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Next book clubs should be as follows (Covid alert levels permitting):

Wardini Books Napier: Tuesday 9th March, 7pm (All Our Shimmering Skies)

Wardini Books Havelock North: Wednesday 10th March (The Tally Stick)

Children's book clubs at both shops: Sunday 14th March (contact us for age group times)

Sci Fi/Fantasy at Wardini Books Havelock North: Thursday 25th March (The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue)


Towards Compostela with Ockham longlister, Catharina Van Bohemen


Thursday 18th March, 7pm


Wardini Books Havelock North


Join us to hear Ockham New Zealand Book Awards longlister Catharina take us through her journey. Free event - all welcome.


Catharina van Bohemen walked the Camino de Santiago in 1998. Jenny Shipley was New Zealand’s prime minister, Bill Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky was exposed, the Good Friday Agreement was signed in Northern Ireland, and the Russian rouble nearly collapsed. Catharina’s marriage had ended and she’d left the Auckland home where she’d raised her children. Cellphones were increasingly common but none of the pilgrims she walked with had them. Her journal was the most important thing she carried.


Pilgrims to Compostela simply start walking; they stay in refugios and carry a passport or credencial that is stamped along the way. Walking is physical and it reminds you of yourself in the world – you hear your breath and the scrape of your boots on the track; the straps bite your shoulders; you feel and hear your heart beat. You can move as fast as only you can move, and what you see while walking becomes infused with what you remember. Walking becomes as much a journey through your own inner landscape as the one you’re passing through, and moves you towards a new way of seeing. And acceptance. Catharina’s story is written with restraint, beauty, wit and insight, accompanied by the drawings of Gregory O’Brien.



Dyslexia information evening

Wardini Books Napier

Friday 19th March, 7pm


Do join us to hear the experts educate us on this important reading experience.

Presenters include SPELD teachers, a representative zooming in from Barrington Stoke UK (specialist publishers of dyslexia friendly books), local librarians and our own children's book specialist and author, Adele Broadbent.


Questions to be answered:

What is dyslexia?
How do we identify it?
What are the challenges faced by dyslexic readers?
How can we help?
What resources are available locally (professional help, reading material at Wardini Books and Napier and Hastings libraries).

This is a free event for anyone who would like to know more - parents, caregivers, teachers and readers.