📚🌙 Reading Beneath the Covers

Reading Beneath the Covers: What makes a book worth reading under the covers at night?

Join us May 14th at 4:30pm for a discussion panel featuring renowned New Zealand authors and illustrators as part of the Storylines Story Tour!

Uncover the secrets behind what makes book truly unputdownable. Meet the creative minds crafting captivating tales that will keep you turning pages long after the lights go out.

This event is free and open to all book enthusiasts. Whether you’re an avid reader, aspiring writer, or simply curious about the creative process, you’re sure to find inspiration and delight in this lively discussion. Mark your calendars and join us for an evening of literary discovery!

Brought to you by the Storylines Trust, dedicated to inspiring young New Zealanders and their whānau to enjoy the magic of reading. See you there! 🌟📖

🐾📚 Unleash the Magic of Bookshop Dogs with Ruth Shaw 📚🐾

Join us for an engaging afternoon with bestselling New Zealand author, Ruth Shaw, as she discusses her latest book “Bookshop Dogs” 

  • Date: Saturday, 10 February
  • Time: 2:00 PM
  • Location: Invercargill Library

Discover the enchanting tales of literary canines and the stories of their companionship amidst the books. Ruth Shaw will share fascinating insights into the inspiration behind her latest book, and you’ll have the opportunity to buy your own copy signed by Ruth. Come along and explore the literary world through the lives of our furry friends.

🎉 Don’t Miss This Paw-some Opportunity! Mark your calendars and join us for an afternoon of joy, laughter, and the timeless bond between books and dogs.📚🐕 See you there! 🐾

📚 Join us for an Unforgettable Evening with Craig Hoyle!

Join us for an evening with Craig Hoyle

Discover the heart-wrenching multigenerational family memoir by an excommunicated member of the Exclusive Brethren.

  • 📅 When: Friday 2nd February at 5:30 pm
  • 📍 Where: Invercargill Library

🌟 About the book:
After coming out as gay, Craig Hoyle was excommunicated from the New Zealand Exclusive Brethren and forced to say goodbye to his family forever. This conservative sect defined his entire childhood, where rules prohibited television, pop music, sports, and even pets.

Joining public society, the ‘worldlies’, for the first time, Craig seeks to connect with his grandfather, who was excommunicated in the 1980s. Through his grandfather’s diaries and letters, Craig unveils a complex familial history spanning two centuries and seven generations, marked by a tangled and often cruel relationship with the Brethren.
 
“Excommunicated” intricately weaves together this familial past with Craig’s own upbringing in the secretive and oppressive religious group. The book charts the evolution of the Exclusive Brethren in New Zealand and shares the heart-wrenching story of a family torn apart.
 
🎙️ Join the Author:
Experience the narrative firsthand as Craig Hoyle shares the inspiration behind his work, discusses the challenges faced, and emphasizes the significance of bringing these untold stories to light.
Don’t miss the chance to purchase a signed copy and enjoy light refreshments during this insightful event.

Go nuts with Pic! 🥜 Meet Pic Picot from Pic’s Peanut Butter!

Peanut butter people unite and raise a toast as the king of peanut butter is coming to town!

Pic Picot of Pic’s Peanut Butter will be giving a book talk at the Invercargill Public Library on Wednesday, August 18 at 5pm.

Travelling in his amazing toaster-shaped caravan and accompanied by his beautiful guide dog, Pic will be chatting about his new memoir, Adventures in Sailing, Business, and Love.

Come and meet the man himself, get your book signed and even snag a delicious free 🍪 cookie thanks to Koha Kai!

Writing under the Influence of Fiction, History and Imagination

The Dan Davin Literary Foundation is excited to announce that the Dan Davin Writer’s in Residence for 2019 are Maxine Alterio and Majella Cullinane.

On Thursday 19 September, come into the Library for an informal talk about the process of writing, some readings from their books, and information about the Dan Davin residency. 

-Writers in Residence 2019-

Majella Cullinane

Originally from Ireland, Majella Cullinane has lived in NZ since 2008. Her debut novel, The Life of De’Ath was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, a finalist in the 2018 NZ Heritage Book Award, and longlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards Fiction Prize 2019.

Maxine Alterio

Maxine Alterio is a 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.