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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

Keep checking or sign up to our event newsletter:

Thursday 18 July 2019
BOOK LAUNCH: Come and celebrate the launch of Peat by award-winning writer Lynn Jenner. Published by Otago University Press, this unusual exploration of the creation of the Kapiti Expressway is haunting, fearless and utterly compelling
5.30pm, University Bookshop, 378 Great King Street, RSVP:

Explore classics you've always meant to read, plan to read, have no intention of reading but want to know more about, in informal discussions lead by lecturers from the University of Otago's Department of English and Linguistics. Come along from 6pm, have tea/coffee, biscuits and chat with other bookish types, with the discussion starting at 6.30pm.

Tuesday 23 July, 6pm for 6.30 start: Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, introduced by Dr Joe Young, a most excellent follow-on from Beowulf and Lord of the Rings
Tuesday 20 August, 6pm for 6.30 start:  to complement the new exhibition at Otago Musuem, James Cameron- Challenging the Deep, Dr Paul Tankard will explore (no air hoses necessary!) Jules Verne's 1870 deep-sea adventure 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Tuesday 24 September, 6pm for 6.30pm start: The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh, introduced by Dr Vanda Symon, pharmacist turned best-selling crime writer
Tuesday 22 October, 6pm for 6.30 start: Professor Liam McIlvanney, of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, discusses The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by fellow Scot, Robert Louis Stevenson
Tuesday 19 November, 6pm for 6.30 start: by special request, a seasonal treat! A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, introduced by Dr Grace Moore
Queries and RSVP:

Friday 23 August 2019
Save the date, we'll give you more info shortly on the annual celebration event at the City Library!

Thursday 19 September 2019
BOOK LAUNCH: Celebrate the launch of Lynley Edmeades' new poetry collection Listening In, published by Otago University Press, full of the verbal play and linguistic experimentation that characterised her successful first collection As the Verb Tenses
5.30pm, University Bookshop, 378 Great King Street, RSVP:

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival

The next Festival will be held May 2021. Visit and sign up for the e-newsletter to keep informed about the Festival and any occasional 'pop-up' events throughout the year. 

Publishers / Authors

University Book Shop are happy to discuss 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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