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Book stallholders in Anzac Hall over Festival Weekend


Almo Books 

Almo Books has been Carterton’s independent bookstore for ten years. From our large new shop in Carterton’s High Street, we offer books about everything – with an emphasis on children’s titles, quality fiction and New Zealand non-fiction.


Book Art Studios

Liz from Book Art Studios is an accomplished book artist who has established an international audience and a reputation for her unconventional and high-spirited online classes. Liz is also an author who has published books that teach you how to dye paper using a secret dyeing technique and how to create your own delicious books. She creates pretty scrumptious handmade books too.


The Copy Press 


The CopyPress provides New Zealand’s most comprehensive self-publishing book design, print and distribution service. Each book we produce has an individually tailored production package which can be combined with our unique marketing and distribution services. If you’d like to meet with Dave MacManus to discuss the benefits of independent publishing and how The CopyPress can help you on your writing journey, get in touch.


Hedley's Books 


Hedley’s Books is New Zealand’s oldest independent bookstore and family-owned since 1907. A bibliophile’s treasure trove, they stock new books for all ages plus rare, signed and collectable books both in their Masterton store and online.


Nikau Books
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Nikau Books is focused on Aotearoa with our selection of quality second-hand books. Pae Tū Mōkai / Featherston - New Zealand’s Booktown - is our base. Visit our new page on Instagram and follow us or visit us on


Pinky Agnew

This is farewell: readings and meditations on death and dying by Pinky Agnew is a collection of poems, prose and quotes perfect for those who suddenly find themselves desperate for the right word to say as they farewell a loved one.  In poetry and prose, from Aotearoa and around the world, the collected writers express their deepest feelings of grief, anger, resignation and acceptance when someone they loved has died.  Their timeless, moving words speak to us as we encounter similar painful situations and they help us to order our own thoughts.


Baggage Books 


Baggage Books is  an independent  publisher and distributor of books by award-winning writer Moira Wairama, specialising in English and Maori children’s literature and poetry. In May 2023 Baggage Books will be publishing a new book written by Moira and illustrated by Margaret Tolland. Titled Nanny Jo and the Wild Mokopuna / Nani Jo me Ngā Mokopuna Porohīanga, it celebrates the special relationship of grandmothers with their mokopuna and the significance of Matariki and Taramainuku, the mythical fisherman in the sky.


Book Haven

Book Haven is a place to get lost in the world of books.  We have a treasure trove of books for all ages and interests in the heart of Newtown.


For the Love of Books 


Quality second-hand books at “I’ll be back for more” prices plus a selection of new books focusing on NZ and children's books.  Something for everyone among the 50,000 books in store - just 450m from the ANZAC Hall complex. We will also be featuring rare and collectable books in the Anzac Hall on SATURDAY ONLY.


The Light Library

The Light Library invites children and adults to join creative making, to be transformed into books and gatherings – be part of the process and explore what emerges. Finding | Kimihia Grace is the Light Library’s first bilingual picture book. Author and library creator, Emma Hinton is running “Finding and Making” workshops as part of the festival. 


Pedro Publications
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Peter's main focus is on writing humorous stories and poetry collections for children. To date, he has, in conjunction with illustrator Richard Gunther, produced nineteen illustrated books for children, where his quirky rhymes are complimented by Richard's equally whacky illustrations. A number of these have been converted by BLENNZ for work with visually impaired students throughout NZ. 


Tinakori Books


We have a great range of books on New Zealand, Maoritanga, the Pacific, Australia, Antarctica, old voyages, art, history, and other topics. If you are interested in any book on our website, we will bring it to Booktown Featherston. Just let us know:


Bear Flag Books
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Frequented by Jacinda Ardern and described by National Radio's Matinee Idol as Masterton's best bookshop, Bear Flag Books and Retro is a true treasure trove for bibliophiles


Christopher Candy

I work as a Manager for Tranzit Coachlines. I have many stories written and saved that I never felt worthy of publishing, but during the first lockdown, I decided to hire an editor and get one of my stories reader-worthy. No publisher accepted submissions then, so I opted to self-publish. My children’s books are about the characters Comet the Red Bus and his friendly Bus Driver, Billie. There are no other books on the market like this. I aim to show people that buses are a good and sustainable form of transport and that not all bus drivers are grumpy.   


Fraser Books Publishing 


Established in 1984, is one of New Zealand's enduring small independent publishers. Specialising in New Zealand history and politics, biography and autobiography – with occasional fiction and children's books, our primary focus is facilitating the publication of small-run books by authors who have produced manuscripts of real historical or literary value that are not considered commercially viable by larger publishers. In that capacity we have been the publishers of over 30 books for the Wairarapa Archive.


Musical Heritage
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Musical Heritage will have a selection of New Zealand music, music books and Maori songs for sale, as well as sheet music prints and greetings cards.  David Dell, who will be staffing the stall, is very willing to discuss heritage NZ music topics.  He will also be singing and playing a selection of Kiwi songs from time to time, and he will have the Musical Heritage New Zealand Trust database of Kiwi music available. Please bring along any sheet music or music books from New Zealand or overseas that you might like to drop off for the Musical Heritage New Zealand Trust.  


Pegasus Books 


As a small independent bookseller, we aim to stock quality books (ranging in age from antiquarian to near-new) at reasonable prices. Our range of books emphasises such subjects as Poetry, Philosophy, Mythology, Classics (Greek and Roman), Spiritual Paths, Art, Music, and Architecture and Design.


Writers Plot Bookshop

 A unique independent New Zealand bookshop providing books from medium, small or Indie publishers and authors for discerning readers. 

New Zealand’s only not-for-profit bookstore devoted exclusively to New Zealand authors.

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