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Book Launches
Author Events
Literary Events
Slam Poetry

We regularly host book launches and author events both at the bookshop and elsewhere. We also host live poetry readings, play and book readings, and Slam Poetry!

Who can attend?

Everyone is welcome to attend these informal and enjoyable gatherings. An RSVP isn't necessary to attend, but is helpful for catering purposes.
We can inform you about literary events we are hosting. Simply email us:

Upcoming Events

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NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME: this event was created by Scholastic NZ, with the fun, quirky book Alpacas with Maracas will be read at the same time across the country. Come join us in the children's room!
Wednesday 22 May 2019, 11am, University Bookshop. Contact: Charlotte

BOOK LAUNCH: If you love New Zealand poetry, come down for the launch of Brian Turner's Selected Poems.
Thursday 23 May 2019, 5.30pm, University Bookshop. Contact: Jillian/Brian or Kirsten McDougall

PRODUCTIONS: If you are interested in local theater, Sacrilege Productions are hosting Scapegoat Redemption!
Thursday 23, Friday 24, and Saturday 25 2019, 6.30pm start. Contact: Jasper Ririnui 

BOOK LAUNCH: To the Occupant by Emma Neale.
Thursday 13 June 2019, 5.30pm, University Bookshop - Great King Street. Contact Victor:

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival

Festival for May 2019 is on now! Come in store for details or visit or email There is an amazing line up of writers, books and workshops. Event runs from Thursday 9 May to Sunday 12 May. If you do miss out, there are occasional 'pop-up' events throughout the year. 

Function Venue

You can hire the Bookshop for your launch, fundraiser, or meeting with a point of difference.

Outside of our opening hours the shop can seat 30-40 people theatre-style, or accommodate 100 people (approx.) standing.

Publishers / Authors

University Book Shop can host your event or book launch, and help with book sales and/or the promotion of your event held offsite. Please email for further information.

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