Catherine Robertson is launching her new book, What You Wish For, at Wardini Books Havelock North, 6pm on Wednesday 9th January. This book is also set in Gabriel's Bay, the home of her last novel, and weaves fresh stories and new characters through those already developed. It's witty, dramatic, gentle and very entertaining - I love being in Gabriel's Bay. Do join us and get your signed copy from the author.

We're very excited to have Annette Lees coming to visit Wardini Books Napier on Sunday 13th January at 4pm. Her book, Swim, is about New Zealanders and their deep connection to swimming in the outdoors. Swim is the result of Annette Lees' personal quest to swim every day of a full year in the natural waterways of New Zealand. From Northland to Fiordland, she swam outdoors through the four seasons in rivers, lakes, ponds, the sea, estuaries, wetlands, springs and outdoor lido pools. Across the country people shared swimming stories of their own, introduced elderly family swimmers who swim right through winter, and invited her to try their local, often secret, swimming places. During her watery adventure Annette discovered New Zealanders' serious passion for water and swimming. She collected stories of urban swims, night swims, forbidden swims, swimming in the dead of winter, Maori legends of swimming feats, the endurance swimmers of the Depression, and the swimming ANZACs. These memories and stories go back hundreds of years and this inspiring and beautifully written book reminds us to appreciate this precious aspect of New Zealand life. Really hope to see you at this one - and there's a great Irish band playing in The Rose at 6pm so you could come for beer and chips afterwards too.