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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 writing competitions. We are also delighted to be the bookseller for the Pukapuka Talks as part of the Nelson Arts Festival. This year’s events are listed below.


Korora and the Sushi ShopKorora and the Sushi Shop: Author Talk with Linda Jane Keegan
Sunday 31 July, 11am at Page & Blackmore

Inspired by the true story of a little blue penguin (korora) who was removed twice (the second time with a friend!) from beneath a sushi store in Wellington, and returned to a nesting box on the waterfront.
Sundowner of the Skies: Author Talk with Mary Garden
Saturday 24th September, 2pm at Trafalgar Street Hall (67 Trafalgar Street, Nelson)
Join Mary Garden for an author talk on her book “Sundowner of the Skies”, the story of her father, Oscar Garden.
“Sundowner of Skies is a deeply personal study told by his daughter Mary Garden. This book is her journey of discovery. Until recently, she knew little about her father’s life as an aviator. As well as digging up his amazing flying adventures, she uncovers his tumultuous childhood in north Scotland, the ghosts of his past, which he could not escape, and shines a light on the intergenerational trauma that impacted her own life.”
This is a free event.
Books available to purchase on the day.


For Reasons of Their OwnAuthor Talk with Chris Stuart
Sunday 15 May, 2pm at Nelson Public Library
Can the past ever be left behind? Ask a flawed detective, a former refugee and a government desperate to misuse a dead body to reshape Australia’s security policy.
Join Chris Stuart (winner of the 2021 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel) as she discusses writing crime and her debut novel with Page & Blackmore’s Jo Dippie.
This is a free event with books available to purchase on the day. No bookings required.

Chris is also speaking at Takaka Memorial Library on Wednesday 25 May, 12 noon. Free entry, open to all.


JerninghamAuthor Talk – Jerningham by Cristina Sanders
Saturday 9 April, 2pm at Nelson Public Library

Join Cristina Sanders as she talks about researching and writing her historical fiction Jerningham. Based on the life of the wild child Jerningham Wakefield and the recklessness of colonial New Zealand.
Part of the Tuku 22 programme.
Bookings required by contacting or phoning (03)546 8100. This is a free event with books available to purchase on the day.


In Amber's WakeAuthor Talk – In Amber’s Wake by Christine Leunens
Thursday 31 March, 6.30pm at Richmond Public Library,
280 Queen St, Richmond, Nelson 7020
For those of you in the Tasman region, Christine will also be having an evening event in Richmond.
We’ll be there with books for you to purchase and Christine can sign them.
Bookings required. Ph 03 543 8500, or email My Vaccine Pass is required for entry to Richmond Library.


Author Talk In Amber's WakeIn Amber’s Wake by Christine Leunens
Saturday 12 March, 2pm at Nelson Public Library,
27 Halifax Street, Nelson

Join author Christine Leunens as she discusses her latest book In Amber’s Wake.
Please note that bookings are required by contacting or phoning (03)546 8100. This is a free event with books available to purchase on the day. My Vaccine Pass is required for entry to Nelson Public Library.

Book Launch – The Freedom of Birds by Stephanie Parkyn
Saturday 19 February, 2pm at Nelson Public Library,
27 Halifax Street, Nelson

Bestselling author Stephanie Parkyn will be celebrating the launch of her latest novel, The Freedom of Birds.
Two French storytellers and a runaway girl travel through fairytale lands, Italian theatres, and the battlefields of France in search of a place to belong as Napoleon’s Empire falls, from the author of Josephine’s Garden. Stephanie Parkyn writes another wonderful historical novel.
Books will be available to purchase on the day.


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

We are excited to be returning for our fourth annual book fair for Lake Rotoiti School.
Pop it in your calendar, then 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 will bring your selected books for you.


Although most of this year’s Pukapuka Talks have unfortunately been cancelled, two events have moved to a digital platform: The Mirror Book and Once Were Hippies. These are both free events you can join online.

Author Talk with Rebecca Hayter – Wild Seas to Greenland
Monday 16 August 2021, 5.15pm, Page & Blackmore

When 1994 Whitbread race winner Ross Field refitted his 20-year-old aluminium yacht for high latitude cruising, he applied Kiwi DIY, latest technology and 35 years of ocean racing experience. Rebecca Hayter, one of New Zealand’s best known yachting journalists, followed his refit in detail, then she signed on as crew for one of the world’s most dangerous oceans.

Writing Crime with Jen Shieff
Saturday 7 August 2021, 2pm – Elma Turner Library

Two time Ngaio Marsh Award finalist Jen Shieff will discuss where her inspiration comes from, what attracts her to writing about crime and justice, and how she brings fascinating characters and exciting stories to life on the page.


Sunshine Noir – Nelson Mystery in the Library
Saturday 12 June 2021 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2021, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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 2020, 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.



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