Book Discussion Scheme - Renee Blackburn
We are New Zealand's only nationwide book club/group specialist. We lend fiction and non-fiction titles to participating book clubs, so all members of a group can read the same book at the same time, then meet to share their experiences, discuss themes and contribute ideas.
We believe in the power of book groups to make New Zealand a fairer, kinder, happier place by being spaces for social connection, learning, diversity, and growth.
Benefits of being part of a Book Discussion Scheme club/group:
- Hundreds of hand-picked fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from — every book undergoes a careful selection process before making it into the scheme
- Professionally produced discussion notes are provided to aid your discussions — or get the latest titles sooner by opting for standard discussion notes.
- NZ-wide delivery included in your membership fee
- Affordable pricing with discounts for club organisers/convenors
- Establish an enjoyable reading and socialising routine
- Expand your thinking and learn more by reading titles you might not otherwise have come across or chosen
- Open your mind through hearing the differing perspectives of your group members
- Improve your conversational English and reading comprehension with our selection of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) titles
Individuals can start their own group, or join an existing group. To find groups looking for extra members, see www.bds.org.nz/join
To learn more about starting your own group, see www.bds.org.nz/getinvolved/start-a-group or message us here on Facebook with your questions. You can also request a free information pack, including the latest catalogue and enrolment forms.
More about our mission:
In order to make book clubs accessible to more diverse groups, we offer tailored variations of our usual programme, often at discounted rates. We have a particular focus on: Prison groups, library groups, men’s groups, ESOL/migrant groups, school groups, Māori, and rural communities. If you would like to support this work by volunteering to lead a special focus group, please contact us. As a charitable trust, we also have a Givealittle page where you can make a donation.