Phoebe’s LGBTQ+ Book Club

Wednesday, October 23rd, 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.


National Bookshop Day - Saturday 26th October

We have something extra specially amazing planned. We have commissioned eight authors from the Centre of the Universe (Hawke's Bay) to write a bookshop related short story in only five sentences. This Five Sentence Flash Fiction will be published on postcards with a special Wardini Books illustration by artist Phoebe Wilton-Stuart. WOW! Postcards will be on sale on the day and the authors will be scattered willy nilly between the two shops to help you with your own flash fiction. AMAZING! Diary it, and look out for more info to come.

Authors: Gareth Ward, Adele Broadbent, Mark Sweet, Tina Clough, Sophie Siers, Helen Waaka, Sarah Myles, Mary-anne Scott.


Launch of Towards the Mountain: a story of grief and hope forty years on from Erebus - Sarah Myles

Tuesday 12th November, 6pm, Wardini Books NAPIER

Join Napier's own Sarah Myles as she launches this important and personal book. All welcome.

Marking the 40th anniversary of the Erebus disaster, this is the first book on that tragedy written by a member of one of the affected families.
When an Air New Zealand sightseeing plane crashed into the lower slopes of Mount Erebus in Antarctica in 1979, all 257 people on board lost their lives.

The Erebus disaster sent shockwaves through our small country - it is said that 'everyone knew someone' involved. What's more, the aftermath wreaked its own trail of destruction, with the Royal Commission of Inquiry coining the oft-quoted phrase 'an orchestrated litany of lies' to describe the airline management's conduct. The surrounding media storm drowned out the stories of those at the heart of the tragedy: the families who lost someone, and the people who worked so hard to bring loved ones home.

Their stories were forgotten - until now.

Marking the fortieth anniversary of that horrific event, this is the first book on the topic written by a family member.

In Towards the Mountain, Sarah Myles uses extensive research and interviews to weave together the stories of her grandfather, his fellow adventurers and the first responders. This is the story of what happened and its enduring impact on those most affected.

What emerges is a testament to the possibility of hope.