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Tauranga Moana Book Festival 2020

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TauJuWriMo - Tauranga Junior Writing Month

All month, virtual event at: http://www.bookraptnz.wordpress.com/taujuwrimo

Bookrapt invites young writers, or those new to writing, to hop online each day during the month of November to meet a different author from the Bay and around Aotearoa. In three-minute vlogs, starting with Bookrapt's patron Phyllis Johnston, authors will present tips and tasks that have helped them in their own writing journeys. Participants will also be given an opportunity to submit a short piece of writing each day to go into the draw for book prizes; the overall winner will win an 'author in school' for the school of their choice. 

Cost: Free

No booking required.

For further information contact bookraptnz@gmail.com

 

Tu Meke Tamariki Creative Writing Workshop

Mount Maunganui Library

Sunday 1 November, from 10-11.30am

Get creative with your kids at Tu Meke Tamariki! Malcolm Clarke the author of the best-selling book Tu Meke Tūī! hosts a creative writing workshop for primary aged children. Expect giggles and gasps as Malcolm begins with an interactive reading of his award-winning book and then works collaboratively with the attendees to create their own story inspired by nature. The workshop will teach the basics of story writing, character exploration and dramatisation. Writing materials provided. 

With Support from the Mātātuhi Foundation.

Cost: Free

Bookings essential. Visit the eventbrite website to book your spot.

 

Iti Pounamu

Tauranga Library: Tuesday 10, Tuesday 17 & Tuesday 24 November, from 10:30am

Greerton Library: Wednesday 11, Wednesday 18 & Wednesday 25 November, from 10:30am

Pāpāmoa Library: Wednesday 11, Wednesday 18 & Wednesday 25 November, from 10:30am

Mount Maunganui Library: Thursday 12, Thursday 19 & Thursday 26 November, from 9:30am & 10:30am

Our regular Iti Pounamu story and song sessions for under-fives will feature books by NZ authors Lynley Dodd, Sally Sutton, Ruth Paul, Pamela Allen and more. Come and discover some new favourites!

Cost: Free

No booking required.

 

Family Film Screening: Horrid Henry

Pāpāmoa Library

Wednesday 4 November, from 3:30-5pm

Bring a comfy cushion plus your funniest friend and enjoy the big-screen version of everyone’s favourite naughty book character—Horrid Henry! We’ll supply the popcorn!* Caregivers must accompany children attending.

Cost: Free

No booking required.

*limited supply of popcorn – first in, first served.

 

Children’s Book Club

Greerton Library

Thursday 5 November, from 3:30-4:30pm

Tauranga Library

Thursday 26 November, from 3:30-4:30pm

Join us if you love talking about books, taking part in fun activities and making new friends. Suitable for kids aged 5-10 years old.

Cost: Free

No booking required

 

Tween & Teen Book Club

Pāpāmoa Library

Tuesday 17 November, from 4-5pm

If you’re aged 11-16, love talking about books and enjoy creative activities then this is the club for you.

Cost: Free

No booking required.

 

Teen Writers Group

Pāpāmoa Library

Wednesday 11 November & Wednesday 25 November, from 4-5pm

If you’re aged between 13-18 and you love creative writing, come and join us for writerly chat and some writing activities.

Cost: Free

No booking required.

 

Graphic Novel Workshop for Teens

Greerton Library

Saturday 14 November, from 1-3pm

Led by talented local artist and illustrator Ross Murray, this workshop is designed for aspiring comic book artists aged 10+.

Cost: Free

Bookings essential. Visit the eventbrite website to book your spot.

 

Harry Potter Family Quiz Night

Pāpāmoa Library

Saturday 21 November, from 6-8pm

Are you and your family the biggest Harry Potter fans in the Bay? Let’s find out! Join us for a magical evening where we put your Harry Potter expertise to the test! A prize for the best dressed team is on offer, so conjure up some pointy hats and swishing robes!

Cost: Free

Bookings essential. Visit the eventbrite website to book your spot.

 

Adult Events

Mystery Book Bags

All month

Tauranga City Libraries

Fancy a surprise? Try our Mystery Book Bags. Grab a Mystery Book Bag at any Tauranga City Library during book month—you might just find a new favourite book! 

 

Bees, Trees & Idiosyncrasies

Tauranga Library

Saturday 7 November, from 10am-12pm

Listen to two Tauranga women talk about their journeys to becoming published picture book authors. Enjoy the chance to chat over morning tea and peruse the selection of books on the sales table.

Cost: $25 (includes Bookrapt annual membership)

Bookings essential. Visit the eventbrite website to book your spot.

 

The Wonderful World of eBooks

Tauranga Library

Saturday 7 November, drop in any time between 12-2pm

Learn how to access and enjoy the thousands of free eBooks available through Wheelers and Bolinda, using just your device and your library card!

Cost: Free

No booking required.

 

Book an Author

Tauranga Library

Saturday 7 November, 1-3pm

This is your chance to have a 10-minute, private conversation with one of our fantastic children’s authors/illustrators. Book a slot with your choice of the following creators:

  • Rebecca Larson (author)
  • Rachel Western (author)
  • Debbie McCauley (author)
  • Susan Brocker (author)
  • Tom E. Moffatt (illustrator)
  • Debbie Tipuna (illustrator)

The only thing left to decide is… what will you ask them? Questions about writing, publishing, editing, or their favourite type of cake?! Suitable for all ages.

Cost: FreeBookings essential. Visit the eventbrite website to book your spot.

 

The Changing Face of Tauranga: Through the Lens of Photographer Bob Tulloch

Tauranga Library

Wednesday 11 November, from 5:30-7pm

Bob Tulloch has had a 45-year career as a professional photographer. He chose to settle in Tauranga in 1974 and realised an ambition to create books featuring his beloved Bay of Plenty. The diverse range of people who make up our community have often become his photography subjects. Their character and the context of their lives have been featured in several exhibitions. His visual presentation will include monumental historical moments that shaped our city.

Cost: FreeBookings essential. Visit the eventbrite website to book your spot.

 

Pub Lit Quiz

Cornerstone Bar, 107 The Strand

Thursday 12 November, from 7-9pm

Do you read everything from 50 Shades to Frankenstein? Join us for a fun evening at the pub to test your literary knowledge! Grab a team of 4-6 players and book your table now. Nibbles provided. R18.

Cost: Free

Bookings essential. Visit the website to book your spot. 

 

Tales of The Telling Time: Pip McKay Author Talk

Tauranga Library

Saturday 14 November, from 2-2:45pm

Meet with author Pip McKay and hear her read from her prize-winning debut novel, The Telling Time. Learn about her author journey, the inspiration behind the story and the stories she gleaned along the way. Hear how lockdown was a turning point—not just because of her bubble-breaking, prize-winning news. Be inspired, ask questions, get your book signed!

Cost: Free

Bookings essential. Visit the eventbrite website to book your spot. 

For further information contact kirsten.allan@tauranga.govt.nz

 

Tauranga Writers Sunday Focus Session

Greerton Library

Sunday 15 November, from 2-4pm

Award-winning historical romance writer Lizzie Tremayne joins us for a comprehensive workshop focussed on developing complex and believable characters. 

Refreshments are provided at our Sunday focus sessions and signed copies of the author's books will be available for purchase.

The cost for Tauranga Writers members is $5, $10 for non-members.

No booking required.

For further information contact leekiwi@gmail.com.

 

Still Lives: A Memoir of Gaza Marilyn Garson Author Talk

Tauranga Library

Tuesday 24 November, from 1-2pm

Come and listen to Marilyn Garson, author of Still Lives: A Memoir of Gaza. Marilyn is a New Zealand Jew who lived and worked for four years in the Gaza Strip. Marilyn has skin on both sides of the conflict in the region and, while working in emergency United Nations shelters through the 2014 war, she has witnessed its extremes. She writes from lived experience and speaks in a positive, unifying, and compelling way about solutions that acknowledge the equal value of lives.

Cost: Free

Bookings essential. Visit the eventbrite website to book your spot. 

 

Free Film Screening: Lion

Greerton Library

Friday 27 November, from 10am-12pm

Come and watch this Oscar-nominated film based on a heartfelt true story.

A five-year-old Indian boy is adopted by an Australian couple after getting lost hundreds of kilometres from home. 25 years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

Cost: Free

No booking required.

 

Myth & Magic in the Bay: November Book Month Panel and Book Launch (Tauranga Writers)

Tauranga Library

Friday 27 November, from 5-7pm

Jean Gilbert, award-winning author of Light in my Dark, moderates a panel of local authors as they discuss their experiences of writing genre fiction in New Zealand; including the opportunities, challenges, and what makes our local fiction unique. This event includes the launch of titles Blood of the Sun by Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts, Golden City by Sharon Manssen and The Better Sister and Other Stories by Piper Mejia.

Presented by Tauranga City Libraries, Tauranga Writers, and SpecFicNZ Central, this literary event celebrating local fiction includes a pre-event mixer with drinks and nibbles from 5:00pm, a literary panel from 5:30, brief author readings, and signings and book sales.

Cost: Free

Bookings essential. Visit the eventbrite website to book your spot.

For further information contact leekiwi@gmail.com

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