Get your creative juices flowing for National Novel Writing Month

Writers flock to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November because it provides a procrastination-busting deadline to complete the first draft of an entire novel. Check out some of our titles to help you achieve your novel writing aspirations this month!

Jaden provides day-by-day coaching for the 30-day drafting period. Let Jaden to inspire you!

Designed for the aspiring fiction writer who needs to kick start their imagination.

The best resource to help you get your fiction published!

Provides you with a sure-fire system to reduce time-intensive rewrites and avoid writing detours.

Don't limit your fiction - LIBERATE IT!

Following the "rules" of writing can often constrict rather than inspire. Learn to shed those rules to craft powerful, emotional, and gripping stories.

Explores the mysteries of why and how we tell stories, and the craft of writing fiction.

…and just to prove it can be done, here are some bestselling novels which all began life as NaNoWriMo drafts!

Two starcrossed magicians engage in a deadly game of cunning...

For pure story, this colourful, headlong tale of a Depression-era circus simply can’t be beat.

A deliciously warm-hearted nerd power ballad, destined for greatness.

In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Māori Language Week

A deep account of Māori Television in its first ten years

An incredibly simple, fun and practical Māori dictionary for all New Zealanders.

Highlights connections between Māori painting traditions and contemporary art practice.

Designed to help babies through to younger children recognise and learn basic vocabulary

These bilingual books are ideal for beginning learners of Maori.

About the people, knowledge, culture, language and resources important to Ngai Tahu.

New Zealand’s only publication dedicated to both Maori and Pacific people.

An accessible and fun guide for everyday Kiwis looking to learn and speak the Maori language around the home.

During three days in 1864, 300 Maori men, women and children fought an imperial army at the Battle of Ōrakau...

The best short stories and novel extracts from the Pikihuia Awards for Māori writers 2017.

Explore Polynesian culture this Polyfest at the Library

Murihiku Polyfest is back for 2018! From 27-31 August, join us at ILT Stadium Southland for a week of incredible cultural performances from early childhood, primary, and secondary school students. Tickets can be purchased from TicketDirect or ILT Stadium Southland.

The remarkable story of Tupaia, Captain Cook's Polynesian navigator

Includes articles from the past and present about Maori and Polynesian cultures

A pictorial book about the Fijian Islands, some of the best places to go, as well as the culture and a little bit of history.

Draws on the extensive collection of the Auckland Museum and includes whale bone, shark teeth, jade, tapa and shells

Recipes and stories from the heart of Polynesia along with some history and traditions.

Details the key elements of Cook Islands culture including language, religion, rites of passage, personality, and cultural aspects of food.

Make sure to book your tickets from TicketDirect or ILT Stadium Southland!

Book Lovers Day: Our favourite books in 5 words or less

To celebrate Book Lovers Day we have reviewed some of our most loved books!

Forest bathing.... might be naughty!

Jumble, avarice, blood, friendship, carrots

An exhilarating tale of friends persevering

I devoured this series!

Cyborgs, fairytales, Cinderella on steriods

Monkeys... the Earth isn’t flat

Don't be an a******

Best book supporting libraries, EVER!

Play me: no strings attached!

I ugly cried.... in public!

Amazing, Emotional, Inspirational, Gutsy, Uplifting!

...LOMU!... OGH!... OGH!

American tragedy, scapegoat, media circus

Wrap up this July with these winter reads

Keep warm this winter with a good read. Check out some of our favourite recent fiction and non-fiction releases below!

Fiction

Yu-jin wakes up covered in blood, his mother dead. He knows he’ll be accused so tries to solve the murder himself. Inspired by a true story, this book took South Korea by storm.

A wonderful crime novel that will make you cry, laugh, and gasp!
Angela
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Heritage & Collections

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive, but not how to live. One simple act of kindness is about to change that.

The latest captivating story in Lucinda Riley’s epic series about two women searching for a place to call home.

I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart. Based on a true story.

Non-Fiction

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. A universal and inspiring coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers.

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Humorous, surprising and informative.

The first ever memoirs from the bestselling adventure author. Wilbur Smith shares his extraordinary true life stories that have inspired his fiction.

The inside story of the stormy first nine months of Donald Trump’s term as President.

A solo trans-Tasman sailor’s battle to survive for twenty lonely, challenging days in a tiny life raft.

What are your favourite books to curl up in front of the fire with?