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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: LAUNCH: An evening for those penguin lovers out there! Waddle by Lloyd Spencer Davies is a fun book to fill your hearts with penguin joy!Wednesday 6 March 2019, 5.30pm, University Bookshop, Great King Street

 CATCH UP BOOK CLUB: Join us for a small after-work gathering, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje - the Booker of Bookers. introduced by Rochelle Simmons.
Tuesday 19 March 2019, 6pm for a 6.30pm start, University Bookshop, Great King Street. Contact: Bronwyn; or Nicola Cummins;

ONE WOMAN COMEDY SHOW: Join Abbey Howells for three evenings and an afternoon for fun, theatre and stories about cool ladies! This is part of the amazing Fringe Festival!
Thursday 21 March, Friday 22 March, Saturday 23 March: 7-9pm and Sunday 24 March: 3-4pm. University Bookshop, Great King Street. Contact: Abbey Howells,

BOOK STALL: The launch of Maxine Alterio's A Gulf Between.
Thursday 4 April 2019, University Bookshop. Contact: Bronywn or Maxine Alterio,

Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival

Next festival May 2019. Occasional 'pop-up' events throughout the year.  Visit or email

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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