It is nearly the end of another year of bookselling here and marvelling at the rich and rewarding literature that has been published. Where would we all be without the joy of a good book to hold, read and treasure?
Welcome to our end of year newsletter with the usual bits of important information to help you in the lead up to Christmas and enclosed is our gift as thanks for all the support you have shown during the year. If you are receiving this newsletter by email please call in and collect your gift.
NZ Post has a sheet with all the information you require regarding posting dates and Christmas stamps. You can get it here.
Courier Overseas: For larger parcels overseas it is often not much more expensive to send by Economy Courier. This means the parcel is tracked and takes 4 to 5 working days.
International Air Parcels are NOT tracked so if you require tracking, your parcel will need to be sent by courier.
The shop will be open in December on Sundays 11.00–3.00
Closed: Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Open: December 27th and 28th 9.00–5.00, and 29th 10.00– 2.00
Closed: Jan 1st and 2nd
Open: Jan 3rdand 4th: 9.00–5.00 & Jan 5th 10.00– 2.00.
We have the usual comprehensive range of children’s Christmas books, and advent calendars are here now.
Thank you to Claire and Cassidy who have looked after our little book club this year. The last one in December will be held at the Karori Library. Claire will be in touch by email about the starting date for next year.
NZ Childrens Book Awards winners, 2018
Aotearoa by Gavin Bishop – suitable for the whole family.
I am Jellyfish by Ruth Paul – 2 to 4-year-olds
How to Bee by Bren MacDibble – Young fiction
In the Dark Spaces by Cally Black – Y.A fiction
We wish you a very Happy Christmas and a safe and relaxing holiday.
Anna, Heather, Pip, Anne, Megan, Beatrice, Belinda, Charlotte, and Emily.
Children’s Picture Books
It’s the year of the overseas trip for the staff at Marsden Books, which is a great way for us all to get a perspective on New Zealand from afar, enjoy some warmer weather and check out bookshops all over the world. We welcome Julie White to the fold as a new staff member. She will be working while others are away and when we get busy. I am sure many of you will have already seen her in the shop. It’s book awards time of year again. Belinda made a wonderful window display of the NZ Childrens Book Awards finalists and was rewarded with first prize in a nationwide window competition. She has been wowing us with her innovative and exciting window displays recently and helping showcase our children’s books in particular.
In July there have been a lot of changes to post with prices going up on most services. We have a brochure available if you need further details.
- A Standard letter in NZ is now $1.20 to send, a book of Kiwi stamps $12.
- If you would like an overseas parcel tracked it needs to be sent by international courier.
- If you have purchased Kiwi stamps prior to the changes they remain valid without adding extra stamps.
NZ Post Children’s Awards:
The winners will be announced on August 8th. Our favourites are:
I am Jellyfish by Ruth Paul, a local author from Karori.
Granny McFlitter, the Champion Knitter by Heather Haylock.
Explore Aotearoa by Bronwen Wall .An excellent overview of NZ History for 8 –13 year olds.
The Traitor and the Thief by Gareth Ward, a bookseller from Hawke’s Bay.
Our Favourite Reads:
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje, set in postwar Britain, two children caught in the murky world of crime and espionage.
Diary of A Bookseller by Shaun Bythell, now in paperback.
View from the South a new collection of poetry from Owen Marshall with photographs by Graeme Sydney.
We have quite a few different Bingo Games here now which are proving to be very popular. The latest additions are Ocean Bingo and Dinosaur Bingo. These vary between $30 and $40 and are suitable for adults and children.
We now have a range of Childrens and Adults jigsaw puzzles.
Calendars and some diaries for 2019 are available now.
Happy reading from the team at Marsden Books.
We have started the year with a hiss and a roar, launching books by two lovely local authors.
In January we had the pleasure of launching Peter van Drimmelen’s memoir Driving for Music. This is a humorous behind the scenes account of life with the NZSO and smaller orchestras and the sacrifices these precious musicians make to bring us such wonderful concerts. We are selling the book here for $35.
On Wednesday, February 21st we are launching Raj Chakraborti’s new novel, The Man Who Would Not See. Raj now lives in Karori and some of his novel is set in Karori. Please join us for the launch on Wednesday at 6 pm to hear Raj talk about his new book.
Wellington Readers and Writers Week: March 8th till 11th
We have a selection of books for sale by the various authors visiting Wellington for this festival week. Our Picks would be Dr Charlie Corke, Letting Go, How to Plan for a Good Death, and A.C Grayling, author of Democracy and It’s Crisis and The Age of Genius. Our fiction pick would be The History of Bees by Maja Lunde.
NZ Post: There is now no Fastpost for letters in New Zealand. All parcels sent to a rural address must have a rural delivery sticker attached. Kiwi Stamps always remain valid for any standard letter posted within NZ even when there are changes made. If you are unsure about postage please don’t hesitate to ask us, as it can be very confusing. We are not able to take credit card as payment for NZ Post items.
Children’s Bookclub: This begins again on March 3rd with Claire at the helm assisted by our Saturday girls Charlotte and Emily. In April some of the Gecko Press staff will be coming to the shop to talk to the group. Please email Claire at claireC@datacom.co.nz if you would like to join the club which meets monthly at the shop on Saturdays at 2 pm. We always welcome new members.
Facebook: You will have seen that there are some changes to Facebook. Belinda is working hard to make sure as many of you as possible see our posts. She will be launching a new forum soon where we can share good reads and you can also comment and share books you have enjoyed reading.
Music: Please ask us if there is a CD you would like us to order. Beatrice is happy to help.
Specials: The publishers are providing us with excellent deals on certain books at the moment. We have $10 copies of all the Seven Sisters Series by Lucinda Riley, several of The Sally Hepworth titles, such as The Mother’s Promise. We also have great books for young readers for only $5, such as The 13 Storey Treehouse, Pirate Blunderbeard, and Dotty Detective. These are an excellent way to introduce new authors.
After Alexander is a memoir by Wellington author, Jan Pryor, about her experience with cot death and the subsequent ripple effect of Alexander’s death on the family. An outstanding book beautifully written. Available here for $30.
Happy Reading from the team at Marsden Books.
Here we are at the end of another year of happy bookselling with the shelves groaning under the weight of all the gorgeous books that have recently arrived. So much choice but lots of fun in the choosing. In the last few months, we have had Belinda managing our Facebook page and what an amazing difference she is making. She has helped us showcase books that we are recommending in a creative and compelling way. We are very grateful to have her as a part of our team.
If you have never checked out our Facebook page, now might be the time to try. There is a special promotion to win a lovely pile of Summer reading for all the family and to gift a matching selection to a friend. The promotion ends on December 8th when the lucky winners will be announced.
You can access the Facebook page easily via the website here.
Patricia Morrison: We were shocked and saddened at the sudden death of Patricia, a previous owner of the shop, friend and great supporter for many years. In the last few years, Patricia had been very involved in libraries at the prisons and made a huge difference there. We will miss her.
NZ Post: Christmas posting dates are as follows:
For Airmail Rest of World: Wednesday, Nov 29th
UK and Europe and America: Friday, December 1st
Australia: Wednesday, December 6th
International Courier dates are a week later for each date.
Christmas Bags: Beatrice has been busy making sustainable Christmas bags, $12, which you can use to wrap a book or gift.
Christmas Books: We have a comprehensive range of Children’s Christmas books for all ages, including Nativity stories.
Christmas and Holiday Hours:
Sundays in December: From Sunday, December 3, we are open Sundays, 11am to 3pm.
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
December 27, 28, 29: Open 9am to 5pm
December 30, Saturday: Open 10 am to 2 pm
January 1 and 2: Closed
January 3, 4, 5: Open 9am to 5pm
January 6: 10am to 2pm.
Thanks for all your support this year, Happy Christmas and enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday, from the team at Marsden Books; Anna, Philippa, Heather, Anne, Megan, Beatrice, Belinda, Charlotte and Emily.