meet James Russell, author of the very popular The Dragon Defenders #4Dragon Brothers books which include three picture books and the four Dragon Defenders novels. James will read from his books.
Suitable for all ages. Upstairs at Page & Blackmore.


Book Launch: A Visual Journey by Nick Channon
Thursday 17 October 2019 – 5.30pm, Nelson Centre for Musical Arts

We are pleased to launch A Visual Journey, Nick’s stunning collection of richly diverse photographs from his world travels, including his hometown Nelson.
A Visual Journey will be for sale, with photographic prints available to order.
Wine and nibbles provided.

Jan Hellriegal
Friday August 30 2019, 4pm at Page & Blackmore

In support of the release of her new multi media project “Sportsman of the Year – A Suburban Philosophy”, for the first time in a very long time Jan Hellriegel is embarking on a New Zealand tour – of sorts. She will be visiting her favourite bookstores and venues sharing songs, stories, Q & A’s & suburban philosophy. Special guest at this event and accompanist: Ben Fulton. And yes, she will sing a song or three.


Mal Dixon’s Moon Diary – Book Launch
Thursday August 22 2019, 5.30pm at Page & Blackmore

Come and meet local author Emma Hamley and hear about her debut novel Mal Dixon’s Moon Diary.
After 50 years, MI5 are returning Mal Dixon’s English homework assignment: to keep a diary of the Apollo II mission to the moon.
A madcap romp from London to Auckland and everywhere in between. Includes the KGB, CIA, MI5 and breaking into Paul McCartney’s London home.


Thursday August 1 2019 – 5.30pm at Page & Blackmore
Author event with Maxine Alterio

Maxine Alterio is a New Zealand novelist, short story writer and academic mentor.  Her first novel, Ribbons of Grace, shortlisted for the 2008 Nielsen BookData New Zealand Booksellers’ Choice Award, topped the national bestsellers list for several months. Maxine won the Seresin Landfall/Otago University Press Residency in 2013. Maxine will be speaking with us about her books Lives We Leave Behind, Ribbons of Grace, and her new suspense novel, The Gulf Between, set in Queenstown and the Gulf of Naples.

Thursday 20th June 2019 – 5:30 at Page & Blackmore

Getting Off The X by Jo Patti

Join American author, educator, explorer and New Zealand citizen, Jo Patti, as she returns to Aotearoa for a special book tour event. Author of two books, Kismet, a volume of poetry, and Getting Off The X, a collection of non-fiction stories about risk-taking and getting out of danger — including her own personal story of tragedy — Jo has deep connections with Aotearoa.

Now based in Texas, Jo’s book, Getting Off The X was published last year, and features people all over the globe “getting off the x” — the common thread that ties all the chapters together. Join Jo for a reading and to hear more about her stories. She will also be selling copies of Getting Off The X and Kismet.

Thursday 30th May 2019. 17:30 at Fairfield House, 48 Van Diemen Street, Nelson

The Fell by Robert Jenkins

Local author Robert Jenkins launches his debut novel, The Fell.
An unnamed boy is living what he feels to be an idyllic life in the faded and peeling Lido where his father is a lifeguard. He idolises his father — never more so than when he saves the life of a suicidal man — and he comes to believe that heroism is all… The boy is an unreliable narrator, seeing the world and his place in it through a unique lens. He meets ghosts, hears voices and battles his fears but never questions his own version of reality.

Friday 24th May 2019. 14:30 at Beachcomber Hotel, 23 Beach Road, Nelson

The Billion Dollar Bonfire by Chris Lee

How Allan Hubbard and the Government Destroyed South Canterbury Finance. The inside story from one who witnessed it all.
Author Chris Lee knew Allan Hubbard personally and had his investment clients invest with SCF. Chris’ overriding concern, and reason for writing this book, is to caution this could all happen again.

Thursday 28th, February 2019. 19:00 at Electorate Offices of Hon Nick Smith, 544 Waimea Road, Annesbrook, Nelson

Author Talk: With the End in Mind by Dr Kathryn Mannix

Dr Kathryn Mannix explores death and makes a compelling case for the therapeutic power of approaching death not with trepidation, but with openness, clarity and understanding.

Thursday, 21 February 2019. 17:30 at Page & Blackmore

Book Launch: Crosstrees with Brin Murray

First there was Children of the Furnace, Young Adult dystopian fiction in the vein of The Hunger Games. Dark, powerful and heartbreaking.
Now we are pleased to launch book two in the series, Crosstrees.
Book readings, book signings and meet the author…
Drinks provided.

Monday, 11th February 2019. 17:30 at Page & Blackmore

Author Event: Inangahua Gold by Kathleen Gallagher

“This beautifully wrought novel set in the wilds of New Zealand’s southern West Coast during the gold rush days, demonstrates the manner in which all kinds of people were thrown together in a race for riches and survival. It abounds with adventure and romance, but it is the tender evocation of the natural world and the delicate interweaving of races exploring each other’s cultural identities that gives this story its vivid edge.” — Fiona Kidman

Tuesday, 5 February 2019. 17:30 at Page & Blackmore

Book Launch: The Audrey Story with John Ewan

Audrey Carson grew up in the Nelson area — Maruia and Korere — and went to school at Tapawera. She became a teacher for a while and then her life took a dramatic change. She became a journalist, and married and became Audrey Ewan. She also spent a time as one of New Zealand’s first female Parliamentary Press Officers before becoming a journalist with the Evening Post newspaper. Her fascinating story is told in The Audrey Story.
RSVP for catering purposes


JANUARY 17 2019 — from 18:30-19:30 at the Ghost Light Theatre, Nelson

The Power of Personal impact with Ken Rea

Learn the charisma secrets of of actors with Ken Rea, Professor of Theatre at London’s renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Ken’s book The Outstanding Actor:Seven Keys to Success will be available for sale.


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