Past events 2015
We regularly host events, including launches, signings, readings, and announcements of prizes. These are usually held in the shop in the early evenings, where you can enjoy a glass of wine with your launch speech, and take the opportunity for some after-hours browsing. We also sell books for events held at other venues.
Check our calendar of upcoming events, or have a look at photos and highlights from past events below.
Launch:The Sea Pool (Sharon Moore)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm Thursday December 17th
We were delighted to host the launch, by Bob Brown, of Sharon Moore's The Sea Pool.
With Connell missing, Iris feels her life unravelling around her. Convinced that he is lying injured in the Tasmanian wilderness, or worse, she sets out to find him. In her lonely, desperate search she confronts her own long-buried fears and obstacles, and gradually steps up to take on a new, and sinister, challenge. Set amid the spectacular scenery of Tasmania and the south coast of New South Wales, The Sea Pool is an Australian mystery about love and family ties, but also human greed, brutality and exploitation of the natural environment. It explores the way past events influence present states of mind, and how commitment and connection can bring strength. Photo credit of Karen Brown.
Launch:The White Room Poems (Anne Kellas)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm Wednesday December 16th
Hobart Bookshop and Walleah Press hosted the launch, by Robert Cox, of Anne Kellas' The White Room Poems.
Born in South Africa under apartheid, Kellas' themes often address deracination, dislocation and loss. The White Room Poems are a mother’s poems to the son she has lost and is Kellas' third collection of poetry.
Launch: Devil's Breath (Jon P Wells)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm Tuesday December 1st
We had a lot of fun with Matthew Denholm (Tasmania correspondent for The Australian) introducing Jon P Wells' new book, Devil's Breath.
In 1986 the world's worst ever nuclear disaster unfolded at Chernobyl in the Soviet Republic of Ukraine and 31 people died. Now three decades later, hell on earth is about to be unleashed again. Ian MacRae, a security consultant based in the idyllic island paradise of Tasmania, is drawn into a desperate race against time to uncover the truth about Chernobyl...and stop the annihilation of the human race.
Find out more about Jon's work at his website.
Launch: Weaving Nests with Smoke and Stone (Gina Mercer)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm Wednesday November 25th
Dr Anne Morgan launched Gina Mercer's new collection, Weaving Nests with Smoke and Stone.
Gina Mercer enjoys a three-stranded career as a writer, teacher and editor. She's taught in universities and communities for nearly 30 years. She's a former editor of Island magazine. She's published four collections of poetry: The Ocean in the Kitchen (1999); Night Breathing (2006); Handfeeding the Crocodile (2007); and Seasoned with Honey (with 3 other poets, 2008). She's published a novel, Parachute Silk (2001), plus two academic books. She's currently revelling in Tasmania.
Launch: Black Dog: A Marriage in Ashes (John Biggs)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm Thursday November 19th
Tom and Susan had it all: Tom handsome, solid, successful; Susan beautiful, artistic, reckless. But they shared a secret: Susan was bipolar.
They move from stifling Hobart to Hong Kong to leave the black dog behind. And so it seems, until the irresistible and ruthless Oi Mei joins Tom’s firm. She shows him a different world of sensuality; so different he thinks his love for Susan is unaffected. Oi Mei sees that it isn’t. Susan’s black dog jumps back onto her shoulders, fatally. Stricken with guilt and grief, Tom returns to their native Tasmania with Susan’s body, where she is cremated. He keeps her ashes in an urn in his bedroom. Has their marriage ended in ashes?
Black Dog is an exploration of the natures of love and lust, and of the terrible consequences of betrayal for the vulnerable.
The book is dedicated to the Black Dog Institute.
Launch: Our Dog Knows Words (Peter Gouldthorpe, Ill. Lucy Gouldthorpe)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm Thursday November 12th
Greens MP Cassy O'Connor launched this new picture book from father-daughter team of authors Peter and Lucy Gouldthorpe.
Meet our very clever dog. He always knows just what we're saying to him. He knows, but does he always obey? A funny story about a clever (but not always obedient) dog, from a father-daughter team of dog lovers. From playing in the park to dinnertime, bath time and bedtime - this very smart dog knows what's going on! If you loved The Complete Guide to the Dog's Best Friend, Henry the Dirty Dog or Hairy Maclary then you will adore Our Dog Knows Words.
Peter Gouldthorpe is a CBCA award-winning author and illustrator. His titles include Ice, Wind, Rock: Douglas Mawson In The Antarctic; The Lost Diamonds Of Killiecrankie; Pannikin And Pinta; Hist; and First Light And No Return: Captain Scott's Race To The Pole. He lives in Hobart.
Lucy Gouldthorpe, his daughter, lives in Melbourne and works in film and television. Her illustrations can be found online at the-earwig.tumblr.com.
Event: Green Nomads (Bob Brown)
Dechaineux Theatre, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hunter Street, 6pm Thursday November 5th
The Hobart Bookshop and Hardie Grant Publishing were pleased to celebrate the launch of Bob Brown's new book, Green Nomads.
Green Nomads is a celebration of Australia's wilderness areas. Paired with Bob Brown's personal and insightful anecdotes, there is not doubt that this book will appeal to travellers, tourists, conservationists and all those that enjoy the wilderness. Bob Brown takes us on a journey across Australia, visiting Bush Heritage sites and sharing the beauty and diversity they represent. Powerfully capturing the landscapes and spirit of Australia, Green Nomads is a book for anyone interested in Australia's environment, or anyone looking for a beautiful landscape photography book. When someone next asks for a book of Australian photography, this is the perfect answer.
Launch: Shadow Hunter (Craig Godfrey)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm Wednesday September 30th
Warren Boyles launched Craig Godfrey's new book, Shadow Hunter: Catching the Notorious Criminals of Van Diemen's Land.
Set in Hobart Town in 1855, Shadow Hunter is a murder mystery featuring fledgling detective Caspian Hunter, recently arrived from Birmingham to assist in the running of Hobart Town’s new criminal agency.
An abandoned ship off the southern coast of Van Diemen’s Land leaves a trail of mystery and unanswered questions, not to mention several murders. This fast-paced novel documents Caspian’s efforts to solve the crimes whilst being seduced by the delights of mid-Victorian Hobart Town in the guise of innkeepers, convict constables, doxys and many larger-than-life characters: Aboubacar the Negro albino magician, Lynch Savage the obese tavern keeper, Nebena the blackfella gentleman, Bonnie Nettles the whore, and more...
Event: Tim Flannery in conversation with Bob Brown
The Dechaineux Theatre, Art School 6:00pm Thursday September 24th
To celebrate the release of Tim Flannery's new book Atmosphere of Hope, Hobart Bookshop presented him in conversation with Bob Brown.
In the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Summit to be held in Paris in December, Atmosphere of Hope provides both a snapshot of the trouble we are in and an up-to-the-minute analysis of some of the new possibilities for mitigating climate change that are emerging now. From atmospheric carbon capture through extensive seaweed farming, CO2 snow production in Antarctica and the manufacture of carbon-rich biochar to reflecting the sun's rays by releasing sulphur into the atmosphere and painting landscapes and cities white, Flannery outlines an array of innovative technologies that give cause for hope.
Launch: Made in India (Jen Gibson)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm Wednesday September 23rd
We were excited to host the launch, by Chris Gallagher, of Jen Gibson's Made in India.
This is a new collection of poems by Jen Gibson, which reflects her experiences in India in the 1990s.
Launch: Swallows Part One (Josh Santospirito)
The Hobart Bookshop, Thursday September 3rd
We were so happy to host the launch, by Christopher Downes, of Josh Santospirito's Swallows Part One.
This is a graphic novella about the psychological experience of migration and the emotions and stories that go into connecting to our surroundings over many generations.
Launch: The White Mouse (Peter Gouldthorpe)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm Thursday August 27th
Hobart Bookshop and Children's Book Council were excited to host the launch of Peter Gouldthorpe's The White Mouse. The Story of Nancy Wake.
The Gestapo called her The White Mouse - and they wanted her, dead or alive. Nancy Wake was an Australian who joined the French Resistance during World War II and became the most wanted woman in France. Parachuting behind enemy lines, blowing up bridges and smuggling refugees across borders, Nancy fought fiercely against the enemy and became the most decorated Australian woman in any war.
This was a part of local celebrations of Children's Book Week and was attended by Her Excellency, Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, the Governor of Tasmania.
Event: National Bookshop Day
The Hobart Bookshop, Saturday 8th August
To celebrate National Bookshop Day at the Hobart Bookshop we ran two competitions. As they were both so popular we extended the competition to run until Saturday 14th August.
Firstly we held a colouring competition for both adults and children, with the option for schools to also participate. Our winners won $20 vouchers.
Our second competition required people to let us know their favourite book to go in the running for a $50 voucher.
Thank you to all entrants, we had so much fun seeing all of your submissions.
Launch: Talk Under Water (Kathryn Lomer)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm Thursday August 13th
We were excited to host the launch, by Anne Morgan, of Kathryn Lomer's Talk Under Water.
Will and Summer meet online and strike up a friendship based on coincidence. Summer lives in Will's old hometown, Kettering, a small Tasmanian coastal community. Summer isn't telling the whole truth about herself, but figures it doesn't matter if they never see each other in person, right? When Will returns to Kettering, the two finally meet and Summer can no longer hide her secret - she is deaf. Can Summer and Will find a way to be friends in person even though they speak a completely different language?
Launch: Recollections of an Indian Official 1928-1949 (Roger Bell)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm Thursday July 30th
We were delighted to host the launch, by Peter Boyce, of Roger Bell's Recollections of an Indian Official 1928-1949.
Roger Bell was a civil servant in British India during the most tumultuous period in its history, and was directly involved in not only the fascinating workings of the administration, but also its eventual transfer of power upon Indian Independence in 1947.
Bell's handwritten memoirs lay forgotten for decades in a trunk in his family home in Tasmania until rediscovered by his daughter, Alexandra. They have finally been published 56 years after his death and they provide a fascinating insight into this pivotal period of India's history.
Anybody with an interest in this time, the history of the British Empire, or simply good old-fashioned adventure, will certainly enjoy reading this engaging first-hand account.
Launch: A Poem is a Parachute (Megan Schaffner)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm Wednesday July 1st
We were pleased to celebrate the launch of Megan Schaffner's new collection, A Poem is a Parachute.
Launch: Voiceworks Magazine's 100th issue
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm Thursday June 25th
We pleased to help Voiceworks celebrate the release of their 100th issue. This launch and the collection form were part of the National Young Writers' Month program -- you can visit their website to find out more information.
The launch featured various writers and was a free event.
Launch: HOPPERS #3
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.15pm Wednesday June 3rd
We were pleased to welcome Tricky Walsh to launch the latest comic collection, HOPPERS #3.
This event was part of Her Majesty's Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival (June 3-6, Hobart: for more information visit their Tumblr page).
Event: Writers' Retreat with Maggie MacKellar
Brockley Estate Heritage Homestead, May 22-25
Me Time Experiences invited writers to spend four days with writer Maggie MacKellar at the Brockley Estate Heritage Homestead developing writing skills and receiving feedback from Maggie.
The retreat price ($1499 per person) included all meals, three nights' accommodation at Brockley Estate, return transfers from Hobart to the Estate, and the small-group writing sessions.
Look out for future opportunities and experiences from Me Time.
Launch: New Boy (Nick Earls)
Lansdowne Cafe, 68 Lansdowne Crescent, West Hobart, 4.00pm Thursday April 23rd
The Hobart Bookshop and Penguin Books were delighted to host the popular author Nick Earls at Lansdowne Cafe.
Adjusting to a new country and a new school was never going to be easy for Herschelle. The food is strange, it's so different to South Africa and, worst of all, no one understands the Aussie slang he's learnt on the web. But it's the similarities that make things really hard. Herschelle will have to confront racism, bullying and his own past before Australia can feel like home ...this is a moving, funny new novel by one of Australia's best-loved authors.
Launch: Immune Systems (Andy Jackson)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm Wednesday April 22nd
The Hobart Bookshop were pleased to host the launch of Andy Jackson's new collection, Immune Systems.
In Immune Systems Andy Jackson captures and interrogates the complexity of contemporary India with lyrical beauty and an unflinching, yet tender, gaze. In the title suite of poems he explores ‘medical tourism’ − a booming industry in India − from the perspective of a Westerner undergoing surgery and recovery. Through various medical and social interactions, he experiences confusion, insight, anger, small epiphanies and the sheer humanity of other bodies. The larger questions of love, death, body and spirit live in the seemingly ordinary, while the beautifully cadenced verse is grounded by an assured conversational tone. Immune Systems is a thought-provoking and poignant expansion of his poetic craft and themes.
Jane Williams also be read from her Days Like These: New and Selected Poems as well as Andrew Burke from his One Hour Seeds Another.
Event: Paul Keating: The Biography (David Day)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm Thursday April 16th
We were pleased to celebrate the release of David Day's new biography of Paul Keating.
In the tradition of his bestselling Curtin and Chifley comes David Day's exhaustive biography of one of our most fascinating prime ministers. Paul Keating was one of the most significant political figures of the late twentieth century, firstly as treasurer for eight years and then Prime Minister for five years. Although he has spent all of his adult life in the public eye, Keating has eschewed the idea of publishing his memoirs and has discouraged biographers from writing about his life. Undaunted, best-selling biographer David Day has taken on the task of giving Keating the biography that he deserves. Based on extensive research in libraries and archives, interviews with Keating's former colleagues and associates, and walking the tracks of Keating's life, Day has painted the first complete portrait of Paul Keating, covering both the public and private man.
Launch: Robbed of Every Blessing (John Tully)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm Wednesday April 15th
The Hobart Bookshop were delighted to host the launch, by Tim Thorne, of John Tully's Robbed of Every Blessing.
Ireland, early 1800s. The Napoleonic Wars have ended, leaving an already disjointed country in peril. Maurice O'Dwyer, a young Irishman, considers the lifeless body of an English tithe-collector slain under a rain-filled sky. From that moment it seems his fate is sealed: he and his young simpleton brother, Padraig, are exiled to Australia, An Astrail, to the convict-filled island of Van Diemen's Land - leaving behind his love, his land, and his liberty. However, in the bush Maurice discovers that there are allies in the most unlikely of places.
Launch: Off the Cuff: Volume Two (Jasmine Lawrence)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm Friday April 10th
We were honoured to host the launch of Jasmine Lawrence's new collection of poetry, Off the Cuff: Volume Two.
Jasmine Lawrence is a 93 year old artist who moved to Tasmania in 1950 after attending art school in London. This is her second book of poems after privately launching Off The Cuff: Volume One two years ago.
Launch: May Day Mine (Verity Croker)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm Wednesday March 25th
The Hobart Bookshop were proud to host the launch, by Susan Ditter, of Verity Croker's May Day Mine.
May Day Mine is a young adult novel about small town secrets by Hobart author Verity Croker. The book will be launched by Susan Ditter, Executive Officer at Working It Out, Tasmania's gender, sexuality and intersex status support and education service.
Verity recently gave an interview on ABC radio on how to write a book and get published.
Launch: Never to Return (Marjorie McArdell Davey)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm Thursday March 19th
The Hobart Bookshop were delighted to host the launch, by Gordon Brown, of Marjorie McArdell Davey's Never to Return.
This is a fascinating story of seven thousand boys- mostly teenagers - who passed through the children's prison Point Puer, across the bay from Port Arthur. Only three ever escaped. This story is an account of what might have happened to them.
Launch: Riding the Devil's Highway (Don Knowler)
The Hobart Bookshop, 5:30pm Thursday February 26
We were delighted to launch, by Nick Mooney, of Don Knowler's Riding the Devil's Highway
Donald Knowler first heard of the Glass Bottom Bus tour when he came to Tasmania more than a decade ago. The idea of tourists viewing vast numbers of animals squashed on the bitumen - an ironic in-joke among the wildlife and tourism fraternity - inspired him to compile his own checklist of what lay flattened on the island's highways and byways. The journey led him to dead Tasmania devils and quolls...but also to the work of scientists researching the scale of the toll and looking at measures to reduce the carnage which results in an animal dying every two minutes on Tasmania's roads. Riding the Devil's Highway presents an itinerary for such a tour and a field guide to the flattened fauna of Tasmania - the roadkill capital of the world.
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