Welcome Wednesday guests for September:
9/03 Beach-Read novelist, Mary Hogan (Two Sisters);
9/10 Fast-track Guppy Annette Dashofy (Lost Legacy);
9/17 Florida Coast author, Terrie Farley Moran (Well Read, Then Dead);
9/24 Cozy Confection author, Kathy Aarons (Death Is Like A Box Of Chocolates).


Gloria Alden's latest publication is nonfiction. Boys Will Be Boys: The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys. Edited by Cher'ley Grogg was recently released and available on Amazon. Gloria wrote three essays and two poems in her chapter included in the book.


Don't miss next month's release of Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays on October 7th, in which WWK bloggers Shari Randall ("Disco Donna") and E. B. Davis ("Compromised Circumstances") have short stories.


KM Rockwood's short stories will appear in two anthologies released in October. They are: "The Lure of the Owl" in Swamp Mansion and Other Dark Stories, to be released as a ebook, and "Aunt Olga and the Werewolf" will be included in the third Creatures, Crimes and Creativity anthology release by Intrigue Publishing. at their conference in October.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Discover Places for Booklovers in New Zealand




For anyone who loves books and reading who is lucky enough to live in or plans to visit New Zealand, I have two recommendations for you.




If you stay in Wellington try the Booklovers Bed and Breakfast, a delightful welcoming place, run by Jane Toleston. It is centrally located in a lovely house with the original plans dated 1894. The house is within walking distance of Te Papa National Museum and the downtown district. It is also located right at a bus stop so you don’t have to walk far if you don’t want to. There are some excellent restaurants nearby. The owner, Jane, is the author of five books and has won a New Zealand book award. Most of her work is historical, based on oral histories. The walls of the B&B are lined with every type of book imaginable. She’s an interesting person to talk to and I enjoyed talking to her other guests as much as to the hostess. She offers free Internet access, yummy breakfasts and many more amenities.







In you stay in Dunedin you can visit a frequent guest at Booklovers B&B , Mike Hamblyn who, with his wife Cheryl, runs Read On! located in Gardens Mall. The second hand bookshop has to be the tidiest bookstore I have ever been in. Mike offered my wife and me tea. We had a far-ranging conversation involving everyone in the store about writing, publishing, selling books and the state of independent bookstores.

Mike and Cheryl accept only nearly perfect books for resale. He uses eucalyptus oil to clean and sanitize the book covers. He changes his window display weekly to attract customer and the mall brings foot traffic past his store. Even so he said he does not think there is a future for independent bookstores because of online competition and changes in the publishing world. He said he makes very little money on the store but absolutely loves what he does. With the cost of new books in New Zealand being so high there is a need for redistribution of used books and many customers become friends.

If you visit either place please give them my regards. I remember both places fondly.

9 comments:

Linda Rodriguez said...

What lovely little piece of NZ you've brought us today, Warren! I'd love to visit either place.

Warren Bull said...

Linda, New Zealand is a great place. I hope you can schedule it on one of your book tours,

circuitmouse said...

IMHO New Zealand has one of the best mapped literary heritage routes on the planet.

And that's BEFORE you even get into little ones looking around for hobbits.

Warren Bull said...

True circuitmouse, but I did not find the place selling tickets to ride a whale.

Marni said...

Lovely to see and read about. I tried to get one of my books reviewed down there and found a willing reviewer. The snail mail cost was exhorbitant! But she was willing to read the e-book.

Have added NZ to my bucket list!

Gloria Alden said...

I would love to visit New Zealand, especially the book shops. I've heard the country is beautiful. When my siblings and I travel, we always look for bookstores. Sadly, the independent ones are getting fewer and fewer.

jenny milchman said...

Thanks for this, Warren! Now I hope I get to go to NZ one of these days...

(Can you drive there? That flight gives me the heebie jeebies :)

Warren Bull said...

Jenny, If you know how to drive a ocean liner you might be able to get there eventually. It was a 13-hour flight

Warren Bull said...

Mami,

My experiences with NZ authors has been great