Phoebe’s LGBTQ+ Book Club

Wednesday, November 20th, 7pm, Wardini Books NAPIER

We're all about representation around here and want everybody to have something cool to do that reflects who they are.

If you would like a brilliant, fun, robust discussion of LGBTQ+ books with like minded, kind and cool people, this is the book club for you! Our Phoebe has a broad knowledge of books with rainbow characters and storylines and is happy to tell you all about them.

Tell your friends. Diary it. Bring a book to share if you'd like to. There will be biscuits! And this is in Napier, just to be clear.


Launch of The History Speech by Mark Sweet

Wednesday 20th November, 5.30pm, Havelock North Function Centre


Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome all.

We welcome you to the launch of 'The History Speech' by Mark Sweet, a coming-of-age story set in rural Hawke's Bay. Join us to acknowledge Mark and celebrate the launch of his book.

About the book
In 1960s provincial New Zealand, conventional middle-class lives are not always as respectable as they appear. Callum Gow's family and their social circle are influential and prosperous, but below the surface intrigue thrives.

In this atmosphere, Callum is coming to understand his own identity and where he belongs.

When his grandfather's life is threatened, Callum confronts authority and power. In doing so, he uncovers forces hell-bent on destruction, but he also attracts kindred souls determined to find resolution and harmony. All while, Callum is composing his history speech.

This novel is a sensitive portrayal of emergence from childhood, an evolving understanding of the adult world and the realisation of the need to stand up for what is right.

About the author
Mark (Ngā Mahanga) grew up in Hawke's Bay. In the 1980s, he lived in Hong Kong and travelled extensively in China, returning in 2007 to study Tai Chi and Quigong. He has worked in the property sector and restaurants and is now focused on writing. He participated in Te Papa Tupu mentoring programme, working on Zhu Mao, his first novel.


Pet Tales storytelling and dress ups for Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawke's Bay

Saturday 23rd November, 12pm - 1pm, Wardini Books Napier

Join the Wardini Napier team and Big Brothers Big Sisters for a reading of Pet Tales. A book of poetry written to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The quirky poems are based on true stories about pets owned by the author.
Take your special copy home as a Christmas gift, books can be purchased on the day.


Carnival Day, Havelock North, Saturday 23rd November 10am - 3pm

Wardini Books will be getting in the spirit of things with book box jenga available for youngsters to build stuff from outside the shop all day and games of Dr Seuss bingo at 11am and 1pm.