Freshly mined
Jul
28
2:00 PM14:00

Freshly mined

A bonus event this extra cultural month. Readings from two newly published poets, plus pre-order yourself a copy of AUP New Poets Five:

* Carolyn DeCarlo, poet
* Sophie van Waardenberg, poet

with Anna Jackson, AUP series editor

Sunday, July 28 at the earlier than usual time of 2pm

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Le poetry
Jul
14
3:00 PM15:00

Le poetry

Mon dieu! Our monthly cultural extravaganza is on Bastille Day. Let us hope some poems include French words.

Les readings by:
* Steven Toussaint, poet
* Anna Livesey, poet

With piano and singing by the amazing Alex Taylor.

Sunday July 14, 3pm

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Book Clearance Sale
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Book Clearance Sale

~1,500 clearance books - all $5 each or five for $10

Plus 13,000 other second-hand books on the shelves at their normal reasonable prices

So many cheap books! Plus music, delicious coffee and sitting around. What a joyful world it is.

Saturday July 13, 10am to 5pm

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Poetry with the stars
Jun
23
3:00 PM15:00

Poetry with the stars

This month our cultural extravaganza coincides with Matariki. Readings by:

* Vana Manasiadis, poet and translator
* Simone Kaho, poet, writer and filmmaker
* Courtney Sina Meredith, author and performer
* Makyla Curtis, poet and letterpress printer

Plus snacks and a glass of wine. Good times.

Sunday June 23, 3pm.

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Tick tock
May
9
to May 24

Tick tock

We are looking for another part-time assistant for our fabulous secondhand bookstore in Ponsonby.


If you love books and like the idea of working sole-charge in a quirky and authentic retail environment, read on.

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High performance poetry
Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

High performance poetry

This month at our literary extravaganza, readings from:

* Vivienne Plumb, poet, fiction writer, dramatist
* Tim Heath of the Almost Dead Poets’ Society
* Eric Soakai, Performance Artist
* Leva Kusari, Young poet
* Daniel Goodwin, Writer/performer
* Beth Alexander, Actor/Gardener/ sometimes Poet

Sunday April 14, 3pm.

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Book Clearance Sale
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

Book Clearance Sale

~1,500 clearance books - all $5 each or five for $10

Plus 13,000 other second-hand books on the shelves at their normal reasonable prices

So many cheap books! Plus music, delicious coffee and sitting around.

Saturday April 13, 10am to 5pm

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Ponsonby Market Day
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Ponsonby Market Day

Come take a wander around the shelves, snag a tome or three, and enjoy a seat in the backyard out of the bustle.

We will have delicious filter coffee, music and 15,000 reasonably-priced secondhand books to keep you happy.

Saturday April 6, 10am to 5pm

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Book launch: Julie Fry and Hayden Glass | Ambition
Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

Book launch: Julie Fry and Hayden Glass | Ambition

What does ambition mean to you?

This amazing new book looks at ambition and what it means to be a New Zealander. It examines the way we formulate and share our dreams and plans with each other, and looks at how ambition might be connected with business, our personal lives, and our national identity.


Pre-order your signed copy here and pick it up on the day or get it shipped to your door:
https://theopenbook.co.nz/products/ambition

Friday March 8, 6pm

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Words, words, words
Feb
24
3:00 PM15:00

Words, words, words

Come join us for our first literary extravaganza of 2019!

This month, readings by creative writing students at the University of Auckland.

With readings by Karen Holdom, Anuja Mitra, Danny Lam, Hebe Kearney, Richard Pamatatau, Anna Woods, Tom Romeo, Sarah Ell, Carolyn Cossey, Joshua Hetherington.

Sunday February 24, 3pm.

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Ponsonby Road Festival
Feb
16
10:00 AM10:00

Ponsonby Road Festival

Come visit this wonderful bookstore as part of the inaugural Ponsonby Road Festival.

We will have fabulous poet and handmade book creator David Merritt making and selling his fabulous creations. Plus secondhand books, coffee, music and good times. What more could a person desire?

Saturday 16 February, 10am to 5pm

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Words and music
Nov
25
3:00 PM15:00

Words and music

At our literary extravaganza this month, a visit from award-winning Austrian writer Linda Stift. Plus music and poetry. There is nothing not to love.

* Linda Stift (writer)
* Anna Livesey (poet)
* Gracie Francis (piano)
* Bernice Austin (soprano)
* Alexander James (baritone)

Sunday 25 November, 3pm.

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Words v World
Oct
7
3:00 PM15:00

Words v World

Sparkling literary times with recipients of the Sir James Wallace scholarships for Masters of Creative Writing at the University of Auckland.

With readings by Rosetta Allan, Cybonn Ang, Simon Comber, Meagan France, Angelique Kasmara, Rachel O'Connor, Tom Romeo, and Josie Shapiro.

Free entry, plus snacks, chit-chat, and even a glass of wine. Truly we are blessed.

Sunday October 7, 3pm.

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Readings from the Geometry | Open Book National Poetry Contest
Aug
25
3:00 PM15:00

Readings from the Geometry | Open Book National Poetry Contest

Celebrate National Poetry Day with Geometry and The Open Book.

Come along to hear the winner and the Judge's selection from submissions to our poetry competition.

Includes work by Paula Harris, Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor, Madeleine Ballard, Kim Fulton, Amanda Hunt, Jilly O’Brien, Wes Lee, Isabelle McNeur, and Ruby Porter

Saturday August 25, 3pm

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Readings from Geometry Three
Jul
29
3:00 PM15:00

Readings from Geometry Three

Join us for poetry and prose readers by contributors to the latest issue of Geometry, the new literary magazine.

Readings by:

* Jamie de Jong (prose writer/poet)
* Gina Cole (writer)
* Bryan Walpert (poet)
* Piet Nieuwland (writer)
* Paula Morris (writer)

Sunday 29 July, 3pm.

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Deep Surface: letterpress and poetry
Jun
10
3:00 PM15:00

Deep Surface: letterpress and poetry

Come join us for poetry and printmaking. At 3pm talks from:

* Jo Giddens (printmaker, wordsmith)
* Ya-Wen Ho 賀雅雯 (poet, publisher)
* Makyla Curtis (poet, compositor)

Join us from 12:30pm for printmaking yourself. Click through to find out how to book.

Plus: come do some letterpress printing yourself from 12:30pm. Book a time here, or just turn up.

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Ears Wide Open: Street Photography
May
30
to Jun 20

Ears Wide Open: Street Photography

Exhibition now in store every day 10am to 5pm until June 20.

Come join us for the debut exhibition by New Zealand based photographer Nick Marsh (UK). Shot in and around Central Auckland, this collection explores the discord between real and imagined narratives that street photography offers.

Part of the Auckland Festival of Photography

Launch: 5pm, Wednesday 30 May.
Exhibition: Every day, 10am to 5pm from May 30 to June 20 

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Two Halves Make a Whole
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Two Halves Make a Whole

Two Halves Make a Whole is a piece of participative performance art, a creative investigation into how tech facilitates connection, between people, between ideas, across space and across time.

Come along. You will love it. Bring your favourite book.

Saturday May 19, 1pm

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