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Books, Magic & Literary Stars

Free Event

For adults and young adults,  Friday 18th August at Rydges Hotel, Auckland, 6.15-8.15pm.

RSVPs are essential, with names and numbers attending, by Thursday 11th August to childlitnz@storylines.org.nz.

The Storylines Children’s Literature Trust’s first evening event this year includes magical entertainment from author Gareth Ward as ‘The Great Wardini’, a panel discussion with leading New Zealand authors on what makes an award-winning book, and a special guest appearance by Storylines' patron, Joy Cowley.

Storylines, in partnership with publishers Scholastic New Zealand and Walker Books Australia, also launch two award-winning children’s books at this free special event in Auckland as part of its Storylines National Festival Story Tour 2017.

To be launched are the 2016 Storylines Joy Cowley picture book text winner, The Curious Ar-Chew, written by Wellington author Sarah Grundy, illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly, published by Scholastic, along with the winner of the 2016 Storylines Tessa Duder award for a young adult novel manuscript, The Traitor and the Thief by Havelock North author, bookseller and magician Gareth Ward, published by Walker Books Australia.

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The event is presented by Storylines Children’s Literature Trust of New Zealand in association with the New Zealand Book Council

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The Storylines Trust and Foundation together comprise New Zealand's only national organisation working year-round specifically to promote children's and young adult literature through an annual Festival in six regions, author awards, publications, advocacy and other activities ... 



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