NZ Book month is back this March and we have books coming out of our ears at the Chronicle office!!!
If you would like to win a book simply pop into the office and choose one from our huge stack of books. We have everything from glossy non-fiction to teen fiction and picture books so there’s something for everybody. But be quick – book availability on a first come first served basis so make sure you head down fast to get the pick of the crop!

So what is happening for the campaign this year? It’s time for a quick recap! (From the NZ Book Month website)

We have a wonderful programme of over two hundred community events featuring over one hundred authors shaping up across the country. Have a look at what is happening in your region and get involved here.

We want everyone to benefit from owning and enjoying books and that’s why we’re again distributing over four million book vouchers – reaching out to readers new and old — encouraging all Kiwis to find  their next life-changing book during Book Month.

The $5 vouchers are back…
March 2012 is the perfect time to pop into your local book store and spend your voucher. Each voucher entitles the bearer to $5 off the book of their choice — that’s ANY book they choose, providing it is priced $10 or more — in any participating bookstore where you see this sign:
  
Our full list of participating bookstores will be available on our website from Tuesday 28th. Have a 
look on our website then: www.nzbookmonth.co.nz 

But wait, where do I get my voucher?

From Thursday March 1st — Saturday March 3rd the vouchers are being exclusively distributed throughout the Nth Island by The New Zealand Herald and the following APN regional papers: The Northern Advocate, Bay of Plenty Times, Rotorua Daily Post, Hawke’s Bay Today, Wanganui
Chronicle, Wairarapa Times-Age and the Oamaru Mail. During the first three days of March if you live in the South Island visit your friendly local
bookstore and they will be able to give you a voucher! From March 5th on you can get your book voucher from:

-Caltex Services stations nationwide
-Online (nzbookmonth.co.nz) and other participating bookstore websites
-In your mailbox -1 million vouchers will be delivered to homes around NZ thanks to our sponsors Lasoo
-In schools — one for every school child. This is thanks to the National Library Services to Schools working in partnership with Caltex Energy for Learning

This campaign is a huge industry wide effort supported by publishers and booksellers alike. Thank you to all our sponsors for making this very real, tangible call to action happen including: BJ Ball Papers, Printlink, Bluestar, Caltex Energy for Learning, Creative New Zealand, Lasoo, More FM, The
New Zealand Herald, The National Library Services to Schools, Nielsen Book Services, Rapport Advertising Agency and TVNZ 7.

All of our sponsors provide vital support that ensures we can bring this celebration of reading to you.  We really mean it: Books change lives!
Our celebrity ambassadors strongly demonstrate this message. Annabel Langbein gave her first dinner party at fifteen years old and now her own cookbooks are national best sellers.

Tamati Coffey was inspired by the life story of Judy Bailey, giving him a glimpse of the woman behind the news ever night. Peter Jackson has re-cast  New Zealand  as Middle Earth, all because he read a great  book on a train as a teenager. Emily Perkins is one of our leading  literary authors and the host of The Good  Word and The Good Word Jnr. 

Our ambassadors prove that whether you’re a writer, a reader, or both – books have the power to enhance and shape our lives .

Thanks to our celebrity ambassadors for supporting this campaign and thanks to all our wonderful book  activists too. Our activists make  a vast network of events happen across the country every year -NZ Book Month wouldn’t be the same without you!